Asus Prime Z790-A Wifi Motherboard
Comprehensive controls form the foundation of the ASUS PRIME series. The PRIME Z790-A WIFI motherboard packs flexible tools to tune every aspect of your system, enabling performance tweaks to perfectly match the way you work to maximize productivity.
ASUS Intelligent Control makes your PC smart. Along with taking care of complex tuning and dynamically optimizing essential aspects of your system, it offers intelligently simplified options for newcomers to PC DIY, as well as more comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.
AI Cooling ll
AI Cooling II balances the thermals and acoustics of any build with a single click. A proprietary ASUS algorithm slashes unnecessary noise while running a quick stress test, and then it monitors CPU temperatures to dynamically adjust fans to optimal speeds.
The renowned ASUS UEFI BIOS provides everything you need to configure, tweak and tune your system. It offers intelligently simplified options for PC DIY beginners, as well as comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.
Advanced Tuning for Serious Tweakers
An intuitive Advanced mode offered via the UEFI lets you take complete control. A built-in search feature makes it easy to find options, and various advanced functions let you intelligently make nuanced adjustments so you can dial in performance just the way you want.
Quick and Simple Setup
EZ mode displays vital settings and stats and also offers guided wizards, drag-and-drop functionality, and one-click application of important settings — all to help you get your rig up and running in no time.
Intuitive Graphical Fan Control
Fine-tune individual fan settings simply by dragging a curve with the mouse.
Aura On/Off Mode (Stealth)
Easily enable or disable Aura RGB lighting or every onboard LED, for a subdued aesthetic touch.
PRIME Z790-A WIFI motherboard is engineered with multiple onboard heatsinks and an array of hybrid fan headers to ensure your rig stays cool and stable under intense workloads.
Three M.2 heatsinks cover four M.2 slots, warding off throttling that can occur with M.2 storage during sustained transfers.
VRM Heatsinks and Thermal Pads
The extensive surface area of the massive heatsinks cover the VRMs and chokes to improve heat dissipation. Together with specially engineered thermal pads, they improve heat transfer from the MOSFETs and chokes for better cooling performance.
Cooler by Design
PRIME Z790-A WIFI features comprehensive cooling controls that are configurable via Fan Xpert 4 software or via the UEFI BIOS.
Multiple Temperature Sources
Each header can dynamically reference three thermal sensors. Fan Xpert 4 allows you to map the temperature of supported ASUS graphics cards to optimize cooling for GPU- and CPU-intensive tasks.
AIO Pump Header
A dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups.
A dedicated integrated circuit protects each fan header from overheating and overcurrent.
4-Pin PWM/DC Fan
Each onboard header supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans.
The PRIME Z790-A WIFI motherboard is built to handle the high core counts and bandwidth demands of 13th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors. ASUS Z790 motherboard provides all the fundamentals to boost daily productivity, so your system will be ready for action with stable power, intuitive cooling and flexible data transfer options.
Robust Power Design
Stable power is essential to extract every last bit of performance out of Intel® processors. The PRIME Z790-A WIFI is geared to cater to the demands of these high-core-count CPUs.
AEMP II for Ultimate DDR5 Performance
ASUS Enhanced Memory Profile II (AEMP II) is an exclusive firmware feature for PMIC-restricted memory modules. AEMP II is based on a CPU and memory module’s ability to train the memory chips on your kit, and it presents an optimized clock speed that can effortlessly unleash performance.
Built through a flexible training method, AEMP II makes it easy to not only tune the memory above baseline settings but also maintain the stability of system operation, whether getting the most out of an entry-level module or priming a high-speed kit for ultimate performance.
ASUS OptiMem II
Revisions to the motherboard’s trace routing provide the latest Intel processors with unrestricted access to memory bandwidth. ASUS OptiMem II technology carefully maps memory signal pathways across different PCB layers to reduce vias and adds shielding zones that significantly reduce crosstalk.
Benefits of ASUS OptiMem II:
Improved memory stability and compatibility
Allows lower memory latencies at equivalent voltages
Improved memory frequency margin
Four M.2 slots (up to 64 Gbps)
Prime Z790-A WIFI offers a total of four M.2 slots that support data-transfer speeds of up to 64 Gbps via PCIe® 4.0, enabling quicker boot-up and app load times with OS or application drives.
