Asus ROG MAXIMUS Z790 APEX ENCORE w/ DDR5-8000+(O.C.), Dual PCIe 5.0 Slots, 4x M.2 Slots, 7.1 Audio, 5Gb LAN, Wi-Fi 7, BT 5.4

MX00127620 ROG MAXIMUS Z790 APEX ENCORE w/ DDR5-8000+(O.C.), Dual PCIe 5.0 Slots, 4x M.2 Slots, 7.1 Audio, 5Gb LAN, Wi-Fi 7, BT 5.4
MX00127620 ROG MAXIMUS Z790 APEX ENCORE w/ DDR5-8000+(O.C.), Dual PCIe 5.0 Slots, 4x M.2 Slots, 7.1 Audio, 5Gb LAN, Wi-Fi 7, BT 5.4 MX00127620 ROG MAXIMUS Z790 APEX ENCORE w/ DDR5-8000+(O.C.), Dual PCIe 5.0 Slots, 4x M.2 Slots, 7.1 Audio, 5Gb LAN, Wi-Fi 7, BT 5.4 MX00127620 ROG MAXIMUS Z790 APEX ENCORE w/ DDR5-8000+(O.C.), Dual PCIe 5.0 Slots, 4x M.2 Slots, 7.1 Audio, 5Gb LAN, Wi-Fi 7, BT 5.4 MX00127620 ROG MAXIMUS Z790 APEX ENCORE w/ DDR5-8000+(O.C.), Dual PCIe 5.0 Slots, 4x M.2 Slots, 7.1 Audio, 5Gb LAN, Wi-Fi 7, BT 5.4

Product Info


This ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z790 Motherboard is the ultimate choice for enthusiasts and overclockers seeking style and power in their gaming setup!

The ROG Maximus Z790 Apex Encore boasts a sleek all-black design, robust appearance, upgraded power solution and an onboard PCIe® 5.0 M.2 slot for lightning-fast storage. Meanwhile, the ROG Memory Fan Kit offers active cooling to let tinkerers push DDR5 to the limit.

And you also get support for Intel® Core™ 14th Gen Processors, so users can set new benchmarks for the wealth of activities that demand peak performance.

The Latest WIFI 7 Wireless

The blistering fast Intel® Wi-Fi 7 network transfers data up to 2.4x as fast as WiFi 6E Wireless devices with an all-new ultrawide 320 MHz 6GHz channel when communicating with the latest WiFi 7 compatible Routers.

Bluetooth v5.4

The new Bluetooth v5.4 protocols offer two major improvements; Periodic Advertising with Responses (PAwR) and Encrypted Advertising Data. Together, they enable connectionless, bidirectional, secure communication with thousands of very low-power end nodes making it essential for environments with many IoT devices.





Tried and tested OC features offer extensive control over system performance for seasoned veterans and new recruits alike. Leverage onboard intelligence to automatically adapt CPU performance, or get a headstart on manual tuning and then utilize advanced tools and utilities to stay on the pulse and push boundaries.

Tuning is now faster and smarter than ever before. ASUS AI Overclocking profiles the CPU and cooling to predict the optimal configuration and push the system to its limits. Predicted values can be engaged automatically or used as a launching ground for further experimentation.

Overclocker’s Toolkit
The ROG Overclocker’s Toolkit is a powerful set of hardware-level controls to enhance your overclocking experience. Some are quick and easy time savers, while others offer masterful functionality to help you smash benchmarks and break records.

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. The ROG Maximus Z790 Formula features a differential-sensing circuit and delicate IC that simplify overclocking and tuning by allowing you to track voltages more accurately.

Specialized circuitry allows ROG Maximus Z790 Apex Encore to detect when condensation occurs on the back of the board. Divided into three distinct sections — CPU, DRAM, and PCIe — the feature provides a useful warning when an area may be at risk of short-circuiting.

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. The latest ROG VRM architecture rises to the challenge by utilizing teamed power stages to rapidly swing current, while maintaining exemplary thermal performance.

Comprehensive memory tuning options are the cornerstone of ROG motherboards. With the ROG Maximus Z790 Apex Encore, you can extract all of the potential out of your DDR5 modules, regardless of if they're from an extreme-speed kit or an entry-level set that would otherwise be locked.

