ROG STRIX Z490-E GAMING

    The ROG Strix Z490-E 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-E Gaming features AI enhancements and intuitive dashboards to help you overclock and tweak various parameters easily. Performance aside, ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming catches the eye, sporting cyberpunk inspired aesthetics including a mirrored stainless steel finish.

    SPEC OVERVIEW

    1

    ROG Patented Pre-mounted I/O Shield

    • DisplayPort 1.4
    • HDMI™ 1.4
    • BIOS FlashBack™ button
    2

    Intel® I225-V Gigabit LAN

    • ROG GameFirst VI
    • Anti-surge LANGuard
    3

    4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports

    • 3 x Type-A
    • 1 x Type-C
    4

    Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201

    5

    Optical S/PDIF Out

    6

    Gold-Plated Audio Jacks

    7

    Multi-GPU SLI/CFX support

    • 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (CPU)
    • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (PCH, at x4 mode)
    • 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 (PCH)
    8

    SupremeFX S1220A CODEC

    • Impedance sense
    • High quality output and input
    • SupremeFX shielding
    • Dual OP amplifiers

    Sonic Studio III

    Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer

    Sonic Radar III

    DTS® Sound Unbound

    9

    Q-code

    SPEC OVERVIEW

    1

    2 x 4-pin Aura RGB headers

    2 x 3-pin Addressable Gen 2 RGB headers

    2

    DDR4 4600 MHz (OC)

    • 4 x DIMM
    • Dual-channel
    • OptiMem II
    3

    Intel® LGA 1200 Socket for 10th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® processors

    4

    1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector

    5

    1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header

    6

    6 x SATA 6Gb/s

    7

    2 x M.2 Socket 3

    • 1 x Type 2242-22110, supports SATA & PCIe 3.0 x4 modes
    • 1 x Type 2242-22110, supports PCIe 3.0 x4 mode
    8

    FlexKey

    9

    Thunderbolt header

    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

    • Cooling

    • Intelligent Control

    Power Design

    Digital power control and an array of power stages ensure ROG Strix Z490-E 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 armor 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 ultra-smooth and clean power delivery to the CPU.

    14+2 Power Stages

    ROG Strix Z490-E Gaming utilizes 14+2 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
    Cooler By Design

    Cooling Innovation

    1

    Fan Bracket and MOS Fan

    A bundled fan bracket and additional MOS fan provide additional cooling to areas around the VRM as you push your build to its limits.

    2

    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.

    3

    Thermal Pads

    High-quality thermal pads transfer heat from the inductor and phase array to the heatsink.

    4

    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.

    5

    Dual M.2 Heatsinks

    The M.2 heatsinks keeps 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
    M.2
    Chassis

    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.

    AI Overclocking
    AI Cooling
    AI Networking

    ROG AI Overclocking

    ROG AI Overclocking is an intelligent utility that helps you get the most out of your build by automatically profiling your CPU and cooling system to predict optimal voltage and frequency settings.

    Accessible via the AI Suite software in Windows or directly through the UEFI, the intuitive AI Overclocking user interface enables users of all levels. A range of customizable settings are available for seasoned overclockers, and an auto-tuning option is available for beginners.

    AI OVERCLOCKING AT A GLANCE

    Designed by Experts

    At the heart of AI Overclocking is a proprietary algorithm developed by ROG R&D engineers who worked with world-renowned overclockers to create a tool for users of all levels.

    Predictive Edge

    The algorithm analyzes your CPU and cooling system and, based on what it finds, predicts optimal settings. The software then uses these settings to automatically guide the clocking process, balancing frequency and voltage.

    Real-time Adjustments

    The software monitors workload, system temperature, fan speed and power draw every minute, and makes real-time adjustments to ensure ongoing optimal performance.

    Turn on your PC and put on a load on the processor to get a baseline reading of your CPU, cooling system capabilities.

    ASUS AI Overclocking makes automatic tuning faster and smarter than ever before. Available in Windows or directly through the UEFI, it profiles the CPU and cooler to predict the optimal configuration for each individual system.

    AI Overclocking Guide

    The AI Overclocking Guide provides detailed information and instructions about how to tune your system manually. It can be accessed by hitting the F11 hotkey.

    Core Group Loading

    For high-core count processors like the Z490, AI Overclocking lists data according to core group. This gives you adaptive control based on the status of core groups (3 / 5 / 8 / all cores), and it provides target frequency and voltage estimations needed for manual tuning.

    AI Overclocking in AI Suite

    Onboard intelligence lets you automated overclocking with full, flexible control available via 5-Way Optimization within AI Suite (in Windows).

    AI Cooling

    ASUS AI Cooling function will automatically manage and control motherboard-connected fans to ensure optimal settings based on current system load and temperature.

    Self-Adaptive Fan Tuning

    CPU temperature detection

    AI Cooling detects CPU temperatures and uses a proprietary algorithm to calculate the lowest fan speed required to effectively cool the system and keep fan noise down.

