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COLORFUL Announces iGame Z690D5 Ultra Motherboard

Colorful Technology Company, introduces the iGame Z690D5 Ultra motherboard for the 12th generation Intel Core processors. The motherboard is designed to meet the needs of gamers and content creators for building a high-performance PC with the latest technologies. The iGame Z690D5 Ultra motherboard sports enlarged and extruded silver wave aluminium heatsinks with a matching white-colored PCB. The motherboard's headers, DIMM slots, and ICs are in black providing an elegant contrast with the white and silver colors. The motherboard boasts two PCIe 4.0 x16 slots for high-end graphics cards and high-speed AIC NVMe SSDs. The motherboard is also fitted with three M.2 PCIe Gen4 x4 slots with high-performance enlarged heatsinks for Gen4 NVMe SSDs.

The COLORFUL iGame Z690D5 Ultra motherboard features large extruded silver wave heatsinks to keep the VRM and MOSFETs cool without the need of an active fan. The extrusions create more surface area for heat dissipation making it more efficient for cooling. Furthermore, the silver wave design provides an intricate and eye-catching detail - perfect for gamers and builders that crave for aesthetically pleasing PC builds. The iGame Z690D5 Ultra does not only comes with DDR5 memory support, it also sports two PCIe 4.0 x16 (x8 + x8) slots for high-performance graphics cards and three PCIe 4 x4 M.2 slots for high-performance NVMe SSDs.

GIGABYTE Releases Z690I AORUS ULTRA Plus Motherboard

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, today announced the Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS gaming motherboard with Double Connect Technology (DCT) which continues the highlights of Z690I AORUS ULTRA, and adds PCB to 12 layers for optimized heat dissipation. These two models are launched in two SKUs of DDR4 and DDR5, and amazes users with full features of 10+1+2 phases digital power VRM design which each phase holding up to 105 amps by its Smart Power Stage design, improved thermal design, Intel Killer Wi-Fi AX1690 Wi-Fi 6E, 2.5 Gbit Ethernet, and high quality audio. Meanwhile, GIGABYTE also provide users an economic option of Z690I AORUS ULTRA LITE with PCIe 3.0 and Wi-Fi 6 supported.

Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS builds in Intel Killer Wi-Fi AX1690 Wi-Fi 6E controller with DCT (Double Connect technology ), which supports multiple Wi-Fi radios and set division task for gaming and others. Instead of spectrum congestion due to single connection, 2.4 GHz &5/6 GHz Wi-Fi bands can be connected simultaneously, which the faster 6 GHz band is prioritized for gaming while using the 2.4 GHz band for other task. It also detects and prioritizes gaming traffic to drive down on-line gaming latency, as well as provides smoother gaming and VR experience. In comparison to the 802.11ac 1x1 network, Wi-Fi 6E DC delivers 7 times high-speed throughput. Along with 2.5 Gb Ethernet, Z690I AORUS ULTRA PLUS provides the most complete and flexible network options.

EK Water Blocks Introduces EK-Quantum Momentum² VRM Bridge for ROG Maximus Z690 Formula

EK, the leading liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is ready to support the enthusiast-favorite ROG MAXIMUS Z690 FORMULA motherboard with a unique, patented liquid distribution VRM Bridge. The EK-Quantum Momentum VRM Bridge ROG Maximus Z690 Formula D-RGB is a purpose-engineered connection piece that bridges the integrated CrossChill EK III VRM cooling on the motherboard and the EK-Quantum Velocity² 1700 CPU water block into a single entity.

The EK-Quantum Momentum² VRM Bridge is the only off-the-shelf solution that will bridge multiple liquid cooling components with a unique mounting mechanism. It is specially made for the ROG Maximus Z690 Formula, to which you attach any of the existing Intel LGA 1700-socket-compatible EK-Quantum Velocity² CPU water blocks, after which this VRM bridge binds them together.

GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS Tachyon Helps Set DDR5-10022 OC Record

GIGABYTE Technology, one of the top global manufacturers of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions, announces today Z690 AORUS TACHYON motherboard with the latest 12th generation Intel Core i9 12900K processor and LN2 liquid nitrogen heat dissipation set the world-leading overclocking records of DDR5 -10022, which verified by HWBOT. GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS TACHYON motherboard designed by world-famous overclocker equips with plenty functions exclusively for extreme overclockers, which promise overclockers higher scores with easier operation, establishing GIGABYTE's leading role in overclocking on the Z690 motherboards.

