ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-I GAMING M-ITX
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ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-I GAMING M-ITX

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Any mini-ITX build with ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming motherboard as its backbone is going to punch well above its weight. With boosted power delivery, innovative active cooling design, plus the all new Triple-decker Heatsink, ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming is the perfect compact platform for the latest Intel® Core™ processors.

ALL-ROUND PERFORMANCE
ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming helps you get the most out of your gaming build with up-rated power delivery and optimized cooling. Intelligent controls lets you manage overclocking, cooling and networking settings easily, giving you everything you need to harness the full potential of your build for top-tier gaming performance.

Custom Delta Superflo Fan
A custom-made low-noise fan efficiently cools the area around the VRM by up to 12°C to give you more overclocking headroom, and it can also now be turned on or off via the UEFI BIOS. To ensure longevity, the fan utilizes durable bearings with an impressive 60,000-hour L10* lifespan.
* L10 bearing life is a standard metric that specifies the number of hours that 90% of the bearing are expected to continue successfully

MOS Heatsink with L-shaped Heatpipe
An L-shaped heatpipe allows for rapid and even heat transfer, while the MOS heatsink provides a large contact area for the MOSFETs and chokes. Together with the metal I/O shroud, it covers a third of ROG Strix Z490-I motherboard, giving you effective cooling within the confines of a cramped mini-ITX chassis.

Triple-decker Heatsink
The innovative Triple-decker Heatsink comprises of three heatsinks in a single module, with two M.2 heatsinks stacked on top of a PCH heatsink. The Triple-decker Heatsink cleverly maximizes motherboard space, and improves airflow to bring M.2 SSD temperatures down by up to 25°C for better stability and performance.

Thermal Pads
High-quality thermal pads transfer heat from the inductor and phase array to the heatsink.

ROG AI OVERCLOCKING
ROG AI Overclocking is an intelligent utility that helps you get the most out of your build by automatically profiling your CPU and cooling system to predict optimal voltage and frequency settings.

Accessible via the AI Suite software in Windows or directly through the UEFI, the intuitive AI Overclocking user interface enables users of all levels. A range of customizable settings are available for seasoned overclockers, and an auto-tuning option is available for beginners.
ASUS AI Overclocking makes automatic tuning faster and smarter than ever before. Available in Windows or directly through the UEFI, it profiles the CPU and cooler to predict the optimal configuration for each individual system.

LEADING CONNECTIVITIY
ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming provides you with the latest connectivity for supersmooth online experiences and blisteringly-fast file transfers. Superior audio performance gives you a massive advantage, allowing you to pick up on the smallest audio cues for a completely immersive gaming experience.

DDR4 OC
4800MHz

ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming supports up to 64GB DDR4 memory across two slots. OptiMem II technology improves trace layout to significantly reduce vias and crosstalk to enhance memory stability and compatibility, giving memory kits higher frequency margins.

Double-capacity
DIMM support

ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming has a unique memory-trace design that supports up to 32 GB per DIMM slot to give you a total memory capacity of 64 GB. With double‑capacity DDR4 DIMM modules, the compact ROG Strix Z490-I matches the memory capacity of four-DIMM motherboard designs.

Dual
PCIe 3.0 M.2

Two M.2 slots are available, with both supporting SATA and PCIe 3.0 x4 modes. Together, they give you the fastest and most-flexible M.2 interface available.

WIFI 6 (802.11 ax)
Onboard WiFi 6 (802.11ax) supports ultrafast wireless-networking speeds, improved capacity and better performance in dense wireless environments, providing exceptional online gaming experiences. Pair your motherboard with ASUS WiFi 6 routers to fully experience the networking potential of WiFi 6.
Find out more about ASUS WiFi 6 solutions.

INTEL 2.5G ETHERNET
Onboard 2.5G Ethernet gives your wired connection a boost, with up to a 2.5X improvement over standard Ethernet connections for faster file transfers, smoother lag-free gaming and high-res video streaming.

