Intel Core i5 12600K and Core i9 12900K With ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero Review

Up Close - In Detail

Intel Core i5-12600K and Core i9-12900K Review

Up Close - In Detail

Beginning at the top left we have the two 8pin 12V power inputs, but this photo also gives you a great look at the seriousness of the power section, even though none of our pre-launch literature mentions exactly what lies beneath beyond it being 20+1 power stages. If the other models that we have numbers for are any indication it's going to be around the 90A+ mark.

ASUS ROG Z690 Maximus Hero Preview  

The top right corner of the ROG Z690 Maximus Hero has four headers for your cooling and pump requirements, whilst the always useful Retry button is there along with the onboard power switch.


ASUS ROG Z690 Maximus Hero Preview  

If you prefer your front panel USB to be of the Type-C style then there is an internal USB 3.2 G2X2 20Gb header alongside the extra 12V PCIe power connector.


ASUS ROG Z690 Maximus Hero Preview  

There are six SATA ports surrounded by two USB 3.2G1 Type-A front panel connectors. You can also see the mirror effect of the ROG Eye logo and how little light is required to make it shine.


ASUS ROG Z690 Maximus Hero Preview  

The bottom right corner has the front panel connections alongside a full selection of water-cooling monitoring points and a dedicated pump header. Next to the accessible CMOS batter are two USB 2.0 headers for all your AIO control needs, or just front panel USBs if you have an older chassis.


ASUS ROG Z690 Maximus Hero Preview  

If you want lots of cold air coming in to your system, and you do, then three more fan headers are to be found below the bottom PCI Express slot. Useful for keeping cables tucked away.


ASUS ROG Z690 Maximus Hero Preview  

At the bottom left we have the last of the headers for the AURA lighting ecosystem. It does make us chuckle to see ROG is 15 years old. We've written about their products so often they feel like they've been around since the beige box days. But then we're very old.


ASUS ROG Z690 Maximus Hero Preview  

Around the back we have the first IO section we've seen today that doesn't fill all the usable space. In this case the items missing is just the DisplayPort, which most of us don't utilise anyway. There is still a whole selection of USB ports in both types and plenty of speed options including the 40Gb Thunderbolt 4 option. LAN is the familiar 2.5G model, and of course there is WiFi 6E for those of you who prefer your connections to be of the wireless type.


ASUS ROG Z690 Maximus Hero Preview 

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Most Recent Comments

04-11-2021, 13:21:36

robbiec
Have to say i'm a bit non plussed with the overall platform cost / efficiency compared to my current X570 & Ryzen R9 5950X.
Have a few questions Tom if I may,
- ref Win 11 & W10? Have you or will you be trying the new platform on Win 10?
- Looking at the power draw figures, am I right in thinking that Intel is still about 20% off AMD on 7nm taking thread count, platform (what is DDR5 in power, X690 in power) cost?
- What are boot times for 12th Gen and X690?

Thanks for the review.Quote

04-11-2021, 15:37:26

robert3892
Did you use the Windows 11 version with the fix for the Ryzen processors?Quote

04-11-2021, 16:00:35

Dicehunter
Oh well guess I have to throw my 5800X in the bin now /s

What res is the "Average FPS" section of the review ? Guessing 1080P ?Quote

04-11-2021, 16:36:57

Warchild
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Oh well guess I have to throw my 5800X in the bin now.
I dont feel so bad now. Gaming wise i see little boost for me, but the temps are a definate pleaser.

Makes me wish I held out longer and got this Glacial instead of the Z590 when I see how good it looks, but Alder lake looks to be a success for sure.Quote

04-11-2021, 17:06:14

Dicehunter
Quote:
Originally Posted by Warchild View Post
I dont feel so bad now. Gaming wise i see little boost for me, but the temps are a definate pleaser.

Makes me wish I held out longer and got this Glacial instead of the Z590 when I see how good it looks, but Alder lake looks to be a success for sure.

Yeah gaming wise there won't be much in it at 1440P, I'm guessing the "Average FPS" section is at 1080P as it does not say, I never play at 1080P anymore so gaming wise 12th gen would not be an upgrade for me, Gonna wait for AMD's stacked cache 5800X see how that goes.Quote
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