Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Apex Intel LGA 1700 ATX Motherboard

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Intel® Z690 ATX motherboard with 24+0 power stages, DDR5, Five M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 front-panel connector with Quick Charge 4+ Support, PCIe® 5.0, Onboard Wi-Fi 6E and Aura Sync RGB lighting

  • Socket LGA1700 for 12th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors
  • Intelligent Control: ASUS-exclusive tools including AI Overclocking, AI Cooling, AI Networking and Two-Way AI Noise-Cancelation for easy configuration
  • Robust Power Solution: 24+0 teamed power stages rated for 105 A, ProCool II power connectors, MicroFine alloy chokes and premium metallic capacitors
  • Optimized Thermal Design: Enlarged VRM heatsinks plus integrated aluminum I/O cover, high-conductivity thermal pad, dual M.2 heatsinks with embedded backplates and ROG Water-Cooling Zone
  • High Performance Networking: Onboard Wi-Fi 6E, Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet, and ASUS LANGuard.
  • Fastest Gaming Connectivity: PCIe® 5.0, PCIE 5.0 M.2 card with Gen 5 M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 front-panel connector
  • Industry Leading Audio: ROG SupremeFX ALC4080 codec with Savitech SV3H712 amplifier for high-fidelity audio
  • Unmatched Personalization: ASUS-exclusive Aura Sync RGB lighting, including one RGB header and three addressable Gen 2 RGB headers
  • DIY Friendly Design: Pre-mounted I/O shield, PCIe Slot Q-Release, V-Latch switch, BIOS FlashBack™, Q-Code, FlexKey, Q-Connector, SafeSlot and ROG graphics card holder
  • Renowned Software: Bundled 1-year AIDA64 Extreme subscription and intuitive UEFI BIOS dashboard with integrated MemTest86

ROG Maximus Z690 Apex is the premiere choice for those who seek a combination of raw speed and cutting-edge tech like DDR5 memory, PCIe 5.0, and truckloads of power delivery for the most performant 12th Gen Intel Core processors available. Its streamlined layout is engineered for ultra-low latency and maximal bandwidth, to empower users to discover the limits of performance and define new world records.

AUTO-EXTREME TECHNOLOGY

Auto-Extreme Technology is an automated manufacturing process that sets new standards in the industry by allowing soldering to be completed in a single pass. This reduces thermal strain on components and avoids the use of harsh cleaning chemicals, resulting in less environmental impact, lower manufacturing power consumption, and a more reliable product overall.

OVERCLOCKING

ROG Maximus Z690 Apex makes overclocking accessible to both beginners and seasoned enthusiasts alike. Its beef-up power solution caters to the demands of 12th Gen Intel processors, while ASUS Enhanced Memory Profile technology makes it easy to ramp up DDR5 performance.

OVERLOCKER’S TOOLKIT

An Overclocker’s Tookit with hardware-level controls will aid your overclocking experience. They’re quick and easy time-savers designed to help you break more records.

CONDENSATION DETECTION

Specialized circuitry allows ROG Maximus Z690 Apex to detect when condensation occurs on the back of the board. Divided into three distinct sections — CPU, DRAM and PCIe — the feature provides a useful warning when an area may be at risk of short-circuiting.

TEAMED POWER ARCHITECTURE

Modern CPU architectures up the ante for motherboard power design by transitioning from deep power saving modes to full load almost instantaneously. The latest ROG VRM architecture rises to the challenge by utilizing teamed power stages to rapidly swing current, while maintaining exemplary thermal.

DDR5 OVERCLOCKING STRENGTH

Comprehensive memory tuning options are the cornerstone of ROG motherboards. For DDR5, the Maximus Z690 lineup breaks performance limits by providing a stacked suite of overclocking parameters for not only high-speed kits, but even entry-level memory modules that have a locked power management IC (PMIC).

COOLING

A comprehensive cooling solution is vital to a pursuit of performance. ROG Maximus Z690 Apex includes robust heatsinks and the ROG Water-Cooling Zone, a set of fan and sensor headers that help keep temperatures in check.

