Powered exclusively by 10th Generation Intel Core, Pentium Gold, and Celeron processors, the Republic of Gamers Maximus XII Hero LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard (Wi-Fi) from ASUS packs enhanced memory pathways across different PCB layers, boasts a robust power design with 14+2 power stages with a ProCool II power connector, smart cooling, and faster memory support with ASUS OptiMem III. It has been designed with ROG features that include AI overclocking, AI cooling, and Aura Sync illumination. This motherboard will fit in ATX sized cases, supports the LGA 1200 socket, the Intel Z490 chipset, and is compatible with Windows 10 (64-bit).
The ATX form factor of the ROG Maximus XII Hero can support up to 128GB of DDR4 RAM over four dual-channel slots, or 32GB per slot at speeds of 4700+ (OC), 4600 (OC), 4500 (OC), 4400 (OC), 4266 (OC) 4133 (OC), 4000 (OC), 3866 (OC), 3733 (OC), 3600 (OC), 3466 (OC), 3400 (OC), 3333 (OC), 3200 (OC), 3000 (OC), 2933 (OC), 2800 (OC), 2666, 2400, and 2133 MHz non-ECC unbuffered memory. For storage, there are six SATA III 6 Gb/s ports and three M.2 Key M sockets, two of which support type 2242, 2260, 2280, and 22110 SATA and PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs, while the other supports type 2242, 2260, and 2280 SATA and PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs. The ROG Maximus XII Hero supports Intel Optane Memory and allows its storage to be configured as RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10.
There is one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port (rear panel), three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (rear panel), four USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports (rear panel), two USB 2.0 Type-A ports (rear panel), and more internal USB headers that support USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, USB 3.2 Gen 1, and USB 2.0. For those looking to expand their system using PCIe, there are two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots that support x16 or x8/x8, one PCIe 3.0 x16 slot that supports x4, and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Network connectivity is achieved using a Marvell AQtion AQC111C 5Gb Ethernet port or an Intel I219V Gigabit Ethernet port, while wireless connectivity is provided by Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.1.
For delivering sharp, clear graphics, this motherboard has an HDMI 1.4b port, though graphics specs vary between CPU types. For users looking to take advantage of multiple GPUs, the ROG Maximus XII Hero supports AMD 3-Way/2-Way CrossFireX and NVIDIA 2-Way SLI technologies.
Using the ROG SupremeFX S1220 8-Channel HD audio codec, the ROG Maximus XII Hero can support audio with higher fidelity than standard controllers. Audio can also be output using the integrated five 3.5mm audio outputs or optical S/PDIF output. Protection is provided by a limited 3-year warranty.