Today we test the motherboard in the Hardware Kitchen ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-I GAMING WIFI† A motherboard that is therefore in a very small size since we are on Mini ITX† We will therefore see during this test that this map of ASUS offers as a feature despite its limited size and if it can handle an i9-12900K without flinching.
Summary, our test of the ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-I GAMING WIFI motherboard
In Mini-ITX format, this motherboard can therefore be placed in very specific boxes such as MasterBox NR200P from Cooler Master or even in the Phanteks Evolv SHIFT XT. We’re here at the Intel LGA1700 socket, meaning it’s compatible with 12th Gen Intel Core processors like the i5-12600K, i7-12700K, i9-12900K, and generally anything that starts with “12”. Likewise, here we have compatibility with DDR5 type memory up to a frequency of 6400 MHz in OC. Please note, we only have two memory slots, so we can only store up to 64 GB of RAM. Ask PCIe 5.0, we have the only PCIe 5.0 compatible x16 slot, the two slots for SSD in M.2 format remain in PCIe 4.0. Obviously, these M.2 slots have a heat sink to avoid thermal throttling.
For the power stage we find a configuration in 10+1+2 supply phases Renesas RAA22010540 SPS of 105A. Everything is controlled via a Renesas RAA229131 controller configured in 10+1. Note that the VRM cooling system is active on this motherboard as we have a fan under the rear connector cover.
In terms of connectivity we are on a relatively high-end card, but we are on a card in a very limited form factor and this by definition has a minimal effect on the equipment on offer. Specifically, on the motherboard we will have a header for USB 3.2 Gen 2 × 2 Type-C in the front panel of a case, as well as a header for USB 3.2 Gen1 in Type-A. On the connector on the back we find an HDMI port to connect a screen without having to go through a dedicated graphics card. We have a total of nine USB ports, two of which are Type-C. