ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme review

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Everything is at a 90-degree angle, which should help the whole thing look cleaner. A 6-pin header is present, but I believe it's for the front-panel USB ports, allowing 60W charging. Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX210 provides up to 2.4 Gbps wireless connectivity and access to the 5GHz and 6GHz frequency band; Intel I225-V offers 2.5 Gbps and 1x 10GBase-T Marvell AQtion Ethernet.



For those who dare and for those that have the money, that is. The Aura ecosystem is constantly evolving to provide users with more possibilities for customizing their builds with color. It now includes products from several categories as well as third-party hardware.



Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme is ruled by dark tones, which bring attention to the I/O shield's customizable AniMe Matrix display. This 222-LED array shows personalized pictures and animations and can react in real-time to audio playback. The textured surface design on the cold-forged heatsink between the PCIe slots enhances its surface area, keeping the M.2 drives cool and giving the motherboard a distinctive appearance.


The EXTREME is equipped with a remarkably EXTREME VRM design, consisting of 24 105A paired power stages, bonkers. In contrast, if you're looking to push extreme overclocks for maximum performance or perhaps to establish a world record, this is likely to be one of the best motherboards available for the job. Of course, take a look at the size of those heatsinks, which surround the CPU on three sides and are linked together by a massive heatpipe to ensure an even thermal load across the board. The VRM can spread power demands to give each stage more time to dissipate heat into the aluminum sinks above. And those heatsinks have a lot of surface area to spread into: the heatsinks themselves are quadruple-finned with strategic incisions, and they're fused into a single block that extends to the I/O backplate. The power stages are positioned at the north side of the socket connection to the central unit through an L-shaped heat pipe. A tri-fin extension has reinforced the heatsink array next to the CPU power ports to ensure immediate cooling.


Using Fan Xpert software or the UEFI, the Maximus Z690 provides comprehensive control over your cooling system through no less than eight PWM/DC connectors, each of which includes a detecting circuit that automatically picks the appropriate voltage regulation mode. In a solution known as ASUS Hydranode, three of the chassis fan headers are equipped with an additional circuit that allows them to independently manage a total of three daisy-chained fans that are connected to them.


A  7.1-channel SupremeFX ALC4082 that serves as the foundation of this generation. It has an excellent 113dB SNR line-in and 120dB SNR line-out, allowing users to stream and record with the least amount of noise. The codec also includes a headphone amplifier with a maximum output voltage of 2.1Vrms, a driving capability of up to 600 Ohms, audio resolutions of up to 32-bit/384kHz, and the capacity to detect the impedance of the headphones that are connected. The SABRE 9018Q2C is responsible for driving the Hero's front panel output. BTW you'll also get a ROG Clavis USB-C external DAC with ESS Quad-DAC included.



Not only that, but the AniMe Matrix Display has 222 LEDs and can play a variety of animations, including pre-made ones as well as ones created specifically for it. Yes, once lit up, it's genuinely a thing of beauty. 

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