ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Apex

ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Apex


ROG Maximus Z690 Apex is the premiere choice for those who seek a combination of raw speed and cutting-edge tech like DDR5 memory, PCIe 5.0, and truckloads of power delivery for the most performant 12th Gen Intel Core processors available. Its streamlined layout is engineered for ultra-low latency and maximal bandwidth, to empower users to discover the limits of performance and define new world records.

  • Model

    Brand ASUS
    Series ROG
    Model MAXIMUS Z690 APEX
    Part Number 90MB18I0-M0AAY0

    Supported CPU

    CPU Socket Type LGA 1700

    * Designed with dual mounting holes compatible with both Intel LGA1700 and LGA1200 cooling brackets.
    CPU Type Supports 12th Gen Intel Core / Pentium Gold / Celeron Processors

    * Refer to for CPU support list.
    Supported CPU Technologies Supports Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0*

    * Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 support depends on the CPU types.


    Chipset Intel Z690

    Onboard Video

    Onboard Video Chipset Supported only by CPU with integrated graphic


    Number of Memory Slots 2×288pin (DDR5)
    Memory Standard DDR5 6600(OC) / 6400(OC) / 6200(OC) / 6000(OC) / 5800(OC) / 5600(OC) / 5400(OC) / 5200(OC) / 5000(OC) / 4800

    * Supported memory types, data rate(Speed), and number of DRAM module vary depending on the CPU and memory configuration, for more information refer to for memory support list.
    Maximum Memory Supported 64GB
    Channel Supported Dual Channel

    Expansion Slots

    PCI Express 5.0 x16 2 x PCI Express 5.0 x16

    * Actual support may vary by CPU.
    * When the PCIE 5.0 M.2 card is installed on the PCIEX16(G5)_2, PCIEX16(G5)_1 will run x8 only.
    PCI Express x4 1 x PCIe 3.0 x4
    PCI Express x1 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1

    Storage Devices

    SATA 6Gb/s 6 x SATA 6Gb/s

    * RAID configuration and boot drives are not supported on the SATA6G_E1-2 ports.
    M.2 Intel 12th Gen Processors:*
    M.2_1 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280
    - Intel 12th Gen processors support PCIe 4.0 x4 mode.
    PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot (Key M) via PCIe 5.0 M.2 card, type 2242/2260/2280/22110
    - Intel 12th Gen processors support PCIe 5.0 x4 mode

    Intel Z690 Chipset:**
    M.2_2 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA modes)
    DIMM.2_1 slot (Key M) via ROG DIMM.2, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 mode)
    DIMM.2_2 slot (Key M) via ROG DIMM.2, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 mode)

    * Intel Rapid Storage Technology supports NVMe RAID 0/1/5, SATA RAID 0/1/5/10.
    ** Intel Rapid Storage Technology supports Intel Optane Memory H Series on PCH attached M.2 slots.
    SATA RAID 0/1/5/10

    Onboard Audio

    Audio Chipset ROG SupremeFX 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC ALC4080
    Audio Channels 7.1 Channels

    Onboard LAN

    Max LAN Speed 10/100/1000/2500Mbps
    Wireless LAN Wi-Fi 6E
    802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
    Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.2

    Rear Panel Ports

    Back I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port (1 x USB Type-C)
    5 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports (5 x Type-A)
    4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (4 x Type-A)
    1 x Wi-Fi Module
    1 x Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet port
    5 x Gold-plated audio jacks
    1 x Optical S/PDIF out port
    1 x BIOS FlashBack button
    1 x Clear CMOS button
    1 x PS/2 Keyboard (purple) port
    1 x PS/2 Mouse (green) port

    Internal I/O Connectors

    Onboard USB 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 connector (supports USB Type-C)
    2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 headers support additional 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
    2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports
    Other Connectors Fan and Cooling related
    1 x 4-pin CPU Fan header(s)
    1 x 4-pin CPU OPT Fan header(s)
    1 x 4-pin AIO Pump header(s)
    3 x 4-pin Chassis Fan header(s)
    2 x 4-pin Full Speed Fan header(s)
    1 x W_PUMP+ header(s)
    1 x 2-pin Water In header
    1 x 2-pin Water Out header
    1 x 3-pin Water Flow header
    1 x 80 Light Bar jumper
    3 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s)
    1 x AURA RGB header(s)
    2 x BCLK button
    1 x BIOS Switch button
    1 x FlexKey button
    1 x Front Panel Audio header (AAFP)
    1 x LN2 Mode jumper
    1 x OSC sence header
    1 x Pause switch
    12 x ProbeIt Measurement Points
    1 x ReTry button
    1 x RSVD header
    2 x RSVD switches
    1 x Safe Boot button
    1 x Slow Mode switch
    1 x Start button
    1 x 10-1 pin System Panel header
    1 x Thermal Sensor header
    1 x Thunderbolt header
    1 x V_Latch switch

    Physical Spec

    Form Factor ATX
    LED Lighting RGB
    Dimensions (W x L) 12.0" x 9.6"
    Power Pin 1 x 24-pin Main Power connector
    2 x 8-pin +12V Power connector
    1 x 6-pin PCIe Graphics Card connector

    Windows Compatibility

    Windows 11 Ready


    Features Special Features:
    Extreme OC Kit
    - FlexKey button
    - LN2 Mode
    - Probelt
    - ReTry button
    - Safe boot button
    - Start button
    - Slow Mode
    Extreme Engine Digi+
    - 10K Black Metallic Capacitors
    - MicroFine Alloy Choke
    ASUS Q-Design
    - M.2 Q-Latch
    - PCIe Slot Q-Release
    - Q-Code
    - Q-Connector
    - Q-LED (CPU [red], DRAM [yellow], VGA [white], Boot Device [yellow green])
    - Q-Slot
    ASUS Thermal Solution
    - M.2 heatsink backplate
    - M.2 heatsink
    - VRM heatsink design
    - BIOS FlashBack button
    - Clear CMOS button
    - CPU Socket lever protector
    - ProCool II
    - Pre-mounted I/O shield
    - SafeSlot
    - SafeDIMM
    AURA Sync
    - AURA RGB header(s)
    - Addressable Gen 2 header(s)
    Dual BIOS
    Front Panel USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 with Quick Charge 4+ Support
    - Support: up to 60W charging*
    - Output: 5/9/15/20V max. 3A, PPS:3.3–21V max. 3A
    - Compatible with QC 4.0/3.0/2.0, PD3.0 and PPS
    * To support 60W, please install the power cable to 6-pin PCIe Graphics Card connector or can only support 27W.
    - 3 x Chassis fan support* (CHA_FAN1P,CHA_FAN2P,CHA_FAN3P)
    * Visit ASUS Website for the latest compatibility list.

    Software Features:
    ROG Exclusive Software
    - ROG CPU-Z
    - GameFirst VI
    - ROG True Voltician
    - Sonic Studio III + Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer + Sonic Suite Companion
    - Sonic Radar III
    - DTS Sound Unbound
    - BullGuard Internet Security (1-year full version)
    ASUS Exclusive Software
    Armoury Crate
    - AIDA64 Extreme (1 year full version)
    - AURA Creator
    - AURA Sync
    - Fan Xpert 4
    - Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation
    AI Suite 3
    - Easy Optimization with AI Overclocking
    DIGI+ Power Control
    Turbo app
    AI Overclocking Guide
    - ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
    - ASUS EZ Flash 3

    2 x 256 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS

    WOL by PME, PXE

    Operating System:
    Windows 10 64-bit
    Windows 11 64-bit