According to Hardware Detective Komachi’s latest report, he managed to unearth a Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) submission that gives us a preview of Asus’ upcoming Z690 motherboards.
The report suggests that there are as many as 16 potential models for the looming 12th generation Intel Alder Lake processors, although not all of them may hit the market. We have also indicated that the Alder Lake will support DDR5 memory and is just one of the many features that Alder Lake will offer.
However, based on the submission report, Asus can only adopt DDR5 memory for its ROG Maximus Z690 motherboards and also for its few select Prime and ProAir models. With DDR5 being the latest standard in the memory market, it will come with a small fortune, so it makes sense to reserve the standard for the brand’s high-end motherboards.
Asus has also reportedly overhauled the nomenclature of the ROG Maximus motherboard following Intel’s new motherboards. The brand apparently ditched Roman numerals and instead stuck with the Z690 brand.
|Motherboard||DDR5 support||DDR4 support|
|ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme||X|
|ROG Formula Maximus Z690||X|
|ROG Maximus Z690 Hero||X|
|ProAir Z690-Creator 10G||X|
|ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming D4||X|
|ROG Strix Z690-E Gaming D4||X|
|ROG Strix Z690-F Gaming D4||X|
|TUF Gaming Z690-Plus D4||X|
|Premier Z690-A D4||X|
|Prime Z690M-Plus D4||X|
|Premier Z690-P D4||X|
|Premier Z690-V D4||X|
The ProArt Z690-Creator 10G designed for professionals will include the power of DDR5 memory and ROG Strix Z690 motherboards are limited to DDR4 DRAM only.
Since Intel’s Alder Lake will officially offer support for DDR5 and PCIe 5.0, hardware that supports this feature won’t come cheap. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that the Z690 motherboard comes at a small premium price.
Intel has already committed to launching Alder Lake this fall 2021. Retailers should soon list Z690 motherboards, which will give us a fair idea of the price.