ASUS has just announced their new ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF motherboard, which has an incredibly beautiful design, hidden power connectors. When the Tweak team was in Taiwan for Computex, ASUS was one of the manufacturers that jumped on the hidden connector bandwagon. That is, where the power plugs had been moved to the back of the motherboard. That way, all cables would be hidden and not visible within the system's main chamber. There was some skepticism about the new idea, as it would require other components, such as the graphics card and chassis, to also support the new form factor. New ideas of this type appear from time to time, only to end up not getting enough support. Fortunately, however, it seems that not only ASUS, but also other manufacturers continue to build on the concept. Then the next hope is that there will be a standard across the various brands.
At CES this year, ASUS has launched several products in their BTF series of products, all of which are built to work with the relocated power plugs. BTF stands for Back-To-the-Future and the series covers both motherboards, graphics cards and cases.
The new ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF motherboard offers a number of high end features, including a PCIe 5.0 x16 slot that is ready for not only today's graphics cards, but also those of the future. ASUS is ready for a monster of a graphics card with its PCIe High-Power Connector graphics card capable of drawing 600W through the new BTF connection on the ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF motherboard. Naturally, this requires a graphics card that also supports the new BTF connection.
ASUS applies a high-quality power solution to the ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF motherboard, with 20+1+2 power stages (each rated to handle up to 90A) with dual ProCool II power connectors, high-quality and durable capacitors that will go hand in hand with Intel 14th generation Core "Raptor Lake Refresh" processors, all the way up to the flagship Core i9-14900K processor.
There is an onboard PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot, as well as 4 additional PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots for plenty of super-fast storage. In terms of connectivity, the new ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF motherboard offers enthusiast-grade 2.5GbE networking side-by-side with Wi-Fi 7, ensuring you have high-speed networking whether wired or wireless. ASUS also has dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, 6 x USB-C 10Gbps ports (5 x Type-A and 1 x Type-C) as well as 4 x USB 5Gbps ports (4 x Type-A) on the back of the motherboard alone.
ASUS has plenty of power flowing in and out of the ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF motherboard, with 1 x PCIe High-Power Connector slot (600W), as well as the usual 1 x 24-pin ATX power connection, 2 x 8-pin +12V power connections and a 1 x 12V-2X6 auxiliary power connection on the motherboard. To expand on the above, the ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF motherboard is truly a technological feat, and a powerhouse of a motherboard designed to handle the most demanding tasks and the latest technologies.
It is future-proofed with its PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, which is ready to handle the most powerful graphics cards on the market, both now and in the future. If you are a hardcore gamer or an enthusiastic PC builder, the new ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Hero BTF motherboard is a must-have.