The future lineup of ASUS Z690 motherboards has been spotted by Komachi on the ECC documents and shows what appear to be the specific models for DDR5 and DDR4.
According to rumors, ASUS is working on at least 16 motherboards that will be launched in November, including the ROG MAXIMUS “XIV”, ROG STRIX, TUF Gaming and those of the new generation PRIME series.
The full list appears to be as follows:
- ROG MAXIMUS Z690 EXTREME (DDR5)
- ROG MAXIMUS Z690 FORMULA (DDR5)
- ROG MAXIMUS Z690 HERO (DDR5)
- ProART Z690-CREATOR 10G (DDR5)
- ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING D4 (DDR4)
- ROG STRIX Z690-E GAMING D4 (DDR4)
- ROG STRIX Z690-F GAMING D4 (DDR4)
- TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS D4 (DDR4)
- PRIME Z690-A (DDR5)
- PRIME Z690-A D4 (DDR4)
- PRIME Z690M-PLUS D4 (DDR4)
- PRIME Z690-P (DDR5)
- PRIME Z690-P D4 (DDR4)
- PRIME Z690-V (DDR5)
- PRIME Z690-V D4 (DDR4)
- PRIME Z690-V-SI-D4 (DDR5)
The high end is occupied, as always, by ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 motherboards that will appeal to the most demanding users without any budget problem and, at the moment, includes the ROG MAXIMUS Z690 EXTREME, FORMULA and HERO.
There's also the ProART Z690-Creator 10G card that caters to content creators with features like 10G LAN, Thunderbolt 3 (or 4), and workstation GPU support.
Also note that the list no longer includes Roman numbering for the ROG series, testifying to the fact that ASUS may have decided to abandon it in favor of a simplified naming scheme.
Moving on, we have the ROG STRIX line which will include the Z690-A GAMING, Z690-E GAMING, and Z690-F GAMING motherboards.
Interestingly, these motherboards are listed with a “D4” extension, which could mean that the ROG STRIX line will only launch with DDR4 support, reserving DDR5 only for ROG MAXIMUS.
We know that Intel's Alder Lake-S CPU line is compatible with both DDR4 and DDR5 memories, with the latter which, given the high costs, could have a significant impact on mid-range and entry-level setups.
There is also the TUF Gaming Z690-PLUS which is credited, in fact, with support for DDR4.
Moving on to the PRIME series, we have the Z690-A, Z690-PLUS, Z690-P, Z690-V and Z690-V-SI, which seem to come in models with DDR4 support and models with DDR5 support.
Motherboard makers are expected to unveil their new Z690 models by the end of October with a launch scheduled for November 2021 alongside 12th Generation Intel Core CPUs.
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