COOLER BY DESIGN

ROG Maximus Z690 Apex features comprehensive cooling options that are configurable via Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI BIOS.

ROG WATER-COOLING ZONE

Dual water-temperature headers and a flow-rate header feed information straight into the AI Suite utility, allowing you to track coolant temperatures and the flow rate of the entire loop.

CONNECTIVITY

Maximus Z690 Apex delivers supersmooth WiFi 6E connectivity, extensive M.2 slots, and high-end audio – the essentials for any setup.

USB 3.2 GEN 2X2 TYPE-C® FRONT-PANEL CONNECTOR WITH QUICK CHARGE 4+

Quick Charge 4+ technology can rapidly charge devices at up to 60W with a PCIe power supply cable plugged into the nearby 6-pin connector.

USB 3.2 GEN 2X2

A USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C® port at the rear and an additional front panel header onboard provide data transfer speeds of up to 20 Gbps for the latest devices.

DUAL ONBOARD M.2 SLOTS

ROG Maximus Z690 Apex is equipped with dual onboard M.2 slots, which offer PCIe 4.0 support for the latest GPUs and high-speed SSDs.

PCIE 5.0 M.2 CARD

For those seeking faster storage options, the bundled ROG Hyper M.2 Card includes a PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot, complete with a large heatsink to help keep high-performance storage within an optimal temperature range.

SUPREMEFX

ROG SupremeFX audio technology delivers an exceptional 113 dB signal-to-noise ratio on the line-in connection to provide best-ever recording quality. There’s also a low-dropout regulator for clean power delivery to the SupremeFX ALC4082 codec, and an ESS® 9018Q2C integrated DAC.

OPTIMIZATION

ROG Maximus Z690 Apex is packed with intuitive and flexible tools like 5-Way Optimization and a UEFI BIOS interface, giving users next-level control of system performance.

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 more comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.

ACCURATE VOLTAGE MONITORING

Conventional motherboards use single-ended sensing circuits that are susceptible to noise and have to tap voltage rails from a location that isn’t ideal for accurate monitoring. These issues lead to a large disparity between the voltage fed to components and the values reported to software. Maximus Z690 Apex features a differential-sensing circuit that rejects noise and takes readings directly from the CPU and the end point of major voltage rails. This simplifies overclocking and tuning by allowing you to track voltages more accurately.

PERSONALIZATION

In addition to extraordinary performance and advanced tech, ROG Maximus Z690 Apex elevates aesthetics with extruded aluminum and touches of RGB lighting, for building a system that truly stands apart.

SONIC STUDIO III

Sonic Studio supports HRTF-based (head-related transfer function*) virtual surround for 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.

DTS : SOUND UNBOUND

The ROG Maximus Z690 Apex 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.

ARMOURY CRATE

Armoury Crate is a software utility designed to give you centralized control of supported gaming products, making it easy to tune the look and feel of your system. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate helps you customize RGB lighting and effects for compatible devices and synchronize them with Aura Sync to create a unified lighting scheme across your system. In addition, Armoury Crate’s Fan Xpert4 tool provides comprehensive control over fans, water pumps and all-in-one (AIO) coolers.

AIDA64 EXTREME

The ROG Maximus Z690 Apex includes a one-year AIDA64 Extreme subscription. This industry-leading system information tool provides detailed information about installed hardware and software, and it also provides benchmarks for measuring performance of the entire system or individual components. AIDA64 Extreme includes a monitoring and diagnostics feature to detect and prevent hardware issues. All vital system sensors can be tracked in real time, allowing voltage readings, fan speeds, and temperature information to be viewed on the desktop, sent to dedicated displays, or the OLED panels of ROG AIO liquid coolers*.

GRAPHICS CARD HOLDER

Featuring a magnetic base, adjustable slider and hinge, the ROG Graphics Card Holder banishes sag and provides support where it’s needed most.

INTELLIGENT MOTHERBOARD

Intelligent software solutions help ensure that your system performs at its best. The latest ASUS AI-powered enhancements span four pillars of performance, including overclocking, cooling, networking, and onboard audio, making advanced tweaks and optimization accessible to new recruits and savvy PC DIY veterans alike.

