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Michael G.

Michael G.

Joined on 11/10/18

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Upgraded from XI APEX to XII APEX

ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII APEX (WiFi 6) LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard (16 Power Stages, DDR4 4800, Intel 2.5Gb LAN, DIMM.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB)
ASUS ROG MAXIMUS XII APEX (WiFi 6) LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard (16 Power Stages, DDR4 4800, Intel 2.5Gb LAN, DIMM.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and Aura Sync RGB)

Pros: -This board fits my specific needs. I have a big collection of 16gb RAM sticks so I only need the 2 ram slots giving me a total of 32GB. -the 10900K and Z490 chipset allows 3 nvme ssd's with 1 on the mainboard and 2 on the DIMM.2 card without losing 8X +8X for full SLI support. I have my OS on the mainboard and my mass storage on the DIMM.2. Giving me a total of 5TB of NVME storage. The removable DIMM.2 is my favorite feature of the APEX. Using all 3 nvme slots removes lanes from the 4x pcie slot rather than the 16X GPU slot PCIE and the second PCIE will still remain at 8X if you did decide to use SLI. So you not losing anything significant when populating all the slots unlike the Extreme board from last generation. -Last generation Maximus XI gave vastly different results based compared to the other models for Vcore and stability. for the XI, I had the Formula, Extreme and APEX. And memory and CPU overclock's were always significantly more stable with less voltage on the APEX board. This is why I always choose this board even though I do not need the LN2 features. -If you intend to use this on a bench the sata ports of setup so you can route your cables directly down underneath the board saving space.

Cons: -No IGPU power delivery so it requires a discrete GPU -Availability is always scarce with this model so if you want it and its in stock I suggest you buy it now before they are scarce and overpriced

Overall Review: For me personally this is ASUS best Z490 board. ATX form factor makes it compatible with every case designed for it (unlike E-ATX Extreme). The price is decent. You are getting the most stable power delivery compared to the other ASUS models (last gen APEX I was able to use less voltage for the exact CPU overclock with the same cpu on the Formula board, saving me 0.04 Vcore and about 6c in temps in Prime 95 running for 3 hours.) You are able to get the DIMM.2 NVME card for a standard ATX board without ASUS pick pocketing you like they do with the Extreme model. Another problem with the Extreme model for the 10900K and previous generations is this CPU and chipset does not even offer enough pcie lanes to use all the features on the Extreme anyway, so you are throwing money away or removing your ability to use SLI if you do decide to populate the entire board.

Recommend with confidence

G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) Desktop Memory Model F4-4000C19D-32GTRS
G.SKILL Trident Z Royal Series 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR4 4000 (PC4 32000) Desktop Memory Model F4-4000C19D-32GTRS

Pros: - When coordinating the mirror finish with other components they look amazing - Significant headroom on timing, voltage, temps and stability on my specific kit - Plug and play on Asus qvl motherboards - Easy to get working on non qvl motherboard (EVGA) with only a few manual settings

Cons: This is not so much a fault of G.Skills but 3600+ XMP memory is not a great idea for a first time builder. I can see people rma'ing this kit because their specific motherboard or cpu overclock is not up to the task of achieving the listed XMP values. I have 2 boards. One likes the XMP Settings and the other (even though its qvl listed) does not. The problem is not the memory but is in fact the auto setting voltage algorithm. All easily resolved but you are going to have to know what to adjust and what values are safe.

Overall Review: Another great product from G.Skill. What other company's out there are using a mirror finish on their heat spreader. And if you like RGB, implementation is also very unique.