ASRock B660 Steel Legend – Tom’s Hardware

At $159.99, the B660 Steel Legend is priced right and comes with a feature set comparable to the competition, including multiple M.2 sockets, a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port, and some bright RGB lighting. Performance was off in some heavily multi-threaded tests due to thermal throttling, but a simple voltage adjustment should mitigate this concern, as would running a lesser processor.

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Our Z690i Aorus Ultra has the originality of offering an ultra-compact format through the Mini-ITX form factor. Space is therefore limited to integrate the maximum potential of Intel’s Alder Lake platform. Its membership in the Aorus family ensures that it has equipment that meets certain constraints related to PC gaming.

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This is not your father’s Asus front-panel connector: While similar in shape to the one used on older boards, its divided into a now-standard Intel-style 9-pin group on the left, and a legacy PC Speaker /Chassis Intrusion / 3-pin Power LED group on the right. Above and to the left of this front-panel group are four SATA ports, two that point outward from the bottom edge and two that point forward from the front edge.

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ASUS ProArt Z690-CREATOR WIFI – PC Inquisitor

Little on the hardware side to differentiates the $480 ProArt Z690 Creator WiFi from a $600 gaming motherboard such as ASRock’s previously-reviewed Taichi, but even minor interface changes are as important as the difference in price. We still start off with three x16-length slots on the surface, and the I/O panel still filled with dual networking plus Bluetooth-equipped WiFi 6E, six USB3 Type A ports, and two USB Type-C ports that are fed by Intel’s JHL8540 Thunderbolt 4 controller . The Creator’s additional Displayport throughputs for connecting discrete graphics to Thunderbolt 4 outputs merely reduces the number of cables that a few users would otherwise have strung across their desks. 

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We are coming to the end of this test, and it will not have been all rosy between the chaotic beginnings and the 7 memory kits tested on it. But ultimately, this Aorus Z690 Tachyon turns out to be a good vintage that gets better with time. We’ve got a motherboard that’s just as good for daily use as it is for competitive overclocking . And, unlike its competitors, it offers an HDMI socket. It will therefore be possible to test the overclocking of Intel IGP under DDR5 with a motherboard cut to reach high frequencies. However, we are aware of the price. But for less than €600, you’ll have the opportunity to fully enjoy Alderlake.

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MSI MEG Z690 ACE – ThinkComputers

We are back with another Z690 motherboard review and this one comes from MSI and might be one of the best Z690 boards we’ve seen yet! It is the MEG Z690 ACE and it has everything that you would expect to find on the Alder Lake platform plus much more! You are going to get a 22-phase (19+1+2) power design, DDR5 and PCI-Express 5.0 support, Thunderbolt 4, USB 3.2 gen 2×2, five M.2 slots, WiFi 6E, dual 2.5G LAN, and lets not forget a very sleek and sexy look with mainly a black design with gold accents. 

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 APEX – HardwareInside

The release of the Alder-Lake CPUs was only 6 months ago and ASUS already released the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 APEX, a high-end mainboard of the ROG series that was already the most well-known overclocking mainboard on the market at the time of the Z590. We are of course all the more pleased that we can test this high-end mainboard. With its 24+2 phase VRMs with 105 A power levels, it makes the heart of enthusiasts beat faster and is equipped with five M.2 slots, which will please memory fetishists. The list of equipment and features of the APEX is cubits long. In the following we don’t want to withhold the numerous features, the temperatures and the overclocking potential from you, you can read everything else in the following test. ASUS provided us with the test sample for our test.

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Hardware-wise, both the Extreme and Extreme Glacial are the same. Both have the overbuilt 25-phase VRM, a PCIe 5.0 M.2 socket (plus four others), Wi-Fi 6E and 10 GbE connectivity, flagship-class audio, AniMe Matrix and LiveDash displays, and too many other features to list here. Although the E-ATX-size boards look different due to the water block, they both exude a premium appearance and style that works with most builds. If you’re into RGB LED lighting, both boards have you covered, with the Glacial using a lot more.

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The ProArt X570-Creator WiFi comes with a few accessories. You get a big bundle of black SATA cables as well as a short DisplayPort cable to use with the board DisplayPort input to go from your GPU to the board for Thunderbolt 4 support. You get a front panel connection helper that lets you wire everything out in the open then plug it all in at once and M.2 screws and rubber pads. The ProArt X570-Creator WiFi comes with a full user guide and a DVD with the software and drivers installed on it as well as a card with a QR code to guide you through installing the Asus Control Center software.

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SuperMicro X13SAE – TweakTown

The X13SAE and its X13SAE-F counterpart are both Supermicro platforms built on the Intel W680 chipset. W680, on the surface, is comparable to Z690 with support for the same PCIe technologies, USB including 3.2 Gen2x2 and the 2.5Gbe/WiFi6e Network stack. Far and away, the largest difference is memory support, where W680 formally introduces Alder Lake to ECC support.

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