ASUS has expanded its range of ROG Maximus XIII motherboards with the new Apex model. The novelty is designed for use with Intel Core processors 10th and 11th generation. The latter offer full support for the PCIe 4.0 bus.
At the heart of the ROG Maximus XIII Apex is the Intel Z590 chipset. The board is equipped with an 18-phase power subsystem. The manufacturer claims that each phase can handle up to 90 A. In the new motherboard of the ROG Maximus series, the manufacturer has completely redesigned the VRM, getting rid of the phase doublers. The circuit also provides for two 8-pin EPS connectors to supply power to the processor. Cooling of the elements of the power subsystem is provided by massive aluminum radiators.
The ROG Maximus XIII Apex motherboard is designed for overclocking. This is also evidenced by the presence of the LED indicator of POST-codes, reading points for the readings of the voltages used, as well as many buttons and toggle switches that can be used for overclocking. Condensation sensors are located near the processor socket, memory slots and the upper PCIe socket, which will be useful for extreme overclocking. In addition, the ROG Maximus XIII Apex is equipped with five temperature sensors, five 4-pin and two 3-pin headers for connecting fans, as well as several connectors for connecting a liquid cooling system.
Like previous Apex models, the new ROG Maximus XIII Apex motherboard comes with only two DDR4 RAM connectors. Although the amount of RAM is limited to only 64 GB, the new product supports DDR4-5000 and higher memory (overclocked). Support for overclocking memory is ready to provide support for ASUS OptiMem III technology.
The ROG Maximus XIII Apex also includes eight SATA III connectors and up to four M.2 connectors for NVMe storage. The pair of them on the motherboard support the PCIe 4.0 interface and are equipped with heatsinks. The other two M.2 slots are added using the ASUS ROG DIMM.2 expansion card, which fits into the slot next to the RAM slots and supports NVMe drives up to 110mm in length.
The ROG Maximus XIII Apex Expansion Slot Set consists of two PCIe x16 and one PCIe x8. The network capabilities of the novelty are provided by a 2.5-gigabit wired interface, as well as support for Wi-Fi 6E wireless connections. Responsible for the sound is the Realtek ALC4080 codec and the Savitech SV3H712 amplifier, equipped with high-quality Nichicon capacitors.
Among the external connectors, the board has four USB 3.2 Gen 1, five USB 3.2 Gen 2 and one USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C, which are output to the rear panel. An additional USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connector is provided for output to the front panel.
The price of the ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Apex motherboard is currently unknown. The previous version on the Intel Z490 chipset had a suggested price tag of $ 357.
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