Asus ROG Maximus XIII APEX WiFi - DDR4 LGA 1200 Intel Motherboard
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Asus ROG Maximus XIII APEX WiFi - DDR4 LGA 1200 Intel Motherboard

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Bring ultimate performance to your entertainment and content-creation experiences with the ROG Maximus XIII Apex LGA 1200 ATX Motherboard. Designed for gamers, enthusiasts, and professionals, this high-performance ATX motherboard features the Intel Z590 chipset and takes full advantage of the PCIe 4.0 bandwidth to deliver exceptional speed with compatible hardware. It supports 11th generation Intel processors with the LGA 1200 socket alongside up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4 5333 MHz overclocked memory across two slots to power demanding tasks such as video editing, gaming, and 3D modeling. There are also extensive storage options, with support for up to eight Intel Optane-enhanced SATA III drives, two onboard M.2 SSDs, and two additional M.2 drives using the included DIMM.2 riser card. Dedicated graphics cards in 2-Way NVIDIA SLI configurations may be installed into the PCIe 4.0 x16 slots to maximize frame rates, connect 4K monitors, and accelerate video rendering times. With multiple fan and liquid cooling system headers and an advanced cooling design, the Maximus XIII Apex helps maintain optimal performance.

Connect compatible external devices to the USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C port to transfer 8K video clips, RAW photos, and other large files at up to 20 Gb/s. There are also 10 Gb/s USB 3.2 Gen 2 and 5 Gb/s USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports available on the motherboard's rear panel. Installing a Thunderbolt 4 expansion card using the internal header allows you to transfer data at up 40 Gb/s with daisy chained devices. The 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port and integrated Wi-Fi 6E allow you to connect to high-speed networks for low-latency gaming, smooth 4K video streaming, live streaming, and more. Other features include an immersive 7.1-channel surround-sound system with a high-powered amplifier, AI-enhanced performance systems, and Aura Sync-compatible RGB headers that allow you to customize light strips and compatible peripherals with dazzling effects to match your mood, game, or style. Windows 10 64-bit is required to take advantage of all the motherboard's features.

Performance Features

  • The ROG Maximus XIII Apex features 18 power stages, each rated to support up to 90 amps.
  • Two ProCool II power connectors help to ensure snug and reliable connections to the power lines.
  • Quality alloy chokes and durable capacitors help to deliver strong electrical performance.
  • The TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) onboard micro-controller 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.
  • 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.
  • Turbo Core App utility allows you to assign applications to specific CPU cores.

    Storage and Memory

  • Eight SATA III ports are available for hard drives and 2.5" SSDs.
  • Two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots are available, supporting up to type 2280 NVMe SSDs.
  • DIMM.2 riser card provides two PCIe 3.0 M.2 slots, supporting up to type 22110 SATA and NVMe 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 enhance storage drive performance by caching frequently accessed data.
  • Up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4-5333 (OC) memory can be installed across two slots.
  • Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP).
  • The RAMCache III utility can automatically cache all your storage devices so that games and apps load faster.
  • OptiMem III technology enhances memory stability and compatibility.
  • Note:
    PCIEX16_1 will run in x8 mode and PCIEX16_2 will run in x4 mode when M.2_2 is in x4 mode. The PCIEX4 will run in x2 mode when SATA6G_56 is populated. When DIMM.2_1 is operating in SATA mode, SATA6G_2 will be disabled.


    Comprehensive Cooling

  • The VRM and aluminum I/O heatsink and thermal pad help to efficiently transfer heat away from the motherboard's electrical systems.
  • The motherboard's onboard M.2 slots are covered by aluminum heatsinks, which work alongside backplate blocks to help prevent speed throttling when the SSDs become too hot.
  • A U-shaped heatpipe efficiently distributes heat across the entire cooling array.
  • A dedicated heatsink draws heat away from the chipset for optimal performance.
  • Multiple temperature-monitoring headers work with user-configurable sensors.
  • Each onboard fan header automatically detects connected PWM and DC fans. The chassis fan headers feature ASUS HYDRANODE circuits.
  • A dedicated AIO PWM/DC water pump header supports self-contained water pumps.
  • Two full speed fan headers provide targeted airflow for extreme overclocking.
  • Dual water-temperature headers and flow-rate headers transmit information to the AI Suite utility, allowing you to track the performance of your cooling loop.
  • A dedicated Water Pump+ header can supply over 3 amps to high-performance water pumps.
  • 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.
  • Artificial intelligence monitors system temperatures and loads to automatically set fan speeds, which optimizes cooling while keeping noise to a minimum.

    AI Enhancements

    Integrated artificial intelligence features help to optimize overclocking, cooling, network performance, and active audio noise cancelation.


    Made for Overclocking

  • Four LEDs indicate current boot status.
  • LN2 Mode jumper enables options and functions for liquid-nitrogen cooling.
  • The Safe Boot button resets the PC and boots directly into Safe Mode.
  • Pressing the ReTry button initiates a hard reset.
  • The Slow Mode switch reduces the CPU ratio to 8X to maintain stability with extreme overclocking configurations.
  • Activate the Pause switch to freeze the system and fine-tune your overclocking parameters during a benchmark.
  • Nine integrated Probelt measurement points are available for advanced tuning.
  • Switch between two different BIOS configurations.
  • The Full Speed switch sets all fans to their maximum RPM.
  • Specialized circuitry allows the motherboard to detect condensation on the back of the board across the CPU, DRAM and PCIe sections.
  • A differential-sensing circuit rejects noise and takes voltage readings directly from the CPU and the end point of major voltage rails, providing accurate voltage tracking.
  • 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.

