Tuesday, September 14th 2021

ASUS Z690 Motherboard Lineup Hits Regulators, Mix of DDR5 and DDR4 Variants

A list of upcoming ASUS motherboards based on the Intel Z690 chipset hit the radar on the Euasian Economic Commission (EEC) website, and it's telling. Intel's upcoming "Alder Lake-S" 12th Gen Core desktop processors support both DDR5 and DDR4 memory, as they form a point of transition between the two memory standards. The company's 6th Gen Core "Skylake" technically supported DDR3, helping people move between it and the then new DDR4, but motherboard vendors mostly avoided DDR3 slots. This time, the stakes are different, as component prices are on the boil, and the company would want to avoid placing the additional burden of new memory on people with DDR4 memory kits. This reflects on the ASUS motherboard lineup.

The lineup consists of the usual, predictable list of ROG Maximus, ROG Strix, TUF Gaming, Prime, and ProArt series SKUs, but what's noteworthy is that many of these come with the extension "D4," denoting DDR4 memory slots. For example, something like the Prime Z690-A comes in two variants, the standard one with DDR5 slots, and the "D4" variant with DDR4. It's interesting to note here, that the top-of-the-line ROG Maximus XIV series lacks any D4 variant, which means they'll remain DDR5-exclusive. We can't tell just from the names whether any of these models features both DDR5 and DDR4 slots; but one can definitely expect other brands such as ASRock to come up with such crazy contraptions.
Sources: Komachi_Ensaka (Twitter), VideoCardz
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7 Comments on ASUS Z690 Motherboard Lineup Hits Regulators, Mix of DDR5 and DDR4 Variants

#1
TheLostSwede
So four high-end boards with DDR5, of which three are ROG and one is ProART, as well as three Prime boards.
The other nine boards are DDR4.
Looks like another differentiator between Maximus and Strix.
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#2
bonehead123
Nice job ASUS, just moar ways to confuse the consumers who you expect to buy your stuff :(
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#3
napata
It'll be funny if the top end boards end up performing worse because top tier tweaked B-die outperforms early DDR5. It would actually surprise me if that won't be the case. The people buying $500+ MBs are generally avid overclockers so they all run tweaked B-die. These guys chase top 1% performance so they might be forced to buy cheaper board because of this.
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#4
The Quim Reaper
Good news, the Strix range of boards are more than good enough for me If I decide to upgrade to Alder-Lake, lets me keep my DDR4, saving me $200-$300 on new DDR5 sticks.

Hopefully Gigabyte will offer the same on their equivalent boards as I tend to prefer those over Asus.
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#6
TheLostSwede
The Quim ReaperHopefully Gigabyte will offer the same on their equivalent boards as I tend to prefer those over Asus.
It should be quite similar from what I've been told.
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#7
ThrashZone
Hi,
Prices for these new rog boards will knocks socks off all over the place lol
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