ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus XII Extreme LGA 1200 E-ATX Motherboard

BH #ASMAXXIIEXT • MFR #ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME
ASUS Republic of Gamers Maximus XII Extreme LGA 1200 E-ATX Motherboard
Key Features
  • E-ATX Form Factor
  • Intel Z490 Chipset
  • LGA 1200 Socket
  • 4 x Dual-Channel DDR4-4800 (OC)
Bring ultimate performance to your gaming experience with the ROG Maximus XII Extreme LGA 1200 E-ATX Motherboard from ASUS. Designed for gamers, enthusiasts, professionals, and content creators who want to pack a ton of power into their desktop computer systems, this E-ATX motherboard is powered by the Intel Z490 chipset and supports 10th generation Intel processors with the LGA 1200 socket. It takes full advantage of the PCIe 3.0 data bandwidth to deliver high performance for tasks such as video editing, gaming, and 3D modeling. The motherboard also features extensive liquid cooling support and includes both a MOS cooling kit and a dedicated Fan Extension Card II expansion.
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ASUS Maximus XII Extreme Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Performance Features
  • 3Storage and Memory
  • 4Comprehensive Cooling
  • 5AI Enhancements
  • 6ThunderboltEX 3-TR Expansion Card
  • 7Fully Connected
  • 8Networking Performance
  • 9Upgrade-Friendly
  • 10NVIDIA SLI / AMD CrossFireX Support
  • 11SupremeFX Audio
  • 12LiveDash OLED
  • 13Aura Sync RGB Lighting
  • 14Armoury Crate

Bring ultimate performance to your gaming experience with the ROG Maximus XII Extreme LGA 1200 E-ATX Motherboard from ASUS. Designed for gamers, enthusiasts, professionals, and content creators who want to pack a ton of power into their desktop computer systems, this E-ATX motherboard is powered by the Intel Z490 chipset and supports 10th generation Intel processors with the LGA 1200 socket. It takes full advantage of the PCIe 3.0 data bandwidth to deliver high performance for tasks such as video editing, gaming, and 3D modeling. The motherboard also features extensive liquid cooling support and includes both a MOS cooling kit and a dedicated Fan Extension Card II expansion.

Up to 128GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM, reaching 4800 MHz when overclocked, can be installed across four memory slots. Additionally, up to eight Intel Optane-enhanced SATA III storage drives can be installed alongside four M.2 SSDs using the included DIMM.2 module. In addition to supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, or 10 configuration, Intel Rapid Storage Technology helps to boost performance and responsiveness of connected storage drives. Dedicated graphics cards can be installed into the two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, with support for 2-Way NVIDIA SLI and 3-Way AMD CrossFireX configurations, to maximize frame rates, connect 4K monitors, and for faster video rendering times. An additional PCIe 3.0 x4 slot is available for compatible upgrades such as the included ThunderboltEX 3-TR expansion card, which allows you to daisy chain up to six compatible devices such as DisplayPort monitors, provides up to 100W of charging, and can transfer data at up to 40 Gb/s.

The USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and Type-C ports allow you to transfer data from compatible peripherals at up to 10 Gb/s while the USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C port supports up to 20 Gb/s. Other features include fast network connections with both a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port and a 10 Gigabit Ethernet port quickly transfer data from network attached storage drives and other compatible devices. They operate alongside the built-in 802.11ax Wi-Fi that can reach speeds of up to 2.4 Gb/s over compatible wireless networks.

The ROG Maximus XII Extreme also delivers deep and immersive 7.1-channel surround sound through the SupremeFX S1220 audio codec and paired with the ESS ES9023P DAC. You can customize your computing experience using the addressable RGB headers to connect light strips, which can be synced with other Aura Sync-compatible peripherals such as mice and keyboards. There is also a 2" LiveDash OLED display built onto the motherboard, which can be programmed to show hardware statistics or customized graphics. Windows 10 64-bit is required to take advantage of all the motherboard's features.

Performance Features

  • The ROG Maximus XII Extreme features 16 Infineon TDA21490 power stages, each rated to support up to 90 amps.
  • The Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) helps to ensure smooth and clean power delivery. It also allows for direct control over voltages, the switching frequency, and power-efficiency settings to fine-tune the CPU voltage regulation for stability and performance.
  • Quality chokes and durable capacitors help to deliver strong electrical performance.
  • The TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) onboard micro-controller that helps to provide a variety of system-tuning features. It can be used to fine-tune voltages, monitor system stats, and adjust overclocking parameters.
  • The Energy Processing Unit (EPU) optimizes power consumption to maximize savings in Away mode, which shuts down I/O controllers.
  • Turbo App utility allows you to customize the computer system's performance for individual applications.