This DDR5 world record set by GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS TACHYON has been validated by HWBOT—the world famous overclocking records verification website, which indicates that overclocker HiCookie has set the leading record at 5011 MHz (DDR5-10022) using single DDR5 AORUS RGB memory stick with core i9 12900K on his self-designed Z690 AORUS TACHYON motherboard in the DDR5 memory overclocking competition.

EK Releases Momentum² Monoblock for Gigabyte Z690 AORUS Master

EK, the premium liquid cooling gear manufacturer, is releasing a new Intel LGA 1700 socket-based monoblock belonging to the Quantum Line of products, the EK-Quantum Momentum² Aorus Z690 Master D-RGB - Plexi. This monoblock is engineered specifically for the AORUS MASTER Z690 motherboard from Aorus. The addressable D-RGB LED in the monoblock is compatible with Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0 control and offers a full lighting customization experience for every single diode at any given time. This monoblock is EK-Matrix7 compatible.

This is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for Intel 12th generation Alter Lake processors and the monoblock is compatible with the LGA 1700 socketed Aorus Z690 Master motherboard. This monoblock features a special metal cover over the I/O section, which is used to mount the stock I/O cover over it. Thus not losing the factory-intended RGB lighting of the motherboard.

MSI Wins Three Coveted iF DESIGN Awards 2022

The dust from Red Dot Design Award 2022 starts to settle. MSI, a world-leading brand in gaming, content creation and commercial hardware, announced that they earn another three prizes in the prestigious iF DESIGN AWARD in Gaming Hardware/VR/AR category. "To be recognized by the prestigious Red Dot Product Design Awards for our relentless pursuit of innovative design is truly an honor and is also the best encouragement to MSI's design teams. MSI's design capability to commit "Tech meets Aesthetic" is unquestionable. We're continuing to deliver cutting-edge design for all customers," said Sam Chern, MSI Marketing Vice President.

This year, the winning products are the top-tier Stealth GS77 gaming laptop, MEG Z690 GODLIKE, and MPG Z690 FORCE WIFI motherboards. The iF DESIGN AWARD is recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design and is one of the most celebrated design competitions in the world. Being awarded is definitely a seal of outstanding quality for MSI's product design quality. "We are honored to be acknowledged by iF DESIGN jurors, which is a further testament to our commitment to making our products with design quality, functionality, and innovation in mind. We're continuing to deliver edgy design for gamers and content creators, " says Sam Chern, MSI Marketing Vice President.

BIOSTAR Launches Z690A-SILVER Motherboard

BIOSTAR, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and storage devices today, unveils the brand-new Z690A-SILVER motherboard. Designed to unleash the maximum potential of Intel Alder Lake Z690 chipset, the Z690A-SILVER motherboard brings shiny new features to your desktop, packed with raw unhindered potential.

PCIe 5.0 takes center stage on the Z690A-SILVER motherboard, with data transfer rates reaching 128 Gb/s. Extract maximum performance from the latest graphics cards with PCIe 5.0 backed by Intel's all-powerful 12th gen processors. Take your gaming to the next level with BIOSTAR's all new Z690A-SILVER motherboard. The Z690A-SILVER motherboard supports up to 4 DIMMs of high-speed DDR4 RAMs capable of overclocking numbers exceeding 5000+MHz (O.C). Furthermore, features like PCIe M.2 4.0, USB 3.2 GEN2 TYPE-A, and C bring excellent utility for users.

GIGABYTE Z690 AERO D and Z690 AERO G Motherboards Win Red Dot Design Awards

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced that the two motherboards which design for creators - Z690 AERO D and Z690 AERO G, have won the 2022 Red Dot Design Awards with its durable quality and optimal design.

"We are honored that our Z690 AERO D and Z690 AERO G motherboards have won the 2022 Reddot award winner, which proves that GIGABYTE's design is on the right track. " said Jackson Hsu, Director of the GIGABYTE Channel Solutions Product Development Division. "Nowadays, creators demand more and more of performance, heat dissipation and aesthetics. Z690 AERO D and AERO G just hit the spot and enhance the convenience of usage as well. In particular, the VisionLINK function can provide creators with more friendly using experience and allows them to focus more on the presentation of their works. In the future, we will continue on this right track to provide creators the utmost solutions.

