Asus Prime Z690-A (DDR5)

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Description

Intel® Z690 (LGA 1700) ATX motherboard with PCIe® 5.0, four M.2 slots, 16+1 DrMOS power stages, DDR5, HDMI®, DisplayPort™, Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C®, front USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C®, Thunderbolt™ 4 support and Aura Sync RGB lighting
  • Intel® LGA 1700 socket: Ready for 12th Gen Intel processors
  • Enhanced power solution: 16+1 DrMOS, ProCool sockets, alloy chokes and durable capacitors for stable power delivery
  • AI Overclocking: Optimizes performance based on CPU and cooler loads to achieve results that are extremely close to manual tuning by experts
  • AI Cooling: Manages and controls all motherboard fans, automatically optimizing settings based on current system load and temperature
  • Two-Way AI Noise-Cancelation: Reduces background noise from the microphone and audio output for crystal-clear communication in games or video conferences
  • Comprehensive cooling: Large VRM heatsinks, M.2 heatsinks, M.2 backplate with Q-Latch, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 4
  • Next-gen connectivity: DDR5 memory, PCIe® 5.0, Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C®, front panel USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C®, Thunderbolt™ 4 header support, 4 PCIe® 4.0 M.2
PRIME Z690-A
ASUS Prime series motherboards are expertly engineered to unleash the full potential of 12th Generation Intel® processors. Boasting a robust power design, comprehensive cooling solutions and intelligent tuning options, Prime Z690-A provides users and PC DIY builders a range of performance tuning options via intuitive software and firmware features.
ASUS Prime Z690-A offers a sleek, futuristic-looking build with a black and white finish, space-shuttle-inspired design elements, metallic nameplate and PCB cover.
FLEXIBILITY
Comprehensive controls form the foundation of the ASUS Prime series. The Prime Z690 motherboard packs flexible tools to tune every aspect of your system, enabling performance tweaks to perfectly match the way you work to maximize productivity.
ASUS AI Overclocking
ASUS AI Overclocking is an intelligent utility that helps you get the most out of your build by automatically profiling your CPU and cooling system to predict optimal voltage and frequency settings.
Accessible via the AI Suite software in Windows or directly through the UEFI, the intuitive AI Overclocking user interface enables users of all levels. A range of customizable settings are available for seasoned overclockers, and an auto-tuning option is available for beginners.
AI Overclocking at a Glance
Designed by Experts
At the heart of AI Overclocking is a proprietary algorithm developed by ROG R&D engineers who worked with world-renowned overclockers to create a tool for users of all levels.
Predictive Edge
The algorithm analyzes your CPU and cooling system and, based on what it finds, predicts optimal settings. The software then uses these settings to automatically guide the clocking process, balancing frequency and voltage.
Real-time Adjustments
The software monitors workload, system temperature, fan speed and power draw every minute and it makes real-time adjustments to ensure ongoing optimal performance.
AI Cooling
ASUS AI Cooling function will automatically manage and control motherboard-connected fans to ensure optimal settings based on current system load and temperature.
CPU Temperature Detection
AI Cooling detects CPU temperatures and uses a proprietary algorithm to calculate the lowest fan speed required to effectively cool the system and keep fan noise down.
Automated Optimization
Under stable system loads, the software then automatically lowers fan* speed to the optimal setting, decreasing fan noise without compromising performance.
*Fans need to be connected to the following headers for AI Cooling control: CPU_FAN / CPU_OPT / CHA_FAN / W_PUMP+/ AIO Pump
Ongoing Monitoring
AI Cooling continues to monitor the system and adjust fan speed based on current load.
COOLING
Prime Z690 series is engineered with multiple onboard heatsinks and an array of hybrid fan headers to ensure your rig stays cool and stable under intense workloads.
M.2 Heatsink

Two M.2 heatsinks take care of the three M.2 slots, warding off throttling that can occur with M.2 storage during sustained transfers.

1. Removable captive screws reduce risk of drops or loss during heatsink removal.

VRM Heatsink and Thermal Pads
The two VRM heatsinks on Prime Z690-A are significantly larger than those found on earlier Z590 motherboards. Together with the thermal pads, they improve heat transfer from the MOSFETs and chokes for better cooling performance.
M.2 Backplate
An M.2 backplate helps ensure that high-performance drives deliver peak performance, even when airflow is restricted. The backplate includes the Q-Latch mechanism to allow you to secure or remove an M.2 SSD without the need for traditional screws.
PERFORMANCE
Prime Z690 series is built to handle the additional cores and increased bandwidth of 12th Generation Intel® processors. ASUS Z690 motherboards provide all the fundamentals to boost daily productivity, so your system will be ready for action with stable power, intuitive cooling and flexible transfer options.
Robust Power Design

Stable power is essential to extract every last bit of performance out of 12th Generation Intel processors. Prime Z690-A is geared to cater to the demands of these high-core-count CPUs.

