Asus ROG MAXIMUS XII HERO (WI-FI), Intel Z490, 1200, ATX, 4 DDR4, XFire/SLI, HDM
ROG Maximus XII Hero is the perfect foundation to the Republic of Gamers.
It's a motherboard that packs substantial power, smart cooling and faster memory support under a stealthy skin. Loaded with renowned ROG features, from AI overclocking and AI cooling to attention-grabbing Aura Sync illumination, Maximus XII Hero is ready to perform and crafted for customization.
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.
The Intel Comet Lake processor features 10 cores and a peak single-core Turbo speed that exceeds 5.3 GHz right out of the box. To cope with this increased demand on the system, Maximus XII Formula takes advantage of its intelligent VRM design and uses quality components to ensure the best gaming and daily productive computing experience.
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.
Maintaining system stability is paramount under high load, so Maximus XII Hero employs large VRM and chipset heatsinks that strike the right balance between surface area and mass. The extra-large armor heatsinks also cover multiple M.2 slots. Featuring premium components and multiple fan headers, Maximus XII Hero is fully armed to provide the best foundation for gaming systems - enabling higher performance at lower temperatures.
A VRM heatsink is placed on the MOSFETs and chokes, and the embedded heatpipe connects to the aluminum I/O cover.
Large diameter heatpipe
The U-shaped design provides rapid and even heat transfer from the VRM to the extended VRM heatsink.
A dedicated heatsink keeps the triple M.2 SSDs at the optimum operating temperature for consistent performance and reliability.
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.
Extended VRM heatsink
The extended heatsink at the end of heatpipe increases thermal mass to offset the additional heat generated by high power consumption.
A dedicated chipset heatsink draws heat away to maintain optimum operating temperatures.
Cooler by Design
ROG Maximus XII Hero 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.
A dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups.
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.
Maximus XII Hero is packed with intuitive and flexible tools to allow customization across all system parameters to deliver the performance you want.
Performance Level Up
The dashboard-style control panel of AI Suite 3 lets you fine-tune almost every aspect of your ROG Maximus XII Hero system with ease. Get the best balance between performance, cooling, stability, and efficiency via one simple and intuitive interface.
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.
Accurate Voltage Monitoring
Conventional motherboards use single-ended sensing tapped from a location that isn't ideal, leading to a large disparity between the actual voltage fed to the CPU and the value reported to software. Maximus XII Hero features a differential-sensing circuit and delicate IC that simplify overclocking and tuning by allowing you to track voltages more accurately.
Asus ROG MAXIMUS XII HERO (WI-FI), Intel Z490, 1200, ATX, 4 DDR4, XFire/SLI, HDMI, AX Wi-Fi, 5G LAN, M.2
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DDR4 (Dual Channel)
4 x DIMM
Supports Intel HD Graphics
1 x HDMI
Supports NVIDIA 2-Way SLI Technology
Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX Technology
Supports AMD 2-Way CrossFireX Technology
Intel 10th Gen Processors
2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8)
Intel Z490 Chipset
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode)
3 x PCIe 3.0 x1
6 x SATA III
1 x M.2 (2242/2260/2280/22110) - SATA & PCIe
1 x M.2 (2242/2260/2280) - PCIe
1 x M.2 (2242/2260/2280/22110) - SATA & PCIe
RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201
2x2 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Supports up to 2.4Gbps max data rate
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
Supports channel bandwidth: HT20/HT40/HT80/HT160
Supports CNVI interface
5GB LAN & GB LAN
ROG SupremeFX 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC S1220
USB Ports Supported
4 x USB 3.2 Gen2 (3 Type-A & 1 Type-C at back)
6 x USB 3.2 Gen1 (4 at back, 2 at mid-board)
6 x USB 2.0 (2 at back, 4 at mid-board)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 front panel connector
Back Panel I/O Ports
1 x Marvell AQtion AQC111C 5Gb Ethernet
1 x Intel I219-V 1Gb Ethernet
1 x HDMI
4 x USB 3.2 Gen2
4 x USB 3.2 Gen1
2 x USB 2.0
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
1 x Clear CMOS button
1 x USB BIOS FlashBack Button
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi Module
5 x Gold-plated audio jacks
Internal I/O Connectors
1 x CPU Fan
1 x CPU OPT Fan
3 x Chassis Fan
1 x AIO_PUMP
1 x H_AMP fan
1 x W_PUMP+
1 x W_IN
1 x W_OUT
1 x W_FLOW
1 x AAFP
2 x Aura RGB Strip
2 x Addressable Gen 2
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
2 x USB 2.0
3 x M.2 Socket 3
6 x SATA 6Gb/s
1 x Thunderbolt
1 x 24-pin EATX
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V
1 x 4-pin ATX 12V
1 x Thermal sensor
1 x ReTry button
1 x System panel
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel
1 x Speaker
1 x Start button
1 x FlexKey button
Addressable LED ext cable
1 x ROG logo plate sticker
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cables
1 x MOS Cooling kit
1 x ROG big sticker
1 x Q-Connector
1 x Wi-Fi Antenna
1 x Ext Cable for RGB strips (80 cm)
1 x ROG Thank you card
2 x M.2 SSD screw packages
2 x M.2 Rubber Packages
1 ROG key chain