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ASUS ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming Intel Motherboard

Intel® Z490 LGA 1200 ATX gaming motherboard featuring 14 Power Stages, AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking, Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet, dual M.2 with heatsinks, USB 3.2 Gen 2, SATA and AURA Sync RGB lighting

CCL Code: MBD2761
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Manufacturer Code: 90MB12Q0- M0EAY0
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Manufacturer: ASUS
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ASUS ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming Intel Motherboard

Key Features:

  • Socket 1200
  • Intel Z490 Chipset
  • 6 x SATA & 8 x USB Ports
  • DDR4 (max 128GB, 4 slots)
  • HDMI and Display Port
  • ATX Form Factor

Delivery Options

Thursday 29th October via Priority Delivery

Free Delivery by Wednesday 4th November

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The ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming motherboard is designed to cope with the demands of 10th Generation Intel® Core™ processors, with boosted power delivery and an optimized cooling design providing more surface area for heat dissipation. ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming features AI enhancements and intuitive dashboards to help you overclock and tweak various parameters easily. Performance aside, Strix Z490-E Gaming catches the eye, sporting cyberpunk inspired aesthetics including a mirrored stainless steel finish.

ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCE

ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming helps you get the most out of your gaming build with up-rated power delivery and optimized cooling. Intelligent controls lets you manage overclocking, cooling and networking settings easily, giving you everything you need to harness the full potential of your build for top-tier gaming performance.

POWER DESIGN

Digital power control and an array of power stages ensure Strix Z490-F Gaming has the muscle to control the latest Intel CPUs.

PROCOOL II POWER CONNECTOR

The ProCool II socket is built to tight specifications to ensure flush contact with the PSU power lines and have a metal armour for improved heat dissipation. The connector's lower impedance helps prevent hotspots and improves reliability.

DIGI+ POWER CONTROL

The Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) is one of the finest in the industry, ensuring ultrasmooth and clean power delivery to the CPU.

12+2 POWER STAGES

ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming utilizes 12+2 DrMOS power stages to combine high-side and low-side MOSFETs and drivers into a single package, delivering the power and efficiency that the latest Intel processors demand.

ALLOY CHOKE & CAPACITOR

Superior chokes and durable capacitors are engineered to resist extreme temperatures and provide up to 110% better performance than the industry standard.

Cooling innovation

  • Fan Bracket - A dedicated fan bracket allows you to mount an additional fan to accelerate the airflow, and push the platform as far as you desire.
  • MOS Heatsink with U-shaped heatpipe - The U-shaped design allows rapid and even heat transfer from the VRM to the extended MOS heatsink for better performance and wattage resistance. In addition, the MOS heatsink provides a large contact area for MOSFETs and chokes
  • Thermal Pads - High-quality thermal pads transfer heat from the inductor and phase array to the heatsink.
  • Extended VRM heatsink - The extended heatsink at the end of heatpipe increases thermal mass to offset the additional heat generated by high voltage, lowering temperatures by up to 5°C.
  • Dual M.2 heatsinks - The M.2 heatsinks keep the M.2 SSD at the optimum operating temperature for consistent performance and reliability.

Cooler by Design

ROG Strix Z490 series features the most comprehensive cooling options ever, configurable via Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI BIOS.

  • CPU Fan Header - A dedicated pair of PWM/DC fan headers for CPU coolers.
  • AIO Pump Fan Header - A dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups.
  • Water Pump Header - A dedicated header that can supply over 3A to high-performance PWM or DC water pumps.
  • M.2 Heatsink - The M.2 heatsink keeps the M.2 SSD at the optimum operating temperature for consistent performance and reliability.
  • M.2 Fan Header - A dedicated M.2 fan header helps keeps temperatures low for improved performance and longevity. * The M.2 fan holder is 3D-printable
  • 4-pin PWM/DC Fan Header - Every onboard header supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans.

LEADING CONNECTIVITIY

ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming provides you with the latest connectivity for supersmooth online experiences and blisteringly-fast file transfers. Superior audio performance gives you a massive advantage, allowing you to pick up on the smallest audio cues for a completely immersive gaming experience.

