MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY – AnandTech

With the Unify, we are looking at a premium model with support for DDR5 memory, but it doesn’t feature any RGB LED lighting. The MSI MEG Z690 Unify represents MSI’s Enthusiast Gaming series, which combines elements of an enthusiast-level motherboard, but with all the features designed for users to make the most of the latest controller sets and 12th gen features. Some of the features include five M.2 slots, support for DDR5-6666 memory, dual 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6E networking, as well as an advertised 21-phase power delivery.

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ASRock Z690 PG Velocita – TweakTown

ASRock is the last of the big four vendors to send over an Intel Z690 platform for us to test and review. The PG Velocita is an upper mid-range platform sitting under the Taichi, but above the Extreme, Steel Legend, and Pro series. It also happens to be one of the first Z690 boards to have the Intel Killer Suite that includes the AX1675 for WiFi6e and E3100G 2.5Gbe LAN.

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Intel Z790, B760 Motherboard Hit EEC

About three months ago, Intel launched its 12th Gen Core series Alder Lake-S desktop CPUs at the Innovation 2021 event. Alder Lake-S needs to be paired with socket LGA1700-based 600-series chipset motherboards. And while the same socket, also sometimes called LGA1800, is expected to be re-used for the succeeding 13th Gen Raptor Lake CPUs too, the chipset will be all-new 700-series ones.

Motherboard vendor Biostar looks like it has already started working on the next-gen boards and has applied for Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) certification. Twitter leakster @harukaze5719 has spotted a number of these motherboard models, Z790 and Z760, on the EEC portal.

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It’s worth noting that while we’re reviewing the Aorus Pro DDR5 model, there’s also a DDR4 version. Sadly, though it’s easily found in my native Australia, is not available in the US or the EU. That’s a real shame as the Aorus Pro DDR4 looks like it’s one of the better featured DDR4 boards, though I guess we can understand the desire to keep the DDR4 models more on the budget end of things.

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MSI MPG Z690 CARBON EK X – TechPowerUp

This collaboration with EKWB has taken the MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi feature-set and placed an EK-Quantum Matrix7 monoblock over the 18 VRM power stages. In addition to this, an M.2 socket is also directly cooled, thus allowing for near-ambient temperatures during large data transfers. This helps alleviate potential heat-related issues that can accompany these intense user workloads. Fear not, though, the remaining four M.2 sockets include full heatsink coverage. To round out the experience, the newest WiFi 6E technology and 2.5G LAN are present and accounted for.

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The ASUS white motherboards have nearly always been part of their Prime range, although naturally those of you who have been around for a while will remember models like the Sabranco, but for the Z690 they have moved their white one to the Maximus Formula. Throughout the lifespan of the ASUS ROG Maximus range there have usually been two, the more affordable Formula and the high end Extreme. Recently they’ve enlarged the range with the even more affordable Hero, leaving the Formula in the middle of the pack.

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BIOSTAR Z690A VALKYRIE – Overclockers

The Biostar Z690A Valkyrie supports the twelfth generation Intel processors using the LGA 1700 socket.  The board boasts 20-phase (19+1) VRMS to handle the power requirements of the flagship 24-thread Intel Core i9-12900K. To cool the VRM, Biostar has once again added active cooling: two 25mm fans on each VRM heatsink along with a solid copper base. These fans can be audible (especially under load), but you can control them through the BIOS and Biostar’s Aurora software.

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MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI – Professional Review

Because not all users can afford a 500 euro motherboard for Intel’s new Alder Lake platform , today we bring you the MSI MAG Z690 Tomahawk WiFi in its DDR5 compatible version (because there is a cheaper DDR4 Tomahawk). A versatile board with good capacity in every way, 16+1+1 phase VRM suitable for overclocking, 4 M.2 slots with heatsinks with 3 of them PCIe 4.0 and good external connectivity with Wi-Fi and USB Gen2x2. Perhaps it is the plaque you are looking for for your New Year’s gift, shall we begin?

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MSI MEG Z690 GODLIKE – Professional Review

Fresh out of the oven, we have with us the incredible MSI MEG Z690 GODLIKE , a beastly board in every aspect, practically the best we can find for Z690 on the market. Only suitable for the biggest overclockers and foodies, this model offers a completely sublime design with great size, full of heatsinks, cases and RGB. As if that were not enough, it has a large LCD touch screen and BIOS notifications by voice!

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