ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WIFI (DDR5)

Moving onto ASUS's mid-range Z690 options, and we have its gaming-focused Strix series with solid features, which over the last couple of years have been at competitive price points. The ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WIFI is no different with an all-around solid feature set, with a similar aesthetic to last year's Z590 version. Looking at the design, ASUS has gone with a very smart brushed aluminum rear panel cover, with a ROG Strix graffiti-styled chipset heatsink. ASUS does include RGB LEDs integrated into the rear panel cover, but this looks like the only place that features it on the board, outside of the inclusive RGB and Addressable headers which can be found on the edge of the PCB.

Looking at PCIe options, ASUS includes one full-length PCIe 5.0 x16, one full-length PCIe 4.0 x4, one full-length PCIe 3.0 x4, and one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. There are enough storage options for its pedigree including one PCIe 5.0 x4 M.2 slot, two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, and six SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. The ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WIFI also includes four memory slots, which are capable of supporting DDR5-6400, with a maximum capacity of up to 128 GB.

Touching on the rear panel connectivity options, ASUS hasn't provided a full list at the time of writing, but we know it includes. There's one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, with one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports, with an HDMI and DisplayPort video output pairing. A total of five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output are powered by a SupremeFX ALC4080 HD audio codec and Savitech SV3H712 amplifier pairing, while networking is handled by an Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controller and Intel Wi-Fi 6E CNVi.

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  • Oxford Guy - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - link

    Creating more fiat bills has consequences. Congress literally printed money to give to lobbyists as part of ‘Covid relief’. Reply
  • fcth - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - link

    Sad to see only one mATX board, though at least it looks like a decent (if expensive) option. Reply
  • Mite - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - link

    Can ASUS Z690 Maximus Extreme run PCIe 5.0 x16 GPU and PCIe 5.0 x4 M.2 SSD concurrently? Will the GPU (PCIe 5.0 x16 slot 1) drop to PCIe 5.0 x8 instead when SSD is installed on the PCIe 5.0 x4 (M2 slot)? Reply
  • Kakkoii - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - link

    MSI does show the Audio Codec... just not on the simplified summary. You guys have to click the "Detail" tab on the Specifications page for a given board. All the boards show which audio they're using.

    The Carbon for example has ALC4080.
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  • gavbon - Thursday, November 18, 2021 - link

    At the time of writing, even the detail sections of the specifications didn't show them. On top of this, all of the information we received prior to launch mentioned no specific HD audio codecs. I will update this though :) Reply
  • JackNJ - Friday, November 12, 2021 - link

    The GIGABYTE Z690I Aorus Ultra is not DDR5 I think? Reply
  • chavv - Friday, November 12, 2021 - link

    5 m2 slots?
    How is this useful for a normal user?!
    Or 600$ mobo for desktop usage?!
    World gone mad
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  • mode_13h - Saturday, November 13, 2021 - link

    For RAID, obviously. That borderline makes sense. If you're running a 4 or 5-drive RAID of SSDs in a consumer rig, it's more cost-effective and still plenty fast to use SATA. And I think it's not unreasonable to expect anyone using M.2 drives to put them in a PCIe carrier card, which will have better cooling potential anyhow. Reply
  • sunmobo - Friday, November 12, 2021 - link

    You've included MSI's ITX variant in the list (MEG Z690I Unify) but I can't seem to find it on their website. Although if you google you'll find a few mentions on some shops, without pics. Is this because MSI is still working on the board, or? Reply
  • gavbon - Thursday, November 18, 2021 - link

    It's likely to launch soon, but it does and will exist. Reply

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