ASRock Z690 PG Riptide – HardwareCooking

In terms of connectivity, we have 6 USB Type-A ports at the back, two of which are 2.0 and four others are USB 3.2. We also have two 16x PCIe slots, the first is PCIe Gen5 compatible and the second is Gen4. For M.2 format SSDs, we have three slots. The first two are PCIe Gen4 x4 compatible and the last is PCIe Gen3 and SATA. Note that only the first slot has a heatsink to prevent thermal throttling . For the other slots, nothing prevents you from using heat sinks that can be purchased from various brands.

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MSI delivers a Z690 motherboard at around 300 USD this motherboard however is loaded with premium features and is DDR4 compatible. All four M.2 slots are cooled, and there are a plethora of speedy USB ports on the board, as well as the most luxurious Realtek ALC4080 audio codec and integrated WiFi. Additionally, MSI offers a great VRM design.

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MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4 – GreenTech_Reviews

The price range of boards based on the Z690 is very large, and the memory can be left with DDR4. In this article, we will get acquainted with one of the most inexpensive boards, the cost of which is even lower than for a considerable number of solutions based on the junior chipsets of the 600th series – MSI MAG Z690 Tomahawk Z690 WiFi DDR4. This motherboard supports DDR4 memory (as the name implies), but there is a modification that supports DDR5 memory.

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ASUS TUF GAMING H670-PRO WIFI D4 – GreenTech_Reviews

TUF motherboard designs vary from model to model. In our case, this is a black and gray color scheme with rare yellow accents. It is based on a 6-layer black printed circuit board. Unlike the previous model (TUF Gaming H570-Pro), many changes are immediately visible regarding the number of expansion slots, the power subsystem and its cooling system, and, of course, the processor socket itself. The slots for RAM modules remain the same, since the board is only compatible with DDR4 modules.

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MSI MPG Z690 CARBON EK X – Overclocking

This Z690 Carbon EK X model is part of the “MPG” series for “MSI Performance Gaming ”. It is located between the “MEG” series, which represents the most upscale cards and the “MAG” series which puts forward a more attractive price. This is, as the name suggests, a series that should be perfect for gamers . We can therefore place this model in the mid-range of MSI. Now the partnership with EK on this model offers it undeniable added value.

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ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 – FunkyKit

You also get the Thunderbolt™ 4 Type-C connector, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Front Type-C, 4 x Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, and 3 x USB 3.2 Gen1 (1 Rear, 2 Front). And finally, for connectivity, you get the Killer E3100 2.5GB LAN as well as the Killer AX1675 802.11ax supporting WiFi 6e + Bluetooth. The rear I/O panel includes a HDMI port, DisplayPort, BIOS flashback, Clear CMOS button, and connectors for your WiFi antenna, as well as an array of audio connectors. 

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The ROG Strix B550i runs on the B550 chipset, meaning it will allow you to run the latest and greatest in AMD Ryzen gaming. Provided you update the bios, the B550i will let you run up to Zen 3 processors, with the board supporting up to two sticks of DDR4 memory and has a bit of room to overclock should you choose to go down that path. The motherboard has limited space for expansion, but features a single PCIe x16 Gen 4.0, and has space for a single M.2 PCIe 3.0 drive.

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Asus’ ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WIFI hails from the upper mid-range segment of Z690 motherboards. And yes, what constitutes mid-range these days is quite a bit higher than it used to be. Priced at $469.99, the Z690-E Gaming WIFI isn’t cheap, but it’s one of the least expensive Z690 boards with an integrated PCIe 5.0 M.2 socket. But the Z690-E Gaming is more than just the M.2 socket. It has capable power delivery, a whopping 12 rear USB ports, the latest Realtek audio codec, and an appearance fit for any build theme.

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ASRock Z690 Taichi – HardwareCooking

In terms of connectivity, high-end motherboard means we are spoiled. Indeed, on the rear connector we can count on the presence of two Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports (40 Gbps) supporting 27 W fast charging technology for mobile devices. We also have two PCIe 5.0 slots in x16 and a third in PCIe 4.0. You can also find a real Type-A USB 3.0 port directly on the motherboard PCB and a non-angled SATA port away from the others on the edge of the card. We have on this Taichi three slots for SSD in M.2 format and all have a heat sink to avoid  Thermal Throttling . On the other hand, be careful,no PCIe Gen5 for SSDs , we will be satisfied here with PCIe Gen4.

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MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY-X – Overclocking

The “Unify” series was launched at the end of 2019 with the excellent MEG X570 Unify that we had the chance to test exclusively. The idea of ​​MSI, with this new series, was to offer a card that goes to the essentials, leaving aside the RGB backlighting, in order to focus mainly on overclocking . Subsequently, it is the test of the MEG B550 Unify that we also had the opportunity to offer you.

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