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Powered exclusively by 10th Generation Intel Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors, the Republic of Gamers Maximus XII Hero LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard (Wi-Fi) from ASUS packs enhanced memory pathways across different PCB layers, boasts a robust power design with 14+2 power stages with a ProCool II power connector, smart cooling, and faster memory support with ASUS OptiMem III. It has been designed with ROG features that include AI overclocking, AI cooling, and Aura Sync illumination. This motherboard will fit in ATX sized cases, supports the LGA 1200 socket, the Intel Z490 chipset, and is compatible with Windows 10 (64-bit).
The ATX form factor of the ROG Maximus XII Hero can support up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM over four dual-channel slots, or 32GB per slot at speeds of 4700+ (OC), 4600 (OC), 4500 (OC), 4400 (OC), 4266 (OC) 4133 (OC), 4000 (OC), 3866 (OC), 3733 (OC), 3600 (OC), 3466 (OC), 3400 (OC), 3333 (OC), 3200 (OC), 3000 (OC), 2933 (OC), 2800 (OC), 2666, 2400, and 2133 MHz non-ECC unbuffered memory. For storage, there are six SATA III 6 Gb/s ports and three M.2 Key M sockets, two of which support type 2242, 2260, 2280, and 22110 SATA and PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, while the other supports type 2242, 2260, and 2280 SATA and PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs. The ROG Maximus XII Hero supports Intel Optane Memory and allows its storage to be configured as RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10.
There is one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port (rear panel), three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (rear panel), four USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports (rear panel), two USB 2.0 Type-A ports (rear panel), and more internal USB headers that support USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, USB 3.2 Gen 1, and USB 2.0. For those looking to expand their system using PCIe, there are two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots that support x16 or x8/x8, one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot that supports x4, and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Network connectivity is achieved using a Marvell AQtion AQC111C 5Gb Ethernet port or an Intel I219V Gigabit Ethernet port, while wireless connectivity is provided by Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.1.
For delivering sharp, clear graphics, this motherboard has an HDMI 1.4b port, though graphics specs vary between CPU types. For users looking to take advantage of multiple GPUs, the ROG Maximus XII Hero supports AMD 3-Way/2-Way CrossFireX and NVIDIA 2-Way SLI technologies.
Using the ROG SupremeFX S1220 8-Channel HD audio codec, the ROG Maximus XII Hero can support audio with higher fidelity than standard controllers. Audio can also be output using the integrated five 3.5mm audio outputs or optical S/PDIF output. Protection is provided by a limited 3-year warranty.
The ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus XII Hero LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard (Wi-Fi) is designed to unleash the maximum performance of 10th Gen Intel Core processors.
This motherboard features 14+2 power stages with a ProCool II power connector, high-quality alloy chokes, and durable capacitors to provide reliable power even when the CPU is pushed to its limit.
Expect comprehensive heatsink, heatpipe, and fan headers with low-noise AI cooling to balance thermals and acoustics by reducing fan speeds and maintaining a 41°F / 5°C delta.
This motherboard features 5Gb and Gigabit Ethernet, LANGuard, three M.2 slots, USB 3.2 Gen 2, and Intel Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax).
High-fidelity audio with the SupremeFX S1220A codec, DTS Sound Unbound, and Sonic Studio III draws you deeper into the game action.
This motherboard features ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including RGB headers and Gen 2 addressable headers.
A pre-mounted I/O shield, BIOS Flashback, Q-Code, and FlexKey help make your build DIY friendly.