SUPREMEFX
Built-in SupremeFX audio technology ensures pristine audio. It provides a flat frequency response for a neutral, detailed sound signature. And if you're using a gaming headset, the front panel output is driven by two op amps to preserve audio quality.

PLAY YOUR OWN STYLE
The cyberpunk-inspired aesthetics are accentuated by the bold slashes and cybertext. Together with the most diverse ROG ecosystem, Pair your ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming with other ROG products to customize a gaming rig that reflects your personal style.

UNDENIABLY ROG STRIX
Aesthetically, ROG Strix Z490-I Gaming keeps it low key, with black and grey finishes complemented by cybertext markings across the Triple-decker Heatsink.

PRE-MOUNTED I/O SHIELD
ROG's patented I/O shield is finished in sleek matte black and comes pre-mounted to make it easy to install the motherboard.

CERTIFIED COMPATIBILITY
ROG Strix undergoes an extensive certification program to ensure the very best compatibility with the widest range of components and devices. Refer to our extensive list of guaranteed-compatible components, it also includes a dedicated Qualified Vendor List (QVL) for memory — so you can build fuss-free.

THE ROG STRIX ECOSYSTEM AWAITS
From graphics, AIO cooler, case, mice, or keyboard, up your game with ROG Strix. Enjoy complementary aesthetics, control and compatibility – and enjoy more choice than any competing brand.

ROG GIVES YOU MORE
ROG exclusive software utilities deliver intuitive audio tuning and gaming enhancements so you can configure your gaming build the way you want.

5-WAY OPTIMIZATION
Take care of complex tuning with just one click. ASUS 5-Way Optimization is a system-wide tuning utility that overclocks the processor and tunes fan speeds to ensure the best balance between cooling and acoustics. The automated CPU tuning feature of 5-Way Optimization leverages the same onboard intelligence as AI Overclocking,but goes further by running a Prime95 based stress test to deliver a result that's well-tuned from the get-go.

SONIC STUDIO III
Sonic Studio supports HRTF-based (head-related transfer function*) virtual surround for VR headsets, casting an immersive aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action. The intuitive Sonic Studio interface also offers a range of EQ options and one-click presets, allowing you to tailor acoustics to suit personal preferences or the characteristics of your headset.

ARMOURY CRATE
Armoury Crate is a software utility that provides centralized control of supported ROG gaming products. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate puts command of all your Aura gear at your fingertips, with the new Aura Creator ready. The software also provides control of settings for a select and growing number of ROG products, making it easier to tune the look and feel of your system. Armoury Crate even features dedicated product registration and ROG news feeds areas to help you stay in touch with the ROG gaming community.

RAMCACHE III
RAMCache turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times. Fully compatible with the latest NVM Express storage options, its uniquely intelligent technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds.

