MSI MPG Z690 CARBON EK X – Professional Review

On a technical level, practically nothing changes compared to the standard model, and we have an impressive 18 + 1 + 1 phase VRM and Core Boost and Game Boost functions to get the most out of the Alder Lake CPUs and DDR5 RAM. Connectivity is tailored to the needs of the most demanding users with 5 M.2 slots, Wi-Fi, USB Gen2x2 and a high-end sound card. Let’s see how it looks with our EK mount, let’s start!

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MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI – Professional Review

The B660 chipset is two steps below the Z690 in capacity, ideal for this type of CPU without overclocking capacity focused on general consumption.

We will analyze the version in Micro-ATX format with capacity for DDR5 RAM memory , with 2 M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots and integrated Wi-Fi 6E card. A very interesting option because it will be valid for gaming equipment together with a 12700 and even a 12900, thanks to a powerful 13+1 phase VRM and extensive internal connectivity and on the rear panel with USB Gen2x2.

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MSI MEG Z690 ACE – Professional Review

Among its outstanding features we have nothing less than 5 M.2 PCIe slots , double Thunderbolt 4 with dedicated DisplayPort ports, double front USB Gen2x2 at 20 Gbps , Wi-Fi 6E, double LAN interface at 2.5 Gbps and ALC4082 + sound card DACESS . The best we can find, without a doubt among the top performance plates for Alder Lake, so let’s see what it can offer us.

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The Z690 Aorus Pro motherboard comes with a bunch of stuff inside the box including SATA cables, a Wi-Fi antenna, M.2 screws, RGB extension, and more. You’ll also get an installation guide along with the user’s manual, so be sure to keep it handy while building the PC. Now that’s out of the way, let’s jump into the design and hardware section to see the kind of component support you get on this board.

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ASRock Z690 Steel Legend – GinjFo

As we pointed out, this Z690 Steel Legend supports DDR4. We manage a frequency up to 5000 MHz and more in OC. Its four memory slots allow installation of a maximum of 128 GB with support for XMP 2.0. This technology ensures rapid memory setting in the BIOS. The operation boils down to selecting the desired frequency and all the parameters are automatically updated.

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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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MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI – Overclockers Ukraine

There were no critical flaws in the MSI MAG Z690 Tomahawk WiFi DDR4, except that I would like more fins on the M.2 heatsinks. The main feature of the board is work with DDR4 memory, which will allow the user to significantly save on the final assembly at the end of 2021. In addition, you will not need to spend a lot of time fine-tuning the RAM, because there is more than enough information and statistics on the network, and Gear 1 mode now masters frequencies at 4000 MHz.

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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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Behind, we are already seeing a more familiar picture. At the very top, we again see the inscription in large letters ASUS TUF Gaming B550M ZAKU II WIFI. Below are two photos of the device. One is straight on top and the other is angled so that you can see the rear panel connectors. On the left and right are tables that compose the detailed specification of the device. Below you can see four inserts describing the key features of the device.

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