After testing a number of ASRock motherboards, then a little stint at MSI, we are back at ASUS with the ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WIFI. A high-end motherboard, equipped with large VRM and gaming oriented that can be found in the 540 euros at the best price. That is to say a few euros more than another motherboard from Asus that had also caught our attention, the ProArt Z690-CREATOR WIFI, which is oriented towards creators with a more provided connectivity.

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ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 – HardwareCooking

For the power stage, we find a configuration of 10+1+1 Renesas RAA22010540 SPS power supply phases of 105A. Everything is controlled via a Renesas RAA229131 controller configured in 10+1. For the iGPU, we have the Renesas ISL99360 reference of 60A. Note that the VRM cooling system is active on this motherboard since we have a fan under the rear connector cover.

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The packaging for the CVN Z690M highlights the Intel 12th generation CPU support, and a QR code links to a marketing video for the motherboard. The back panel goes into more detail covering the different specifications and features, along with a rendering of the motherboard and four images highlighting various features. Various accessories are included with the motherboard like RGB cable, SATA cables, two antennas for Wi-Fi 6, USB and front panel headers, user manuals, and a driver CD.

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On a Mini-ITX format, this motherboard can therefore be placed in very specific boxes such as the MasterBox NR200P style from Cooler Master or even in the Phanteks Evolv SHIFT XT. We are here on the Intel LGA1700 socket, which means that it is compatible with 12th generation Intel Core processors such as the i5-12600K, i7-12700K, i9-12900K and generally anything that starts with “12”. . Likewise, here we have compatibility with DDR5 type memory up to a frequency of 6400 MHz in OC. Attention, we only have two memory slots and we can therefore only go up to 64 GB of RAM capacity at most. 

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ASRock Z690 PG Velocita – CowcotLand

After the Asrock Z690 Extreme, it is the turn of the Asrock Z690 PG Velocita to find itself on our test benches. On the other hand, this time, it will not be with DDR4 memory, but with DDR5. Perfect, even if our two cards are not on the same price bracket, it will still allow us to make an opinion on the differences in performance between the two.

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ASRock Z690 Taichi – OCInside

Under full load (Cinebench 23 and Furmark in combination), the power consumption was a good 555 watts, after which the power limits reached a good 480 watts. The heat sinks around the CPU socket didn’t get unnaturally hot either, to be exact 40°C to the left of and 45°C above the CPU. The board didn’t get particularly warm after 35 minutes in the Aida64 system stability test either, we measured around 40°C and 44°C.

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ASUS ProArt Z690-CREATOR WIFI – APH Networks

Today’s review unit of the ASUS ProArt Z690-Creator WiFi arrived from ASUS’ offices in Newark, California. Traveling with FedEx and their 2Day International service, this box arrived in excellent condition with no real areas of concern. Inside, we have quite a bit of packing paper to ensure the contents are protected while inside. In addition to the motherboard, ASUS sent us their ZenWiFi AX Hybrid mesh router, which my colleague Jonathan Kwan will be taking a look at later on. 

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We will be covering the Gigabyte Z690 AORUS ELITE AX DDR4 motherboard in this review. If you are familiar with Gigabyte’s naming scheme, then you might know that they offer several different branding styles. UltraDurable, AORUS, Gigabyte and AERO to name them. Some are geared towards a different user type. Like the AORUS, the one we have in front of us today. It will have more RGB and be more of a style a gamer would want. The Z690 is the chipset that offers the most when it comes to features.

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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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Among these motherboards that make it possible to break records, both on the side of processors and on the side of RAM. A map with masochistic tendencies that will appreciate that you torture it. You can raise the temperature, if not freeze it from cold. And precisely, supporting nitrogen is his specialty. Today we introduce you to the new snow queen: the ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 APEX.

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