CPU

Intel® Socket 1200for 10th Gen Intel® Core, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0**
**Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 support depends on the CPU types.
Supports Intel® 14nm CPU
* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list
Chipset  Intel® Z490
Memory
2 x DIMM, Max. 64GB, DDR4 4800(O.C.)/4600(O.C)/4500(O.C)/4400(O.C)/4333(O.C.)/4266(O.C.)/4133(O.C.)/4000(O.C.)/3866(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000/2933/2800(O.C.)/2666/2400(O.C.)/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory
OptiMem II
* 10th Gen Intel® Core™i9/i7 CPUs support 2933/2800/2666/2400/2133 natively, Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Graphics
1 x HDMI 2.0a
1 x DisplayPort 1.4 **
**Support DisplayPort 1.4 with max. resolution of 4096 x 2304 @60Hz. Please refer to www.intel.com for any update.
*Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types.
Integrated Graphics Processor
Expansion Slots
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 mode) *1
Intel® 10th Gen Processors
Storage
1 x M.2_2 socket 3, with M Key, Type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA modes) storage devices support*2
Total supports 2 x M.2 slots and 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
Intel® Z490 Chipset :
1 x M.2_1 socket 3, with M Key, Type 2242/2260/2280 (PCIE 3.0 x4 and SATA modes) storage devices support
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
4 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
LAN
Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet
ASUS LANGuard
Wireless Data Network
Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201
2x2 Wi-Fi 6 (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax) support 1024QAM/OFDMA/MU-MIMO
Supports up to 2.4Gbps max data rate
Supports CNVI interface
Supports dual band frequency 2.4/5 GHz
Supports channel bandwidth: HT20/HT40/HT80/HT160
Bluetooth
Bluetooth v5.1*
*BT 5.1 function will be ready in Windows 10 build 19041 or later.
Audio
- Audio Shielding
- Premium Japanese audio capacitors
LED-illuminated audio jacks
ROG SupremeFX8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC S1220A
- Supports up to 32-Bit/192kHz playback *
* Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit/192kHz is not supported for 8-Channel audio.
- Dual OP Amplifiers
- Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
- High quality120dBSNR stereo playback outputand113dBSNR recording input
Audio Feature :
* Choose the chassis with HD audio module in front panel to support 8-channel audio output.
USB
Front USB Port ( Total 5 )
Rear USB Port ( Total 8 )
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s)(3 x Type-A +1 x USB Type-C®)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)(2 x Type-A)
2 x USB 2.0 port(s)(2 x Type-A)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector port(s)
Software Features
ROG Exclusive Software
- RAMCache III
- ROG CPU-Z
- GameFirst VI
- Sonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
- Sonic Radar III
- DTS® Sound Unbound
- Overwolf
- Anti-virus software
ASUS Exclusive Software
Armoury Crate
- Aura Creator
- Aura Sync
AI Suite 3
- 5-Way Optimization with AI Overclocking
TPU
EPU
Digi+ VRM
Xpert 4
Turbo app
- EZ update
WinRAR
UEFI BIOS
AI Overclocking Guide
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 3
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
FlexKey
Special Features
ASUS Q-Design
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-LED (CPU [red], DRAM [yellow], VGA [white], Boot Device [green])
- ASUS Q-Slot
ASUS Thermal Solution
- Aluminum M.2 heatsink
ASUS EZ DIY
- BIOS FlashBack™ button
- BIOS FlashBack™ LED
- Procool II
- Pre- mounted I/O shield
- SafeSlot
AURA Sync
- Standard RGB header
- Addressable Gen 2 RGB header
Back Connectors
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (3 x Type-A+1 x USB Type-C®)
1 x Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet
2 x USB 2.0 (one port can be switched to USB BIOS FlashBack)
1 x USB BIOS FlashBack Button(s)
3 x LED-illuminated audio jacks
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi Module
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI
I/O Connectors
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 front panel connector
1 x M.2 Socket 1 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
1 x Aura RGB Strip Header
1 x M.2 Socket 2 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
1 x System panel(s) (Chassis intrusion header is inbuilt)
1 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x Thermal sensor connector
1 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x Internal speaker connector(s)
1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
1 x AIO_PUMP connector
1 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin ATX 12V Power connector(s)
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
What's in the Box
1 ROG key chain
1 x Wi-Fi moving antenna
1 x Panel cable
2 x M.2 Screw Package
1 x CABLE TIE BLACK
1 x ROG Strix stickers
1 x Extension cable for Addressable LED
1 x ROG Thank you card
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
User´s manual
1 x Supporting DVD
BIOS   256 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS
Manageability   WOL by PME,PXE
Operating System   Support for Windows 10 64-bit
Form Factor   Mini-ITX Form Factor
Note
*1 Support PCIe bifurcation for RAID on CPU function.
*2 When the M.2_2 Socket is operating in SATA mode, SATA port 2 will be disabled.

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