ASRock Z690 AQUA OC Helps Break Several Records with i9-12900KS

The leading global motherboard, graphics card and mini PC manufacturer, ASRock, proudly announces that the unrivaled Z690 AQUA OC breaks multiple overclocking records on again. The global professional overclocker, Splave, achieves 6 World Records and 9 Global 1st Places by overclocking the Z690 AQUA OC motherboard with Intel Core i9-12900KS processor. ASRock Z690 AQUA OC defines what a powerful motherboard should be. It is a motherboard made for breaking records. These records commit ASRock's promise to all overclockers, PC enthusiasts and gamers.

MSI Introduces its Latest White Gaming Products

Some of MSI's fan favorites are now here in a completely new form. The MPG GUNGNIR 110R WHITE, MAG CORELIQUID 240R V2 WHITE, and the MPG A750GF WHITE all received complete design revamps. Besides being mechanically compatible with one another, these products are now more aesthetically matching as well. So don't miss the perfect chance to build your next gaming PC, perfectly Powered By MSI.

The well-received MPG GUNGNIR 110R WHITE gaming PC case now comes in a white form. It features an iconic front glass panel and side tempered glass window that offer a dazzling view of the interior lighting that highlights the quality of the parts in the rest of the system. On its IO port, there's a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C (20 Gbps) port for high-speed data transmission and a LED switch button that can help you quickly control the lighting effects.

MSI Releases 600-series Motherboard BIOS Updates to Unleash the i9-12900KS

Intel made great efforts to prove its abilities as a market leader by releasing the latest Intel Core i9-12900KS Processor for Alpha DIY gamers and extreme enthusiasts who seek the best gaming performance. This special edition processor is based on the robust Intel Core i9-12900K architecture, a halo processor with even more performance with increased clock speeds and power limit.

The current MSI 600-series motherboards natively support Intel Core i9-12900KS Processor, but if you want to unleash even more performance, MSI provides the dedicated BIOS for this power-hungry monster. Currently, you can find the dedicated BIOS for selected Z690 motherboards, MSI will release more 600-series motherboards continuously.

HYTE Launches Y60 Mid-Tower PC Case - A New Angle on Design

[Editor's note: We have posted our HYTE Y60 review here.]

HYTE, the new PC components, peripherals, and lifestyle brand of iBUYPOWER, today launched the new Y60 mid-tower PC case. Taking a new angle on design, the Y60 boasts a style unlike any other case available on the market.

The uniquely constructed Y60 ATX case features a three-part, bezel-less, tempered glass front and side panel that provides an unobstructed internal view from a left, right, or center orientation. When the glass panels are removed, chamfered molding on the ceiling and floor of the case draw the eye inward, creating a modern aesthetic and allowing the system to be displayed in an open-air format. Users will have the option to choose from three colorways, white and black, black and black, and red and black, to best fit the aesthetic of their setup.

EK Water Blocks Announces Quantum Momentum² ROG Maximus Z690 Hero Monoblock

The Quantum Momentum² ROG Maximus Z690 Hero This is a complete all-in-one (CPU and motherboard) liquid cooling solution for Intel 12th generation Alter Lake processors and the monoblock is compatible with the LGA 1700 socketed ROG Maximus Z690 Hero motherboard. This monoblock uses the latest generation of EK Velocity² cooling engine to ensure the best possible CPU cooling while not reducing flow to other components. This water block directly cools the Intel Alder Lake CPU, VRM section, and the LAN controller.

Liquid flows directly over all critical areas, providing the enthusiasts with a great solution for high and stable overclocks. Like with every EK monoblock, the EK-Quantum Momentum² ROG Maximus Z690 Hero features a high flow design and it can be easily used with the system using weaker water pumps or lower pump speed settings as well. The Quantum Momentum² monoblock also comes with sophisticated D-RGB (addressable) lightning with a total of 8 LEDs. They connect to a standard 3-pin 5 V D-RGB addressable header, named Aura Gen2 header on this ROG motherboard.

Intel Ending the Xeon-W Series in Favor of Core "W" SKUs?

