Asus launches budget-friendly overclocking motherboard — Z790-AYW WIFI W debuts with DDR5-8000+ support

The rear panel and Wi-Fi antenna of the Asus Z790-AWY WIFI W motherboard
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Asus has announced a new entry in its Z790 motherboard lineup, the Z790-AYW WIFI W. Designed for 14th-generation Raptor Lake Refresh processors and older, the new ATX form factor mainboard supports overclocking that might rival MSI’s MPower lineup. Asus has a dual-DIMM version, the Z790-AYW OC WIFI, in the works as well.

The Z790-AYW features an LGA1700 socket supporting Intel processors from the Pentium Gold and Celeron series, including the 14th-generation Intel Core CPUs. It also features the latest Intel Z90 chipset. For power delivery, there’s a 12+1 phase subsystem. VRM heatsinks and thermal pads help ensure smooth and stable operation even when pushing your clock speeds beyond recommended.

The quartet of DIMM slots is compatible with DDR5-8000+ and lower, down to DDR5-4800 non-ECC, unbuffered memory. On the other hand, the Z790-AYW OC WIFI offers support up to DDR5-8400+. If you use DDR5-5800 or faster DIMMs, you can use the motherboard’s overclocking support. Thanks to the four DDR5 memory slots, the Z790-AYW supports a maximum of 192GB of memory.

A single HDMI port supports the on-board graphics capabilities up to 4K at 60 Hz. The motherboard has a single PCIe 4.0 x16 SafeSlot Core+ slot, two standard PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, and two PCIe 4.0 x1 slots for expansion cards.

The motherboard has 3 M.2 slots for storage. One is a PCIe 4.0 x4 slot supporting M.2 22110, and one is for M.2 2280 storage devices. The third is an M.2 22110 slot supporting PCIe 4.0 x4 or SATA modes. Three M.2 heatsinks help keep everything cool. The board also offers 4 SATA 6 Gbps ports for solid-state and rotational drives.

This motherboard seems slightly more modest in terms of connectivity. It supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.3 and includes a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port for wired networks.

The board’s back I/O plate has a total of eight USB ports:

  • 2 x USB 10Gbps ports (1 x Type-A and 1 x Type-C)
  • 2 x USB Type-A 5Gbps ports
  • 4 x USB 2.0 Type-A ports

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The rear panel also provides three audio jacks, with on-board support for Realtek 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio.

The motherboard includes headers and connectors for up to nine front USB ports:

  • 1 x USB 10Gbps connector (supports USB Type-C)
  • 2 x USB 5Gbps headers support 4 additional USB 5Gbps ports
  • 2 x USB 2.0 headers support four additional USB 2.0 ports
  • USB_E1 port, USB_E2 port, and USB_E6 port share the bandwidth.
  • USB_E3 port, USB_E4 port, USB_E7 port, and USB_E8 port share the bandwidth.

Pricing and availability for the Asus Z790-AYW WIFI W motherboard have yet to be announced. However, we expect the pricing to be under $250, which would compete with the recently announced MSI MPower Z790 motherboard.

Jeff Butts
Contributing Writer

Jeff Butts has been covering tech news for more than a decade, and his IT experience predates the internet. Yes, he remembers when 9600 baud was “fast.” He especially enjoys covering DIY and Maker topics, along with anything on the bleeding edge of technology.

  • Metal Messiah.
    That's not the only board ASUS is releasing. The model which you mentioned only comes in an all-white board design, and supports only up to DDR5 8000+(OC) speed by default.

    But this particular model is the actual OC board they are targeting. Z790-AYW OC WIFI, with support for DDR5-8400+ (OC) memory, on two DIMM slots.

    ASUS claimed they can squeeze out 11550 MT/s of memory speeds on this board, utilizing the capabilities of liquid nitrogen cooling. And, South Korean overclocker, SAFEDISK, also mentioned the great memory OC capabilities of this new board, achieving 8800 MT/s with OC.

    As per ASUS, these are the figures which you can expect with different cooling solutions, including liquid nitrogen/LN2::
    AIO360: i5-14600k_DDR5-8200 MTpass
    AIO360: i9-14900k_DDR5-8200 oc to DDR5-8400 MTpass
    Chiller: i9-13900k_DDR5-8800 MT pass
    Chiller: i9-14900k_DDR5-8800 MT pass
    AIR: i5-14600k_ChBDDR5-10000 boot
    LN2: i9-14900KF_DDR5-11150
    By the way, AYW stands for " As You Wish", just in case anyone didn't know.
  • Metal Messiah.
    Forgot to mention, the above OC board's price expected to be around the $300 USD ballpark! A bit on the expensive side. The one mentioned in the article should cost under $250 though.

    I guess price segmentation done due to the board's higher OC capabilities (Z790-AYW OC WIFI).
  • peachpuff
    Great time to buy 14th gen mobos...

  • thestryker
    Looks like this board would have been intended to compete with the likes of MSI's MPower, but that one still hasn't launched as far as I know. I'd love to see more 2 DIMM board options in general as these don't have good enough VRM for what I'd be looking at.
  • Amdlova
    Cheap? Have some asrock models for 150 us this is cheap :)
  • TechyIT223
    Thes are for breaking memory OC world records. Doesn't matter if the chipset is old.