ASUS Prime Z590-A

ASUS's Prime series of models have been around for multiple generations, and it's designed to offer users high-performance, with elegantly light-themed aesthetics. The ASUS Prime Z590-A ticks both of these boxes with its stunning aluminum themed design, with holographic styling on the rear panel cover and chipset heatsink. ASUS is advertising a 16-phase (14+2) power delivery and includes three M.2 slots.

The Prime Z590-A includes three full-length PCIe slots, with the top two operating at PCIe 4.0 x16 and x8/x8, with one operating at PCIe 3.0 x4. In between the two full-length slots at the bottom is a half-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot. For storage, the board has one PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, with two PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA M.2 slots, and six right-angled SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. Only two out of three of the M.2 slots include a heatsink, with the middle slot reliant on good passive airflow. Prime by name, Prime by nature, as it includes a 14+2 phase power delivery with DrMOS power stages, with a large silver power delivery heatsinks and a pair of 12 V ATX CPU power inputs, one 8-pin and one 4-pin.

ASUS has included plenty of connectivity options, including a USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, three USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports. Networking options are limited to an Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controller, while an unspecified HD audio codec powers the five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output. Users looking to benefit from Intel's integrated HD graphics can do so with a pair of video outputs, including one DisplayPort and one HDMI.

The ASUS Prime Z590-A looks set to cost $336, which is where mid-ranged Z590 models are expected to sit. It offers a variety of features and premium controllers, including three M.2 slots, USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, and an Intel 2.5 GbE controller. It's not a bad price, but pricing between the time of writing and release could differ slightly.

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  • DanNeely - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    I'm a bit surprised they went to an x8 3.0 link on the chipset instead of an x4 4.0 one, even if everything coming off of the chipset is still limited to 3.0 speed.
  • QinX - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Might be because it makes routing the traces easier, they don't have to adhere to the PCIe 4.0 signal requirements. Downside would be that more pins are required.
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  • Eskimonster - Saturday, January 30, 2021 - link

    Get out of here liar
  • Tek_Soup - Saturday, January 23, 2021 - link

    Cause intel, didnt make the Z590 Chipset Pcie 4.0 not gigabytes Fault. We can buy new boards again later this year.
  • Chaitanya - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Other being quite boring platform , there is noticeable lack of M-ATX offerings.
  • Chaitanya - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    Also it seems like even with properly finned heatsinks Gigabyte Aorus master requires a fan to cool VRMs which is not a good sign.
  • g85222456 - Tuesday, January 19, 2021 - link

    active fan on Z590? this is not X570 bro you must be joking lol
  • haukionkannel - Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - link

    He is not joking,,,

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