This ROG Maximus Z790 Apex Encore is also equipped with the ROG Memory Fan Kit; a cooling solution to solidify DDR5 stability and unleash memory overclocking. With the ROG Memory Fan Kit, your DDR5 modules can push the boundaries and reach overclocking speeds of DDR-8400+. Experience superior cooling performance and unlock the full potential of your memory with ease.




  • M.2 Heatsinks and Backplates
    Three onboard M.2 slots are thoroughly cooled with heatsinks and backplates for maximum cooling performance
    VRM heatsinks on the MOSFETs and chokes are connected by an embedded heatpipe to increase mass and surface area for dissipation
    Two additional M.2 slots are kept cool with the DIMM.2 card's hefty heatsinks
    An extended heatsink helps further cool the VRM along with an M.2 drive

An extensive array of headers allows for precise cooling control and monitoring.

    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
    Every onboard header supports auto-detection of DC or PWM fans
    A dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups

Dual water-temperature headers and a flow-rate header feed information straight into the Armoury Crate App, allowing you to track coolant temperatures and the flow rate of the entire loop.

  • Water Pump+
    A dedicated header can supply over 3 amps to a high-performance PWM or DC water pumps
  • Water In/Out
    A dedicated header enables monitoring of temperatures at the input/output points of any component
  • Water Flow
    A dedicated header enables constant monitoring of flow rate throughout the entire loop

ASUS AIO coolers offer robust performance, high overclocking potential, bold aesthetics and customizable functionality for new Z790 motherboards, empowering you to build your dream gaming rig.



Next-gen WiFi 7* chipset introduces all-new ultrawide 320 MHz channel bandwidth in the 6 GHz band and 4096 QAM, delivering ultra-fast WiFi speeds up to 2.4x Faster than WiFi 6E. The revolutionary Multi-Link Operation (MLO) provides a more stable WiFi connection and lower latency, unlocking the realms of the unknown in gaming, streaming, and industrial IoT.
Learn more about Multi-link Operation (MLO) and WiFi 7 technology.

Bluetooth v5.4
The new 5.4 Bluetooth protocols offer two major improvements; Periodic Advertising with Responses (PAwR) and Encrypted Advertising Data. Together, they enable connectionless, bidirectional, secure communication with thousands of very low-power end nodes making it essential for environments with many IoT devices.

Low-latency gaming, speedy file transfers, and high-resolution video streaming are among the many perks of onboard Realtek 2.5 Gbps Ethernet.

Dual USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps) TYPE-C Ports w/ Quick Charge 4+ 60W Charging
The ROG Maximus Z790 Apex Encore comes loaded with two USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20Gbps) Type-C® connectors. One is a port on the rear I/O; the other can be attached to the chassis front panel and it also features Quick Charge 4+ technology to quickly charge devices at up to 60W*.
* Requires a PCIe power supply cable to be plugged into the nearby 8-pin connector.

Three NVMe M.2 PCIe Slots
This ROG Motherbord features 3x M.2 Slots, one Slot with PCIe 5.0 16 GB/s speed, while the other 2 Slots offer 8 GB/s via PCIe 4.0.

PCIE 5.0
The ROG Maximus Z790 Formula offers abundant Gen 5 support to give unfettered bandwidth to the fastest SSDs and graphics cards available.

Expansion Slots
Both of the PCI-E x16 slots have the PCIe 5.0 treatment to offer incredible speeds up to 64 GB/s for compatible devices. To bear the brunt of massive graphics cards, they are protected with SafeSlot, and the top slot can be released easily thanks to the Q-Release button.

ROG SUPREMEFX ALC 4080 Audio Chipset
This ROG SupremeFX Aufio Chipset is a unique blend of hardware and software that provides superior audio. The ROG Maximus Z790 Apex Encore's SupremeFX implementation features the ALC4080 codec with up to 32-bit / 384 kHz playback. The front-panel output is streamed through a highly integrated Savitech amplifier that is capable of driving a wide variety of gaming headsets and high-fidelity headphones.

The integrated Hi-Fi Savitech amplifier holds up its end of the signal path with -89dB THD+N and a signal-to-noise ratio of 114dB; bringing pristine audio to gaming headsets and premium cans.