    Automated optimization

    Under stable system loads, the software then automatically lowers fan* speed to the optimal setting, decreasing fan noise without compromising performance.*Fans need to be connected to the following headers for AI Cooling control: CPU_FAN / CPU_OPT / CHA_FAN / M.2_FAN / H_AMP / RAD_FAN

    Ongoing monitoring

    AI Cooling continues to monitor the system and adjust fan speed based on current load.

    One-Click Activation

    AI Cooling can easily be activated via the Fan Xpert 4 dashboard in ASUS AI Suite 3. Once activated, it will override all manual controls.

    Fan speed references

    For those who prefer manual control, AI Cooling provides reference points on a graph that details fan speed in relation to temperature, providing a guide for fan settings.

    AI Networking

    The proprietary ROG GameFirst VI utility is designed to help all users — beginners, experts, and everyone in between — optimize network settings to ensure smooth online gameplay. New to this generation, GameFirst VI features AI enhanced identification and boost technology to ensure faster and smarter network optimization.

    How It Works

    Identification

    GameFirst VI analyzes your usage patterns and applications' digital signatures and compares them to a database of over 200,000 apps. This database is regularly updated to ensure apps are recognized correctly.

    Boost

    GameFirst VI intelligent switches application priority and adjusts bandwidth accordingly depending on the situation. When gaming, it accelerates and prioritizes game packets to give you supersmooth online gameplay even when you're streaming high-quality video to your audience or transferring large files.

    Visualization

    An intuitive graph gives you an overview of the network in real-time, simply click on the tab to view the current bandwidth usage of each application, geolocation status of each network connection, and an analysis of the WiFi channels.

    WHAT IT DOES

    ADAPTIVE INTELLIGENCE

    GameFirst VI takes note of what you're currently doing and adjusts bandwidth accordingly to ensure smoother online experiences, even when multitasking.

    GAMING FIRST MODE

    Gaming First mode leverages on a massive application database and analysis of your frequently-used apps to prioritize gaming network traffic. This reduces jitter and decrease ping to give you lag-free online gaming.

    Network Insight

    WiFi Quick Assist analyzes network information including real-time bandwidth use to generate a graph to give you a clear overview of current network status. On top of that, when paired with a ROG router, you can scan your WiFi network to find the best channel, as well as use Game Boost to prioritize gaming devices and packets on your network for ultrafast online speeds.

    LEADING CONNECTIVITIY

    ROG Strix Z490-E 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.

    • Storage & Memory

    • Networking

    • Audio

    DDR4 OC4600MHz

    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.

    DualPCIe 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.

    WiFi 6 (802.11 ax)

    Onboard WiFi 6 (802.11ax) supports ultrafast wireless-networking speeds, improved capacity and better performance in dense wireless environments, providing exceptional online gaming experiences. Pair your motherboard with ASUS WiFi 6 routers to fully experience the networking potential of WiFi 6. Find out more about ASUS WiFi 6 solutions.

    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.

    PLAY YOUR OWN STYLE

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

    • Customization

    • DIY Friendly

    • Certified Compatibilty

    ID design
    Aura Sync

    Undeniably ROG Strix

    ROG Strix Z490-E 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.

    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.

    • Static Static
    • Breathing Breathing
    • Strobing Strobing
    • Rainbow Rainbow
    • Color cycle Color cycle
    • Starry Night Starry night
    • Music effect Music
    • Smart Smart

    ADDRESSABLE GEN 2 RGB HEADER

    ROG Strix Z490-E 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.

    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-Code

    Diagnostic codes provide a reference for fast and easy look up of common installation and component problems.

    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.

    • Optimization

    • Audio Effect

    • Armoury Crate

    • RAMCache III

    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
    EPU Guidance
    FAN XPERT 4
    DIGI+ POWER CONTROL
    TURBO APP

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    This 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
    EZ 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.

    Learn more

    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.

    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.

    Learn more

    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
    DTS:Sound Unbound

    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.

    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.

    Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer

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

    App-specific Profiles

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

    *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.

    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.​

    STEREO SOUND

    The classic headphones or two-speaker setup, delivering discrete left and right audio channels.

    SURROUND SOUND

    Audio that's split into and served over multiple speaker channels – such as 5.1 or 7.1 – creating an enveloping experience, but on a single logical plane.​

    SPATIAL SOUND

    An all-new experience that creates a virtual audio ‘sphere', with you at the center, so sounds seem to travel in all directions – creating astonishing 360° immersion.​

    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.

    • AURA SYNC
    • DEVICE CONFIGURATION
    • DRIVER & MANUAL DOWNLOAD
    • GAMING HIGHLIGHT
    • ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

    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.

    Smart mode: Automatically caches all your storage devices to maximize your system's resources.

    The intuitive interface displays real-time drive information, such as current read/write speeds.

    And allows you to quickly check the health status of assigned memory.