The TUF boards used to be an upper-midrange line, with robust power delivery, protective armor and other features that made them pricier than most mid-range and budget offerings. But for the last couple of generations, Asus has let the TUF line lighten up a bit, repositioning the sub-brand as a more budget-focused offering for gamers, behind the Strix and ROG models. The appearance of these boards has also changed over the years, with the TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WIFI now fitting in with most build themes.

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NZXT N7 Z590 – NikKTech

The NZXT N7 Z590 motherboard is based on the LGA 1200 socket (meaning it’s still compatible with LGA 115x coolers and both 10th and 11th generation Intel CPUs) and so it features PCIe Gen v4.0 for one of its PCIe x16 slots (also EMI shielded and reinforced) and one of its M.2 2242/2260/2280 slots. It also sports a 14 power phase design (12+2DrMOS) and a total of 4 DDR4 DIMM slots allowing for up to 128GB of RAM at speeds surpassing 4600MHz. 

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BIOSTAR Z590I VALKYRIE – Overclocking

This BIOSTAR Z590I VALKYRIE is built around  Intel’s new chipset , the Z590. This motherboard retains the   LGA-1200 socket from the   Z490 chipset which will allow you to reuse your cooling system if you wish to  upgrade  your configuration. As a reminder, the   LGA-1200 socket is different from the LGA-1151 since we go from 1151  pin  to 1200  pin  at the  socket.

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MSI MAG Z590 TOMAHAWK WIFI – Tom’s Hardware

With all of its shrouds and large heatsinks, the board looks like it’s ready for business. All (three) M.2 sockets and the chipset sport a basic heatsink, while the left VRM bank uses a large heatsink that reaches out over the rear IO. Thankfully, most of the white/grey stenciling we’re used to seeing has been done away with. If you’re looking for an RGB light show, you’ll have to add that yourself, as the only RGB illumination is around the chipset area. In the end, the updated appearance should work with more build themes than previous versions.

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ASRock Z590 OC Formula – AnandTech

Looking at performance, the Z590 OC Formula performed respectably in our stock performance test suite, including compute, gaming, and our system-focused tests. We saw a higher power draw in both long idle and idle power states than other Z590 models tested, but the OC Formula did well at full-load. The ASRock breezed through our non-UEFI POST time testing and DPC latency with solid results in both of these tests. Sometimes an overclocking focused motherboard rejects having a good baseline performance mode, but the OC Formula ticks the box that means that even without tweaking, it can work for everyone.

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EVGA Z590 DARK – NikKTech

The DARK line of motherboards by EVGA has always been targeted towards overclockers and enthusiasts and so they are among the most expensive models in the market something which obviously applies for the Z590 model as well since it currently retails for USD549.99 inside the USA ( and for 579.84Euros inside the EU ( Of course, if you want the best there is then this is it, but if you are simply put not interested in overclocking at all then an EVGA model might not be the right one for you. For people however who are into overclocking (or people who just want the best) the Z590 DARK by EVGA sits at the top currently and for that it gets the Platinum Award.

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SuperMicro SuperO C9 Z590-CGW – Tom’s Hardware

Supermicro is best known for server hardware, but the company does occasionally dabble in the consumer-focused space. Its latest offering on that front is the SuperO C9Z590-CGW, a board based around Intel’s flagship mainstream chipset. The motherboard (which is still basically server-class) includes native PCIe 4.0 support (with Rocket Lake CPU), a Marvell 10 GbE NIC and two USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C ports. There’s three M.2 slots, though not much else has changed on this RGB-free board compared to the previous-gen model. At $429.99, the CGW (the CG, without Wi-Fi, is $409.99) is a full-featured Z590-based motherboard looking to make a place for itself in a crowded premium segment.

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To start, the Z590 Wi-Fi Gundam Edition isn’t its own ground-up solution; it’s actually the TUF Z590 Plus-Wi-Fi with the RX-78-2 white livery. This means we have a relatively solid platform underneath that supports both 10th and 11th Gen CPUs and offers 128GB of memory capacity with speeds up to 5133MHz.

Storage support includes both SATA 6GB/s with six ports and M.2 with two Ultra (Gen3) and one Hyper(Gen4) slot. Networking gives the Intel i225v 2.5Gbe chipset paired with Intel AX201 WiFi6. Audio is the upgraded Realtek ALC S1200A with a full complement of 3.5mm Audio jacks along with optical.

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ASRock Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 – TweakTown

Internal connectivity includes three SATA 6Gb/s ports alongside one Ultra M.2 (Gen3) and one Hyper M.2(Gen4). Networking consists of the full complement from Killer with the AX1675x WiFi6e module and E3100G 2.5Gbe controller.

Rear I/O has a solid complement of USB 3.2 ports next to the Thunderbolt 4 port that is also fully compliant with USB 4.0 at 40Gbps. We also have dual display outputs with HDMI and DP alongside RJ45 2.5Gbe and WiFi6e antennas. Audio is handled by the extremely popular Realtek ALC1220 with a complete set of 3.5mm input/outputs at the bottom.

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This benchmark is based on the classic ROG MAXIMUS XIII Extreme. With one difference, the presence of a monoblock bundle. This one also bears the reference EK-Quantum Momentum ROG Maximus XIII Extreme Glacial D-RGB Plexi . We are on a motherboard with an LGA1200 socket on the Intel Z590 chipset . It is therefore able to accommodate Intel Core processors such as the Rocket Lake-S: i9-11900K and the i5-11600K that we tested as well as 10th generation CPUs such as the i9-10900K or the i5-10600K . It accepts DDR4 memory up to a frequency of 5333 MHz (OC) for a total capacity of 128 GB on four slots. Good point, the rear connection offers two Thunderbolt 4 ports.

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