ASUS Z690 PRIME series pictured, the first look at DDR5/DDR4 motherboard variants

Published: Oct 19th 2021, 08:30 GMT   Comments


ASUS’ cheapest Z690 motherboards have been pictured.

We received four photos of the upcoming Z690 PRIME motherboards from ASUS. The PRIME series used to be the mid-tier segment in the company’s lineup, but in the past few years, they have progressively been pushed back by TUF the lowest tier. The good news is that we finally get to see the design of the (almost) cheapest motherboards of the next generation.

It is worth noting that ASUS will be launching as many as 10 Z690 PRIME motherboards. The A-Series, which is a higher sub-tier in the PRIME series with the addition of RGB lighting etc., and V-Series (the lowest tier) have not been pictured yet.

ASUS Z690 PRIME Series
Motherboard (pictured)Form FactorMemoryPCIe x16/x4/x1 SlotsM.2 SlotsComments
ASUS PRIME Z690-PStandard ATX4x DDR54 / 0 / 23
ASUS PRIME Z690-P D4Standard ATX4x DDR44 / 0 / 23
ASUS PRIME Z690-P WIFIStandard ATX4x DDR54 / 0 / 23WiFi 6 card
ASUS PRIME Z690-P WIFI D4Standard ATX4x DDR44 / 0 / 23WiFi 6 card
ASUS PRIME Z690-V SI D4Standard ATXTBCTBCTBCfor system integrators
ASUS PRIME Z690M PLUS D4Micro ATX4x DDR42 / 0 / 23Mini-PCIe slot

ASUS PRIME Z690-P WIFI D4 & Z690M-PLUS D4, Source: VideoCardz

ASUS PRIME Z690-P & Z690-P D4, Source: VideoCardz

In case you are wondering what is the difference between DDR5 and DDR4 motherboards, we have a unique chance to look at almost identical designs with different memory slots. The slot colors might be the same, but a different pinout and latching system of the new standard will make it impossible to even insert the wrong memory.

The design of the Z690 series has not changed dramatically in comparison with the Z590 series either, with an almost identical component layout but different orientation of the stripes. Even the I/O features remained the same, and yet these boards still have PS/2 slots for analog mouses and keyboards.

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