DDR4 OC 4600MHz

ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming supports up to 128GB DDR4 memory across four slots. OptiMem II technology improves trace layout to significantly reduce vias and crosstalk to enhance memory stability and compatibility, giving memory kits higher frequency margins.

Dual PCIe 3.0 M.2

Two M.2 slots are available, with one supporting both SATA and PCIe 3.0 x4 modes, and the other supporting PCIe 3.0 x4 for NVMe. Together, they give you the fastest and most-flexible M.2 interface available.

M.2 SOCKET WITH E KEY

Integrated with Intel® Wireless AC/AX technology, M.2 supports CNVi/PCIe/USB mode to build a faster and more cost-effective WiFi and Bluetooth® 5.1 solution.

**Bluetooth 5.1 will be ready in Windows 10 build 19041 or later.

INTEL 2.5G ETHERNET

Onboard 2.5G Ethernet gives your wired connection a boost, with up to a 2.5X improvement over standard Ethernet connections for faster file transfers, smoother lag-free gaming and high-res video streaming.

SUPREMEFX

Built-in SupremeFX audio technology ensures pristine audio. It provides a flat frequency response for a neutral, detailed sound signature. And if you’re using a gaming headset, the front panel output is driven by two op amps to preserve audio quality.

Audio cover

Effective shielding against electromagnetic interference preserves the integrity of audio signals for the best sound quality.

Audio-line shielding

Blocks electromagnetic interference from the motherboard or add-ons to provide cleaner audio.

Dual OP amplifiers

With two op-amps onboard you're able to pump exceptional audio to your favorite cans, with 32-600Ω-headphone impedance for great flexibility.

Premium Nichicon audio capacitors

Fine-quality Japanese-made components that produce a warmer, natural sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity.

PLAY YOUR OWN STYLE

The cyberpunk-inspired aesthetics are accentuated by the bold slashes and cybertext. Pair your ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming with other products from the diverse ROG ecosystem to customize a gaming rig that reflects your personal style.

ID Design

Undeniably ROG Strix

ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming is unmistakably ROG, it features a mirror-like stainless steel finish, complete with diagonal lines across the I/O shield and futuristic cyber-text. 

Aura Sync

OUTSHINE THE COMPETITION

ROG Strix motherboards deliver sterling performance and superior aesthetics to Outshine the Competition. ASUS Aura offers full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for the built-in RGB LEDs as well as strips connected to the onboard RGB header — and it can all be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable ASUS hardware.

ADDRESSABLE GEN 2 RGB HEADER

ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming’s Addressable Gen 2 RGB headers are now capable of detecting the number of LEDs on second-gen addressable RGB devices, allowing the software to automatically tailor lighting effects to specific devices. The new headers also offer backward-compatibility with existing Aura RGB gear.

DIY Friendly

  • Pre-mounted I/O shield - ROG’s patented I/O shield is finished in sleek matte black and comes pre-mounted to make it easy to install the motherboard.
  • Q-LEDs- Four onboard LEDs indicate power status, and any problem with the CPU, memory, graphics card or boot device for quick diagnosis.
  • FLEXKEY - The front-panel header lets you customize the reset button on the front-panel of your chassis to provide quick access to your choice of Aura lighting controls, DirectKey or system reset.
  • BIOS Flashback™ - BIOS Flashback™ is the simplest and safest (UEFI) BIOS update method. Simply drop the (UEFI) BIOS file onto a FAT32 formatted USB stick, plug it into the USB BIOS Flashback port and press the button. Updates can even be performed without having memory or a CPU installed.

CERTIFIED COMPATIBILITY

ROG Strix undergoes an extensive certification program to ensure the very best compatibility with the widest range of components and devices. Refer to our extensive list of guaranteed-compatible components, it also includes a dedicated Qualified Vendor List (QVL) for memory — so you can build fuss-free.

The ROG Strix Ecosystem Awaits

From graphics, AIO cooler, case, mice, or keyboard, up your game with ROG Strix. Enjoy complementary aesthetics, control and compatibility – and enjoy more choice than any competing brand.

ROG GIVES YOU MORE

ROG exclusive software utilities deliver intuitive audio tuning and gaming enhancements so you can configure your gaming build the way you want. 

