PRIME Z790-A WIFI
- Tech Specs
ASUS Prime series motherboards are expertly engineered to unleash the full potential of 13th Gen
Processors. Boasting a robust power design, comprehensive cooling solutions and intelligent tuning
options, PRIME Z790-A
WIFI provides users and PC DIY builders with a range of performance optimizations via intuitive
software and firmware
16 + 1 Teamed Power Stages (60A) with Enlarged Heatsinks
Gen 5 Slot for Graphics Card
AEMP II for Ultimate DDR5 Performance
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C® & Thunderbolt (USB4®) Support
2.5 Gb Ethernet
Al Cooling II
Intel® Socket LGA1700 for 13th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors & 12th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors
• 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 SafeSlot
• 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 slot (supports x4 mode)
• 1 x PCIe 4.0 x4 slot
• 2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
16 + 1 Teamed Power Stages (60A)
4 x M.2 Slots
• 2 x M.2 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4 mode)
• 1 x M.2 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4 mode)
• 1 x M.2 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA mode)
All M.2 Slots with Dedicated Heatsinks
CPU / CPU OPT Fan Headers & AIO Pump Header
4x Chassis Fan Headers
Aura Sync Shroud RGB LED
Crystal Sound 3
• Realtek S1220A 7.1 Codec
• DTS:X® Ultra
• Two-Way AI Noise Cancellation
1 x 4-pin Aura RGB Header
1 x 3-pin Aura Addressable Gen 2 RGB Header
2 x 3-pin Aura Addressable Gen 2 RGB Headers
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C®
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (4 X Type-A)
Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports
(2 x Type-A, 1 x Type-C®)
3 x Audio Jacks
1 x Front USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C®
1 x Front USB 3.2 Gen 1 Header
1 x Thunderbolt™ (USB4®) Header
2 Front USB 2.0 headers
Comprehensive controls form the foundation of the ASUS PRIME series. The PRIME Z790-A WIFI motherboard packs flexible tools to tune every aspect of your system, enabling performance tweaks to perfectly match the way you work to maximize productivity.
ASUS Intelligent Control makes your PC smart. Along with taking care of complex tuning and dynamically optimizing essential aspects of your system, it offers intelligently simplified options for newcomers to PC DIY, as well as more comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.
CPU Performance Boost
The TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) is an intelligent system-tuning utility that automatically fine-tunes voltages, monitors system stats and adjusts overclocking parameters for optimal performance.
All-Around Energy Efficiency
The Power Saving function contains several settings can easily optimize power consumption and maximize energy savings. You can enable a CPU power limit, darken Aura lighting, and set the fan profile to a power saving mode. You can also toggle the Power Saver plan that is built into Microsoft Windows.
Flexible Air- and Liquid-Cooling Controls
ASUS Fan Xpert 4 software provides comprehensive control over fans, water pumps and all-in-one (AIO) coolers. Whether cooling with air or water, an Auto-Tuning mode intelligently configures all parameters with a single click. There’s also an Extreme Quiet mode that reduces all fan speeds to below the default minimum to keep your system whisper-quiet when performing light tasks. Fans, water pumps and AIO coolers can also be controlled via the UEFI BIOS.
Precise Digital Power Control
The Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) delivers real-time control over voltage droop, automatically switching frequency and power-efficiency settings. It also allows you to fine-tune your CPU for ultimate stability and performance.
Turbo App allows you to define CPU overclocking, apply fan profiles, prioritize network data and optimize audio settings at the app level, so your system is set up exactly as needed.
Whether you’re looking to crush benchmarks or fine-tune your system for daily driving, PRIME offers unique tools that let you exploit the intricacies of the latest Ryzen architecture.
Tuning is now faster and smarter than ever before. ASUS AI Overclocking profiles the CPU and cooling to predict the optimal configuration and push the system to its limits. Predicted values can be engaged automatically or used as a launching ground for further experimentation.What’s new?
Dynamic OC Switcher
Dynamic OC Switcher maximizes CPU performance by letting you set current and temperature thresholds to automatically switch between a manual overlock for heavy multithreaded workloads and AMD Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) for single-threaded tasks.
If the user sets thresholds for current and temperature as shown, once CPU current exceeds 35A, the manual overclock engages until temperature reaches 80*. All other times, Precision Boost Overdrive will be used.
Ryzen Core Flex
Ryzen Core Flex empowers you to smash limits farther than ever before by letting you control power and thermals in creative new ways. In its simplest form, you can set breakpoints to gradually reduce CPU core frequency as temperature or current increases. But the system is extremely adaptable, supporting multiple user-controlled functions that can manipulate power, current and temperature limits independently so that you can bend CPU performance to your will.
AI Cooling ll
AI Cooling II balances the thermals and acoustics of any build with a single click. A proprietary ASUS algorithm slashes unnecessary noise while running a quick stress test, and then it monitors CPU temperatures to dynamically adjust fans to optimal speeds.