A physical button unlocks the first PCIe slot’s security latch with one tap, greatly simplifying the process of detaching a PCIe card from the motherboard when it’s time to upgrade to a new GPU or other compatible device.

The innovative Q-Latch makes it easy to install or remove an M.2 SSD without the need for specific tools. The design employs a simple locking mechanism to secure the drive and neatly eliminate traditional screws.

With Q-Antenna, attaching a WiFi antenna to your PC is now easy and fast. Instead of slowly rotating two fasteners until they finally lock in, they just snap into place. Less hassle, and more consistent performance.

The on-board LED panel shows 2-digit diagnostic codes, providing a valuable reference for troubleshooting common boot problems and hardware issues.

On-board Q-LED troubleshooting lights give PC builders a quick indicator to confirm that key components ― CPU, RAM, graphics card, storage devices ― are functioning normally during startup. Builders can use the Q-LED feature to correct power delivery issues affecting their motherboard, and it can also alert them when memory modules have not been properly installed--even before attempting to boot a newly built PC.

BIOS FlashBack™ is a safe and simple way to update BIOS. Just drop the (UEFI) BIOS file onto a FAT32-formatted USB stick, plug it into the USB BIOS FlashBack port, and press the button. Updates can even be performed without having memory or a CPU installed. The Clear CMOS button quickly resets BIOS settings to factory default. It can also be used to reboot the PC if incorrect BIOS settings have been selected.


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 more comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.

Balance the thermals and acoustics of any build with a single click. A proprietary ASUS algorithm slashes unnecessary noise while running a quick stress test, and then monitors CPU temperatures to dynamically adjust fans.

This utility leverages a massive deep-learning database to reduce over 5 million types of background noise from incoming or outgoing audio, helping ensure crystal-clear communication in games or calls.

GameFirst optimizes networking performance by allocating bandwidth in real time, based on intelligent algorithms designed for various application customizable usage scenarios and corresponding learning algorithms. The latest update includes dedicated support for NVIDIA® GeForce NOW to ensure the lowest latency during intense game streaming cloud gaming sessions.


The AI Suite 3 dashboard contains a set of intuitive controls that boost CPU performance while maintaining system stability.



Up your game with complementary Aura Sync enhanced aesthetics, featuring preset lighting effects that can be easily synchronized across compatible ROG graphics cards, monitors, keyboards, and mice to give your setup a unified look.

Sonic Studio supports HRTF-based (head-related transfer function*) virtual surround for headsets, casting an immersive aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action. The intuitive Sonic Studio interface also offers a range of EQ options and one-click presets, allowing you to tailor acoustics to suit personal preferences or the characteristics of your headset.

Through the pre-loaded DTS® Sound Unbound™ app, the ROG Maximus Z790 Formula envelops you in rich audio, conjuring whole new levels of immersion for extraordinary gaming and entertainment experiences. By exploiting Microsoft spatial sound technology, DTS Sound Unbound creates an audial 3D space — putting you right in the middle of the soundscape, where you can sense the location and direction of every gunshot, footstep, or other sound in your virtual environment.
* DTS Sound Unbound requires in-game support. Check with developers for supported titles.


ARMOURY CRATE Software Suite
Armoury Crate is a software utility designed to give you centralized control of supported gaming products, making it easy to tune the look and feel of your system. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate helps you customize RGB lighting and effects for compatible devices and synchronize them with Aura Sync to create a unified lighting scheme across your system. In addition, Armoury Crate’s Fan Xpert4 tool provides comprehensive control over fans, water pumps, and all-in-one (AIO) coolers.

You can use Armoury Crate to download drivers, tools, and user manuals, and to register products. It also taps into a special news feed that connects you to the global ASUS gaming community.
* Windows 10 or 11 required for full Aura Sync functionality within Armoury Crate. For Windows 8 and earlier versions, standalone Aura Sync software is available for free download from the product support site.