5-Way Optimization 

Take care of complex tuning with just one click. ASUS 5-Way Optimization is a system-wide tuning utility that overclocks the processor and tunes fan speeds to ensure the best balance between cooling and acoustics. The automated CPU tuning feature of 5-Way Optimization leverages the same onboard intelligence as AI Overclocking, but goes further by running a Prime95 based stress test to deliver a result that's well-tuned from the get-go.

TPU Insight

The TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) provides AI Suite 3 with the intelligence needed to automatically fine-tune voltages, monitor system stats, and adjust overclocking settings. We have upgraded this tool to provide AI Overclocking prediction values for users who want more insight when experimenting with different settings.

EPU Guidance

With the Energy Processing Unit (EPU) you'll enjoy system-wide power savings. The EPU automatically optimizes power consumption and maximizes savings with Away mode — a smart setting that creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused I/O controllers.

Fan Xpert 4

Enjoy comprehensive control over fans, water pumps and all-in-one (AIO) coolers, via either Fan Expert 4 or our award-winning UEFI. Whether you're cooling with air or water, Auto-Tuning mode intelligently configures all parameters with a single click. There's also an Extreme Quiet mode, which reduces all fan speeds to below the default minimum — keeping your system whisper-quiet when performing light tasks

DIGI+ Power Controls

The Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) delivers real-time control over voltage droop, switching frequency and power-efficiency settings, allowing you to fine-tune CPU voltage regulation for ultimate stability and performance.

Turbo APP

 intuitive tool allows you to define CPU overclocking, apply fan profiles, prioritize network data and optimize audio settings at app level ? so your system is perfectly optimized for whatever you're doing.

UEFI BIOS

The renowned ROG UEFI (BIOS) provides everything you need to configure, tweak, and tune your rig. It offers intelligently simplified options for newcomers to PC DIY, as well as comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.

Advanced Mode

When you're ready for a deeper dive into the configuration of your system, delve into the UEFI's Advanced mode and take complete control. Each section is intuitively organized, and a built-in search feature makes it easy to find the options you need. Advanced functions are coded with the intelligence to adapt to your settings, and when you're ready to take charge, parameters have the granularity to dial in performance just the way you want.

  • Prediction - AI OC monitors system vitals like temperatures, fan speeds, and power draw to estimate overclocking performance.
  • My Favorites - Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the list.
  • EZ Flash 3 - Flash the latest BIOS via the internet from within the BIOS.
  • AI OC Guide - The AI OC Guide allows you to enable the AI Optimization or view a quick guide.
  • SMART - Check your storages devices' Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology logs to gauge reliability and to identify potential failures.
  • GPU POST - Automatically detect selected ASUS graphics cards to view detailed information.
  • Secure Erase - Restore your SSDs to factory-fresh condition.
  • Last Modified Log - Track the latest changes and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive.
  • SATA Port Renaming - Rename SATA ports for easy identification.
  • Search Function - Quickly and easily find the option or setting you're looking for.
  • ASUS User Profile - Port configuration settings between different BIOS versions or share them with friends.

EZ Mode

Designed to simplify setup, EZ mode presents all the vital settings and stats on a single page. With guided wizards, drag-and-drop functionality, and one-click application of important settings, your rig will be up and running in no time.

  • My Favorites - Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the list.
  • EZ Flash 3 - Flash the latest BIOS from within the BIOS.
  • SMART - Check your storage device Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology logs to gauge reliability and identify potential failures.
  • Secure Erase - Restore your SSDs and NVMe storage to factory settings.
  • Last Modified Log - Track the last change and save preferred profiles to a USB drive.
  • SATA Port Renaming - Rename SATA ports for easy identification.
  • User Profile - Port configuration settings between different BIOS versions or share them with friends.
  • Q-Fan Control - Configure the fan's operating speed manually or use pre-configured fan profiles to quickly select Standard, Silent, Turbo or Full Speed modes. By default, system fans will automatically switch to full speed if the temperature reaches 75°C.

Sonic Studio III

Sonic Studio supports HRTF-based (head-related transfer function*) virtual surround for VR headsets, casting an immersive aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action. The intuitive Sonic Studio interface also offers a range of EQ options and one-click presets, allowing you to tailor acoustics to suit personal preferences or the characteristics of your headset.

