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Your opinion for the best ROG Motherboard for my expensive setup

Level 8

Hello there.

So im gonna make a full ROG Setup with nice products and i need just the opinion of the ROG Community members.

Here is the list what products im gonna use:

- Intel i9 14900K
- RTX 4060 Ti
- Corsair Dominator Platinum 32GB RAM
- PSU Thor 1200P
- PC Case ROG Hyperion
- Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Hero WiFi Motherboard ATX (This Motherboard is my target)

Tell me your opinion about this motherboard and if you have anything else to suggest.



Customer Service Agent


Regarding memory, we suggest that you consult the guidelines provided in [Motherboard] How to query (CPU/memory) QVL List? 
Additionally, please review the "purchasing and installation guide" available in the "Memory" section on the official support page of the ROG MAXIMUS Z790 HERO.

Thank you.

Due to the ongoing regional holidays, my responses may be slightly delayed.
Thank you in advance for your patience.‌‌‌‌ 🙂

Community Admin
Community Admin

ROG Care is a support section, moving this to the motherboards section for discussions.

FPS, Racing, and VR Gamer / Tech Enthusiast / ROG Admin

Level 10

What memory speed are you targeting? Also why not a 2x24GB kit? They seem to be the most popular as of late, and overclock well.

Reason I ask about memory speeds, is if you're at like 7200+ you should probably stick with the Apex/Apex Encore. While I do think the Z790 Hero/Dark Hero Z790 should not really have an issue hitting 7200 it's just hard to say. Where if an Apex/Apex Encore can't hit 7200 there is probably a problem lol. And just because a memory+CPU generation is on the QVL list, does not guarantee it will work, at all.

With that said, if you do start looking the Apex, there are some things to be aware of and to plan for. It is board very much focused on overclocking. While it will work no problem as a "everyday, well featured board", there is no Thunderbolt, only one rear USB-C, only 2 PWM Case fan headers (there are additional, but they only run at full speed), and it disables the iGPU with no way to turn it on, really only important if you have a need for QuickSync. 

Bro I did my full check in hero/darkhero/apex.

I don't like that apex got 2 slots for ram. In any case I guess darkhero is the most powerful between these 3 motherboards. 

I don't think the thunderbold slot is so big problem I guess..

Level 11

ASUS says one can do this about that motherboard memory:


Intel says you can support memory with an Intel CPU I9-14900K installed on any motherboard with this memory speed:


If the memory you buy does not work, ASUS will say (point the finger). Did you communicate with Intel about their CPU Integrated Memory Controller (IMC)?

Should I communicate with Intel for what motherboard I'm gonna use?

It depends if you are a tweaker or plug and play.

Tweaker you will make errors and learn.

Plug and play call it a day.