The ROG Maximus Z790 Formula includes a one-year AIDA64 Extreme subscription, a tool that provides detailed information about hardware and software, as well as benchmarks to measure the performance of the entire system or individual components. AIDA64 Extreme includes a monitoring and diagnostics feature to detect and prevent hardware issues. All vital system sensors can be tracked in real time, allowing voltage readings, fan speeds, and temperature information to be displayed on the desktop or sent to dedicated displays or to the LCD panels of ROG AIO liquid coolers*.
* Support available for ROG Ryujin II and later models.
Learn More About AIDA64

Additional Information:

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Rear I/O Ports:



Make and Model ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z790 APEX ENCORE Motherboard
Chipset Intel® Z790 Chipset
CPU Intel® Socket LGA1700 for 14th, 13th & 12th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors*
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0**
* Refer to for CPU support list.
** Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 support depends on the CPU types.
Memory 4x DDR5 DIMMs, Maximum 192GB (4x 48GB)

Stock Clocked RAM: DDR5-5600 / 5400 / 5200 / 5000 / 4800 MHz

Overclocked RAM: DDR5-8000+ / 7800 / 7600 / 7400 / 7200 / 7000 / 6800 / 6600 / 6400 / 6200 / 6000 / 5800 MHz

Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory*
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
ASUS Enhanced Memory Profile II (AEMP II)
Supports DIMM Flex
* Supported memory types, data rate (Speed), and number of DRAM modules can vary depending on the CPU and memory configurations. For more complete information, refer to for the memory support list.

Integrated Graphics 1x HDMI v2.1 port up to 4K UHD @ 60Hz
2x Thunderbolt™ 4 (40Gbps) ports,* both support DisplayPort and Thunderbolt Video outputs
Resolution and maximum Frame Rates can vary by CPU
* Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types. Please refer to for any updates.
Expansion Slot 2x PCIe 5.0 x16 slots (supports x16 or x8/x8 modes)
1x PCIe 4.0 x4 slot
Storage M.2 Slots w/ NVMe RAID 0/1/5/10:
1x PCIe 5.0 x4 2242/2260/2280 Slot (Key M)
1x PCIe 4.0 x4 2242/2260/2280 Slot (Key M)
2x PCIe 4.0 x4 2242/2260/2280/22110 Slots (Key M)
1x PCIe 4.0 x4 / SATA 2242/2260/2280 Slot (Key M)

4x SATA 6Gb/s ports* w/ SATA RAID 0/1/5/10

Ethernet Intel Ethernet 2.5Gbe Chipset:
1x RJ45 2.5Gb Ethernet LAN port
WiFi Intel® Wi-Fi 7 Chipset:
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax TriBand (2.4/5/6GHz) w/ 2x2 Antenna
Supports Wi-Fi 7 320MHz bandwidth; up to 5.76Gbps transfer rates
Bluetooth Intel® Wi-Fi 7 Chipset:
Bluetooth v5.4
USB 10x Rear USB Ports:
1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20Gbps) Type-C port
5x USB 3.2 Gen2 (10Gbps) Type-A ports
4x USB 3.2 Gen1 (5Gbps) Type-A ports

9x Front USB Ports:
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 (20Gbps) Type-C port via 1x USB 3.2 connector
4x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5Gbps) Type-A ports via 2x USB 2.0 headers
4x USB 2.0 (480Mbps) Type-A ports via 2x USB 2.0 headers

Audio ROG ALC4080 SupremeFX 7.1 Surround Sound High Def Audio CODEC:
- Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
- Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel MIC Jack-retasking
- High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 110 dB SNR recording input
- Supports up to 32-Bit/384 kHz playback on front panel

Audio Features:
- SupremeFX Shielding Technology
- Savitech SV3H712 AMP
- Gold-plated audio jacks
- Rear optical S/PDIF out port
- Premium audio capacitors
- Audio cover
* The LINE OUT port on the rear panel does not support spatial audio. If you wish to use spatial audio, make sure to connect your audio output device to the audio jack on the front panel of your chassis or use a USB interface audio device.