Additional information

CPU

Intel® Socket LGA1700 for 12th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors*
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0**
* Refer to http://www.asus.com for CPU support list.
** Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 support depends on the CPU types.

Chipset

Intel® Z690 Chipset

Memory

2 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR5 6600(OC)/6400(OC)/ 6200(OC)/ 6000(OC)/ 5800(OC)/ 5600(OC)/ 5400(OC)/ 5200(OC)/ 5000(OC) / 4800 Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory*
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
*Supported memory types, data rate(Speed), and number of DRAM module vary depending on the CPU and memory configuration, for more information refer to http://www.asus.com for memory support list.

Expansion Slots

Intel® 12th Gen Processors
2 x PCIe 5.0 x16 slots (supports x16 or x8/x8 modes)*
Intel® Z690 Chipset**
1 x PCIe 3.0 x4 slot
1 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot
* When the PCIE 5.0 M.2 card is installed on the PCIEX16(G5)_2, PCIEX16(G5)_1 will run x8 only.
** Supports Intel® Optane Memory H Series on PCH-attached PCIe slot.

Storage

Supports 5 x M.2 slots and 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
Total supports 5 x M.2 slots and 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports*
Intel® 12th Gen Processors*
M.2_1 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280
– Intel® 12th Gen processors support PCIe 4.0 x4 mode.
PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot (Key M) via PCIe 5.0 M.2 card, type 2242/2260/2280/22110
– Intel® 12th Gen processors support PCIe 5.0 x4 mode
Intel® Z690 Chipset**
M.2_2 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA modes)
DIMM.2_1 slot (Key M) via ROG DIMM.2, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 mode)
DIMM.2_2 slot (Key M) via ROG DIMM.2, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 mode)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports***
* Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports NVMe RAID 0/1/5, SATA RAID 0/1/5/10.
** Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports Intel® Optane Memory H Series on PCH attached M.2 slots.
*** RAID configuration and boot drives are not supported on the SATA6G_E1-2 ports.

Ethernet

1 x Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet
ASUS LANGuard

Wireless & Bluetooth

Intel® Wi-Fi 6E
Wi-Fi 6E
2×2 Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Supports 2.4/5/6GHz frequency band*
Bluetooth v5.2
* WiFi 6E 6GHz regulatory may vary between countries, and function will be ready in Windows 11 or later.

USB

Rear USB:
Total 10 ports
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port(s) (1 x USB Type-C®)
5 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s) (5 x Type-A)
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s) (4 x Type-A)
Front USB:
Total 9 ports
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connector (supports USB Type-C®)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 headers support additional 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports

Audio

ROG SupremeFX 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC ALC4080
– Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
– Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
– High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input
– Supports up to 32-Bit/384 kHz playback
Audio Features
– SupremeFX Shielding Technology
– Savitech SV3H712 AMP
– Gold-plated audio jacks
– Rear optical S/PDIF out port
– Premium audio capacitors
– Audio cover

Rear I/O Ports

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port (1 x USB Type-C®)
5 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (5 x Type-A)
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (4 x Type-A)
1 x Wi-Fi Module
1 x Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet port
5 x Gold-plated audio jacks
1 x Optical S/PDIF out port
1 x BIOS FlashBack™ button
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x PS/2 Keyboard (purple) port
1 x PS/2 Mouse (green) port

