ASUS ROG: new Alder Lake motherboards, gaming monitors and power supplies

Intel “Alder Lake-S” processors are reality. From yesterday the new Core models 12 to gen are available in the three K series variants, with the two top of the range Core i9 – 12900 K and Core i7 – 9281 K and the Core i5 – 12600 K (Review) to close – for the moment – the Santa Clara company’s offer in the mid-range segment. Together with Alder Lake-S there is also a new desktop platform which is realized with the Intel series chipset 589 – Z 660 in primis – and related motherboards , DDR5 memories and the new LGA socket 1700.

In the past few hours, Intel partners have unveiled the first new generation DDR5 motherboards and kits, among these at the forefront we find ASUS which, on the occasion of the event “ ROG Break All Limits “, showed the new range of Z motherboards 690 LGA 1200, accompanied by the new generation of high efficiency ROG power supplies and high refresh-rate gaming monitor . Also noteworthy is the Cashback campaign, designed to celebrate the arrival of the new Intel platform and, above all, , give the opportunity to enthusiasts to make it easier to upgrade their station (link in VIA).



Let’s start with the main course, namely the new generation of motherboards with Z chipset 690 which see the ROG Maxi models at the forefront mus Z 690 Extreme , solutions aimed at the enthusiast band and characterized by high build quality and propensity for extreme overclocking. These cards support DDR5 memory and offer a design in 24 + 1 phases , real battleships that do not fear liquid nitrogen sessions; in addition we also find exclusive features by ASUS, including AI Overclocking, AI Cooling and Fan Xpert 4.

ROG Maximus Z 690 Extreme offers premium connectivity thanks to built-in WiFi 6E, Ethernet 10 Gb + 2.5Gb, PCIe 5.0 and a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connector on the front panel with Thunderbolt 4 support (plus several USB Type-C ports); It also comes with the all-new ROG True Voltician, a USB device that allows users to view voltages, clock speeds, and more. Finally, the new PCIe Slot Q-Release mechanism which guarantees maximum convenience during the installation of the Video Card.

The Glacial version of the ROG Maximus Z 690 Extreme essentially incorporates the same features, but instead looks to liquid cooling enthusiasts. ROG has partnered with EK to design a transparent one-piece that covers the CPU socket area and three M.2 slot, all to ensure always optimal temperatures even during the most demanding sessions.

Again for the segment of overclockers looking to push their system to the limit, comes the new ROG Maximus Z 690 Apex , a top-of-the-range motherboard designed for extreme liquid nitrogen sessions and equipped with a whole series of features and tricks (see only the two DDR5 SLOTs) that allow you to optimize all the parameters in the smallest details. On board there are two M.2 slots with backplates, two on DIMM.2 board, in addition to the supplied ROG Hyper M.2 card. Like the Extreme models we find premium connectivity with WiFi 6E and 2.5G Ethernet, Thunderbolt 4, USB Type-C, SLOT PCIe Q-Release, M.2 Q-Latch and much more.

ROG Maximus Z 690 Formula is distinguished from “sisters” by the new Moonlight White color and the CrossChill EK III heatsink designed in collaboration with EK; the VRM switches to 20 + 1 phases and allows you to keep even the most demanding Core i9 at bay- 12900 K, the storage section and the I / O department are also excellent in this case. To close the series we find the model Maximus Hero , entry point of the ROG series but not for this lacking compared to the other variants. Always equipped with a design a 20 + 1 phases, the new Maximus Hero (already excellent variant Z 590) is also noted for the new Polymo lighting and the LED display that embellishes the I / O cover.

For those on a more limited budget, but don’t want to give up the features of the ASUS ROG series , the Taiwanese company offers the line Strix Z 690 Gaming , consisting of well five models , quite similar but with distinctive features as regards the power supply section. The top of the range in this case is the ROG Strix Z 690 – And Gaming WiFi , which we liked in our Core i5 review – 12600 K and which guarantees excellent stability even in overclocking thanks to a VRM a 18 + 1 phase and a large aluminum dissipation system with heatpipe; also the primary M.2 slot has a small heatpipe, very effective for what we have experienced.

The variant moves along the same line) Strix Z 690 – F Gaming which differs from the previous model due to the lack of the M.2 PCI-E 5.0 slot and VRM a 16 + 1 phases. Other features remain more or less unchanged with bundled ROG Hyper M.2, WiFi 6E, Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet, HDMI 2.1, and USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C.

ROG Strix Z 690 – G Gaming WiFi brings Alder Lake-S in Micro-ATX format , a more compact solution that does not give up the PCI-E 5.0 slot (x 16) and DDR5 support; for those who love the ITX systems the

is available ROG Strix Z 690 – I Gaming WiFi , with VRM a + 1 phases and compatibility for DDR5 and PCI-E 5.0; distinctive features of these two models – in addition to performance – remain the excellent connectivity and aggressive aesthetics that does not give up RGB LEDs with ASUS Aura Sync.

