The excessive heat generation of the original X570 made it almost impossible to use passive cooling control, which greatly affected the user experience. And AMD finally decided to optimize the X570 two years after its release, bringing the motherboard factory to bring a round of X570 “Refresh”. With this round of rhythm, ROG officially added the ultimate model of the Crosshair VIII series: ROG Crosshair VIII Extreme, which is C8E. The last time ROG Extreme appeared on the AMD mainstream platform, it was launched in 2017 based on the original AM4 platform. X370 chipset C6E.

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The ROG Maximus Z690 series of this generation first made a breakthrough in appearance, weakened the oblique lines that brought the trend of its own, and introduced a digital array style, and equipped with a light effect display to provide RGB enthusiasts with more ways to play. Performance It still maintains the consistent good style of the ROG series, through the luxurious scale of 20-phase CPU power supply and unlocking the complete voltage and parameter adjustment items of the CPU and DDR5 memory, with all-round coverage of heat dissipation, ensuring that players have the challenge of overclocking.

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ASUS PRIME Z690-A – Overclockers Ukraine

Externally, the board looks, as it should be for a representative of the Prime series, calm and non-aggressive: black textolite is complemented by silver cooling elements and decorative white inserts. More smooth contours have been added than previously. Prime Z690-A is a standard ATX form factor with nine attachment points, which, once the system is assembled, will not allow the board to sag on the side of the connectors.

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ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WIFI – Overclockers Russia

Like many modern motherboards, there is a plastic shroud on the left. In fact, this is not a casing, but a continuation of the radiator, which turns out to be simply huge. In its middle part, above the rear panel connectors, there is an insert with an inscription with the ASUS ROG logo and an RGB LED module inside. Above is written ROG Strix Gaming.

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO – Overclockers Russia

The motherboard is quite heavy because from the front we see a scattering of different heatsinks at once. With such a weight, you need to think about the metal plate on the back side, but it is not here yet. I would not be surprised if in the next generation it will be and possibly even completely copper for better heat dissipation.

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 FORMULA – Professional Review

One of the distinguishing features of the Formula series is the VRM’s cooling system, since its two EK CrossChill III blocks are really integral chambers with Custom liquid cooling systems. On the surface we see that it is built by EK, although the mouths provided with aluminum plugs are compatible with other systems such as Corsair’s HydroX and 1/2 ”, 1/4” and 3/8 ”fittings. But the surface will not be the blocks as such, but a matte white aluminum cover with a smooth finish and a lighting area above the port cover.

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On a standard ATX format, this motherboard uses, as its name suggests, the Intel Z690 chipset on an LGA 1700 socket. It will therefore accept 12th generation Intel Alder Lake-S processors. As for several generations in the mainstream sector, this motherboard is able to manage 128 GB of memory at most, but this is done here in DDR5. This memory can go up to a frequency of 6400 MHz. For the power supply stage, it’s very strong. Indeed, we have no less than 18 + 1 Renesas ISL99390 90 A power supply phases. Everything is controlled via a Renesas RAA229131 controller.

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In terms of the power section, as for most of the boards on the Z690 chipset, there was a strengthening of the VRM compared to the predecessor on the Z590. And so we have as many as 20 phases with 90 A transistors from Intersil, which provides a load capacity that goes far beyond what you can get from the top Intel Core i9-12900K at home. The specification is similar to the above-mentioned MSI MEG Z690 UNIFY, providing two PCIe x16 slots with the option to work in x8 / x8 mode, as many as five M.2 connectors, a lot of high-speed USB 3.2 Gen 2 sockets and a Wi-Fi 6 network card.

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This motherboard has just about everything I can think of, and then still goes beyond that! You get an insane 24+1 teamed power stage design, rated for 105A, which is pretty much the most advanced configuration for the Z690 launch. It also has a new “cold-forged heatsink” and their most premium armour and cooling design overall, but again, this is their flagship board. You get a staggering range of connectivity too, with Intel WiFi 6E, AQtion 10 GbE and Intel 2.6 GbE LAN with ASUS LANGuard.

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The ASUS ROG Z690-I Gaming WiFi comes equipped with the latest Intel LGA1700 socket, ready for the new 12th Gen Intel Core processors. It’s certainly not backwards compatible with anything, as the CPU is more rectangular on these new models. Power comes from an impressive 10+1 Power Stage design, backed up with high-quality alloy chokes and durable capacitors. While their flagships may have double the Power Stages, that’s still a mighty set up for this form factor. Networking comes from both the WiFi 6E and a 2.5 GbE LAN option, and even more impressive, there are two Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C (USB 4.0) connectors! 

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