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ASUS ROG STRIX Z490-I GAMING (WiFi 6) LGA 1200 (Intel 10th Gen) Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s Mini ITX Intel Motherboard (8+2 Power Stages, DDR4 4800, Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Front Panel Type-C, HDMI 2.0a and AURA Sync)

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  • Intel LGA 1200 socket: Designed to unleash the maximum performance of 10th Gen Intel Core processors
  • Robust Power Solution: 8+2 Dr. MOS power stages with ProCool II power connector, high-quality alloy chokes and durable capacitors to provide reliable power when pushing CPU performance
  • Optimized Thermal Design: Embed custom Delta Superflo VRM fan, Mos heatsink, L-shaped heat pipe and fan headers, features low-noise AI cooling to balance thermals and acoustics by reducing fan speeds and maintaining a 5 Celsius delta
  • High-performance Gaming Networking: On-board Intel WiFi 6 AX201 (802.11 ax), Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet with ASUS LANGuard
  • Best Gaming Connectivity: Supports HDMI 2.0a and DisplayPort 1.4 output, and featuring dual M.2, front panel USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C connector
  • Industry-leading Gaming Audio: High fidelity audio with the SupremeFX S1220A codec, DTS Sound Unbound and Sonic Studio III draws you deeper into the game action

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Out of the box 9/19/2020 10:04:25 AM

Pros: Dual m.2 slots.

Cons: Only m.2 slots, Sata slots and lucky a USB port worked out of box.

Overall Review: Be prepared to use the install disc once you get this board is up and in windows. Also you can only update bios over usb. No option for over lan. Once all drivers and updates are installed this is a solid board using this in a dans case (sff) with 10900. Works flawless so far. Asus could do a better job making sure this board is a better out of box experience .

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Dead 8/20/2020 10:15:26 PM

Pros: One of the few Z490 ITX boards.

Cons: Died after 3 months.
After filling out an RMA request from Asus haven't heard back in a week, not even a confirmation letter that they received the request.

Overall Review: Lots of DOA problems with this current board, and Asus RMA does not seem to be fully functional at this time.

Would not buy again.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Sauli,

It is unfortunate that your motherboard is no longer working after 3 months of use. What is exactly happening? Have you checked that all power connections are not loose? It looks like you're having trouble with your RMA request. I can help you with this. Please contact me at cl-justin@asus.com, so we can get this process started. Your case for reference is #N200869111

Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty - US Support
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
ROG STRIX Z490 7/14/2020 1:18:38 PM

Pros: Well optioned, solid build wifi 6 , usb 3.2 type C , flash update at back plate and the A.I. overclock feature works flawless

Cons: First Came D.O.A. nobodys perfect

Overall Review: First came Doa but replaced quickly by newegg, second one working flawless and please Note if you buy it....had NIC issues and the Fix is 1-update bios 2-update NIC firmware and reboot 3-Install drivers other than that This Board is Rock Solid stable and well build. Hope this helps

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Anonymous
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Overpriced and not good value. 7/10/2020 9:27:45 AM

Pros: - Clean look and supposedly better customer support than other manufacturers.
- surprisingly quiet VRM cooling fan (the only fan onboard, didn't notice any ramping).
- driver/software install was surprisingly smoother over older ASUS motherboards that I've owned.
- solid Wifi 6 connection so far.
- PCIe GPU works without needing BIOS update.
- Windows 10 sleep works, no issues so far
- ran 3200MHz dual RAM without issue. I haven't tried overclocking more than that yet.

Cons: - m2 heatsinks are useless. Had to take off heatsink plate (which is also the only RGB LED onboard) to install aftermarket heatsinks instead. My m2 drives easily hit and throttle at 95 degC within a few minutes. Barely any room for airflow also.
- m2 heatsinks aren't thermally connected to the VRM cooler and instead cool by radiation of flat metal plates.
- chipset heatsink buried under m2 drive heatsink with no ventilation or connection to VRM cooler.

- crowded installation with tiny screws (upside is that you don't have to switch screwdrivers).
- gets hot to touch under moderate workload.
- weakest VRM set out of the mITX Z490 boards.
- also out of the other mITX Z490 boards it isn't PCIE 4.0 friendly.
- most expensive mITX board at the time of this review.

