(Analysis) ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E motherboard: As you may know, giant Intel launched a new line of processors in late 2021, bringing some news in terms of support for innovative and unrivaled technologies like support for PCIe 5.0 and DDR5 standards. . All of this in a package that is of course, as is tradition today, at the highest level, without sacrificing any processing quality or functionality of any kind.
In very short, usually when Intel or AMD launch a new line of processors, ASUS is always one of the brands we have in mind and this time it was no different. After all, the ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi is definitely one of the best motherboards you can buy to build your new device.
(Review) ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E gaming WiFi motherboard
So first of all we have to point out what has changed!
With the 12000 generation of Intel Core processors, we have to welcome a new socket, the LGA 1700, which in turn opens the door to support PCIe 5.0, Thunderbolt 4, DDR5 RAM standards, etc., which is the vast majority of ASUS Z690 motherboards In addition to many other always welcome extras, it is also equipped with Wi-Fi 6 (in this case we even have the latest Wi-Fi 6E), Bluetooth 5.2. (full specification list here.)
Of course, this motherboard isn’t cheap as it is part of the high-end LGA 1700 platform based on the Z690 chipset. But of course it is also money well spent if you want a lot of good functions. Now read:
- Support for Intel Core 12th Generation, Pentium Gold, Celeron processors
- 18 + 1 output stages // 8 + 8 ProCool II // High quality capacitors
- Thermal design Optimized to withstand new storage standards
- Next generation wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi 6E) 2.5 Gb Ethernet (with LANGuard).
- Focus on playing! (HDMI 2.1, DisplayPort 1.4, 5 M.2 slots (with ROG Hyper card included), USB 3.2 2 × 2 Type-C
- Intelligent control (AI OC, AI Cooling, AI Networking)
- Quality audio (ALC4080 with Savitech SV3H712 amplifier, DTS® Sound Unbound and Sonic Studio III)
Quality of construction and design
This is without a doubt one of the most solid and rugged motherboards that I have had the chance to test. Everything is super top notch especially when you look at how the components are powered.
Finally, we must not forget … The motherboard is one of the most critical components of any machine, where today we will have a processor of 400 ~ 800 €, RAM of 200 ~ 300 € and of course, a graphics card of 800 ~ 2000 € in the upper range. Everything must be well fed and cared for! So it’s worth noting how ASUS implemented an 18 + 1 phase power supply system here, with another equally powerful cooling system.
In fact, one of the key points of this motherboard is the care taken in selecting and assembling each component, such as the high quality capacitors and VRM heat sinks.
Yes, the new Intel Core 12000 are hot, but the ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E has never had any problems.
It’s also a future-oriented motherboard in the memory space.
If you’re like me and have more NVMe SSDs than available slots, don’t be fooled! At the end of the day there is no shortage of space to mount super-fast SSDs with 2 PCIe 4.0 slots and one additional PCIe 5.0 slot. But things don’t even end with the fact that inside the motherboard case itself we have a surprise in the form of an M.2 expansion card (ROG Hyper) that comes with the motherboard.
In terms of performance, there’s no denying it, here we have a high-end motherboard designed for the best that Intel has to offer, which is the Core i9-12900K. A powerful processor, but also energy hungry and sometimes too hot.
In short, Intel pushed its technology to the max, but ASUS wasn’t far behind with this motherboard.
But we also have excellent support in the area of customization and usability in the form of a robust BIOS.
ASUS always has very interesting BIOSes as it offers a wide range of options in an easy to understand and easy to navigate interface. Which, in our opinion, makes the Z690-E Gaming a dream motherboard for every gamer / enthusiast who wants to get every drop of the juice out of their hardware.
In short, and overall, the ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi is one of the best alternatives out there if you want to take the plunge to Intel’s newest line of processors. Especially when you look at the higher range (i7 and i9).
After all, we have a lot of wired and wireless connectivity, an eye-catching design, good build quality and, as usual with ASUS, a lot of attention to detail. There is no need to cheat.
And what do you think of all of this? Let us know your thoughts on introducing Intel in the comments below.