ASUS ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming WIFI (DDR5)

For Intel's 12th generation of Alder Lake desktop processors, ASUS has only made one mini-ITX board available for the launch of its LGA1700 offerings, the ASUS ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming WIFI. Designed for users looking to harness the big P and little E cores on Alder Lake, but in a small package, the Z690-I Gaming WIFI offers a solid feature set in a small form factor-friendly package. Being as small as it is, it still packs a punch in the design stakes, with a primarily black design, with contrasting elements including a tight mesh effect rear panel cover, glossy and matte black heatsinks, and an all-black PCB. In the bottom left-hand corner bridging the rear panel cover and M.2 heatsink is a ROG Strix branded cornerpiece.

Size playing an important role in PCIe support, the ASUS ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming WIFI has just one, a full-length PCIe 5.0 x16 slot. For storage is a pair of PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, with four SATA ports capable of supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. As space is restricted, ASUS includes two memory slots that are located on the right-hand side of the LGA1700 socket, with support for 64 GB, but we don't currently have what speed this model will support at this time.

Much like ASRock has done with its premium ITX models over the years, ASUS has adopted a similar style by including dual Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports. Other USB options include two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, three USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. There is a single HDMI video output, with three 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output powered by a SupremeFX ALC4080 HD audio codec and Savitech SV3H712 amplifier pairing. Finishing off the rear panel is a solid networking array including one Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE port, as well as an Intel Wi-Fi 6E CNVi, and the panel also includes a BIOS Flashback button.

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  • Dahak - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - link

    Will there be a list of DDR4 only board as well?
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - link

    Yes, we're also putting together a guide for DDR4 boards.
  • jh20001 - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - link

    Any news on the DDR4 story? Would be nice to know what model is the best for performance/features in the eyes of others.
  • Flunk - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - link

    Intel's actually released a compelling new chipset? I'm surprised to see DDR5 and PCIe 5 support, but USB 4 seems to be notably absent, despite there being no reason at all to omit it. Intel is finally one-upping AMD after a few years of playing #2.
  • Exotica - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - link

    Thunderbolt4 is usb4 capable…
  • CharonPDX - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - link

    Yep, the only thing USB4 adds over "USB 3.2 2x2" is Thunderbolt support. Therefore any Thunderbolt 4 device is automatically USB4. In fact, essentially any board with "Thunderbolt 3" along with USB 3.2 2x2 basically get "USB4" status for free.
  • DigitalFreak - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - link

    USB 3.2 2x2 is 20 Gbps. USB 4 is 40 Gbps.
  • 12345 - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - link

    That's why they mentioned TB3. 40Gbps support is also optional for USB4.
  • 12345 - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - link

    DP 2.0 is mandatory for USB4 so TB3 support isn't good enough.
  • KarlKastor - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - link

    That is only the name. The question is, with what speed you can run USB devices.

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