Wednesday, October 27th 2021

ASUS Reveals its Intel Z690 Motherboards

ASUS' upcoming Z690 motherboards have been revealed and the company has put its product pages as well as posted additional details of most of its upcoming boards, which gives us a good look at where they're heading with the Z690-series. As mentioned before, ASUS has something like 30 different SKUs, so expect to spend some time to go over all the different models.

We're not going to spend too much time on the details right now and we suggest you head over to the source links and read up on the nitty gritty bits there. A few things to point out though is that ASUS appears to have worked on its own memory overclocking standard called AEMP, which is said to handle memory that lacks XMP profiles, which implies that Intel might not have had time to work with memory manufacturers to get XMP ready for DDR5. ASUS' ROG Maximus and ProArt motherboards feature dual PCIe 5.0 slots, whereas all other models only feature one, albeit obviously a single x16 or dual x8 slots. Some boards will feature Thunderbolt 4 and ASUS has even put a front connector on some of those, although we're not sure how that will work in terms of case compatibility.
Some models also feature what ASUS calls a Q-Release button, which makes it easier to release the graphics card latch with the help of a button at the front of the motherboard that is connected to a wire that pulls the latch down. ASUS also points out that despite the fact that they've added LGA-115x/1200 mounting holes for coolers, in addition to the LGA-1700 mounting holes, not all coolers will be compatible with the previous generation mounting holes due to the lower height of the socket. Finally ASUS is throwing in a free month of Adobe Creative Cloud with some of its motherboards, oddly enough not the ProArt, but rather its ROG boards.
Sources: ASUS Z690 motherboard guide, ASUS LGA-1700 motherboard landing page
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26 Comments on ASUS Reveals its Intel Z690 Motherboards

