ASUS Prime Z490M-Plus

One of the most basic and therefore budget-focused models is the micro-ATX ASUS Prime Z490M-Plus. Some of its primary features include two PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, five SATA ports, and three video outputs on the rear panel. It has less in terms of features than the ATX sized Prime Z490-P, but it looks to offer variation in both pricing, and form factor than the rest of ASUS's product stack.

While we don't currently know what the design of the Prime Z490M-Plus consists of, it's likely that it will follow a basic silver and black theme like other Prime models. It has two full-length PCIe 3.0 slots which operate at x16/+4, with two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. It has two PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots with five SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. Memory support for the Z490M-Plus is lowest of all the ASUS Z490 models, with support for DDR4-4400 across four slots, with a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB. 

In terms of USB support, the ASUS Prime Z490M-Plus has support for up to 14 USB ports combining what's available from front panel headers and what's on the rear panel. It includes a trio of video outputs including an HDMI 1.4b, a DisplayPort 1.4, and a DVI which could be a viable choice for budget users planning to take advantage of integrated graphics. For networking the board is using an Intel I219-V Gigabit Ethernet controller, while the onboard audio is taken care of by a more budget-friendly Realtek ALC887 HD audio codec.

It doesn't come with a staggering price with an MSRP of just $150, which currently puts it as the cheapest Z490 model from ASUS out of the boards we currently know about. ASUS hasn't revealed when it will be launched, but it shouldn't be too long after launch.

This page will be updated when more information becomes available to us.

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  • DanNeely - Thursday, April 30, 2020 - link

    I really hate when new articles are inserted below the lead spot because it's hit or miss if I ever notice them. I missed this one during several visits to the site and only found it when Google suggested it in response to a search I made. Reply
  • Jedibeeftrix - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    agreed, i found this by accident, and check AT twice or more a day. Reply
  • sunshinerevans55 - Sunday, May 3, 2020 - link

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  • YB1064 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    This must have taken some writing. Kudos to the author(s). A good one stop article for anybody planning on going the Intel route. Intel seem to be adept at packaging old milk (not wine) in a new bottle. At least increase the number of PCIe lanes... Reply
  • boozed - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    I recommend using the RSS feed, then you get everything and you get it chronologically. Reply
  • Exodite - Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - link

    +1 on RSS!

    The "magazine layout" that plagues many sites and makes it impossible to distinguish between old articles, new articles and commercials can thankfully still be avoided through RSS.
  • Wardrop - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    Funny that ASRock are the only manufacturers to have a mATX X570 motherboard for AMD's platform, yet for Intel they're the only one's NOT to have a mATX motherboard. Reply
  • Beaver M. - Saturday, May 2, 2020 - link

    You mean they are relevant again, because they have fixed their stereotypical USB issues? Reply
  • Marlin1975 - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    So in other words a re-spin of previous chipset with little to no real useful extra features but will require a new board. Classic intel. This is one of many reasons my last system was Intel and my new system is AMD now.

    Unless you are a intel fanboy why keep supporting this?
  • regsEx - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    New networking controllers, support for PCIe 4 CPUs (RKL-S that will be released in future).
    Some boards also have USB Gen 2x2 support with external ASMedia controller. I know no any X570 board with USB Gen 2x2 support. Only Gen 2x1.

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