ASUS has already introduced a range of innovative Z790 motherboards with unique designs. Among them are the ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero, the ROG Strix Z790-A Gaming WiFi II, and the TUF Gaming Z790-Pro WiFi. Today, they unveiled the ROG Maximus Z790 APEX Encore, a specialized overclocking board. However, one model, the Formula, has been conspicuously absent from the Z790 series since 2022.
In 2022, the company did acknowledge the Formula board’s existence, but it never became available for purchase. Due to Intel delaying its LGA-1851 socket until the next year and opting to introduce another set of LGA-1700 desktop CPUs, ASUS decided it was the right moment to develop an entirely new board, rather than simply refreshing the previous one.
The ROG Formula will showcase a striking black and white design, harmonizing with the Z690’s aesthetics. Upon closer inspection of the new model, it becomes evident that the layout has remained largely unchanged. The board still provides the “ROG Water-Cooling Zone,” enabling users to connect a liquid cooling system directly to cool the VRMs. Furthermore, it retains its E-ATX configuration, offering four DDR5 DIMM slots and two PCIe Gen5 x16 slots. The packaging indicates that the Z790 Formula will enhance the standard from WiFi-6E (Z690) to the WiFi-7 standard.
Reviewers are currently in the process of testing the board, and we can anticipate receiving more information about it shortly. Intel’s upcoming desktop series is set to debut on October 17th, so it’s reasonable to expect that the ROG Formula will be prominently featured in that coverage.
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