PCIe® 5.0 Slot
PCIe 5.0 offers twice the data transfer speed of PCIe 4.0, making it robust enough to handle new data-heavy tasks. PCIe 5.0 also brings other benefits, such as electrical changes to improve signal integrity, backward-compatible CEM connectors for add-in cards, and compatibility with previous versions of PCI Express.
USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C®
A batch of USB ports support high-end rigs loaded with peripherals, including a rear Type-C connector with ultrafast USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 for transmission speeds of up to 20 Gbps.
Thunderbolt™ 4 (USB4® compliant)
PRIME Z790-A WIFI motherboard features USB4® support via a Thunderbolt™ (USB4®) header. With an ASUS add-on card*, PRIME motherboards can enable bi-directional speeds of up to 40 Gbps on a single cable, while providing power to fast-charge device. Additionally, this card has a daisy-chain function for multi-screen connection and supports up to dual displays with 4K resolution.
Onboard WiFi 6E technology takes advantage of the newly available radio spectrum in the 6 GHz band. It provides up to three times the bandwidth of the 5 GHz band and up to seven 160 MHz bands to deliver ultrafast wireless networking speeds and improved capacity as well as better performance in dense wireless environments.
Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet
Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet reduces CPU overhead and offers exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput for faster, smoother data transfers.
ASUS LANGuard is a hardware-level network protection feature that integrates advanced signal-coupling technology and premium anti-EMI surface-mounted capacitors to improve throughput and ensure a more reliable connection.
Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation
This utility leverages a massive deep-learning database to reduce background noise from the microphone and incoming audio, while preserving vocals at the same time. This removes distracting keyboard clatter, mouse clicks and other ambient noises so you can hear and be heard with crystal clarity while gaming or in calls.
PCIe® Slot Q-Release
A physical button located on the chipset heatsink unlocks the first PCIe slot’s security latch with one press, greatly simplifying the process of detaching a PCIe card from the motherboard when it’s time to upgrade to a new GPU or other compatible device.
The innovative Q-Latch makes it easy to install or remove an M.2 SSD without the need for specific tools. The design employs a simple locking mechanism to secure the drive and neatly eliminate traditional screws.
SafeSlot & SafeDIMM
PCIe 5.0 is 2x faster than PCIe 4.0, so we adapted our SMT manufacturing process for the faster SafeSlot, to ensure the highest data speeds. SafeSlot is a reinforced metal sheath added to a PCIe slot to keep a card firmly installed. Meanwhile, strong ASUS SafeDIMM sheathes support and protect memory modules on select ASUS motherboards, empowering you to insert your modules with speed, accuracy and confidence.
|CPU||Intel® Socket LGA1700 for 13th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors & 12th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors|
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0**
* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list.
** Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 support depends on the CPU types.
|Chipset||Intel® Z790 Chipset|
|Memory||4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR5 7200+(OC)/7000(OC)/6800(OC)/6600(OC)/6400(OC)/6200(OC)/6000(OC)/5800(OC)/5600/5400/5200/5000/4800, Un-buffered Memory*|
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
* Supported memory types, data rate(Speed), and number of DRAM modules vary depending on the CPU and memory configuration, for more information refer to www.asus.com for memory support list.
* Non-ECC, un-buffered DDR5 memory supports On-Die ECC function.
|Graphics||1 x DisplayPort**|
1 x HDMI® port***
* Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types. Please refer to www.intel.com for any updates.
**Supports max. 8K@60Hz as specified in DisplayPort 1.4.
***Supports 4K@60Hz as specified in HDMI 2.1.
**** VGA resolution support depends on processors’ or graphic cards’ resolution.
|Expansion Slots||Intel® 13th & 12th Gen Processors*|
1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 slot
Intel® Z790 Chipset
1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 slot (supports x4 mode)
1 x PCIe 4.0 x4 slot
2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
* Please check the PCIe bifurcation table on the support site (https://www.asus.com/support/FAQ/1037507/).
