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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Powering the CPU is a direct 16+1+1 power stage design via dual 8-pin CPU power connectors. Cooling this monstrosity is a courtesy of CNC machined slabs of aluminum connected by a heat-pipe. This cooling solution actually extends way to the back panel I/O panel. As for other niceties, we have the usual arrangement of 4-pin fan headers here (total of 7) and the two 3-pin RGB LED headers.

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Powering the CPU is a 10+1 power stage design via a reinforced (ASUS ProCool II) 8-pin CPU power connector. Cooling the VRM (north) is a courtesy of a decent slab of aluminum connected to a larger one (west) via a heat-pipe that goes all the way to the PCH. The CPU fan, AIO pump header and a +12v RGB LED header are also located here. For reference, maximum rated power is 12W @ 1A for each.

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ASUS PRIME Z690-A – Overclockers Russia

Before us is an ATX motherboard. Its dimensions do not differ from the classic ones and are 305 x 244 mm. The external design is also recognizable and resembles other devices from this series. However, there are still changes in the external appearance, even though a white plastic casing is used and all radiators are silver.

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Now we come to the board itself. At first glance we’re not sure about the look Asus has chosen, particularly the large dotted ROG logo atop the I/O section. But it’s hardly a deal breaker. There are two RGB sections, one inside the main VRM heatsink, plus another ROG logo incorporated into the chipset heatsink. It comes packed with OC switches and buttons including various LN2 modes, slow mode, BIOS switch, and voltage read points. There are even moisture detectors that will let you know if your CPU or DRAM area is getting a little soggy.

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ASUS ProArt B660-CREATOR D4 – GreenTech_Reviews

ASUS continues to expand its ProArt series of motherboards. With the release of the Intel Z690 chipset, the manufacturer introduced a new model of the series, called the ProArt Z690-Creator WiFi, which has fully replaced the WS series – the new product has great expansion possibilities, and the power and cooling safety margins are also impressive, and the design is strict and devoid of any built-in RGB elements. But today we will talk about her younger sister – ProArt B660-Creator D4.

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ASUS PRIME H610M-D D4 – GreenTech_Reviews

ASUS Prime H610M-D D4 comes in a box with an updated Prime design, which is also relevant for some other motherboards based on the Intel Z690 chipset. The manufacturer changed the design from the black and blue color scheme to gray. The name of the board, its image, as well as a set of logos of the technologies used are placed on the front side of the box.

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 APEX – GreenTech_Reviews

One of the key features of ASUS motherboards (any series based on the Intel Z690 chipset) is the presence of holes for mounting cooling systems that are compatible not only with LGA1700, but also with LGA1200 / 115x. But you need to be careful – the height of the new processor is different from the previous one, so not all cooling systems can be installed with the proper pressure level.

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We will end our tour of Asus motherboards from the “ROG Maximus Z690” series with the ultimate version, the Extreme Glacial model. If last week, we offered you the test of the ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme, this “Glacial” model also benefits from a full water block designed by the company EK. This waterblock will be responsible for keeping your CPU, the power supply stage, your SSD as well as the chipset cool . This model will therefore use the excellent PCB as well as the many connectors of the Extreme version while optimizing the cooling of the various components. A collaboration between

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ASUS ROG DDR5 to DDR4 Converter – A Current Z690 Need?

As Tweeted by @9550pro, a new ROG DDR5 to DDR4 adapter appears to be in development by Asus. Chinese YouTuber 林大餅Bing made a video discussing this new DDR5 conversion card and how it works.

According to the video, this is an experimental DDR5 to DDR4 card. The YouTuber explains that the card can successfully convert a DDR5 slot to communicate DDR4 signaling to both the CPU and memory module. However, due to the card’s immense size, the traces connecting the DDR4 module to the DIMM slot are very long, which can make running high-speed memory modules problematic.

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