Moving onto GIGABYTE's entry-level Z690 models with support for DDR4 memory, we have three near-identical representatives from its Ultra Durable series (UD). All three GIGABYTE Z690 UD DDR4 based models feature the same black and grey aesthetic, as well as the same core feature set. The only difference between the three comes in the level of wireless CNVi it includes.

  • GIGABYTE Z690 UD AX DDR4 = Intel AX201 Wi-Fi 6 CNVi
  • GIGABYTE Z690 UD AC DDR4 = Intel Wi-Fi AC 9560 CNVi

Other than the wireless networking configuration, all three GIGABYTE Z690 UD models are exactly the same.

Looking at the expansion slot support of all three models, GIGABYTE includes one full-length PCIe 5.0 x16 slot, one full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, one full-length PCIe 3.0 x1 slot, with three smaller PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. Storage options consist of three M.2 slots, with all three conforming to PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2, while a total of six SATA ports include support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. The DDR4 versions of the Z690 UD AX, Z690 UD AC, and Z690 UD all come with four memory slots, with support for DDR4-5333, with a combined capacity of up to 128 GB.

As mentioned at the top of the page, the only difference between the three UD models is the level of Wi-Fi CNVi included, although the regular Z690 UD omits any form. Across all three models are one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports. There are three 3.5 mm audio jacks powered by an unspecified Realtek HD audio codec, while GIGABYTE does include a DisplayPort and HDMI video output for users planning on using Intel's integrated graphics. All three models include one Realtek RTL8125 2.5 GbE controller, while a PS/2 combo port for legacy peripherals finishes off the modest rear panels.

GIGABYTE Z690 Gaming X (DDR4) MSI MPG Z690 Edge WIFI (DDR4)
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  • ikjadoon - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - link

    Gigabyte has done a better job this time around with mini-ITX DDR4. $290 for a very well-rounded board—shame HiCookie lied so blatantly in all their 8 GHz marketing.

    ASRock mini-ITX: people still use type-A ports. 5x ports only?!

    Windows 11, DDR5 availability & perf-price, and hybrid quirks make ADL a much better 2022 purchase for me. DDR4 price-perf + availability are nice, but not enough to overcome Panos’ major missteps on his first (and hopefully last) Windows launch.
  • DigitalFreak - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - link

    Why does anyone pay attention to these "extreme overclockers"? He hit (or didn't in this case) 8Ghz. Big deal. You can't actually do anything with the CPU at that speed aside from run an e-peen benchmark.
  • ikjadoon - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - link

    Nobody paid attention until.... Gigabyte plastered his faked validations all over their Z690 marketing material. Nobody cares what any "overclocker" does these days and that's why they got jobs with motherboard vendors: the only people that can still sell a motherboard for $$$ with exaggerated hardware.
  • 0ldman79 - Tuesday, December 14, 2021 - link

    5 ports is a bad idea but type-A?

    Yeah, like 99% of USB accessories use type-A. That is still the *primary* interface for USB devices.
  • StormyParis - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - link

    That last page is very useful, thank you. Wish I had a table to sum up the info ;-p
  • FordGT550 - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - link

    I can't find the Z690 Aorus Pro DDR4 in stock anywhere.
  • bug77 - Friday, November 26, 2021 - link

    I don't think it's available yet. Notice there's no price listed for it either (yeah, I've got my eyes on the same board).
  • HLuna52180 - Friday, November 26, 2021 - link

    Agreed! This is the model mobo that I want. It best fits my needs yet it's currently only available in Australia. Hope they make it into the states. I have all the other parts on order or with me already to make my Alder Lake build. Frustrating!
  • MatarM0 - Saturday, November 27, 2021 - link

    i see it in stock but it seems like it cant run any memory with 1.42v or higher depending on what newegg reviewer said and some others in the internet so hopefully they can fix it and it will be a good deal
  • meacupla - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 - link

    I can understand mobo makers not wanting to allocate too many resources into the dead end DDR4 platform, but these lineups seem excessively weak to me.

    Like, really? there's not a single Z690 DDR4 mobo with thunderbolt?
    And then with Z690 DDR5 mobos, there's way too much overlap in features and functionalities.

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