ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Desktop Motherboard Featuring Laptop Memory Slots Spotted

ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Desktop Motherboard Featuring Laptop Memory Slots Spotted

Several prototypes remain hidden from public view. Prototyping allows companies to step into new concepts and evaluate hardware before launching it to market. It seems that the ROG Maximus XIII Hero motherboard was never officially launched or offered for sale. Anyway, it looks like someone got it.

Don't get confused by the socket cover being branded as a TUF gaming board. It's actually a premium ROG Maximus model from the older generation. The Maximus III series used the Intel LGA-1200 socket, designed for 10th Gen Core “Comet Lake” and 11th Gen Core “Rocket Lake” processors. This socket only had a short lifespan of two years before being replaced by the LGA-1700 socket with Alder Lake architecture.

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According to the images posted by @wnxod, the board is equipped with four DDR4 SODIMM slots. Moreover, it does not include the PCIe and audio area heatsinks. Instead, it shows a prototype code of TEM14280. However, the I/O heatsink appears to be identical to the final retail product. Based on the appearance of the board, it is clear that it was never intended for release or completion for retail distribution.

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Additional images show the board booting up with the Kingston Fury logo, indicating that this could be a prototype board undergoing testing with Kingston. It is well known that motherboard manufacturers work closely with memory suppliers to guarantee full compatibility of their platforms before release. What remains uncertain is the laptop SODIMM form factor considerations behind. Nevertheless, the board was demonstrated to operate at a DDR4 frequency of 2133 MHz and 1.2 volts with a Core i5-10600K processor.

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It's uncertain if we're seeing enthusiasts experimenting with prototypes or if these images originate from ASUS laboratories. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that the images show an IKEA pegboard and an ASUS power supply underneath the motherboard, suggesting that the source of these images has a close connection with ASUS.

Source and images: @wnxod

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