Note: To ensure compatibility of the device installed, please refer to https://www.asus.com/support/ for the list of supported peripherals.
|Storage||Total supports 4 x M.2 slots and 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports*|
Intel® 13th & 12th Gen Processors
M.2_1 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (support PCIe 4.0 x4 mode)
Intel® Z790 Chipset
M.2_2 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4)
M.2_3 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4)
M.2_4 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA modes)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
* Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports PCIe RAID 0/1/5/10, SATA RAID 0/1/5/10.
|Ethernet||1 x Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet|
|Wireless & Bluetooth||Wi-Fi 6E|
2×2 Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)
Supports 2.4/5/6GHz frequency band*
* WiFi 6E 6GHz regulatory may vary between countries.
** The Bluetooth version may vary, please refer to the Wi-Fi module manufacturer’s website for the latest specifications.
|USB||Rear USB (Total 8 ports)|
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port (1 x USB Type-C®)
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (2 x Type-A, 1 x USB Type-C®)
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (4 x Type-A)
Front USB (Total 7 ports)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector (supports USB Type-C®)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header supports additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
|Audio||Realtek S1220A 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC*|
– Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs
– Internal audio Amplifier to enhance the highest quality sound for headphone and speakers
– Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking
– High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input (Line-in)
– Supports up to 32-Bit/192 kHz playback*
– Audio Shielding
– Power pre-regulator reduces power input noise to ensure consistent performance
– Premium audio capacitors
– Dedicated audio PCB layers
– Audio cover
– Unique de-pop circuit
* Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit/192 kHz is not supported for 7.1 Surround Sound audio.
|Back Panel I/O Ports||1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port (1 x USB Type-C®)|
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (2 x Type-A, 1 x Type-C®)
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (4 x Type-A)
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI® port
1 x Wi-Fi Module
1 x Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet port
3 x Audio jacks
|Internal I/O Connectors||Fan and Cooling related|
1 x 4-pin CPU Fan header
1 x 4-pin CPU OPT Fan header
1 x 4-pin AIO Pump header
4 x 4-pin Chassis Fan headers
1 x 24-pin Main Power connector
2 x 8-pin +12V Power connectors
4 x M.2 slots (Key M)
4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector (supports USB Type-C® )
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header supports 2 additional USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
2 x USB 2.0 headers support 4 additional USB 2.0 ports
3 x Addressable Gen 2 headers
1 x Aura RGB header
1 x Clear CMOS header
1 x COM Port header
1 x CPU Over Voltage jumper
1 x Front Panel Audio header (AAFP)
1 x Power button
1 x SPI TPM header (14-1pin)
1 x 20-3 pin System Panel header with Chassis intrude function
1 x Thunderbolt™ header
|Special Features||ASUS 5X PROTECTION III|
– DIGI+ VRM (- Digital power design with DrMOS)
– ESD Guards
– Overvoltage Protection
– Stainless-Steel Back I/O
– M.2 Q-Latch
– PCIe Slot Q-Release
– Q-LED (CPU [red], DRAM [yellow], VGA [white], Boot Device [yellow green])
ASUS Thermal Solution
– M.2 heatsink
– VRM heatsink design
ASUS EZ DIY
– Box Headers
– Clear CMOS button
– CPU Socket lever protector
– Pre-mounted I/O shield
– Aura RGB header
– Addressable Gen 2 headers
|Software Features||ASUS Exclusive Software|
– Aura Creator
– Aura Sync
– Fan Xpert 4 (with AI Cooling II)
– Power Saving
– Two-Way AI Noise Cancellation
AI Suite 3
– TurboV EVO
– DIGI+ VRM
– PC Cleaner
Norton 360 Deluxe (60 Days Free Trial)
ASUS EZ DIY
– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
– ASUS EZ Flash 3
– ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
|BIOS||256 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS|
|Manageability||WOL by PME, PXE|
2 x SATA 6Gb/s cables
1 x ASUS Wi-Fi moving antenna
1 x Q-connector
2 x M.2 Rubber Packages
1 x Screw package for M.2 SSD
1 x User guide
|Operating System||Windows® 11, Windows® 10 64-bit|
|Form Factor||ATX Form Factor|
12 inch x 9.6 inch ( 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm )