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ASUS ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming WIFI (DDR5)
Sitting just below the ASUS ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WIFI in terms of features and price, the ASUS ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming WIFI keeps things competitive for around $70 less than the Strix-E model. Focusing on the design, ASUS has gone with a brushed aluminum effect rear panel cover, with a graffiti-styled chipset heatsink, and a nice graffiti-enabled RGB design built into the rear panel cover. A lot of the board is covered up due to the large rear panel cover, the power delivery heatsinks, numerous M.2 heatsinks, and a nice-looking white and black chipset heatsink.
Essentially a cut-down version of the E-series Strix model, the ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming WIFI has one full-length PCIe 5.0 x16, one full-length PCIe 3.0 x4, and one PCIe 3.0 x1 slot. Storage options include four PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, with six SATA ports capable of supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. On the memory front, there are four memory slots, with support for DDR5-6400 and a combined capacity of 128 GB.
On the rear panel is one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Similar to the E model, the F also includes an HDMI and DisplayPort video output pairing. There are also 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.