ASUS Prime Z690-A (DDR5)

The ASUS Prime series of motherboards is perhaps one of its most key ranges. It represents the more affordable and entry-level segment, with functional features, wallet-friendly controllers sets, but all packed into a basic, yet elegant theme. The ASUS Prime Z690-A includes a futuristic black and silver design throughout, with plenty of premium features, and as such, sits more towards the mid-range than the entry-level. It includes a fanciful rear panel cover with the Prime series logo, with a black opaque panel just below this. The same design is present on the chipset heatsink, and the PCB is primarily black with white patterning.

On the lower section of the ASUS Prime Z690-A is a varied selection of PCIe slots. At the top, ASUS includes a full-length PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, while at the bottom is a full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot. In between these is a half-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, with two smaller PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. For storage, there's a total of four M.2 slots, including three PCIe 4.0 x4 slots, one PCIe 4.0 x4/SATA slot, and four SATA ports. In the top right-hand corner is four memory slots that are capable of supporting DDR5-6000 and have a maximum capacity of 128 GB.

On the rear panel on the Prime Z690-A is one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, and four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A ports. ASUS includes a pair of video outputs consisting of a DisplayPort and HDMI, with five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output powered by a Realtek S1220A HD audio codec. Last but not least, there's one Ethernet port that is driven by an Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE controller.

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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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