The specs look good enough for me. I'll be using something z490 for competitive overclocking and ASUS BIOS has always worked best for me. The APEX approach --plenty of power, single DIMM DRAM channels and keyboard/mouse sockets -- is attractive. It's built just for that work.
The main missing "feature" has been that the M11Apex was not sold in North America. How about this time, ASUS?
The second point is important only for serious competitive overclocking: How well does the M12A work in Windows 7. I know, I know. Microsoft and Intel have ASUS limiting advertised compatibility to Windows 10. This was real with Z390 chipset because there was no driver outside the Win10 built-in for USB ports in the Z390. A third party USB device, eg. Asmedia, had to be included in the design. Only then could Win7 users enjoy the luxury of any USB at all. How about this time, ASUS? A USB device and all those drivers for WIn7?
Will I again be stuck trying to compete on the ASUS ROG HWBOT team without any ASUS motherboard?