A leaked chipset block-diagram for the upcoming Intel W680 chipset platform sheds light on a possible major change in the way Intel sells workstation-grade processors. The Socket LGA1700-based W680 motherboards will support 12th Gen Core processors for Workstation, and the company makes no mention of the Xeon-W series. Tech enthusiast Wild Cracks points to a possibility we agree with—that Intel is upcycling the Xeon-W series to premium workstation-grade processors, possibly derived from the enterprise-segment silicon, such as the upcoming "Sapphire Rapids," and away from being just a client "Alder Lake" processor with ECC memory support enabled when paired with a W680 chipset motherboard.

If this theory holds true, then the Xeon W (2-channel memory platform) could make way for the "W" brand extension for 12th Gen Core processors. At this point we don't know how the "W" is used, whether it's something along the lines of "Core W9-12900" or "Core i9-12900W." The former sounds more plausible, as "12900W" could have a negative connotation with regards to its power. In terms of connectivity, the W680 offers much of what the top Z690 does, except x8/x8 multi-GPU support. The diagram doesn't give out any information about CPU overclocking support, although memory overclocking support is very likely.

EVGA Announces the Z690 DARK KINGPIN Motherboard

Introducing the EVGA Z690 DARK K|NGP|N - The Motherboard Designed by and Used by Professional Overclockers. EVGA DARK motherboards blaze the trail for other boards to follow, and the Z690 DARK K|NGP|N is no exception. The ability to destroy world records is insignificant next to the power of a 21-phase VRM and a 10-layer PCB - capable of driving the most powerful 12th Gen Intel Core processors. With support for 64 GB of DDR5 memory at up to 6600 MHz+(OC), PCIe Gen5, and PCIe Gen4 M.2 NVMe SSDs, a new DARK age of overclocking will rise as quickly as new hardware becomes available. The Z690 DARK K|NGP|N is today's choice for the future of overclocking and gaming.

MSI Formally Launches the MEG Z690 GODLIKE Motherboard

As Intel launched the 12th Gen Core processors and immediately gained lots of attention, MSI also released many motherboards for various usages. However, the best has yet to come until now. Today, the last member of the Z690 platform is here. The one board to rule them all - MEG Z690 GODLIKE. GODLIKE's number one goal for the end-users is evident, designed for the best performance and experience enabled by truly remarkable systems. Whether it's record-breaking overclocking, ultra-customization of ARGB lighting with touch control LCD dashboard, or simply the desire to build the most powerful system imaginable, the MEG Z690 GODLIKE stands unrivaled at the pinnacle of all the Z690 motherboard capabilities.

It is covered in dark, deep, and full aluminium heatsink fashioned with a triangular grid pattern. The illuminating dragon nebula with tempered glass reveals the power with a column of faith and meteor RGB effect. The MEG Z690 GODLIKE symbolizes the endless power of the one universe, ready for every challenge.

MSI Partially Reenables AVX-512 Support for Alder Lake-S Processors

Intel's Alder Lake processors have two types of cores present, with two distinct sets of features and capabilities enabled. For example, smaller E-cores don't support the execution of AVX-512 instructions, while the bigger P-cores have support for AVX-512 instructions. So Intel has decided to remove support for it altogether not to create software errors and run into issues with executing AVX-512 code on Alder Lake processors. This happened just months before the launch of Alder Lake, making us see some initial motherboard BIOSes come with AVX-512 enabled from the box. Later on, all motherboard makers pulled the plug on it, and it is a rare sight to see support for it.

However, it seems like MSI is unhappy with the lack of AVX-512, and the company is reenabling partial support for it. According to Xaver Amberger, editor at Igor's Lab, MSI reintroduces selecting microcode version with its MEG Z690 Unify-X motherboard. There is an option for AVX-512 enablement in the menu, and it is indeed a functional one. With BIOS A22, MSI enabled AVX-512 instruction execution, and there are benchmarks to prove it works. This shows an advantage of 512-bit wide execution units of AVX-512 over something like AVX2, which offers only 256-bit wide execution units. In applications such as Y-Cruncher, AVX-512 enabled the CPU to reach higher performance targets while consuming less power.

AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT Scores Top Spot in 3DMark Fire Strike Hall of Fame with 3.1 GHz Overclock

3DMark Fire Strike Hall of Fame is where overclockers submit their best hardware benchmark trials and try to beat the very best. For years, one record managed to hold, and today it just got defeated. According to an extreme overclocker called "biso biso" from South Korea and a part of the EVGA OC team, the top spot now belongs to the AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT graphics card. The previous 3DMark Fire Strike world record was set on April 22nd in 2020, when Vince Lucido, also known as K|NGP|N, set a record with four-way SLI of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GPUs. However, that record is old news since January 27th, when biso biso set the history with AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT GPU.