Brand - Asus, Model - Asus ROG MAXIMUS XII HERO, Chipset Brand - Intel, Chipset - Intel Z490, CPU Sockets - LGA1200, Supported CPU - Intel Core i9/ i7/ i5/ i3/ Pentium Gold/ Celeron Processors, Generation - 10th, Memory Type - DDR4, Memory MHz - 4800(O.C.)/ 4700(O.C)/ 4600(O.C)/ 4500(O.C)/ 4400(O.C)/ 4266(O.C.)/ 4133(O.C.)/ 4000(O.C.)/ 3866(O.C.)/ 3733(O.C.)/ 3600(O.C.)/ 3466(O.C.)/ 3400(O.C.)/ 3333(O.C.)/ 3200(O.C.)/ 3000(O.C.)/ 2933/ 2800/ 2666/ 2400/ 2133 MHz, Memory Channel - Dual Channel, Memory Slot - 4, Memory Max. - 128GB, Optane Memory Support - Yes, Graphics - Integrated Graphics, Multi-GPU Support - NVIDIA 2-Way SLI, AMD 2-Way CrossFireX, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX, PCI Express Slot - 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0 x1, Storage Interface - 6Gb/s, M.2 Slot - 3 x M.2 (1 x M.2_1 socket 3 M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode), (1 x M.2_2 socket 3 M key type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode), (1 x M.2_3 socket 3 M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)), LAN Chipset - Intel I219-V, LAN Speed (Mbps) - 10/100/1000, Audio Chipset - ROG SupremeFX, Audio Channel - 7.1 - Channel, Wi-Fi - Yes, Wi-Fi Technology - Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201, Supports up to 2.4Gbps max data rate, Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz, Supports channel bandwidth: HT20/HT40/HT80/HT160, Supports CNVI interface, Bluetooth - Bluetooth 5.1, USB Port - 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 4 x USB 2.0, VGA Port - No, DVI Port - No, HDMI Port - 1, DisplayPort (DP) - No, IDE Port - No, SATA Port - 6 x SATA, DirectX Support - No, BIOS Type - 256 Mb Flash, BIOS Model - AMI UEFI BIOS, FireWire - No, CrossFire Support - Yes, Sli Support - No, RaidSupport - 0, 1, 5, 10, Thunderbolt - 1 x Thunderbolt, TPM Port - No, COM Port - No, RGB Support - Yes, RGB Sync - Aura Sync, RGB Connector - 2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers, Form Factor - ATX, Supported Operating System - Windows 10, Special Features - ROG Maximus XII Hero is the perfect foundation to the Republic of Gamers. It is a motherboard that packs substantial power, smart cooling and faster memory support under a stealthy skin. Loaded with renowned ROG features, from AI overclocking and AI cooling to attention-grabbing Aura Sync illumination, Maximus XII Hero is ready to perform and crafted for customization. ASUS TUF PROTECTION - ASUS DIGI+ VRM - ASUS Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection - ASUS ESD Guards - ASUS LANGuard - ASUS Overvoltage Protection - ASUS SafeSlot Core+ - ASUS Stainless-Steel Back I/O, ASUS Q-Design: - ASUS Q-DIMM - ASUS Q-Slot - ASUS Q-LED (CPU [red], DRAM [yellow], VGA [white], Boot Device [yellow green]), ASUS Thermal Solution: - Aluminum heatsink design, ASUS EZ DIY - Box Headers, AURA Sync - Standard RGB headers, Others - 1 x Thunderbolt header, 1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector, 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector, 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V Power connector, 1 x Thermal sensor connector, 1 x ReTry button, 1 x System panel connector, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector, 1 x Speaker connector, 1 x Start button, 1 x FlexKey button, 1 x CPU Fan connector, 1 x CPU OPT Fan connector, 3 x Chassis Fan connector, 1 x AIO_PUMP connector, 1 x H_AMP fan connector, 1 x W_PUMP+ connector, 1 x W_IN header, 1 x W_OUT header, 1 x W_FLOW header, 1 x AAFP connector, 2 x Addressable Gen 2 header, 1 x Marvell AQtion AQC111C 5Gb Ethernet, 1 x Intel I219-V 1Gb Ethernet, 1 x HDMI, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Optical S/PDIF out, 1 x Clear CMOS button, 1 x USB BIOS FlashBack Button, 1 x ASUS Wi-Fi Module, 5 x Gold-plated audio jacks, Warranty - 3 Year, Country of Origin - Taiwan, Made in/ Assemble - China
Whether you build a new PC or upgrade the existing one, the motherboard is the most vital component to choose when you have already picked the processor of your choice.
It is important to keep a few things in mind while purchasing the mainboard:
You can single out a great CPU from either Intel or AMD, but whatever CPU you choose, make sure your mainboard has the right socket for the selected CPU. The latest mainstream AMD chips use AM4 sockets while current Intel 9th Gen Core CPUs require LGA 1151v2 sockets.
Motherboards typically come in three sizes from largest to smallest: ATX, Micro-ATX, and Mini-ATX motherboards. ATX motherboards offer the highest number of RAM and expansion slots. If you are looking for a budget build, you can use a smaller chassis with the micro or mini boards, but you'll have to settle for fewer PCIe slots, RAM banks, and other connectors.
Most mainstream boards these days have four RAM slots, although Mini-ITX models often have just two, and high-end boards frequently offer eight. The amount of slots, of course, limits the amount of RAM you can install.
It’s essential to check the I/O area on a motherboard to make sure it has the external connection options you need. You may need more USB 3 ports while others may want more audio ports. Among the most common ports, there are USB 3, USB 2, audio, USB type C, USB 3.1 Gen1 and Gen2, HDMI, Display port, PS/2 and Thunderbolt 3 ports. Ports one probably want the most are USB 2 and USB 3 Gen1 ports, as the first one is perfect for keyboard, mouse, and many other devices and the later one work with most peripherals. USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB Type-C ports will come handy in the near future, although most peripherals do not support this standard yet.