Overall Review: Might want to not tighten m2 heatsink screws and double check that your m2 drives aren't warping. If you're not careful you can easily crack your m2 drive, especially when its thermally overloaded. You'll typically need thermal tape less than 1.0mm thick (1.0mm exact will still cause some warping with heatsinks flush against standoffs).

Also, make sure to install all other intended connections such as the ARGB header, etc. before installing the GPU as the GPU will block reach.

Z490 isn't meant to be a cheap system so the motherboard should've been designed to better protect/prolong the components that are going to be installed in it.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

I'm sorry to hear that you are unsatisfied with your motherboard. That is absolutely not the kind of experience we want any of our customers to have. You were seeing 95C with direct contact to the thermal pads under the M.2 heatsinks? What kind of case airflow and application were you running? Please reach out to me at cl-lane@asus.com and include case #N200750169 in your email for reference. I'd like to investigate your case for quality control.

Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
Lane
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support
Anonymous
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
DOA - asus offered a "refurb" in 7-10 bus. days 7/6/2020 7:14:20 PM

Cons: dead on arrival poor support from asus was told a replaced would be 7-10 business days and that it could be a refurbished oned

Overall Review: was really nice board if it had of functioned ordered an asrock z490 phantom gaming to replace

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued Customer,

It is unfortunate that your motherboard was dead on arrival. Can you try taking your motherboard out of your case and testing it on a non-conductive anti-static test bench, and see if the problem still persists? Please test your unit with a stick of RAM, CPU, PSU, and a GPU and see if it posts. Let me know if this helps. If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me at cl-justin@ asus.com. I'm here to assist our customers with our products and dedicated in bringing a resolution to all issues that they may come across. Your case for reference is #N200720594

Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Dead On Arrival 7/1/2020 5:37:52 PM

Cons: Dead motherboard. Spent a long time troubleshooting including a swap of the PSU. No success.

Overall Review: I've built quite a few computers over the years, and this is the first completely dead motherboard that I've experienced. I think I'll try the MSI.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Robert C.,

I'm sorry to hear that you were unable to boot your motherboard. All ASUS products undergo intensive quality control, testing and inspections. What you've experienced was not intentional or representative of our brand. When you tried to power on the unit, what LED error codes did you see? Can you please provide me with your complete system specifications and list of all of the troubleshooting steps you have tried thus far? I'd be happy to help you troubleshoot this issue in more detail. Please reach out to me at cl-lane@asus.com and include case #N200705817 in your email for reference.

​Thank you for choosing ASUS!

Best regards,
Lane
ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Improvement from a b360 6/6/2020 10:33:12 AM

Pros: Wifi 6
Better build then the b360
Access to disabling hyper threads
Rgb in the right place and not in the back of the board.
Overclock
The two m.2 slots are in the front.

Cons: Coming from a b360 motherboard is a improvement. The motherboard looks amazing compare with other new mini itx case. Although the gigabyte, msi, ASRock have some better features but they really don't look as well.

Overall Review: Great motherboard overall all.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
So far so good. 6/2/2020 10:09:36 AM

Pros: -Functioned perfectly right out of the box.
-Most headers and connections are in very serviceable locations.
-M.2 heatsink is fancy.
-WiFi 6 is a nice addition.
-Came with a wristband!... yay?
-The RGB ROG logo is relatively tame compared to a lot of other Motherboard LED furniture and looks dignified.

Cons: -A couple of the headers are in some irritating areas, specifically the USB 2.0 directly above the GPU.
-Would have been nice to have another USB 2.0 and fan header, but it's an ITX so it's sort of what you get.
-PCI 4.0 is sorely missing from the M.2 ports. I don't know the specifics on why that is though, maybe it's still only on AMD boards or something.

Overall Review: This is my first ITX board, and I dropped it in a Corsair 280x. Even though the 280x is the smallest case I'd ever built in (by no means small form factor, of course) the board was totally dwarfed by the case. I had no issues installing any of the components on the board, and connecting everything was a breeze. I've been closely monitoring the chipset temps, partly because the airflow in this case isn't so good even with 6 fans, and because it's a new chipset with a new CPU. So far, the temps are okay- the monitor usually reads 34c idle and ~52c load, so that's not too bad. Once I have stressed it out a bit, I'll probably do a follow up.

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