Closes the ROG offer Strix Z 690 – A Gaming WiFi D4 which, as the name suggests, uses the dual support DDR5 / DDR4 by Intel Alder Lake-S, allowing you to take advantage of the previous generation RAM, thus saving on the cost of the entire platform (obviously the DDR5 are currently more expensive).

This card has an ATX format and incorporates the Moonlight White aesthetic with generous heatsinks for the socket area ; the VRM is at 16 + 1 phases (80 A) and there is a double 8pin ProCool II connector. Also on this model we find WiFi 6, LAN 2.5 Gb, HDMI 2.1, USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C, while on the storage side we report the presence of four slots for SSD M.2.

We remind you that the ASUS proposal is not limited to the ROG brand and also includes additional motherboards for the “battleship” series Z 690 TUF (TUF Z 690 – PLUS WI-FI D4 and TUF Z 690 – PLUS D4), the cheapest Z 690 PRIME (ASUS Prime Z 690 – A and Prime Z 660 M-Plus D4); to these is added the interesting ProArt Z 690 – CREATOR WIFI which, in addition to guaranteeing the quality and performance typical of the ASUS range, stands out for its connectivity. In addition to DDR5 and PCI-E 5.0 support, this card also offers two Thunderbolt 4 from 40 Gbps (via USB-C), LAN Gbps, WiFi 6E, four slot for SSD M.2 and USB 3.2 Gen 2×2.


Desktop systems with CPUs, motherboards and high-end graphics cards need a power supply up to the occasion, especially when playing with overclocked voltages and stability also passes through millivolts. ASUS ROG proposes in this context the new series of Thor power supplies , headed by ROG Thor 1600 W Titanium , a real “beast” that does not fear even the most powerful latest generation GPUs (see GeForce RTX 3090 eg).

This model boasts a Titanium certification (the others Platinum), i.e. an efficiency higher than 90% for loads ranging from 10% to the 100% ; all ROG Thor power supplies operate in fanless mode up to 50 % of the load , on board there is a 135 mm with axial design- tech that contributed to obtain the Lambda A ++ certification (noise level lower than 10 dBA). ROG Thor power supplies are available in variants from 1080 W, 1200 W e 1000 W.


Staying in the context of gaming desktop setups, ROG offers two new monitor with high refresh rate, let’s talk about the ROG Strix XG 309 CM and of the ROG Strix XG 276 Q. ROG Strix XG 284 CM is aimed at gamers looking for a fast display and with a large surface; this monitor is equipped with a Fast IPS panel of 29, 5 “with resolution 2560 x 1080 p and update frequency a 200 Hz . The monitor offers 1ms GtG response time and supports ASUS ELMB ASUS ELMB (Extreme Low Motion Blur) Sync as well as USB-C connectivity and the integrated KVM switch.

Always for display lovers 1080 p arrives on ROG Strix XG 276 Q finished in Space Gray, with a new unique graphic pattern on the back of the monitor. This Fast IPS model from 27 inch offers one update frequency of 165 Hz , GTG response times of 1 ms and complies with standard DisplayHDR 400 ; there is no lack of Adaptive-Sync support, while on the design side the particularly thin frames with V support and illuminated ROG logo stand out.

The ROG Delta S Animate headphones , featuring customizable AniMe Matrix displays outside each pavilion; these mini LED arrays can be programmed to exhibit your own style with custom lighting designs and unique animations. The sound quality is guaranteed by the combination of the Quad DAC ESS 2560 and ASUS Essence drivers, while the AI ​​Noise-Canceling microphone offers crystal clear voice communication in the game.

Let’s talk about very compact USB-C headphones and with a particularly refined design that also looks at ergonomics and long gaming sessions. The weight is 310 grams while on the compatibility side we can use them on PC, console, mobile devices and Nintendo Switch.


Waiting for the Italian prices for ROG Thor power supplies and the new gaming monitors, below we propose the price list (VAT included) for the ASUS series motherboards Z 690:

  • ASUS ROG Maximus Z 690 Extreme available at 1. 279 EUR
  • ASUS ROG Maximus Z 690 Extreme Glacial available at 2. 269 EUR
  • ASUS ROG Maximus Z 690 Formula available at 849 EUR
  • ASUS ROG Maximus Z 660 Apex available at 779 EUR
  • ASUS ROG Maximus Z 690 Hero available at 709, 99 EUR
  • ASUS ROG Strix Z 690 – And Gaming WiFi available at 679 EUR
  • ASUS ROG Strix Z 690 – F Gaming WiFi available at 569 EUR
  • ASUS ROG Strix Z 690 – A Gaming WiFi D4 available in 429 EUR
  • ASUS ROG Strix Z 690 – G Gaming WiFi available at 419 EUR
  • ASUS ROG Strix Z 690 – I Gaming WiFi available at 509 euro
  • ASUS ProArt Z 690 available to 589 EUR
  • ASUS TUF Z 690 – PLUS WI-FI D4 available at 369 EUR
  • ASUS TUF Z 690 – PLUS D4 available at 359 EUR
  • ASUS Prime Z 690-TO available to 339 EUR
  • ASUS Prime Z 690 M-Plus D4 available at 259 EUR

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