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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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 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.┬áBut 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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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 APEX – Overclocking

The only downside concerns the price of this APEX version, which is currently around 750 euros while the Z590 version was available at 550 euros at launch. Now this rise in motherboards seems to affect almost all brands. Let’s hope that these prices decrease in the coming weeks in order to be modeled on those of the previous generation. Remember that you will also need to invest in DDR5.

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