Storage and Memory

  • Two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots are available on the motherboard, supporting up to type 22110 SATA and NVMe SSDs.
  • The DIMM.2 module supports up to two M.2 22110 PCIe 3.0 x4 SSDs.
  • Eight SATA III ports are available for hard drives and 2.5" SSDs.
  • Supports RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10.
  • Intel Rapid Storage technology enhances the performance and responsiveness of storage drives.
  • Intel Optane modules are supported, which enhances storage drive performance by caching frequently accessed data.
  • Up to 128GB of dual-channel DDR4-4800 (OC) memory can be installed across four slots.
  • Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP).
  • The RAMCache III utility can automatically caches all your storage devices so that games and apps load faster.
  • OptiMem III technology enhances memory stability and compatibility.

Comprehensive Cooling

  • The VRM heatsink and thermal pad help to efficiently transfer heat away from the motherboard's electrical systems.
  • The included Fan Extension Card II includes six additional DC or PWM fan headers and three thermal sensor headers.
  • A dedicated water-cooling zone includes high performance pump headers and monitoring for both flow rate and water temperatures.
  • The motherboard's M.2 slots and the DIMM.2 module slots are covered by large heatsinks to help prevent speed throttling when the SSDs become too hot.
  • Artificial intelligence monitors system temperatures and loads to automatically set fan speeds, which optimizes cooling while keeping noise to a minimum.
  • Fan Xpert 4: Manually or automatically control the speed of your fans to find a balance of cooling performance and noise. Extreme Quiet mode reduces fan speeds to below the default minimum to keep your system quiet during light tasks.

AI Enhancements

Integrated artificial intelligence features help to optimize overclocking, cooling, and network performance.

ThunderboltEX 3-TR Expansion Card

  • PCIe 3.0 x4 interface.
  • Transfers data at up to 40 Gb/s.
  • Daisy chain up to six compatible devices.
  • 100W and 27W quick charge ports.
  • Two mini DisplayPort In ports.
  • Support for DisplayPort 1.4 monitors.

Fully Connected

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 can transfer data at up to 20 Gb/s with compatible devices.
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 features a maximum throughput of 10 Gb/s when used with compatible devices.
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports support data transfer speeds of up to 5 Gb/s.
  • USB 2.0 Type-A ports are included for compatible devices such as mice and keyboards.

Networking Performance

  • 10 Gigabit and 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet ports provide fast wired connections with compatible devices.
  • The built-in 802.11ax Wi-Fi can transfer data at up to 2.4 Gb/s over compatible wireless networks.
  • LANGuard technology improves the tradition Ethernet port by protecting it against surges, providing a cleaner data signal, and reducing the chance of errors without taking up CPU resources.
  • The GameFirst VI network customization tool for ROG routers uses AI-enhanced features that allow you to analyze, optimize, and boost network data traffic to help ensure stability with minimal interference.
  • Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity allows for strong and stable connections when paired with compatible wireless devices.

Upgrade-Friendly

  • The pre-mounted I/O shield streamlines the motherboard installation process.
  • Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) support allows for automatic overclocking configurations.
  • Q-DIMM slots allow you to easily install and remove memory modules.
  • A differential-sensing circuit and dedicated IC provide accurate voltage monitoring, allowing you to efficiently overclock and tune your system.
  • With the BIOS FlashBack feature, the BIOS can be updated by copying the BIOS file onto a FAT32-formatted USB stick, inserting it into the designated port, and pressing the FlashBack button. Updates may be performed without a CPU or memory installed.
  • SafeSlot technology reinforces the PCIe slots to provide strong device retention and shearing resistance.
  • Q-LED: Onboard LED lights indicate the power status and problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card, or boot device.
  • The ROG AI Overclocking utility helps you get the most out of your build by automatically profiling your CPU and cooling system to predict optimal voltage and frequency settings.

NVIDIA SLI / AMD CrossFireX Support

Installing multiple graphics cards will enhance the computer's performance for demanding tasks such as gaming, video editing, and more. This motherboard supports a 2-Way NVIDIA SLI and 3-Way AMD CrossFireX configurations.

