Due to the potential risks of the ASUS MAXIMUS Z690 HERO motherboard catching on fire I built this temporary rig until ASUS figures out the problem. The Z690 HERO is definitely a nicer board. If I didn't have a wife, children, and dogs I would have probably kept running it. Below are the details of the build.


  1. Update the BIOS from Version 0503 to 0811.
  2. Configure initial BIOS settings to load Windows 11.
    • Boot
      • CSM
        • Launch CSM: Disabled
      • Secure Boot
        • OS Type: Windows UEFI mode
        • Secure Boot Mode: Custom
  3. Restart and load Windows 11 for the first time.
  4. Upgrade Intel ME Consumer Firmware from to (automatic restart).
  5. Upgrade ALC4080/ALC4082 firmware from 4.501.0000-0013.0000 to 4.501.0000-0020.0000.
  6. Upgrade USB PD controller to Version 004.
  7. Reinstall Intel Chipset Driver Version 10.1.18838.8284 (automatic restart).
  8. Reinstall Intel MEI Driver Version 2131.1.4.0 (automatic restart).
  9. Install Intel Serial IO Driver Version 30.100.2131.26 (automatic restart).
  10. Install Intel Thunderbolt Driver Version 1.41.1229.0 (automatic restart).
  11. Install Realtek USB Audio Gen2 Driver Version 6.3.9600.2307 (automatic restart).
  12. Configure BIOS for overclock.
    • Ai Tweaker
      • Ai Overclock Tuner: XMP II
      • Intel(R) Adaptive Boost Technology: Enabled
      • ASUS MultiCore Enhancement: Enabled - Remove All limits
      • Performance Core Ratio: AI Optimized
      • Efficient Core Ratio: AI Optimized
    • Advanced
      • PCI Subsystem Settings
        • Re-Size BAR Support: Enabled
    • Run the Qfan Control to profile the fans (I don't run AI Suite 3).
    • This netted me a 71% overclock (5.5 GHz).


  1. Noctua NH-D15 wouldn't fit in the horizontal direction so I had to install it vertically (airflow goes from bottom to top).
  2. Coming from an ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO I was disappointed to see only one USB 3.2 Gen 1 header.
  3. I get the feeling this motherboard has USB issues. When trying to connect a Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows via a USB hub it throws an error. My mouse froze twice through the same USB hub. On the Z690 Hero and previous build this was never an issue. I'm still testing and will update as I learn more.