As it stands, ASUS has a pretty big stack of Z690 motherboards catering to multiple markets. This includes its Prime series for its entry-level users looking to build an affordable yet still adept system. In contrast, the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) series primarily targets gamers and enthusiasts. The ASUS ROG motherboard series is split into two main areas, the ROG Strix series for gamers, and the high-end ROG Maximus series for enthusiasts looking for the best performance, the best feature sets, and, as we’ve seen throughout the years, some pretty modernized and RGB inspired aesthetics.

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ASUS Z690 & B660 Roundup – Tech Testers

The cheapest ASUS board that passed us was the B660-Creator D4 with a price tag of 235 euros. ASUS is known to be a bit more expensive, and we can understand that in part as their bios and software experience is generally just a bit better than the rest. But B660 boards in this segment struggle with mid-range Z690 boards that often go a bit further with features.

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO – The PC Enthusiast

The Maximus Z690 HERO is based on Intel’s latest 600 series chipset, Z690 to be exact, and is designed for the latest 12th gen Intel Alder Lake processors, supporting socket LGA 1700. Some of its highlighted features are 20+1 power stages; DDR5 memory support; dual Thunderbolt 4.0 ports; PCIe 5.0 support; USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 front-panel connector; support for up to five M.2 SSDs; onboard WiFi 6E; and let’s not forget, Aura Sync RGB lighting.

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Up for another motherboard review is the ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero. This is one of the higher-end Intel Z690 chipset based motherboards from ASUS ROG, bearing legendary Maximus moniker – reserved for the best of the best.

The Maximus Z690 Hero is no slouch as its model name implies. This is a full size ATX motherboard equipped with a robust power solution, excellent thermal design, high performance networking and powerful connectivity options to name a few.

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO – ThinkComputers

We here at ThinkComputers are finally getting a chance to take a look at some new Intel Z690 motherboards!  With the introduction of their Alder Lake processors and subsequent Z690 chipset Intel is taking the fight back to AMD.  Motherboards are one of the favorite things we like to cover and Intel is really stepping things up with Z690, giving the platform both PCI-Express 5.0 and DDR5 support.  We are starting our Z690 journey with ASUS’s ROG Maximus Z690 Hero motherboard.  If you are not familiar with the ROG Maximus line from ASUS it basically serves as their flagship with the Hero board being the entry point.  

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO – Hardwareluxx

Instead of “ROG Maximus XIV Hero”, ASUS has now chosen the name “ROG Maximus Z690 Hero” and has therefore said goodbye to the Roman numerals, at least in the Maximus series. As expected, as the entry-level model in the ASUS premium range, the ROG Maximus Z690 Hero has a number of features on board that make the heart of the enthusiast beat faster. The LGA1700 CPU can be boosted thanks to the 20+1 phase design, which also applies to the DDR5 memory, which is mandatory. Other highlights include Thunderbolt 4 with two USB Type-C ports and, of course, PCIe 5.0 support.

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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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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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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO – Board Defects?

So what’s the whole issue about? Well it’s too early to tell but based on the information shared by user, Maximumrog57, it looks like the issue occured a few days after the system was fired up. The user mentions that he heard a clanky noise but there was no visible indication of any damage on the board itself. However, the very next day, the motherboard failed to boot and reported the 53 error on the QCODE ‘DEBUG’ while the QLED lit up in orange color. The user also saw visible burn damage on the chips right below the QLED.

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