    Fully Connected

  • USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 can transfer up to 20 Gb/s with compatible devices.
  • USB 3.2 Gen 2 features a maximum throughput of 10 Gb/s.
  • USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports supports speeds of up to 5 Gb/s.

    Networking Performance

  • The 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port provides fast wired connections with compatible devices.
  • The built-in 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E transfers data over the 2.4, 5, and 6 GHz frequencies with compatible wireless networks.
  • LANGuard technology improves the traditional 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 5.2 connectivity allows for strong and stable connections when paired with compatible wireless devices.
  • Note:
    Wi-Fi 6E availability may vary between countries. Its functionality is supported in Windows 10 build 21H1 or later.


    SupremeFX Audio

  • The integrated SupremeFX ALC4080 audio technology is designed to deliver a flat frequency response for detailed sound with 7.1-channel playback.
  • 32-bit / 384 kHz playback support.
  • 120 dB stereo output signal-to-noise ratio.
  • 113 dB input signal-to-noise ratio.
  • The integrated Savitech SV3H712 amplifier improves THD+N performance from 72 dB to 83 dB to deliver exceptional audio quality.
  • Gold-plated audio jacks enhance audio quality and performance.
  • 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.

    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.


    NVIDIA SLI 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 configuration.



  • The pre-mounted I/O shield streamlines the motherboard installation process.
  • ESD guards protect the USB and LAN ports.
  • TRUEVOLT USB ports provide a steady 5 volts while minimizing power fluctuations.
  • SafeSlot technology reinforces the PCIe slots to provide strong device retention and shearing resistance.
  • The ASUS HYDRANODE circuit utilizes a powerline communication protocol to control up to three daisy-chained fans independently through each 4-pin chassis fan connector.
  • Onboard Q-Code LED lights indicate the power status and problems with the CPU, memory, graphics card, or boot device.
  • Configure the FlexKey as a reset, safe boot, or Aura Sync lighting button.
  • The V-Latch switch records the highest and lowest core voltages for accurate fine-tuning.
  • The convenient Q-Connector allows you to quickly set up the front panel connections.
  • The included graphics card holder has a magnetic base with an adjustable slider and hinge to provide extra support.

    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.
    Chipset Intel Z590
    CPU Socket LGA 1200
    Back Panel I/O
    USB 4 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
    5 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
    1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C
    Thunderbolt None
    Display None
    Audio 1 x S/PDIF
    5 x 3.5 mm
    Ethernet / Controller 1 x Intel I225-V 2.5Gigabit
    PS/2 2 x PS/2
    Wi-Fi Antenna 2 x Connector
    Buttons BIOS Flashback, Clear CMOS
    Memory Slots 2 x 288-Pin
    Memory Support DDR4 2133, 2400, 2666, 2800, 2933, 3000, 3200, 3333, 3400, 3466, 3600, 3733, 3866, 4000, 4133, 4266, 4400, 4500, 4600, 4700, 4800, 5000, 5133 MHz
    Maximum Capacity 64 GB
    Channel Architecture Dual Channel
    ECC Support Non-ECC Unbuffered
    Storage Expansion
    M.2 1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
    1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4, PCIe 3.0 x4)
    1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA III)
    1 x M Key 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110 (PCIe 3.0 x4)
    U.2 None
    DIMM.2 2
    Optane Memory Support Yes
    RAID Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10
    Internal I/O
    Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16 mode)
    1 x PCIe 3.0 x4
    USB 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Header (Supports 1 USB Type-C Port)
    1 x USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1 Header (Supports 2 USB Type-A Port)
    3 x USB 2.0 Header (Supports 6 USB Type-A Port)
    Multi-GPU Support 2-Way NVIDIA SLI
    Air Cooling 1 x 4-Pin CPU
    3 x 4-Pin Assistant
    3 x 4-Pin System
    Liquid Cooling 2 x 4-Pin Pump
    1 x Water Flow-Rate Sensor
    1 x 2-Pin Water In
    1 x 2-Pin Water Out
    Power Connectors 1 x 24-Pin Mainboard
    2 x 8-Pin ATX
    1 x 6-Pin VGA
    LED Header 4 x RGB
    Audio 1 x Speaker
    Diagnostics 2-Digit Debug LED, BIOS Selection, LN Mode, Measurement Points, Pause, ReTry, Reset, Safe Boot, Slow Mode, Start, Voltage Regulation
    Add-On 1 x Thunderbolt Card Header
    ROM 2 x 256 Mb
    Front Panel I/O
    I/O Connection Headers AAFP, USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2
    Audio Codec SupremeFX ACL4080 (7.1-Channel)
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax)
    Supported Operating Systems Windows 10 (64-Bit)
    Form Factor ATX
    Dimensions 12.0 x 9.6" / 30.5 x 24.4 cm
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 7.255 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.6 x 12.2 x 4.4"

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