SupremeFX Audio

  • The integrated SupremeFX S1220 audio technology is designed to deliver a flat frequency response for detailed sound with 7.1-channel playback.
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  • 32-bit / 192 kHz playback support.
  • 120 dB stereo output signal-to-noise ratio.
  • 113 dB input signal-to-noise ratio.
  • The ESS ES9023 digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and RC4580 amp deliver high-quality audio to the front panel output.
  • A Texas Instruments RC4580 op amp delivers high gain with low distortion
  • Audio jacks are LED illuminated to make them easier to find in darkened spaces.
  • The switching MOSFET design allow the audio codec's impedance-sensing function to be ported with either the front or rear headphone outputs.
  • Electromagnetic shielding protects against interference from nearby components for cleaner-sounding audio.
  • Nichicon capacitors are designed to produce a warm, natural sound with high clarity.
  • The Sonic Studio III software allows you to customize EQ profiles across different audio devices and applications.
  • The DTS: Sound Unbound app works with Windows Sonic technology to deliver spatial sound to headsets, immersing you into virtual environments and entertainment.

LiveDash OLED

The integrated 2" LiveDash OLED display can be programmed to show hardware monitoring information, an animated Extreme logo, BIOS updated progress, and custom images such as animated GIFs.

Aura Sync RGB Lighting

Aura Sync technology allows you to connect, customize, and control lighting equipment such as RGB LEDs and light strips on the onboard RGB headers. You can choose from a variety of lighting presets that include Static, Strobing, and Color Cycle. These presets can be synchronized with Aura Sync-compatible peripherals such as keyboards, mice, monitors, and more. The addressable RGB headers can detect the number of LEDs on a compatible device and control them individually to further tailor the lighting effects.

Armoury Crate

ASUS Armoury Crate is a suite of management software for system customization. It includes ASUS Aura Sync RGB lighting control, keyboard and mouse preferences, fan speed control, and more.

ASUS Maximus XII Extreme Specs

CPU
General
ChipsetIntel Z490
CPU SocketLGA 1200
Back Panel I/O
USB1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C
2 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C
6 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
ThunderboltNone
DisplayNone
Audio5 x 3.5 mm
1 x S/PDIF
Ethernet / Controller1 x Intel I225-V 2.5Gigabit
1 x Aquantia AQC107 10GbE
Wi-Fi Antenna2 x Connector
ButtonsBIOS Flashback, Clear CMOS
Memory
Memory Slots4 x 288-Pin
Memory SupportDDR4 2133, 2400, 2666, 2800, 2933, 3000, 3200, 3333, 3400, 3466, 3600, 3733, 3866, 4000, 4133, 4266, 4400, 4500, 4600, 4700, 4800 MHz
Maximum Capacity128 GB
Channel ArchitectureDual Channel
ECC SupportNon-ECC Unbuffered
Storage Expansion
SATA8 x SATA III
M.22 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA III)
1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
U.2None
DIMM.21
Optane Memory SupportYes
RAID SupportRAID 0, 1, 5, 10
Internal I/O
Expansion Slots2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 mode)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x4 (x2 mode)
USB2 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Header (Supports 2 USB Type-A Port)
2 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 Header (Supports 4 USB Type-A Port)
2 x USB 2.0 Header (Supports 4 USB Type-A Port)
Multi-GPU Support2-Way NVIDIA SLI
3-Way AMD CrossFireX
Air Cooling1 x 4-Pin CPU
1 x 4-Pin Assistant
2 x 4-Pin System
1 x 2-Pin W_IN
1 x 2-Pin W_OUT
1 x 3-Pin W_FLOW
1 x Thermal Sensor
Liquid Cooling2 x 4-Pin Pump
1 x 9-Pin Monoblock Sensor
8 x Radiator Fan
Power Connectors1 x 24-Pin Mainboard
2 x 8-Pin ATX
1 x 4-Pin ATX
LED Header4 x RGB
Audio1 x Speaker
DiagnosticsBIOS Selection, LN Mode, Measurement Points, ReTry, Safe Boot, Slow Mode, Start
Add-On1 x Thunderbolt Card Header
1 x NODE Connector
BIOS
ROM2 x 256 Mb
Front Panel I/O
I/O Connection HeadersAAFP, USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2
Audio
Audio CodecSupremeFX S1220 (7.1-Channel)
DACESS ES9023P
Wireless
Bluetooth5.1
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) (MU-MIMO)
Module Support1 E Key M.2
Software
Supported Operating SystemsWindows 10 (64-Bit)
Physical
Form FactorE-ATX
Dimensions12.01 x 10.91" / 30.5 x 27.7 cm
Packaging Info
Package Weight10.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)14.7 x 12.1 x 4.4"
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