ASUS Unleashes Z690 ROG, ROG STRIX, TUF Gaming, PRIME Motherboards: Prices & Specifications Detailed, Pre-Orders Open Now!

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Today, ASUS officially announced its Z690 ROG, ROG STRIX, TUF Gaming & PRIME motherboards for Intel's 12th Generation Alder Lake Desktop CPUs. The CPUs come with a range of new features and brand new technologies plus, if you plan on building yourself a PC with ASUS's Z690 motherboards, then they are available for pre-order now.

ASUS Launches Z690 Motherboards: Include ROG, ROG STRIX, TUF Gaming & PRIME Designs For 12th Gen Intel Alder Lake Desktop CPUs

The ASUS Z690 motherboard lineup consists of 17 new products within its ROG, ROG STRIX, TUF Gaming, and PRIME series. The motherboards come with full support for Intel's Alder Lake CPUs and feature the respective LGA 1700 socket. You will find some highlighted features such as PCIe 5.0, DDR5, enhanced power delivery, to name a few, as the main attractions of the new platform.

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ASUS ROG Z690 Maximus Series Motherboards

So starting with the motherboards themselves, we first have the ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 series which features five products, the ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme Glacial, Maximus Z690 Extreme, Maximus Z690 APEX, Maximus Z690 Formula, and the Maximus Z690 HERO. The Extreme Glacial and Extreme are the same motherboard in terms of design but the Glacial comes with a pre-fitted water block for liquid-cooling enthusiasts. The Extreme has always been ASUS's flagship and rocks an E-ATX design and all the features an enthusiast would ever need. The step down to Extreme is Formula for liquid-cooling and APEX for overclocking enthusiasts.

Both the ASUS Z690 Formula and APEX motherboards have very unique aesthetics with Formula going for a white-colored shroud design and a pre-fitted EKWB block over the VRMs while APEX is rocking a dual-DIMM design with a solid VRM delivery and all the necessary gear that you will want as an overclocker. Lastly, we have the HERO which looks impressive in its own right and is now a high-end tier motherboard with great aesthetics and once again, a powerful VRM design for Intel's Alder Lake CPU lineup.

ASUS ROG Z690 STRIX Series Motherboards

Moving over to the ROG STRIX motherboards, ASUS has five Z690 offerings, four of which feature DDR5 compatibility and one which features DDR4 compatibility.

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The ROG STRIX Z690-E, Z690-F, Z690-G & Z690-I Gaming WiFi motherboards will carry DDR5 support while the entry-level Z690-A Gaming WiFi will feature DDR4 compatibility. In terms of features, the ROG STRIX motherboards are very solid in design and feature offering, especially the Mini-ITX variant which has various sister boards routed for power delivery, storage, and M.2 / PCH connections.

The DDR5 motherboards retain a black gaming aesthetic while the DDR4 Z690-A Gaming WiFi features a white aesthetic and looks great on its own terms. You will find its feature set to be on the same level as the DDR5 offerings. This ROG STRIX lineup is also the most diverse, featuring ATX, ITX, and mATX options for users to choose from.

ASUS TUF Z690 Gaming Series Motherboards

The TUF Gaming Z690 motherboards from ASUS come in DDR4 flavors only and feature the Z690-PLUS Gaming WiFi D4 and Z690-PLUS Gaming D4. It should be evident by the name that one of the models comes with WiFi support and the other doesn't as that is the only difference between them. In terms of design, the TUF Gaming series features the same black and silver aesthetics with yellow trims and offers the most essential features that you'd expect from a mainstream product.

The ASUS ProArt Z690 Creator motherboard is another variant that will be part of the lineup and has some nice aesthetics with an acrylic shroud over the I/O and audio components. It features a quad M.2 slot array and has a 16+1 phase design. The motherboard also features WiFi capability.

ASUS PRIME Z690 Series Motherboards

Lastly, we have five ASUS PRIME Z690 motherboards, three of which feature DDR5 support and two featuring DDR4 support. The lineup includes the PRIME Z690-A, Z690-P WiFi, Z690-P, Z690M Plus D4, and Z690-P D4. Like always, the PRIME Z690-A is the flagship offering within this lineup and has a really futuristic design while the rest of the PRIME series boards carry the standard silver design.

ASUS Z690 Motherboard Pricing, Specifications & Pre-Order Links

Lastly, we want to share with you the pricing and specifications table for the entire ASUS Z690 motherboard lineup. Initially, ASUS will launch 14 out of 17 motherboards that they are unveiling today.

ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO 599.99
ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WIFI 469.99
ProArt Z690-CREATOR WIFI 479.99
ROG STRIX Z690-F GAMING WIFI 399.99
ROG STRIX Z690-G GAMING WIFI 349.99
ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 349.99
ROG STRIX Z690-I GAMING WIFI 439.99
TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 289.99
PRIME Z690-A 299.99
PRIME Z690-P WIFI 249.99
PRIME Z690-P 229.99
PRIME Z690-P WIFI D4 239.99
PRIME Z690-P D4 219.99
PRIME Z690M-PLUS D4 189.99

The top motherboard would be the ROG Maximus Z690 HERO which will have an MSRP of $599.99 US. For the higher-end models, you can expect the price to scale up from here with the Extreme costing well above $999 US. The motherboards are now available for pre-order & we will provide retail links to the products once they are opened by online retailers.

ASUS Z690 Motherboard Full Specifications; (Right Click on Image For Zoomed In View):

ROG MAXIMUS Z690 - EXTREME ROG MAXIMUS Z690- APEX ROG MAXIMUS Z690-FORMULA ROG MAXIMUS Z690-HERO ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING WIFI ROG STRIX Z690-F GAMING WIFI ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 ROG STRIX Z690-I GAMING WIFI ProArt Z690-CREATOR PRIME Z690-A TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS D4 PRIME Z690-P WIFI
Chipset Z690 Z690 Z690 Z690 Z690 Z690 Z690 Z690 Z690 Z690 Z690 Z690 Z690
Form Factor EATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX mini-ITX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX
DRAM 4 x DDR5 128G 4 x DDR5 128G 4 x DDR5 128G 4 x DDR5 128G 4 x DDR5 128G 4 x DDR5 128G 4 x DDR4 128G 2 x DDR5 64G 4 x DDR5 128G 4 x DDR5 128G 4 x DDR4 128G 4 x DDR4 128G 4 x DDR5 128G
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TPM Header N/A N/A 1 1 1 1 1 N/A 1 1 1 1 1
BIOS Flashback Button V V V V V V V V V N/A N/A N/A N/A
Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation V V V V V V V V V V V V N/A
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