Asus designed the ROG Maximus Z690 Hero with a total of 20+1 power stages with circuits that are able to handle up to 90 amps of current each. The power-regulation hardware is a vital component for any high-end motherboard hosting an unlocked Intel “K”-version processor (and all the initial six Alder Lake chips are K units), especially when it comes to overclocking; the composition of the power stages enables us to roughly (very roughly) gauge how well the board should overclock relative to the competition. 

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ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO – Tom’s Hardware

The high-end ROG Maximus series returns the Z690 Extreme, Hero, Apex, and Formula. For midrange gaming, there are several ROG Strix boards (Z690-E/F/G/A) along with a Mini ITX Z690-I Gaming WIFI. Two TUF series boards, Gaming Z690-Plus D4 and Plus WIFI D4, make up the budget entries and support DDR4 (as does the Strix Z690-A Gaming WIFI D4). Last is the Z690-Creator WIFI that’s focused on content creators. Prices vary wildly like any product stack, but historically, Asus is competitive in the market but generally priced slightly higher in some categories.

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ASUS PRIME Z690-A – GreenTech_Reviews

ASUS Prime Z690-A comes in a box with an updated Prime design, which is also relevant for some other motherboards based on the Intel Z690 chipset. The manufacturer changed the design from the black and blue color scheme to gray. The name of the board, its image, as well as a set of logos of the technologies used are placed on the front side of the box.

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ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 – GreenTech_Reviews

Motherboard ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4 is the minimum acceptable option for those users who want to join the owners of ROG STRIX products, and also please themselves not only with the nominal operating mode of the system, but also with a very tangible overclocking of memory modules. Processor overclocking strongly depends on the cooling system, but even if the standard power consumption limits are removed, there will be no problems with overheating of the power subsystem, even in a completely passive mode of its operation.

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The design of the motherboard has been significantly updated in comparison with its predecessor in the face of ROG STRIX Z590-E Gaming WiFi. This applies in general to everything except color – the design of the radiators and decorative panels, the number of ports / slots / interfaces and their location on the board, the power subsystem and its cooling system.

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If you have the cash to burn (read this slowly; 1000 USD/EUR and upwards), The EATX  based ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme could be your preferred ideal platform for constructing a high-end computer.  Dark colors dominate the surface of the ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme, attracting your attention to the AniMe Matrix display on the I/O shield (which is fully programmable). Using 222 individual LEDs, this array displays personalized pictures and animations, and it can be set to respond in real-time to audio playback.

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Starting with the basics, the Maximus Z690 Hero is more than capable of handling the most powerful CPUs that Intel has to offer this generation, including the Core i7 and i9 processors. The new p- and e-core design places more demands on the operating system to delegate duties in a more dynamic manner, necessitating the development of a motherboard power supply circuit that can react quickly to changes in load. In order to achieve this requirement, the Hero is equipped with a battery of twenty 90A power stages, which are organized into ten paired phases, which ensures that transitions between efficiency and performance cores are handled as seamlessly as possible.

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The Unify might not be that uber super-premium product in the motherboard range, but it boasts many features that will impress and ticks most of the right boxes. First and foremost, there’s an extensive 19+2 Power Phase design with 105A Smart Power Stages, one of the more muscular configurations we’ve seen this launch and will help overclock any new CPUs. Of course, support for the latest DDR5-6666 memory, two PCIe Gen 5 x16 slots, and five M.2 slots, all of which support the super-fast PCIe Gen 4 specification. Also present; Thunderbolt 4 ports, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2. To make things even better, you also get a twin 2.5 GbE LAN, along with a Wi-Fi 6 and a whole host of other features. 

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Intel Z690 Motherboard Roundup – 86 Boards Compared

The chipset itself gains up to 12 lanes of PCIe 4.0, which makes for three PCIe 4.0 M.2 NVMe slots on most boards, though not all. The DMI interface has also been upgraded to the equivalent of PCIe 4.0, but retains the upgrade to eight lanes the Z590 chipset got. Rather oddly, Intel also added support for a pair of additional SATA ports for a total of eight, but as these are shared with other interfaces courtesy of Intel’s HSIO design (often called SERDES in similar implementations), most motherboards will have fewer SATA ports than eight.

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The ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero features a robust VRM cooling solution paired with twenty 90 A power stages for a rounded CPU overclocking experience. A BIOS flashback has also been included, as well as ASUS’s stress-free overclocking with AI Optimized. The ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero also offers great connectivity with the newest WiFi 6E technology, Thunderbolt 4, and three onboard M.2 slots. There is a lot to cover in this review, so let’s take a closer look at what the ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero has to offer.

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