ASUS will release several updated motherboard models based on the Intel Z790 chipset for Intel Raptor Lake-S Refresh processors. The manufacturer has already presented the models ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero, ROG Strix Z790-A Gaming WiFi II And TUF Gaming Z790-Pro WiFi. Today details about the new ROG Maximus Z790 Apex Encore overclocking board were revealed. However, in addition, the company is also preparing an equally interesting model: ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Formula.
The manufacturer hinted at the release of a new Formula series board for current models of Intel Raptor Lake processors as early as 2022, but it never appeared on sale. Thus, the last board in this series was produced on the Intel Z690 chipset. Since Intel delayed the transition to the new LGA 1851 platform and decided to release updated Raptor Lake-S Refresh chips, which will be the last consumer processors on the LGA 1700 platform, ASUS probably felt that the time was up Release of a new board model has finally come.
Images of the ASUS ROG Maximus Z790 Formula board divided one of the users of the social network X. A distinctive feature of the board is a pronounced white-black design theme, which corresponds to the design of the model on the Intel Z690 chipset.
Overall, there don’t seem to be any significant changes to the design of the new model. The board is further equipped with special coolers for cooling the VRM power subsystem area, supporting the connection of a liquid cooling system circuit. The new product retains its usual E-ATX form factor and is equipped with four DDR5 RAM slots. The board also includes two PCIe 5.0 x16 connectors. The motherboard packaging (in the first photo) confirms that the updated model supports the Wi-Fi 7 wireless standard instead of Wi-Fi 6E (for the Z690 model).
According to reports, the board is currently being tested by specialist media and observers. Intel is expected to release updated Raptor Lake-S Refresh processors on October 17th. It is very likely that this motherboard from ASUS will appear in some reviews of these chips.