#1
Tigger
I'm the only one
Love the GPU release button, what a brill idea, i have had to reach under the card in the past with a screwdriver to try and release it.
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#2
TheLostSwede
TiggerLove the GPU release button, what a brill idea, i have had to reach under the card in the past with a screwdriver to try and release it.
We'll have to wait and see how easy it is to use, since it's mechanical, based on a "steel" wire that you're "pulling" down by pushing the button, which in turn releases the latch.
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#3
Tigger
I'm the only one
TheLostSwedeWe'll have to wait and see how easy it is to use, since it's mechanical, based on a "steel" wire that you're "pulling" down by pushing the button, which in turn releases the latch.
Might need a bit of a jiggle whilst pressing the button maybe.
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#4
TheLostSwede
TiggerMight need a bit of a jiggle whilst pressing the button maybe.
Well, similar things tend to get stuck sometimes, but it's at least a solution to a sometimes annoying problem.
With all the extra metal and plastic covering the board, I can see why they did it.
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#6
Operandi
TheLostSwedeWell, similar things tend to get stuck sometimes, but it's at least a solution to a sometimes annoying problem.
With all the extra metal and plastic covering the board, I can see why they did it.
I think its time the PCIE slot for the graphics card and the graphics card itself is rethought and goes under a reversion so GPUs don't succumb to the force of gravity and you can actually move a PC without it ripping the GPU from the motherboard. That stupid little latch should be ditched and there should be a another mounting point on the motherboard along the axis of the card that utilizes the entire structure of the card.
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#7
TheLostSwede
OperandiI think its time the PCIE slot for the graphics card and the graphics card itself is rethought and goes under a reversion so GPUs don't succumb to the force of gravity and you can actually move a PC without it ripping the GPU from the motherboard. That stupid little latch should be ditched and there should be a another mounting point on the motherboard along the axis of the card that utilizes the entire structure of the card.
On that subject, the PC as it is, needs a rethink and a redesign. BTX was a failure due to obvious reasons, but we're getting to a point where the ATX standard is getting too long in the tooth, but it's going to take some major industry co-operation to come up with a new standards that can replace it.
We have so many interfaces now that the ATX standard was never meant for and it's kind of hampering the good old PC.
M.2 is a great example of a standard that works great in something like a notebook, but less so on a desktop, as it either eats up space where other interfaces used to be, or it often blocks the other interfaces from being used, if a heatsink is attached to the NVMe drive.
We're using kind of cobbled together connectors for the front panel ports on cases and poorly shielded cables in some instances, which really shouldn't be the case, but has happened due to lack of standards to a degree.
The ATX PSU form factor is not really fit for purpose any longer either, but once again, we make do and the manufacturers work around it with custom solutions, which is far from ideal.
I can't see things changing any time soon, as even Intel's 12V only initiative was shot down by the board makers, although I'm not sure how much sense it makes for DIY PCs.
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#8
Tigger
I'm the only one
TheLostSwedeOn that subject, the PC as it is, needs a rethink and a redesign. BTX was a failure due to obvious reasons, but we're getting to a point where the ATX standard is getting too long in the tooth, but it's going to take some major industry co-operation to come up with a new standards that can replace it.
We have so many interfaces now that the ATX standard was never meant for and it's kind of hampering the good old PC.
M.2 is a great example of a standard that works great in something like a notebook, but less so on a desktop, as it either eats up space where other interfaces used to be, or it often blocks the other interfaces from being used, if a heatsink is attached to the NVMe drive.
We're using kind of cobbled together connectors for the front panel ports on cases and poorly shielded cables in some instances, which really shouldn't be the case, but has happened due to lack of standards to a degree.
The ATX PSU form factor is not really fit for purpose any longer either, but once again, we make do and the manufacturers work around it with custom solutions, which is far from ideal.
I can't see things changing any time soon, as even Intel's 12V only initiative was shot down by the board makers, although I'm not sure how much sense it makes for DIY PCs.
They could put NVME on the back of the board. iirc there might even be a board that has done it.
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#9
TheLostSwede
TiggerThey could put NVME on the back of the board. iirc there might even be a board that has done it.
Some mini-ITX board does that, but it's hard to cool faster drives placed on the back, unless you use a really fat thermal pad :p
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#10
Tigger
I'm the only one
TheLostSwedeSome mini-ITX board does that, but it's hard to cool faster drives placed on the back, unless you use a really fat thermal pad :p
maybe in a horizontal motherboard type case it might work.
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#11
TheLostSwede
Tiggermaybe in a horizontal motherboard type case it might work.
Depends on how much metal there is behind the board.
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#12
Tigger
I'm the only one
TheLostSwedeDepends on how much metal there is behind the board.
Mine is pretty clear behind the board. I reckon they could have as little metal as possible for the mount, just enough to screw board too. I know lots have a big space now for removing or replacing the cooler.
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#13
TheLostSwede
TiggerMine is pretty clear behind the board. I reckon they could have as little metal as possible for the mount, just enough to screw board too. I know lots have a big space now for removing or replacing the cooler.
The problem is that there's no industry standard for placement of the M.2 slots, so unless everyone can agree on the same placement area, it's not really going to work.
This is I guess part of the reason why Asus did their DIMM.2 and have stacked M.2 slots on their mini-ITX boards. The latter seems to be far from ideal in terms of cooling though.
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#14
Operandi
TheLostSwedeOn that subject, the PC as it is, needs a rethink and a redesign. BTX was a failure due to obvious reasons, but we're getting to a point where the ATX standard is getting too long in the tooth, but it's going to take some major industry co-operation to come up with a new standards that can replace it.
We have so many interfaces now that the ATX standard was never meant for and it's kind of hampering the good old PC.
M.2 is a great example of a standard that works great in something like a notebook, but less so on a desktop, as it either eats up space where other interfaces used to be, or it often blocks the other interfaces from being used, if a heatsink is attached to the NVMe drive.
We're using kind of cobbled together connectors for the front panel ports on cases and poorly shielded cables in some instances, which really shouldn't be the case, but has happened due to lack of standards to a degree.
The ATX PSU form factor is not really fit for purpose any longer either, but once again, we make do and the manufacturers work around it with custom solutions, which is far from ideal.
I can't see things changing any time soon, as even Intel's 12V only initiative was shot down by the board makers, although I'm not sure how much sense it makes for DIY PCs.
LOL, could not agree more, see long winded discussion with another Scandinavianthat started with ATX12VO in TPU's PS5 PSU review.