*A head-related transfer function is an audio algorithm derived from sound data recorded through a dummy head. Test tones are played from a spherical grid around the dummy head to obtain subtle changes in sounds that come from different directions. The results are combined into an algorithm that allows Sonic Studio's virtual surround to process sound true to life.

SONIC STUDIO LINK

The new Sonic Studio Link now allows you to apply Sonic Studio effects on all playback devices. Simply press the Sonic Studio Link button to enjoy the effect on any playback devices.

APP-SPECIFIC PROFILES

Apply customized audio settings to different applications, so everything you do is perfectly tuned to the way you want to listen.

SONIC STUDIO VIRTUAL MIXER

A virtual audio device that lets streamers combine sound output and output from different apps. This allows you to mix your voice and video game audio within streaming software. A variety of adjustment and monitoring tools provide a high level of digital control.

DTS:SOUND UNBOUND 

ROG Strix Z490 series includes a pre-loaded DTS Sound Unbound app that envelops you in audio as never before, conjuring whole new levels of immersion for extraordinary gaming and entertainment experiences. By exploiting Windows Sonic spatial technology, DTS Sound Unbound delivers audio in a virtual 3D space — putting you right in the middle of the soundscape, where you can sense the location and direction of every gunshot, footstep or other sound in your virtual environment.

* DTS Sound Unbound requires in-game support. Check with developers for titles that offer support.

ARMOURY CRATE

Armoury Crate is a software utility that provides centralized control of supported ROG gaming products. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate puts command of all your Aura gear at your fingertips, with the new Aura Creator ready. The software also provides control of settings for a select and growing number of ROG products, making it easier to tune the look and feel of your system. Armoury Crate even features dedicated product registration and ROG news feeds areas to help you stay in touch with the ROG gaming community.

RAMCache III

RAMCache turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times. Fully compatible with the latest NVM Express storage options, its uniquely intelligent technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds.

Main Features

  • Intel LGA 1200 socket: Ready for 10th Gen Intel Core processors.
  • Optimal Power Solution: 12+2 power stages with ProCool II power connector, high-quality alloy chokes and durable capacitors to support multi-core processors.
  • Optimized Thermal Design: MOS Heatsink with U-shaped heatpipe, extended VRM heatsink, dual onboard M.2 heatsinks, including a bundled fan bracket for additional cooling.
  • High-performance Networking: M.2 socket with E-key and Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard.
  • Best Gaming Connectivity: Supports HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.4, and featuring dual M.2 and USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C connectors.
  • Intelligent Control: ASUS-exclusive tools including AI Overclocking, AI Cooling and AI Networking, helping you configure your gaming build easily.
  • DIY Friendly Design: Pre-mounted I/O shield, BIOS Flashback, Q-LED and FlexKey.
  • Unmatched Personalization: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including RGB headers and Gen 2 addressable headers.
  • Industry-leading Gaming Audio: High fidelity audio with SupremeFX S1220A, DTS Sound Unbound and Sonic Studio III to draw you deeper into the action.

CPU

CPU Brand Intel
CPU Socket Socket 1200
Installed Processors (Max) 0 (1)
Supported Processor Manufacturer Intel
Supported Processors 10th Gen Intel Core, Pentium Gold and Celeron Processors
64-bit Support Yes
Socket LGA1200

Rear Panel I/O Ports

USB Ports 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
3 x USB 3.1 Type-A
2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
DisplayPorts 1 x DisplayPort
HDMI Port 1 x HDMI
RJ-45 Ports 1 x RJ-45
Audio Line In Ports 1 x 3.5mm Jack
Audio Line Out Ports 3 x 3.5mm Jacks
Microphone In Port 1 x 3.5mm Jack
S/PDIF Port 1 x S/PDIF Out