Internal Connectors

Fan and Cooling related
1 x 4-pin CPU Fan header(s)
1 x 4-pin CPU OPT Fan header(s)
1 x 4-pin AIO Pump header(s)
3 x 4-pin Chassis Fan header(s)
2 x 4-pin Full Speed Fan header(s)
1 x W_PUMP+ header(s)
1 x 2-pin Water In header
1 x 2-pin Water Out header
1 x 3-pin Water Flow header
Power related
1 x 24-pin Main Power connector
2 x 8-pin +12V Power connector
1 x 6-pin PCIe Graphics Card connector
Storage related
2 x M.2 slots (Key M)
1 x DIMM.2 slot supports 2 x M.2 slots (Key M)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
USB
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connector (supports USB Type-C®)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 headers support additional 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
Miscellaneous
1 x 80 Light Bar jumper
3 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s)
1 x AURA RGB header(s)
2 x BCLK button
1 x BIOS Switch button
1 x FlexKey button
1 x Front Panel Audio header (AAFP)
1 x LN2 Mode jumper
1 x OSC sence header
1 x Pause switch
12 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
1 x ReTry button
1 x RSVD header
2 x RSVD switches
1 x Safe Boot button
1 x Slow Mode switch
1 x Start button
1 x 10-1 pin System Panel header
1 x Thermal Sensor header
1 x Thunderbolt™ header
1 x V_Latch switch

Special Features

Extreme OC Kit
– FlexKey button
– LN2 Mode
– Probelt
– ReTry button
– Safe boot button
– Start button
– Slow Mode
Extreme Engine Digi+
– SMD Capacitors
– MicroFine Alloy Choke
ASUS Q-Design
– M.2 Q-Latch
– PCIe Slot Q-Release
– Q-Code
– Q-Connector
– Q-LED (CPU [red], DRAM [yellow], VGA [white], Boot Device [yellow green])
– Q-Slot
ASUS Thermal Solution
– M.2 heatsink backplate
– M.2 heatsink
– VRM heatsink design
ASUS EZ DIY
– BIOS FlashBack™ button
– Clear CMOS button
– CPU Socket lever protector
– ProCool II
– Pre-mounted I/O shield
– SafeSlot
– SafeDIMM
AURA Sync
– AURA RGB header(s)
– Addressable Gen 2 header(s)
Dual BIOS
Front Panel USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 with Quick Charge 4+ Support
– Support: up to 60W charging*
– Output: 5/9/15/20V max. 3A, PPS:3.3–21V max. 3A
– Compatible with QC 4.0/3.0/2.0, PD3.0 and PPS
* To support 60W, please install the power cable to 6-pin PCIe Graphics Card connector or can only support 27W.
ASUS HYDRANODE
3 x Chassis fan support (CHA_FAN1P,CHA_FAN2P,CHA_FAN3P)
* Visit ASUS Website for the latest compatibility list.

Software Features

ROG Exclusive Software
– ROG CPU-Z
– GameFirst VI
– ROG True Voltician
– Sonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer + Sonic Suite Companion
– Sonic Radar III
– DTS® Sound Unbound
– BullGuard Internet Security (1-year full version)
ASUS Exclusive Software
Armoury Crate
– AIDA64 Extreme (1 year full version)
– AURA Creator
– AURA Sync
– Fan Xpert 4
– Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation
AI Suite 3
– Easy Optimization with AI Overclocking
TPU
EPU
DIGI+ Power Control
Turbo app
MyAsus
WinRAR
UEFI BIOS
AI Overclocking Guide
ASUS EZ DIY
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 3
– ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
MemTest86

BIOS

2 x 256 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS

Manageability

WOL by PME, PXE

Accessories

Cables
1 x ARGB RGB extension cable
1 x RGB extension cable
6 x SATA 6Gb/s cables
1 x 3-in-1 Thermistor cables pack
ROG DIMM.2 with Heatsink
1 x ROG DIMM.2 with heatsink
1 x M.2 pad for ROG DIMM.2
2 x M.2 screw package for ROG DIMM.2
PCIe 5.0 M.2 Card
1 x PCIe 5.0 M.2 Card
1 x M.2 screw package for PCIe 5.0 M.2 Card
ROG True Voltician
1 x ROG True Voltician
4 x cables for ROG True Voltician
Miscellaneous
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi moving antennas
1 x Q-connector
2 x M.2 Q-Latch packages for M.2 backplate
1 x ROG Graphics card holder
1 x ROG key chain
1 x ROG stickers
1 x ROG thank you card
Installation Media
1 x USB drive with utilities and drivers
Documentation
1 x User manual

Operating System

Windows® 11 64-bit, Windows® 10 64-bit

Form Factor

Warranty

3 Years

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