I'm not a product or mechanical designer but I appreciate good design and ATX is just bad. BTX is a bit before my time to have any meaningful context but yeah, ATX is like one step away from being held together with bail wire and chewing gum. It really is time for clean slate form factor design or at the very least inject some new design ideas into cases and motherboards.
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#15
Tigger
I'm the only one
Maybe we need a TPU design a new standard thread for shits and giggles.
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#16
tabascosauz
This lineup is much more interesting than what they had for Z590. I guess it goes to show how much of an afterthought RKL was in both Intel's and board vendors' eyes.
  • They brought back the Strix-G, I guess mATX isn't quite completely dead yet. Last gen relegated the Strix-G to B560 (lmao). No Gene though, sadly, even on such a big launch, and no PCIe slot release button on Strix-G. 10 USB ports, too.
  • ITX board looks like it finally gets both Clear CMOS and BIOS Flashback on the rear I/O, albeit not the nice buttons and no POST code (Strix I guess). And more USB ports than Z590.
The two ITX boards so far both prove that form factor is just a lame excuse to cut down on rear I/O. But HOLY HELL that Strix ITX board is not going to like bigger air coolers. I'm not gonna pretend like I know what's going on in lowest layer below the audio layer. I take that back, maybe this board does need proper OC buttons and a rear IO POST code for the price it's probably gonna command.

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#17
Lionheart
Give me that white one!! I don't need it, I want IT!!
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#18
TheLostSwede
tabascosauzThis lineup is much more interesting than what they had for Z590. I guess it goes to show how much of an afterthought RKL was in both Intel's and board vendors' eyes.
  • They brought back the Strix-G, I guess mATX isn't quite completely dead yet. Last gen relegated the Strix-G to B560 (lmao). No Gene though, sadly, even on such a big launch, and no PCIe slot release button on Strix-G. 10 USB ports, too.
  • ITX board looks like it finally gets both Clear CMOS and BIOS Flashback on the rear I/O, albeit not the nice buttons and no POST code (Strix I guess). And more USB ports than Z590.
The two ITX boards so far both prove that form factor is just a lame excuse to cut down on rear I/O. But HOLY HELL that Strix ITX board is not going to like bigger air coolers. I'm not gonna pretend like I know what's going on in lowest layer below the audio layer. I take that back, maybe this board does need proper OC buttons and a rear IO POST code for the price it's probably gonna command.

The mini-ITX Strix might be $440.
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#19
ThrashZone
Hi,
Nice, asus gives mounting plate options so older back plates can be used instead of shopping for a new one for 1700 holes :cool:
No other manufactures are doing it that I've seen so far.
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#20
Tigger
I'm the only one
ThrashZoneHi,
Nice, asus gives mounting plate options so older back plates can be used instead of shopping for a new one for 1700 holes :cool:
No other manufactures are doing it that I've seen so far.
Exactly why i only buy Asus
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#21
ThrashZone
Hi,
Since seeing this there really is no good reason to change mounting hole pattern

z690 chips are not any bigger than 2066 socket chips which by the way have a much better cooler mount on it no back plate nonsense lol
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#22
Operandi
TiggerMaybe we need a TPU design a new standard thread for shits and giggles.
It would be interesting do some concept renders just visually see what is possible. Getting people to show interest and to actually want something better has to be the first step in actually getting something better.
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#23
docnorth
This Q-release button should be the main differentiation between Strix-F and Prime-A boards.
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#24
Arcdar
TheLostSwedeWe'll have to wait and see how easy it is to use, since it's mechanical, based on a "steel" wire that you're "pulling" down by pushing the button, which in turn releases the latch.
Jaz2Cents uploaded a video yesterday where he has the Maximus Hero in his hand already and was surprised how well it works and the rest is all of our points - why didn't they include that already years ago ^^
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#25
Tigger
I'm the only one
ArcdarJaz2Cents uploaded a video yesterday where he has the Maximus Hero in his hand already and was surprised how well it works and the rest is all of our points - why didn't they include that already years ago ^^
Yeah i do think its a great idea, had trouble getting card out with a water block and backplate on itt in the past.
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