1. ProCool Connectors
Proprietary connectors augment the motherboard’s link to the PSU with 8+8 pin connectors that pass 12 volts of power directly to the processors. Each jack features solid pins that can handle more current than hollow-pin connectors.

2. 16+1 DrMOS
A VRM with 16+1 DrMOS delivers the power and efficiency that the latest Intel processors demand.

Memory

DDR5 Performance Enhancement

Prime Z690-A enhances DDR5 performance by providing overclocking options for not only high-speed kits, but even entry-level memory modules that have a locked power management IC (PMIC).

A dedicated circuit on the motherboard safely circumvents DDR5 memory PMIC restrictions, allowing you to step past the default 1.1-volt limit and push frequency and timings to the max.

Ordinarily, a restricted PMIC that has been unlocked requires the system to be fully power-cycled each time memory voltage is adjusted. Prime Z690-A leverages onboard hardware and firmware to cleverly work around this irksome limitation, enabling voltage adjustments to be applied through the same soft system-reset process employed for previous generations of DDR memory.

For users new to memory overclocking, Prime Z690-A includes the exclusive ASUS Enhanced Memory Profile (AEMP) firmware feature for PMIC-restricted memory modules. AEMP automatically detects the memory chips on your kit and then presents optimized frequency, timing and voltage profiles that you can effortlessly apply to unleash performance.

Storage

Four M.2 slots (up to 64 Gbps)

Prime Z690-A offers a total of four M.2 slots that support data-transfer speeds of up to 64 Gbps via PCIe® 4.0, enabling quicker boot-up and app load times with OS or application drives.

* Actual transmission speeds will be lower than the theoretical maximum speed.

PCIe® 5.0 Slot
The 12th Gen Intel processors bring PCIe 5.0 support to the market. PCIe 5.0 offers twice the data transfer speed of PCIe 4.0, making it robust enough to handle new data-heavy tasks. PCIe 5.0 also brings other benefits, such as electrical changes to improve signal integrity, backward-compatible CEM connectors for add-in cards, and backward compatibility with previous versions of PCI Express.
USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C®
Numerous USB ports support high-end rigs loaded with peripherals, including both front and rear USB Type-C® connectors with fast USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 for transmission speeds of up to 20 Gbps.
Thunderbolt™ 4 Support
Prime Z690-A features Thunderbolt™ 4 support via an on-board header. With the latest Intel-certified ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 add-on card, it can enable bi-directional speeds of up to 40 Gbps on a single cable. Additionally, this card has a daisy-chain function for multi-screen connection and supports up to an 8K resolution display. It can also provide up to 100 watts of power to fast-charge devices.
Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet
Intel® Ethernet Connection I225-V reduces CPU overhead and offers exceptionally high TCP and UDP throughput for faster, smoother data transfer.
TWO-WAY AI NOISE CANCELATION
This utility leverages a massive deep-learning database to reduce background noise from the microphone and incoming audio, while preserving vocals at the same time. This removes distracting keyboard clatter, mouse clicks and other ambient noises so you can hear and be heard with crystal clarity while gaming or in calls.
500M
Deep-learning Database
Audio
Input/output
High
Fidelity
Minimal
Performance Impact
  • CPU
    Intel® Socket LGA1700 for 12th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors
  • Chipset
    Z690
  • Storage
    Supports 4 x M.2 slots and 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
  • Ethernet
    1 x Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet
  • USB
    Rear USB:Total 8 ports, Front USB:Total 7 ports
  • Operating System
    Windows® 11 64-bit, Windows® 10 64-bit
  • Form Factor
    ATX, 30.5cm x 24.4cm

Features:

  • Intel® LGA 1700 socket: Ready for 12th Gen Intel processors
  • Enhanced power solution: 16+1 DrMOS, ProCool sockets, alloy chokes and durable capacitors for stable power delivery
  • AI Overclocking: Optimizes performance based on CPU and cooler loads to achieve results that are extremely close to manual tuning by experts
  • AI Cooling: Manages and controls all motherboard fans, automatically optimizing settings based on current system load and temperature
  • Two-Way AI Noise-Cancelation: Reduces background noise from the microphone and audio output for crystal-clear communication in games or video conferences
  • Comprehensive cooling: Large VRM heatsinks, M.2 heatsinks, M.2 backplate with Q-Latch, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 4
  • Next-gen connectivity: DDR5 memory, PCIe® 5.0, Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C®, front panel USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C®, Thunderbolt™ 4 header support, 4 PCIe® 4.0 M.2

Specifications:

CPU Intel® Socket LGA1700 for 12th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors

Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0**

* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list.

** Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 support depends on the CPU types.

Chipset Z690
Memory 4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR5 6000(OC)/ 5800(OC)/ 5600(OC)/ 5400(OC)/ 5200(OC)/ 5000(OC)/ 4800 Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory*

Dual Channel Memory Architecture

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

OptiMem II

* Supported memory types, data rate(Speed), and number of DRAM module vary depending on the CPU and memory configuration, for more information refer to www.asus.com for memory support list.

Graphics 1 x DisplayPort**

1 x HDMI® port***

* Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types.

** Supports max. [email protected] as specified in DisplayPort 1.4.

*** Supports [email protected] as specified in HDMI 2.1.

Expansion Slots Intel®12th Gen Processors*

1 x PCIe 5.0/4.0/3.0 x16 slot(s)

Intel® Z690 Chipset**

1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (supports x4 mode)

1 x PCIe 3.0 x4 slot

2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots

* Please check PCIe bifurcation table in support site.

** Supports Intel® Optane Memory H Series on PCH-attached PCIE slot.

Storage Supports 4 x M.2 slots and 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports

Intel®12th Gen Processors

M.2_1 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280/22110

– Intel®12th Gen processors support PCIe 4.0 x4 mode.

Intel® Z690 Chipset**

M.2_2 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 mode)

M.2_3 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280/22110 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 mode)

M.2_4 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA modes)

4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports

* Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports NVMe RAID 0/1/5, SATA RAID 0/1/5/10.

** Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports Intel® Optane Memory H Series on PCH attached M.2 slots.

Ethernet 1 x Intel® 2.5Gb Ethernet
ASUS LANGuard
USB Rear USB:Total 8 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 USB Type-C®)

4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s) (4 x Type-A)

Front USB:Total 7 ports

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector(s) (support(s) USB Type-C®)

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports

2 x USB 2.0 header(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 ports

Audio Realtek S1220A 7.1 Surround Sound High Definition Audio CODEC*

– Impedance sense for front and rear headphone outputs

– Internal audio Amplifier to enhance the highest quality sound for headphone and speakers

– Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking

– High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and 113 dB SNR recording input (Line-in)

– Supports up to 32-Bit/192 kHz playback*

Audio Features

– Audio Shielding

– Power pre-regulator reduces power input noise to ensure consistent performance

– Rear optical S/PDIF out port

– Premium audio capacitors

– Dedicated audio PCB layers

– Audio cover

– Unique de-pop circuit

* Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit/192 kHz is not supported for 7.1 Surround Sound audio.

Back Panel 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

Intrernal I/O Connectors Fan and Cooling related

1 x 4-pin CPU Fan header(s)

1 x 4-pin CPU OPT Fan header(s)

1 x 4-pin AIO Pump header(s)

4 x 4-pin Chassis Fan header(s)

1 x W_PUMP+ header(s)

Power related

1 x 24-pin Main Power connector

2 x 8-pin +12V Power connector

Storage related

4 x M.2 slots (Key M)

4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports

USB

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 connector (support(s) USB Type-C®)

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports

2 x USB 2.0 header(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 ports

Miscellaneous

3 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s)

1 x AURA RGB header(s)

1 x Clear CMOS button

1 x COM Port header

1 x CPU Over Voltage jumper

1 x Front Panel Audio header (AAFP)

1 x Power button

1 x SPI TPM header (14-1pin)

1 x 20-3 pin System Panel header with Chassis intrude function

1 x Thermal Sensor header

1 x Thunderbolt™ header

Special 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 [red], DRAM [yellow], VGA [white], Boot Device [yellow green])

– 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)

Software Features ASUS Exclusive Software

Armoury Crate

– AURA Creator

– AURA Sync

– Fan Xpert 4

– Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation

AI Suite 3

-Easy Optimization with AI Overclocking

TPU

EPU

DIGI+ VRM

Turbo app

ASUS CPU-Z

DTS:X® Ultra

Norton Anti-virus software (Free Trial version)

WinRAR

UEFI BIOS

AI Overclocking Guide

ASUS EZ DIY

– ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

– ASUS EZ Flash 3

– ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode

FlexKey

MemTest86

BIOS
256 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS
Manageability WOL by PME, PXE
Accessories Cables

2 x SATA 6Gb/s cables

Miscellaneous

1 x M.2 Rubber Package(s)

1 x Q-connector

1 x M.2 Q-Latch package(s)

Installation Media

1 x Support DVD

Documentation

1 x User guide

Operating System Windows® 11 64-bit, Windows® 10 64-bit
Form Factor ATX
30.5cm x 24.4cm
Warranty 3 Years
Note ***Features, Price and Specifications are subject to change without notice.

 

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