With the launch of Intel’s new 11th Gen Processors(Rocket Lake) and the accompanying new chipset. We will be having a look at the ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WIFI motherboard, a board that will not break the bank when upgrading to the Z590 chipset. What I like about the TUF range from ASUS is that it is catered towards your more casual gamer that wants to have new features but can’t really afford the higher-end ROG products.
So why would you want to upgrade from the Z490 motherboards to the new ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WIFI, well the Z590 chipsets bring PCI-E 4.0 to anybody that has a 10 and 11th Gen CPU! Being a more budget board the TUF Gaming only has one PCI-E4.0 slot, but who has the money in anycase to run two gpu’s at the current prices!
On the storage side of things you actually have 3 M.2 slots on this board, two of them runs at PCI-E3.0 mode and the main M.2 socket runs at PCI-E4.0. The only done side is that the PCI-E4.0 is only enabled if you are running a 11th gen cpu, which brings you down to only 2 M.2’s on your 10th gen processor. The TUF Gaming also supply’s heat sinks for the M.2, with your 2nd and 3rd M.2 slots sharing a heat sinks. On the normal SATA port you get your standard 6 6Gb/s ports.
The Asus TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WIFI also features the new USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type C port that can get speeds up to 20Gbps! The board also feature Thunderbolt 4 Support. It also has 4 total USB3.2(gen 1 and 2) ports and your normal USB2.0(two of them). This brings you a total of 7 USB ports on your rear IO shield, however if you do feel that this is to little then on the board it self it has another 4 USB headers. The TUF Gaming also features Intels 2.5Gb Ethernet connector(so make sure you have a router/sitch that can support this). If that is enough for you then your in luck, the board also features WiFi6 and Bluetooth 5.0.`
Overall I am really pleased with the ASUS TUF Gaming Z590-Plus WIFI motherboard and think that it would be a worthwile investment for most gamers doing upgrades. The board really features everthing that you would want, from RGB(thanks to ASUS AURA Sync) to WiFI6, you can not go wrong in getting this board. If you Upgrading from 8th/9th Gen then this board is for you and a little bit for gamers going from 10th to 11th(mainly PCI-E4.0). Coming in at R5299 MSRP it is also not that expensive for what you are getting.