The Z690I Aorus Ultra Plus is a relatively new offering, launching back in May 2022. It’s also available in both DDR4 and DDR5 versions, and I have the DDR5 version on hand for my review. It serves as a replacement for the Z690I Aorus Ultra which was recalled after reports of PCIe 4.0 compatibility issues. The Ultra Plus’ only PCIe 16x slot supports up to PCIe 5.0. In my testing with a PCIe 4.0 card, I didn’t experience any issues as I’d expect from an updated model. In addition, the Ultra Plus has been upgraded with Wi-Fi 6E support, too.

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MSI MEG Z690I UNIFY – Hardware-Inside

Today the MSI MEG Z690I UNIFY arrived at our editorial office shortly before the editorial deadline. MSI relies on the simple and completely dispenses with RGB lighting on the mainboard itself, which may sometimes be a welcome change for the end user. It starts with 12 phases and not only offers WIFI 6E and three M.2 slots, according to the manufacturer it also supports DDR5 6800 MHz+. In the following, we don’t want to deprive you of the numerous features, temperatures and possible overclocking potential of the CPU and RAM. MSI provided us with the test sample for our test.

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ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-I GAMING WIFI – Comptoir Hardware

After ASRock’s version , it’s Asus’ turn to show us what it can do best in the mini-ITX format – the only representative in this format – with its ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming WiFi. The manufacturer is particularly targeting players with its motherboard, hence the term “Gaming” in its name (yes, yes). Intended for Alder Lake processors in LGA 1700 socket, this ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming WiFi appears in any case to be very complete, at least on paper: DDR5 and PCI-Express 5.0 are thus in the spotlight, alongside a multitude other state-of-the-art features. Head to the test bench to dissect this mobo.

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GIGABYTE B660I AORUS PRO DDR4 – Tom’s Hardware

On the performance side, the B660I Aorus Pro DDR4 did well overall, but had some struggles in certain tests. It did well in our Procyon Office testing, but the Photo and Video Editing tests were on the slower side of average, along with the x264 part of Handbrake. Outside of that, performance was average among its DDR4-based peers, including gaming and memory bandwidth tests. Overall, you’d be hard-pressed to find a difference in most tests without looking at the benchmarks.

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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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The Asus ROG Strix B660-I Gaming WIFI may be the first Mini-ITX B660 board to land on our test bed, but it doesn’t disappoint. While the name may be a lot to get out, the price (for an ITX board) isn’t. Priced just under $220, it sits in the middle of other similar ITX boards and presents users with a well-rounded option in this space. The board comes loaded with features, including a PCIe 5.0 slot, dual M.2 sockets, last-gen flagship-class audio, integrated Wi-Fi 6 and the Asus ROG appearance that many love. In all, it’s a feature-rich ITX board at a reasonable price.

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Two more design elements that will make the DIY enthusiast happy: First, M.2 latches mean no more losing those tiny screws. Second, the integrated I/O shield makes sure it’s never forgotten—and comes in handy in cramped cases where it’d be more difficult to maneuver. This is a feature that’s been appearing on higher-end motherboards the last few years, so it’s great to see it here.

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Gigabyte has decided to issue a recall for its Z690I Aorus Ultra mini-ITX motherboard because it doesn’t work with a number of PCIe Gen 4.0 graphics cards.

As AnandTech reports, Gigabyte received multiple reports from customers that the motherboard was crashing when some graphics cards were inserted. The problem presented itself as a Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA) PCIe error, and Gigabyte has since concluded the PCIe 4.0 slot isn’t working properly.

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The Z690-I Unify comes equipped with all wireless and wired connections, for this it has a LAN connection thanks to the 2.5Gb Intel I225V chipset and Wi-Fi 6E/BT 5.2 with support for the 6 GHz band. We will also have great expansion capacity thanks to its USB and SATA III ports, so the expansion of space or connection of gadgets is quite high.

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ASUS ROG STRIX B660-I GAMING WIFI – Overclockers Russia

You can even use a boxed cooler, and to be able to overclock the memory, you need an Intel B660 chipset. I have already tested quite a few different models on this chipset, but so far I have not come across any that support DDR5. For an ordinary person, this is not important, but there are people who definitely want everything new, and for them they made one such board in ITX performance, which is called the ASUS ROG Strix B660-I Gaming WIFI.

Read more @ Overclockers Russia (Russian)