The overclocker scored 62389 points, just 1,183 more from the previous record. He pushed the Navi 21 XTX silicon that powers the Radeon RX 6900 XT card to an impressive 3,147 MHz. Paired with a GPU memory clock of 2370 MHz, the GPU was probably LN2 cooled to achieve these results. The overclocker used EVGA's Z690 DARK KINGPIN motherboard with Intel Core i9-12900K processor as a platform of choice to achieve this record. You can check it out on the 3DMark Fire Strike Hall of Fame website to see yourself.

G.SKILL Releases Extreme Low Latency DDR5-6400 CL32 Memory Kit

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is delighted to announce the launch of an extremely low-latency, high-speed DDR5-6400 CL32 32 GB (2x16 GB) memory kit under the Trident Z5 family memory series, designed for the latest 12th Gen Intel Core desktop processors and Intel Z690 chipset motherboards.

Dedicated to developing ever-faster memory modules, G.SKILL is launching an ultra-low latency DDR5-6400 CL32-39-39-102 memory kit at 1.40 V with 32 GB (2x16 GB) kit capacity. Equipped with exceptionally tight timings, this extreme memory specification represents the next step of the Trident Z5 family flagship performance. The screenshot below shows this memory kit validated on the Intel Core i7-12700K processor and ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero motherboard. The DDR5-6400 CL32 32 GB (2x16 GB) memory kits under the Trident Z5 and Trident Z5 RGB series is available now via G.SKILL worldwide distribution partners.

G.SKILL and ASUS Sets New DDR5-8888 CL88 Overclocking World Record

G.SKILL International Enterprise Co., Ltd., the world's leading manufacturer of extreme performance memory and gaming peripherals, is thrilled to announce the achievement of a new overclocking world record for fastest memory frequency at DDR5-8888 CL88-88-88-88, in cooperation with ASUS. This amazing frequency speed was achieved by the extreme overclocker "lupin_no_musume" with G.SKILL Trident Z5 DDR5 memory, ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 APEX motherboard, and Intel Core i9-12900K processor. To see the moment this amazing overclocking world record was set, please click the following video link:

DDR5-8888 CL88-88-88-88 - Pushing the Speed to the Limit
At the dawn of the DDR5 era, G.SKILL and ASUS have been constantly exploring the memory speed limitations of the latest Intel Z690 platform. Surpassing the previous DDR5-8704 world record in November 2021, a new memory frequency world record is achieved at DDR5-8888 under liquid nitrogen extreme cooling. The memory speed has been validated by CPU-Z. Please refer to the screenshot and validation link below:

Intel Not Happy About BCLK Overclocking of 12th Gen CPUs, Warns of Damage

You may, or may not have noticed that in certain parts of the interweb, groups of people that are generally referred to as "Overclockers" have managed to get their cheap Celeron G6900's and Core i3-12100's to run at much higher clock speeds than Intel intended and now the company is unhappy about it, as they're anticipating that they're going to lose sales of more expensive CPUs. As such, Intel has issued a warning via Tom's Hardware
"Intel's 12th Gen non-K processors were not designed for overclocking. Intel does not warranty the operation of processors beyond their specifications. Altering clock frequency or voltage may damage or reduce the useful life of the processor and other system components, and may reduce system stability and performance."

Jokes aside, the lower end SKU's of Intel's 12th gen Alder Lake CPUs seem to be phenomenal overclockers, if you have the right motherboards. If the motherboard doesn't have an external clock gen, plus support for adjusting the BCLK on non-K CPUs, then you're not going to have much luck. This means, at least at the moment, that you're looking at fairly pricey Z690 motherboard, although there are rumors that we can expect the odd B660 motherboard that will get an external clock gen, with at least three models already reported to have BCLK adjustment support via beta UEFI updates. Pro Overclockers have already managed to hit speeds in excess of 5.3 GHz with the Celeron G6900 and that is only by adjusting the BCLK and the Voltage, which is no mean feat, as the CPU has fixed clock speed of 3.4 GHz, which makes this a 57 percent boost in clock speed. Intel is said to be looking into this unintended ability to overclock these CPU SKUs and is apparently looking at locking down this ability with a new microcode update in a future UEFI release.