Internal I/O Connectors

SATA Connectors 6 x SATA III
USB Connectors 1 x USB 3.1 header
1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 ports)
2 x USB 2.0 headers (supports 4 ports)
Front Panel Connectors 1 x Front Panel
1 x Front Audio
Cooling Fan Support 1 x CPU fan header
1 x CPU_OPT fan header
2 x Chassis fan headers
1 x AIO_PUMP header
1 x W_PUMP+ header
1 x M.2_FAN header
1 x VRM_HS_FAN header
Thunderbolt Port(s) 1 x Thunderbolt header
Serial Connectors 1 x COM header
Chassis Intrusion Connector 1 x Chassis Intrusion header
Power Connector Port 1 x 20+4-pin ATX
1 x 4+4-pin EPS
1 x 4-pin EPS
Other Connectors 2 x M.2, Socket 3, M Key (Type 2242/2260/2280/22110)
1 x M.2, E Key (for Wi-Fi Module)
2 x Addressable RGB headers
2 x Aura RGB Strip headers
1 x Thermal Sensor header

Memory

Memory Bus Speed 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.)/3333(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666/2400/213 MHz
Memory Type DDR4
Maximum RAM 128 GB
Memory Slot 4 x DIMM

Motherboard

Chipset Manufacturer Intel
Northbridge Z490
RAID Supported Yes
RAID Format RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
SATA Supported Yes

Expansion

Number of PCI Express Slots 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (@ x16, x8/x8)
1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (@ x4)
3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1

Graphics Device

Integrated Graphics Supported Yes

Sound

Integrated Sound ROG SupremeFX 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A

Warranty

Warranty 3 Years

Network

Integrated Network Intel I225-V
Network Speeds Supported Up to 2.5 Gbps
Wireless LAN No
Bluetooth No

System Requirements

Operating Systems Supported Microsoft Windows 10 64-bit

System

BIOS 192 (128+64) Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS
Special Features AURA Sync
ASUS EZ DIY
ASUS Q-Design
DIY Friendly Design
Jumpers 1 x Clear CMOS
1 x CPU_OV
Software Included (may be trial or restricted) Yes
Drivers Yes
SLi/Crossfire Features Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI Technology
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Technology

Physical

Form Factor ATX Motherboard
In The Box ROG STRIX Z490-F GAMING Motherboard
User's manual
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x M.2 Screw Package
1 x Supporting DVD
1 x ROG Strix stickers
1 x Cable ties pack(s)
1 x Extension Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
1 x Extension cable for Addressable LED
1 x Thermistor cable(s)
1 x ROG Thank you card
1 x 2-in-1 Rubber pad
1 x Wi-Fi moving antenna
1 M.2 SSD screw package(s)
1 M.2 Key E screw package(s)
1 ROG key chain
Width 305 mm
Length 244 mm

Key Features

Motherboard Chipset Intel Z490
Thunderbolt No
Motherboard Model ASUS ROG Strix Z490-F Gaming
USB 3.1 Support Yes
Internal USB3.0 Header Yes
M.2 Support Yes
On-board RGB Control ASUS Aura Sync
Memory Speed 4600 MHz
RGB Header Type 3-Pin ARGB
Addressable RGB Yes
Internal USB Type-C Header Yes
Firewire No
Wireless Network No
Memory Channel Dual
On-board Audio Type 7.1
Number of SATA Ports 6 port(s)
Number of USB Ports 8 port(s)
SATA III Support Yes
USB 3.0 Support Yes
Multi GPU Support Both
VGA Connection No
DVI Connection No
HDMI Connection Yes
DisplayPort Connection Yes
Motherboard Form Factor ATX

Item Details

Manufacturer ASUS
Manufacturer Code 90MB12Q0- M0EAY0
Alternative Part Number ROG STRIX Z490-F GAMING
EAN 4718017674300
Condition New

Warranty Information

Warranty 3 Years

Manufacturer Information

Manufacturer ASUS
Manufacturer Code 90MB12Q0- M0EAY0

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4 / 5 3 reviews

Gary

last week

takes a little bit more setting up than the Tuf series but stable with a reasonable overclocking ability

Sean

3 weeks ago

Fantastic performing motherboard, which also looks the part.

Dan Farmer

5 months ago

Upgraded from an ASRock Z97 Extreme 6, the difference in performance is night and day as you would expect. Usual excellent build quality that you get from ASUS, easy install and easy overclocking, happy with the product