Asus’ ROG Maximus XIII Hero hits the motherboard scene offering users an extended features list, premium styling, and a price tag of $499.99. While that’s certainly expensive, it’s no longer flagship motherboard territory in terms of pricing. The latest Hero includes loads of USB ports (including ultra-fast Thunderbolt Type-C), high-quality VRMs and four M.2 sockets. All that, plus a high-end appearance and overall good performance help make this board worth the cost of admission.

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The ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E-Gaming-WiFi is currently available in stores at a price of around € 350. Above all, it convinces with its lavish features, such as PCIe 4.0 support, the very good power supply, the many USB connections, a graphics card holder, the four M.2 connections including a clever clamping device and much more. Of course, all of this has its price, which is why the mainboard is not that cheap. Nevertheless, the ASUS ROG Strix Z590-E gaming WiFi deserves a very clear recommendation.

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ASUS TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS WIFI – GreenTech_Reviews

The delivery set, traditionally for these boards, is minimal – a user manual, a quality certificate, branded stickers on the battery, a disk with drivers, a pair of SATA cables and screws for fixing M.2 drives with gaskets for single-sided models. An external antenna for the pre-installed Intel Wi-Fi 6 module is located in a separate package.

The design of TUF motherboards varies from model to model. In our case, it is a black and gray color scheme with rare yellow accents. It is based on a 6-layer PCB that is very close to black. Changes are immediately noticeable regarding the number of expansion slots, the type of cooling for M.2 drives, the power subsystem and its cooling system.

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ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WIFI has extremely solid hardware support for overclocking experiments (for example, a powerful power subsystem), but we already mentioned that the 11th generation CPU from Intel is extremely unfriendly towards aerial overclocking .

With the help of ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WIFI, we were able to overclock the Core i5-11600K only up to 4800 MHz on all cores (this is a stable result). Fixing the reinforced concrete 5 GHz did not work even after fine-tuning the parameters described in the overclocking guide for Intel processors.

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Resizable BAR Finally Coming to ASUS Z370/Z390

Per a post over at the ASUS ROG Forums, ASUS is finally going to bring resizable BAR support to their Z370/Z390 product lines with an estimated timeframe of late April to early May. ASUS has been quite slow with the roll out relative to the competition leaving customers behind. It’s good to see some action from ASUS on this matter, so if you’re looking forward to this feature it may finally arrive in (relatively ) short order.

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ASRock Overtakes ASUS in Japan?

ASUS might be recognized as the brand of choice for gamers and enthusiasts when it comes to motherboards but it looks like the company has lost its market share lead to ASRock in Japan. It was revealed in the latest BCN Ranking report that ASRock has toppled ASUS’s reign in the board segment for the first time in 10 years.

BCN Ranking numbers are based on sales databases collected and aggregated from actual sales data of PCs & components from major retailers and online DIY shops which account for an overall 40% of the Japanese PC market. As per the report, ASUS has been the top brand in the Japanese motherboard market for quite a while but times have changed.

Read more @ Wccftech, BCN Ranking Report


Our Intel Core i9-11900K struggles with stability once we exceed 5GHz on all cores, but Hero wasn’t able to achieve 5GHz across all cores – instead, we had to settle for 4.9GHz with substantial CPU voltage of 1.39v. This surprised us, cheaper boards managed to squeeze out higher frequency with less voltage.

ROG motherboards are never on the cheap side, so as expected, Hero sits at GBP £459 | USD $500 | AUD $800. This marks Hero as one of the more expensive models available. Is it worth it? From a performance standpoint, no. But, if you require the advanced features/ports and favour the design, then it is something to consider.

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ASUS Updates Motherboards and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-Series GPUs for Resizable BAR

Fremont, California – Today, ASUS released firmware updates for over 180 of its desktop motherboards, as well as video BIOS (VBIOS) updates for its NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30-series GPUs, to unlock the exciting Resizable BAR feature on compatible systems. Resizable BAR, a feature of the PCI Express® expansion bus standard widely employed in modern PCs, allows the CPU and GPU to communicate more efficiently to enhance performance in select game titles.

As a leading provider of motherboards and custom GPU add-in boards, ASUS has been working with its industry partners to enable this exciting feature for owners of its custom NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-series products. Thanks to internal testing that reveals performance increases of more than 12%1 in AAA games such as Forza Horizon 4, ASUS is excited to bring support for this feature to as many of its customers as possible.

The company has produced updates for motherboards ranging from attainable AMD® A520 and Intel® H410 platforms to high-end AMD TRX40 and Intel X299 platforms, demonstrating this strong commitment. A full list of ASUS motherboards receiving firmware updates to enable Resizable BAR, as well as the minimum firmware version required to take full advantage of this feature with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs, is provided as a supplement to this release.

To bring Resizable BAR support to owners of all ASUS GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs, the company is also issuing video BIOS (VBIOS) updates for its custom versions of GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, GeForce RTX 3070, GeForce RTX 3080, and GeForce RTX 3090 GPUs. Starting today, owners of these products can download and install the latest VBIOS in only a few clicks using our convenient support pages and self-contained updater. ASUS GeForce RTX 3060 GPUs have supported Resizable BAR since launch and do not require a VBIOS update to take advantage of the feature.

ASUS makes updating and configuring motherboard firmware simple, and our award-winning, easy-to-use firmware interface makes it a snap to configure Resizable BAR support once a user has installed the latest updates. Customers should visit the ASUS Download Center ( to locate the necessary updates for their motherboard and graphics card, if necessary.

For more information on how to enable Resizable BAR in an ASUS motherboard’s firmware, how to update a graphics card’s VBIOS, and how to verify Resizable BAR functionality, please consult the detailed guide at ASUS Edge Up:

For more information regarding system requirements and compatible hardware for Resizable BAR, please refer to the NVIDIA GeForce blog:

For more information regarding the VBIOS update process and troubleshooting, please refer to NVIDIA’s dedicated support page:


Before us, we have the BIG DADDY of motherboards from ASUS. The MAXIMUS XIII EXTREME is a ridiculously feature-rich motherboard that is going to offer the best of everything the Z590 Chipset and Intel’s i9-11900K have to offer! The only downside is that we currently have no real competition to compare it to, but ah well, let’s see what this monstrosity can do!

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