ASUS PRIME Z690-A LGA1700 Motherboard Review

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ASUS’ entry-level line-up has never stopped being entry-level by the turn of the last decade. At this point-in-time, what used to be the DELUXE line, an offshoot of their mainstream P-series boards from the older 2000’s has evolved to a sort of entry line for ASUS. With the debut of their PRIME line, ASUS has create a sub-series of boards dedicated for their entry model motherboards and following their mantra of making everything premium, the PRIME board series became a respectable product family eventually evolving to what is today.

With the Z690 release, the ASUS PRIME motherboards will follow the status elevation of the entire product stack. With ROG, ROG STRIX, TUF GAMING and PROART all receiving a price tier increment, the ASUS PRIME actually breaks out as the entry-series, now sharing that distinction with the TUF GAMING line sub-series.

The ASUS PRIME Z690 will consist of five motherboards on launch and they are as follows:

PRIME Z690-A PHP 15,630
PRIME Z690-P WIFI PHP 13,540
PRIME Z690-P PHP 12,510
PRIME Z690-P WIFI D4 PHP 13,200
PRIME Z690-P D4 PHP 12,160

This article will be our formal review of the ASUS PRIME Z690-A, the top-shelf board of the PRIME family. Contents from our preview has been lifted for this review so contents prior to the benchmarks are reflective of the same content of that article. Back to our review, ASUS has deemed it time to really dress out the PRIME boards and with this release, we’re not getting any slim board with a light PCB, ASUS is now decking out the PRIME to look its price. With this generation inspired by an astro theme, we finally now get a themed look for the PRIME boards but is the new look just for show or is ASUS bringing the good stuff? Find out more as we take a closer look at the ASUS PRIME Z690-A.

ASUS PRIME Z690-A Specifications
CPU Support Intel 12th-generation Core CPU (LGA1700)
Power Delivery Design 16+1
Chipset Intel Z690
Memory Support 4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR5-6000 (OC)
Expansion Slots 1x PCIe 5.0 x16 (CPU)
1x PCIe 3.0 x16
1x PCIe 3.0 x4
2x PCIe 3.0 x1
Storage Interface/s 4x M.2
4x SATA
Networking Intel 2.5GbE
Audio Realtek S1220A
Fan Headers 7x 4-pin
1x pump header
Dimensions ATX 30.5cm x 24.4cm
Rear I/O Ports 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 port(s) (1 x USB Type-C)
3 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s) (2 x Type-A, 1 x Type-C)
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s) (4 x Type-A)
1 x DisplayPort
1 x HDMI port
1 x Intel 2.5Gb Ethernet port
5 x Audio jacks
1 x Optical S/PDIF out port
Features ASUS 5X PROTECTION III

  • DIGI+ VRM (Digital power design with DrMOS)
  • Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection
  • ESD Guards
  • LANGuard
  • Overvoltage Protection
  • SafeSlot
  • Stainless-Steel Back I/O

ASUS Q-Design

  • M.2 Q-Latch
  • Q-Connector
  • Q-DIMM
  • Q-LED (CPU , DRAM , VGA , Boot Device )
  • Q-Slot

ASUS Thermal Solution

  • M.2 heatsink backplate
  • M.2 heatsink
  • VRM heatsink design

ASUS EZ DIY

  • Box headers
  • Clear CMOS button
  • CPU socket lever protector
  • ProCool
  • Pre-mounted I/O shield

AURA Sync

  • AURA RGB header(s)
  • Addressable Gen 2 header(s)