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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The Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Master features a dedicated VRM design with an insane nineteen 105 A power stages for some serious overclocking headroom. To round out the experience, the Aorus Master also offers great connectivity with the newest WiFi 6E technology and 10G LAN for those who need to transfer data quickly. There is a lot to cover in this review, so let’s take a closer look!

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Meet the Biostar Z690 Valkyrie motherboard. This product is from a series that already appeared using the Z590 chipset in the past. What does this name mean? It’s the name of Odin’s twelve handmaids who conducted the slain warriors of their choice from the battlefield to Valhalla. The series was introduced with Z590 Valkyrie. But coming back to the reviewed board – it is very expensive, as the MSRP is 599 USD (about 150 USD more than its predecessor), so it’s aimed at the high-end range of the market (and it’s rather crowded there). 

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BIOSTAR Z690 VALKYRIE – El Chapuzas Informatico

We extract the Biostar Z690 Valkyrie from all its packaging and we find ourselves before a motherboard with a conventional design in terms of the PCB, but with oversized and aggressively designed heatsinks for the VRM and the M.2 that facilitate their cooling. It is true that this aesthetic is not usually the most successful in these parts, but for color tastes.

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ASUS ProArt B550-CREATOR – PC Magazine

The ProArt B550-Creator features a black PCB with black heatsinks on the VRMs, the chipset, and the M.2 slots. The rear I/O shroud is also black, but it’s made of an opaque plastic that leaves some components underneath barely visible.

Though the look is mostly monotone, I actually appreciate its simple design language. Nowadays, it seems as if many companies think everything needs to have LEDs and chrome. The heatspreaders on the M.2 slots are a bit starker than I might like, but overall I don’t think the board’s appearance will turn anyone away.

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The Maximus Formula has been the go-to enthusiast platform for years. Living between the Hero, one of the best gaming platforms, and Extreme, the top-tier ROG board is no easy task. Still, the Z690 Formula manages quite well, offering legit connectivity from Thunderbolt 4 to USB 3.2 Gen2x2, 10Gbe with the help of Marvell AQC chipset and top-of-the-line audio with the new Realtek ALC4082.

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO – Recalled for Reversed Capacitor

Last week widespread reports of melting MOSFETs on Asus’ Z690 Hero motherboards emerged across various social media platforms, with pictures of motherboards that met a fiery fate spurring a bit of investigation from the enthusiast community. We followed up with Asus to learn more, and the company acknowledged the issues to Tom’s Hardware (below) and provided a full statement on the underlying causes. The company is also beginning a replacement program for impacted users.

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MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 – Tom’s Hardware

Performance on the Z690 Tomahawk ended up average overall among the other boards we tested. While all tests were very close in either direction, the Procyon tests showed the most significant departure from average, matching the slower DDR4 boards more closely than their DDR5 counterparts. Gaming results were on par, if not marginally faster, than the rest so we’re in good shape there.

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Compact motherboards are getting more and more popular each year. When everything can be integrated into the motherboard, then we can save space and build a smaller and cooler PC for our daily tasks without sacrificing performance. This is what Biostar thought about when designing the B550M-Silver motherboard. The BIOSTAR B550M-Silver is one of its less-expensive gaming motherboard that comes in a micro ATX format, and promises a great gaming experience. So what else can we expect? 

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO – GreenTech_Reviews

The ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero is supplied in a box with a slightly updated design of the previous models. On the front side you can see the name of the board, some logos of the component manufacturers and the technologies used, as well as the image of the board.
The package is not very large – it includes a user manual, a set of branded stickers, a card with information about the ROG series, a USB flash drive with drivers, a fabric logo keychain, a metal holder for a video card, a pair of adapters for RGB devices, four SATA cables and screws for fixing M.2 drives.

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