Back Panel I/O 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (20Gbps)Type-C port
5x USB 3.2 Gen2 (10Gbps) ports
4x USB 3.2 Gen1 (5Gbps) ports

2x WiFi Antenna Jacks
1x Intel® 2.5Gb RJ45 Ethernet LAN port

5x Gold-plated audio jacks
1x Optical S/PDIF out port

1x BIOS FlashBack™ button
1x Clear CMOS button

1x PS/2 Keyboard (Purple) port
1x PS/2 Mouse (Green) port
Internal Connectors Fan and Cooling:
1x 4-pin CPU Fan header
1x 4-pin CPU OPT Fan header
1x 4-pin AIO Pump header
2x 4-pin Chassis Fan headers
2x 4-pin Full Speed Fan headers
1x W_PUMP+ header
1x 2-pin Water In header
1x 2-pin Water Out header
1x 3-pin Water Flow header
1x Extra Flow Fan header

1x 24-pin Main Power connector
2x 8-pin +12V Power connector
1x 8-pin PCIe Power connector

3x M.2 slots (Key M)
1x DIMM.2 slot supports 2 x M.2 slots (Key M)
4x SATA 6Gb/s ports

1x USB 20Gbps connector (supports USB Type-C®)
2x USB 5Gbps headers support additional 4 USB 5Gbps ports
2x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports

1x 80 Light Bar jumper
3x Addressable Gen 2 headers
1x Alternative PCIe Mode Switch
1x Aura RGB header
2x BCLK button
1x BIOS Switch button
1x FlexKey button
1x Front Panel Audio header (F_AUDIO)
1x LN2 Mode jumper
1x Osc sence header
1x Pause switch
12x ProbeIt Measurement Points
1x ReTry button
2x RSVD switches
1x RSVD header
1x Safe Boot button
1x Slow Mode switch
1x Start button
1x 10-1 pin System Panel header
1x Thermal Sensor header
1x Thunderbolt™ (USB4®) header
1x V_Latch switch
Special Features Extreme OC Kit:
- FlexKey button
- LN2 Mode
- ProbeIt
- ReTry button
- Safe boot button
- Start button
- Slow Mode

Extreme Engine Digi+:
- SMD Capacitor
- MicroFine Alloy Choke

ASUS Q-Design:
- M.2 Q-Latch
- PCIe Slot Q-Release
- Q-Antenna
- Q-Code
- Q-Connector
- Q-LED (CPU [red], DRAM [yellow], VGA [white], Boot Device [yellow green])
- Q-Slot

ASUS Thermal Solution:
- M.2 heatsink backplate
- M.2 heatsink
- VRM heatsink design

- BIOS FlashBack™ button
- Clear CMOS button
- CPU Socket lever protector
- ProCool II
- Pre-mounted I/O shield
- SafeSlot
- SafeDIMM

Aura Sync:
- Aura RGB header
- Addressable Gen 2 headers

Dual BIOS:
Front Panel USB 20Gbps with Quick Charge 4+ Support
- Output: 5/9/15/20V max. 3A, PPS:3.3–21V max. 3A
- Compatible with PD3.0 and PPS
- Support: up to 60W fast charging and USB Wattage Watcher*
* To support 60W, please install the power cable to the 8-pin PCIe power connector or else only 27W will be supported.
Software Features ROG Exclusive Software:
- DTS® Sound Unbound
- Internet Security (1-year full version)

ASUS Exclusive Software Suite:
Armoury Crate
- AIDA64 Extreme (1 year full version)
- Aura Creator
- Aura Sync
- Fan Xpert 4 (with AI Cooling II)
- GameFirst
- Power Saving
- Sonic Studio
- Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation
AI Suite 3
- Easy Optimization with AI Overclocking
- DIGI+ Power Control
- Turbo app
- PC Cleaner
USB Wattage Watcher
Intel® Unison™
WinRAR (40 Days Free Trial)
AI Overclocking Guide
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 3

BIOS & Manageability 2x 256Mb Flash ROMs
Operating System Windows® 11 / 10, 64-bit
Form Factor ATX Form Factor:
Dimensions 305 x 244mm
Weight N/A

Package Contents

  • 1x ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z790 APEX ENCORE Motherboard
  • 1x ROG DIMM.2 with heatsink
  • 1x M.2 pad for ROG DIMM.2
  • 2x M.2 screw package for ROG DIMM.2
  • 1x Thermal pad for M.2
  • 1x ROG Memory Fan Kit
  • 1x ASUS WiFi Q-Antenna
  • 1x Q-connector
  • 1x ROG VIP card
  • 3x M.2 Q-Latch packages for M.2 backplate
  • 3x M.2 backplate Rubber Packages
  • 1x USB drive with utilities and drivers
  • 1x Quick start guide