Intel Z490 EATX motherboard with 16 power stages, DDR4 4700 MHz (O.C.), Quad M.2, Dual USB 3.2 Gen 2 front-panel connector, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C and Aura Sync RGB lighting
- LGA 1200 socket for 10th-gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors
- Optimisation: Automated system-wide tuning, providing AI Overclocking and AI Cooling profiles tailor-made for your rig
- Cooling: dedicated water cooling zones, M.2 heatsink and various fan controls
- Connectivity: Marvell® AQtion 10Gb, Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet , LANGaurd, Quad M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2, and Intel® Wi-Fi 6
- Synchronised RGB lighting technology works with a vast portfolio of Aura Sync-capable PC gear and includes support for addressable light strips and Philips Hue
Our ROG engineers developed and extensively-tested intelligent software solutions to ensure your system stays in optimal condition.
Tuning is now faster and smarter than ever before. AI Overclocking profiles the CPU and cooling to predict the optimal configuration for each system.
AI Cooling automatically manages and controls motherboard connected fans, ensuring the most efficient settings depending on the current system load and temperature.
GameFirst VI optimises and organises network bandwidth, effectively reducing jitter and eliminating spike lag to ensure smooth online gameplay.
Maximus XII Extreme is the ideal foundation for your dream gaming build. An intelligent voltage-regulator module (VRM) design and high-quality components ensure that you'll get the most out of demanding latest-generation Intel processors. More firepower and an overclocking edge are yours with Maximus XII Extreme.
Teamed Power Architecture
Today's CPU architectures place incredible demands on motherboard power design by transitioning from deep power saving modes , going from lower-power mode to full load in an instant. Our latest VRM architecture rises to the challenge by utilising teamed power stages to rapidly swing current, while maintaining exemplary thermal performance.
ASUS Optimem III
Boasting proprietary memory trace layout tweaks that improve signal integrity and mitigate noise, ASUS OptiMem III is more compatible with 3600 MHz+ memory kits, allowing them to run at higher frequencies. You can opt to optimise memory for high frequency settings, or low latency settings. With higher capacity memory kits, OptiMem III enables you to run at maximum frequency, whereas other motherboards will trade off frequency for capacity. Stack Maximus XII Extreme with your favourite modules and maximise throughput of the new 10th Generation Intel Core Comet Lake-S processor for applications that demand massive bandwidth.
Featuring premium components, multiple fan headers and a bundled fan extension card, Maximus XII Extreme is fully equipped to enable higher performance at lower temperatures. To ensure system stability under heavy CPU loads, Maximus XII Extreme employs large VRM and chipset heatsinks that strike the right balance between surface area and mass. The extra-large heatsinks also cover multiple M.2 slots.
Maximus XII Extreme delivers exceptional overclocking performance without requiring a fan for cooling. This is possible thanks to 16 teamed power stages running 90A MOSFETs on it VRM layout. To further improve heat dissipation, the I/O cover act as a large heatsink and there is also a heat pipe bridging the VRM heatsinks, increasing surface area and improving heat dissipation.
A VRM heatsink is placed on the MOSFETs and chokes, and the embedded heatpipe connects to the aluminium I/O cover.
Aluminium I/O cover
An aluminium I/O cover is connected to the primary heatsink via an embedded heatpipe, increasing mass and surface area for dissipation.
Extended VRM Heatsink
Helps cool vital motherboard power delivery areas to enhance the overclocking potential of future processors.
Aluminium heatsink cover
The heatsink cover is crafted from pure aluminium to efficiently cool the two onboard M.2 drives.
High-conductivity thermal pad
The high-quality thermal pad improves overall heat transfer from the system by bridging the heat generated by the power stages to the heatsink.
Solid steel backplate
A steel, cold-rolled coil construction backplate strengthens the motherboard to prevent bending, and adds additional mass to siphon heat from the VRM.
A chipset heatsink blends seamlessly with the aluminium heatsink cover and prominently features the ROG logo.
Cooler by Design
ROG Maximus XII Extreme features the most comprehensive cooling options ever.
Multiple temperature sources
Each header can be set to monitor and react to three user-configurable thermal sensors for workload-based cooling. And all settings can be easily managed by Fan Xpert 4 or UEFI.
4-pin PWM/DC fan
Every onboard header supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans.
Bundled Fan Extension Card II
Bundled cand includes six additional DC or PWM fan headers, plus three thermal-probe headers.
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.
A dedicated header can supply over 3 amps to high-performance PWM or DC water pumps.