The renowned ASUS UEFI BIOS provides everything you need to configure, tweak and tune your system. It offers intelligently simplified options for PC DIY beginners, as well as comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.
Advanced Tuning for Serious Tweakers
An intuitive Advanced mode offered via the UEFI lets you take complete control. A built-in search feature makes it easy to find options, and various advanced functions let you intelligently make nuanced adjustments so you can dial in performance just the way you want.
This memory testing software is pre-installed into the UEFI BIOS and lets you pinpoint memory issues with just one click, without the need for a USB stick or going into the OS. It stores the memory report in the BIOS archives for reference.
Quickly and easily find the option or setting you need.
ASUS User Profile
Port configuration settings between different BIOS versions or share them with friends.
Quick and Simple Setup
EZ mode displays vital settings and stats and also offers guided
drag-and-drop functionality, and one-click application of important
to help you get your rig up and running in no time.
Intuitive Graphical Fan Control
Fine-tune individual fan settings simply by dragging a curve with the mouse.
Aura On/Off Mode (Stealth)
Easily enable or disable Aura RGB lighting or every onboard LED, for a subdued aesthetic touch.
PRIME Z790-A WIFI motherboard is engineered with multiple onboard heatsinks and an array of hybrid fan headers to ensure your rig stays cool and stable under intense workloads.
Removable captive screws reduce risk of drops or loss during heatsink removal.
Three M.2 heatsinks cover four M.2 slots, warding off throttling that can occur with M.2 storage during sustained transfers.
VRM Heatsinks and Thermal Pads
The extensive surface area of the massive heatsinks cover the VRMs and chokes to improve heat dissipation. Together with specially engineered thermal pads, they improve heat transfer from the MOSFETs and chokes for better cooling performance.
Cooler by Design
PRIME Z790-A WIFI features comprehensive cooling controls that are configurable via Fan Xpert 4 software or via the UEFI BIOS.
Multiple Temperature Sources
Each header can dynamically reference three thermal sensors. Fan Xpert 4 allows you to map the temperature of supported ASUS graphics cards to optimize cooling for GPU- and CPU-intensive tasks.
AIO Pump Header
A dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups.
A dedicated integrated circuit protects each fan header from overheating and overcurrent.
4-Pin PWM/DC Fan
Each onboard header supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans.
The PRIME Z790-A WIFI motherboard is built to handle the high core counts and bandwidth demands of 13th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors. ASUS Z790 motherboard provides all the fundamentals to boost daily productivity, so your system will be ready for action with stable power, intuitive cooling and flexible data transfer options.
Robust Power Design
Stable power is essential to extract every last bit of performance out of Intel® processors. The PRIME Z790-A WIFI is geared to cater to the demands of these high-core-count CPUs.
Proprietary connectors augment the motherboard's link to the PSU with 8+8 pin connectors that pass 12 volts of power directly to the processors. Each jack features solid pins that can handle more current than hollow-pin connectors.
16 + 1 Teamed Power Stages
16 + 1 power stages combine high-side and low-side MOSFETS and drivers into packages rated for 60 amperes each, delivering power, efficiency, stability and performance to latest Intel processors.
ASUS OptiMem II
Revisions to the motherboard’s trace routing provide the latest Intel processors with unrestricted access to memory bandwidth. ASUS OptiMem II technology carefully maps memory signal pathways across different PCB layers to reduce vias and adds shielding zones that significantly reduce crosstalk.
Benefits of ASUS OptiMem II:
- Improved memory stability and compatibility
- Allows lower memory latencies at equivalent voltages
- Improved memory frequency margin
*Motherboards with OptiMem II technology were tested with Synopsys HSPICE simulation software.
AEMP II for Ultimate DDR5 Performance
ASUS Enhanced Memory Profile II (AEMP II) is an exclusive
firmware feature for PMIC-restricted memory modules. AEMP II
is based on a CPU and memory module’s ability to train the
memory chips on your kit, and it presents an optimized clock
speed that can effortlessly unleash performance.
Built through a flexible training method, AEMP II makes it easy
to not only tune the memory above baseline settings but
also maintain the stability of system operation, whether getting
the most out of an entry-level module or priming a
high-speed kit for ultimate performance.
*Results may vary according to the capabilities of your CPU and memory modules.
**The comparison chart is based on a test with an Intel i9-13900K processor and 2x16 GB SK Hynix DDR5-4800 non-ECC UDIMMs, model HMCG78MEBUA081N
***Please ensure all memory modules are from a single validated kit. Do not combine DIMMs from multiple kits—even if they are the same make and model. Mixing and matching DIMMs can result in failure to boot, and compatibility cannot be guaranteed.
****Always install DIMMs with the same CAS latency. For optimal compatibility, we recommend that you install memory modules of the same version or date code (D/C) from the same vendor. Check with your retailer to get the correct memory modules.
Four M.2 slots (up to 64 Gbps)
Prime Z790-A WIFI offers a total of four M.2 slots that support data-transfer speeds of up to 64 Gbps via PCIe® 4.0, enabling quicker boot-up and app load times with OS or application drives.
*Actual transmission speeds will be lower than the theoretical maximum speed.
PCIe® 5.0 Slot
PCIe 5.0 offers twice the data transfer speed of PCIe 4.0, making it robust enough to handle new data-heavy tasks. PCIe 5.0 also brings other benefits, such as electrical changes to improve signal integrity, backward-compatible CEM connectors for add-in cards, and compatibility with previous versions of PCI Express.
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C®
A batch of USB ports support high-end rigs loaded with peripherals, including a rear USB Type-C connector with ultrafast USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 for transmission speeds of up to 20 Gbps.
Thunderbolt™ 4 (USB4® compliant)
PRIME Z790-A WIFI motherboard features USB4® support via a Thunderbolt™ (USB4®) header. With an ASUS add-on card*, PRIME motherboards can enable bi-directional speeds of up to 40 Gbps on a single cable, while providing power to fast-charge device. Additionally, this card has a daisy-chain function for multi-screen connection and supports up to dual displays with 4K resolution.
*ASUS add-on card is sold separately.
Onboard WiFi 6E technology takes advantage of the newly available radio spectrum in the 6 GHz band. It provides up to three times the bandwidth of the 5 GHz band and up to seven 160 MHz bands to deliver ultrafast wireless networking speeds and improved capacity as well as better performance in dense wireless environments.
*WiFi 6E availability and features are dependent on regulatory limitations and co-existence with 5 GHz WiFi. Learn more about the ASUS WiFi 6E ecosystem
Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet
Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet reduces CPU overhead and offers exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput for faster, smoother data transfers.
ASUS LANGuard is a hardware-level network protection feature that integrates advanced signal-coupling technology and premium anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors to improve throughput and ensure a more reliable connection.
The PRIME Z790-A WIFI motherboard adds the nuanced details that improve every experience, from exclusive codecs that provide pristine audio quality to intuitive RGB lighting controls that let you customize your system to create a uniquely personal look.
Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation
This utility leverages a massive deep-learning database to reduce background noise from the microphone and incoming audio, while preserving vocals at the same time. This removes distracting keyboard clatter, mouse clicks and other ambient noises so you can hear and be heard with crystal clarity while gaming or in calls.
Hear the Difference
Realtek Codec and Unique Design Features for Pristine, Powerful Audio
The unique S1220A audio codec designed in close collaboration with Realtek provides pristine audio quality via an unprecedented 120 dB signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio for the stereo line out and a 113 dB SNR for the line in. An impedance-sensing circuit also adjusts gain for optimal headphone volume.
DTS:X® Ultra adds a spatial audio feature to boost headphones and speakers for enhanced gaming, VR and extended-reality experiences. DTS:X Ultra supports sound based on channels, scenes, and objects to allow for deeper sonic immersion in enabled content. It also provides post-processing enhancements and device-level tuning for DTS® codecs.
Flawless Audio that Immerses You in the Game
Reduces power-input noise to ensure consistent performance.
Separates analog/digital signal domains, significantly reducing multi-lateral interference.
Separate Layers for Left and Right Tracks
Ensures minimal crosstalk between audio paths.
Capable of driving high-impedance headphones, without rolling-off high or low frequencies.
Reduces start-up popping noise to all audio outputs.
Premium Audio Capacitors
Premium parts provide a sound signature with exceptional fidelity.
Outshine the Competition
A well-tuned enthusiast system deserves a matching aesthetic. ASUS Aura offers full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for the built-in RGB LEDs as well as strips and devices connected to the onboard RGB headers — and it can all be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable hardware.
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Addressable Gen 2 RGB Header
Three addressable Gen 2 RGB headers are 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.
Within a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate offers easily
Aura Sync RGB settings for every compatible
device in your arsenal , plus controls for an ever-growing family of
products, including keyboard and mouse
preferences. Armoury Crate also integrates product registration and a
feed so that you never miss updates of
interest to the ASUS community.
PCIe® Slot Q-Release
A physical button located on the chipset heatsink unlocks the first PCIe slot’s security latch with one press, greatly simplifying the process of detaching a PCIe card from the motherboard when it’s time to upgrade to a new GPU or other compatible device.
The innovative Q-Latch makes it easy to install or remove an M.2 SSD without the need for specific tools. The design employs a simple locking mechanism to secure the drive and neatly eliminate traditional screws.
SafeSlot & SafeDIMM
PCIe 5.0 is 2x faster than PCIe 4.0, so we adapted our SMT manufacturing process for the faster SafeSlot, to ensure the highest data speeds. SafeSlot is a reinforced metal sheath added to a PCIe slot to keep a card firmly installed. Meanwhile, strong ASUS SafeDIMM sheathes support and protect memory modules on select ASUS motherboards, empowering you to insert your modules with speed, accuracy and confidence.
The Chassis Reset Button – Reassigned
FlexKey is a front-panel header that lets you customize the reset button on the front panel of your chassis to provide quick access to Aura lighting controls, DirectKey or system reset.
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