Ultimate Gaming PC Components: Asus ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi motherboard

May 17, 2022

Red Dot award winner too

The ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi marks the dawn of new generation of Intel-based motherboards, with DDR5 memory modules and PCIe 5.0 devices, plus Intel Core CPUs that have been redesigned from the ground up to feature as many as 16 cores and 24 threads. To prepare for these historic new technologies, the motherboard comes outfitted with cutting-edge power delivery that can react in split seconds to changes in voltage and frequencies introduced by the Intel Alder Lake platform, to keep these potent new processors operating at maximum power and efficiency.

The Asus ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi delivers 18+1 power stages, 8+8 ProCool II power connectors, high-end alloy chokes and rugged capacitors. These elements are cooled by two aluminum heatsinks covering the rear I/O and VRMs, and they are connected by an L-shaped heatpipe to further improve thermal performance. Even the PCIe 5.0 M.2 slot gets a heat-pipe as a part of the innovative ASUS Combo-Sink design, and the two remaining onboard M.2 slots get backplates in addition to pre-installed heatsinks to be placed on top of an NVME SSD. And if more storage is needed, this motherboard comes with a ROG Hyper M.2 card containing two additional slots for PCIe 4.0 drives.

The ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi is amazingly well specced in the connectivity department either, with WiFi 6E, Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, HMDI 2.1 and USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C.

The ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi takes advantage of AI Overclocking, AI Cooling and AI Networking for easy system optimization, plus Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation, a Savitech SV3H712 DAC, DTS Sound Unbound and Sonic Studio III for crystal-clear sound.

And there’s plenty to love for the DIYers, as the ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming WiFi features abundant DIY-friendly tech such as the PCIe Slot Q-Release, M.2 Q-Latch, a pre-mounted I/O shield, BIOS FlashBack button, and Clr CMOS button.

And if you’re wondering why it looks even more futuristic, that’s been noted, as the ROG STRIX Z690-E Gaming WiFi motherboard won the 2022 Red Dot Product Design Award.

The Asus ROG STRIX Z690-E Gaming WiFi motherboard retails for AED 1,836

 

 

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2020 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2018, CES 2017, 2016 and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.