As the expected launch of Intel 500-series motherboards approaches, Z590 boards have been pictured ahead of their announcement. The latest set of leaks include four ASUS motherboards: the ASUS Z590 Maximus XIII Extreme Glacial, the ASUS Z590 Maximus XIII Hero, the ASUS Prime Z590-A, and the ASUS TUF Z590-Plus WiFi.
The ASUS Z590 Maximus XIII Extreme Glacial looks like it will be the flagship 500-series motherboard from the Taiwanese manufacturer, featuring an embedded EK waterblock over the CPU socket and another on the chipset, lots of RGB lighting, and a silver PCB shielding that fuses with both waterblocks. As per the picture from @harukaze5719, this E-ATX motherboard features 2x PCIe x16 slots, one PCIe x4 slot, multiple USB internal connectors, from which 2x are USB 3.2 Gen2, 2x 8-pin Aux power connectors, 2x PCIe M.2 interfaces, and an LED display.
Jumping over to the ASUS Z590 Maximus XIII Hero, it has some similarities to the Z590 Maximus XIII Extreme Glacial. It also features an E-ATX form factor, RGB lighting, 2x 8-pin Aux power connectors, and 2x PCIe M.2 interfaces, but it comes with one extra PCIe x16 slot, one less USB 3.2 Gen2 interface, and a “less shielded” PCB. Instead of white, this model features a black and dark grey design similar to the ASUS Maximus XII Hero.
Regarding the ASUS Prime Z590-A and the TUF Z590-Plus WiFi ATX motherboards, as shared by VideoCardz, both are aimed for mid-range systems, featuring 2x PCIe M.2 slots, smaller chipset and VRM heatsinks than the Maximus XIII motherboards, and a 4-pin and an 8-pin Aux power connectors. Besides the fact it features 3x PCIe x16 slots instead of just 2, the white-themed Prime motherboard also looks to feature more RGB lighting than the black-themed TUF board.
Intel is expected to introduce its 500-series motherboards at CES 2021.
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