Update: Added a screenshot from TPU's upcoming Core i3-12100F review, showing 5.2 GHz at 130 MHz BCLK.

EVGA Announces the Z690 CLASSIFIED Motherboard

Introducing the EVGA Z690 CLASSIFIED - The latest addition to EVGA's most-respected line of motherboards. This motherboard fully supports the latest 12th Gen Intel Core Series Processors and takes full advantage of PCIe Gen5 and PCIe Gen4 M.2 NVMe SSDs. The EVGA Z690 CLASSIFIED provides unbeatable power, performance and stability via a 19-phase VRM and 10-layer PCB. Moreover, this board supports up to 128 GB of DDR5 memory, 2x 2.5 Gbps NIC + Wi-Fi 6E / BT 5.2, 7.1 HD audio, and multiple USB options. The EVGA Z690 CLASSIFIED is designed for nothing less than the ultimate gaming experience.

MSI MEG Z690 GODLIKE Motherboard to Bundle AIO Cooler and Memory Sticks

The retail version of MSI MEG Z690 GODLIKE, the company's flagship Socket LGA1700 motherboard, will include an all-in-one liquid CPU cooler, and DDR5 memory sticks. Snapped at a PC retailer, the front-face of the retail box of the motherboard reads that the contents include an MSI MEG CoreLiquid S360 cooler, and Kingston FURY Beast DDR5 memory. The size and speed of the memory is not mentioned. What's also unknown at this point, is whether the board comes in retail packages that don't bundle the cooler or memory. Assuming the bundled memory is a 32 GB (2x 16 GB) kit of decent specs, such as DDR5-6000, this motherboard could easily command a four-figure price, with speculative prices averaging $1,500.

Update Jan 17th: MSI has informed us, that the price for this bundle, consisting of the motherboard, 360 mm AIO, and 32 GB of DDR5 memory, will be around $2,099 in retail.

GIGABYTE AORUS Delivers DDR5 6000 MHz 32 GB Memory Kit With RGB Lighting

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd, a leading manufacturer of motherboards, graphics cards, and hardware solutions today announced AORUS RGB DDR5 6000 MHz 32 GB Memory Kit, which uplift frequency to 6000 MHz with RGB lighting for performance boost and striking accents. Enhanced by DDR5 XMP Booster and XMP 3.0 User Profile of GIGABYTE Z690 motherboards, and copper-aluminium heat spreaders with nano-carbon coating thermal design, the new memory kit promises the next-level performance with stability while dissipating heat efficiently under high-speed operation.

AORUS RGB DDR5 6000 MHz 32 GB Memory Kit features high clock speed and low power consumption by two 16 GB DDR5 XMP 6000 MHz dual-channel designs with 40-40-40-76 timings, which fit the support of DDR5 memory on Intel Z690 platform. Along with GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS motherboards, AORUS RGB DDR5 6000 MHz 32 GB memory kit can enable "DDR5 XMP Booster" function which detect the brand of memory IC in the BIOS setting to allow users to choose promptly from multiple built-in memory overclocking profiles, boosting the native DDR5 or XMP DDR5 memory speed. Furthermore, "XMP 3.0 User Profile" enables users to create and store XMP profiles of their own to unleash the extreme performance of memories.

ASRock Announces Two Z690 Aqua Motherboards, One with Extra OC Creds

At the launch of the Z690 chipset, ASRock didn't reveal its flagship Aqua model, but now the company has finally announced not just one, but two Z690 Aqua models, one "regular" SKU and one OC SKU. The main difference between the two is that the OC SKU only has two DIMM slots, since as we know, DDR5 is extra finicky when it comes to running at high clock speeds and two DIMM boards allow for higher DRAM clock speeds, This also means that all the major board makers have now launched a two DIMM product geared towards overclockers.

The two boards are mostly identical in terms of features otherwise, but there are some minor differences that we'll point out later. As expected, both boards feature a large, nicely integrated liquid cooling plate for the CPU and the 20 phase 105 A SPS VRM setup. ASRock has gone for a 12 layer PCB, not something you see in a lot of consumer motherboards and it's unclear if it'll bring any real benefits, but as this is a premium motherboard, it's a nice touch. The heatsink of the top-most M.2 drive is home to a small OLED display, but ASRock hasn't listed the size on its website.
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