A dedicated header enables monitoring of temperatures at the input/output points of any component.
A dedicated header enables constant monitoring of flow rate throughout the entire loop.
Fan Extension Card II
ROG Maximus XII Extreme includes the new Fan Extension Card II, which adds six headers that area controllable via FanXpert 4. The card features three temperature-sensor headers to complement the one available onboard, and also comes with three thermistors that can be affixed to different components. In addition to supplying extra headers for cooling, it provides three RGB headers to provide illuminated effects for your RGB fan.
ROG provides the tools needed to optimise your system quickly and easily. For those who relish complete control, the UEFI BIOS offers advanced customisation options so you can tweak every aspect of your system.
Performance Level Up
The dashboard-style control panel of AI Suite 3 lets you fine-tune almost every aspect of your ROG Maximus XII Extreme system with ease. Get the best balance between performance, cooling, stability, and efficiency via one simple and intuitive interface.
ROG Maximus XII Extreme offers advanced connectivity, including WiFi 6 (AX201) and dual Ethernet with intel 2.5G Ethernet and 10G port to eliminate bottlenecks so you can enjoy exceptionally smooth online and LAN play. Additionally, the M.2 supports Intel VROC technology to maximise the speed of your SSD for faster load times, and SupremeFX on-board audio provides superb sound, while saving a PCIe slot.
WiFi 6 (AX201)
Onboard WiFi 6 (802.11ax) supports ultrafast wireless-networking speeds, improved capacity and better performance in dense WiFi environments, providing exceptional online gaming experiences. *
10 Gbps onboard Ethernet
Designed to meet the demanding requirements of power users and content creators, 10 Gbps onboard Ethernet provides a new level of home networking. With up to 10X the bandwidth of standard gigabit Ethernet, you'll enjoy streaming uncompressed 4K UHD videos, and backups and file transfers that are faster than ever before. **
Intel 2.5G Ethernet
Onboard Intel 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.
USB 3.2 Gen 2 front-panel connectors
Two front-panel USB 3.2 connectors area ready to accommodate a wide variety of devices.
USB 3.2 Gen 2×2
Reversible USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C ports provide ultimate flexibility and blazing data-transfer speeds.
Bundled Thunderbolt 3 Expansion Card
At a breathtaking 40Gbps you'll experience faster transfers, with four times (4X) the data speeds of any other cable and twice (2X) the video bandwidth.
Maximus XII Extreme supports up to four onboard M.2 drives to maximise storage. Two can be found on the ROG DIMM.2 module, next to the memory slots, and supports drives as long as 110 mm. The other two can be found under the aluminium heatsink cover. PCIe support ensures compatibility with the very latest NVMe SSDs for ultrafast transfer speeds.
The ROG DIMM.2 module is an innovative expansion card that allows two M.2 drives to be connected via a DDR4 interface. You can then add a metal heatsink, helping to control thermals for maximum performance while elevating the aesthetics.
ROG SupremeFX audio technology has levelled up, delivering 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 cleaner power delivery to the SupremeFX S1220 codec, an ESS ES9023P digital-to-analogue converter for superior front-panel output, and a Texas Instruments RC4580 op amp for high gain with low distortion – all to deliver audio that envelops you as never before.
Led-Illuminated Audio Jacks
Allows you to easily identify audio ports and saves you from fumbling around in the dark.
The ESS ES9023P digital-to-analogue converter creates a perfect balance for top-tier audio clarity capable of 112db DNR /-94dB THD+N for superior front-panel output.
10 DAC channels provide simultaneous 7.1-channel playback, independent 2.0-channel, multiple-stream stereo to front-panel outputs
Unique design allows the codec's impedance-sensing function to be ported with either the front or rear headphone outputs
Fine-quality Japanese-made components that produce a warmer, natural sound with exceptional clarity and fidelity
In addition to extraordinary performance, Maximus XII Extreme provides extensive styling and customisation options to let you build a system that truly stands apart.
Grow your Gaming World
Gear up with ROG components, from graphics and monitors to mice and keyboards. And up your game with complementary aesthetics, control and compatibility. The ROG ecosystem is more extensive than any competing brand, so enjoy greater choice as your system expands.
Addressable Gen 2 RGB header
The addressable Gen 2 RGB headers now feature software that can automatically tailor lighting effects to specific devices. The new headers also offer backward-compatibility with existing Aura RGB gear.
RAMCache lll software utility turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times. Fully compatible with the latest NVM Express storage options, RAMCache lll utilises uniquely intelligent technology to effectively cache any storage device, so favourite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds.