In short: As we get closer to Intel Alder Lake, more and more leaks are spoiled by surprises that Team Blue and motherboard manufacturers are preparing. One of the upcoming Asus Z690 small form factor PC motherboards has leaked into full glory, and two separate leaks have revealed EU pricing for several Asus and Asrock motherboards. Needless to say, they won’t be cheap, but there will be plenty of options for people who still want to upgrade but don’t want to break the bank in the process.
The upcoming Asus Z690 motherboards were first spotted in a Canadian retail store earlier this month, giving some hints on what we can expect in terms of pricing. The cheapest models will be around $ 220-240, while premium options with more robust power phase designs will cost over $ 600, while the price difference between DDR4 and DDR5 compatibility will be around $ 10.
|Model||Supported memory||Price in EUR||Price in Canadian dollars||Price in USD|
|Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme Glacial||DDR5||€ 1,969.83||?||?|
|Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme||DDR5||€ 1107.49||?||?|
|Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Formula||DDR5||€ 737.92||?||?|
|Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Apex||DDR5||€ 676.32||?||?|
|Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Hero||DDR5||€ 614.72||USD 789||USD 626|
|Asus ROG STRIX Z690-E Gaming Wi-Fi||DDR5||€ 590.08||?||?|
|Asus PROART Z690-CREATOR WiFi||DDR5||€ 503.85||?||?|
|Asus ROG STRIX Z690-I Gaming Wi-Fi||DDR5||€ 444.40||?||?|
|Asus ROG STRIX Z690-G Gaming Wi-Fi||DDR5||€ 357.75||?||?|
|Asus ROG STRIX Z690-F Gaming Wi-Fi||DDR5||?||USD 511||USD 405|
|Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A Gaming Wi-Fi D||DDR5||?||USD 447||355 USD|
|Asus TUF Gaming Z690-PLUS Wi-Fi D4||DDR4||?||USD 371||USD 294|
|Asus PRIME Z690-A||DDR5||€ 320.61||USD 383||USD 304|
|Asus PRIME Z690-P Wi-Fi||DDR5||€ 295.86||USD 319||USD 253|
|Asus PRIME Z690-P Wi-Fi D4||DDR4||€ 283.48||USD 307||USD 244|
|Asus PRIME Z690-P||DDR5||€ 283.48||USD 294||USD 233|
|Asus PRIME Z690-P D4||DDR4||€ 246.34||USD 281||USD 223|
|Asrock Z690 TAICHI ATX 4||DDR5||€ 472.82||?||?|
|Asrock Z690 PG VELOCITA ATX 4||DDR5||€ 343.38||?||?|
|Asrock Z690 EXTREME||DDR5||€ 229.52||?||?|
|Asrock Z690 STEEL LEGEND ATX 4||DDR4||€ 211.17||?||?|
|Asrock Z690 PG RIPTIDE ATX 4||DDR4||€ 180.88||?||?|
|Asrock Z690 Ghost Game 4 ATX 4||DDR4||€ 160.67||?||?|
|Asrock Z690 Ghost Games 4 D5||DDR5||€ 156.07||?||?|
Thanks to the serial presenter on Twitter @momomo_us and @ julienjimenez11We now also have some EU pricing clues for these LGA 1700 motherboards. Should these new leaks occur, it looks like European gamers will have to pay a little more than North American gamers. The most expensive option is the ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme Glacial, which will retail for a whopping € 1,969.83 ($ 2,283) with all taxes included.
However, of particular interest is a motherboard that has a leak in all the glory of Videocardz – Asus ROG Strix Z690-I Mini-ITX. This card has three daughter cards stacked on top of each other right where the M.2 slot would normally be.
Two of these are presumably for M.2 NVMe SSDs, and one for the audio chipset and RGB headers and fans. The rest of the details are hard to tell from the leaked pictures, but squinting up reveals two front panel connectors for USB 3.0 and USB-C.
Intel will show the first batch Alder lake The processors are in the coming weeks, so we won’t have to wait long to see the full list of LGA 1700 motherboards.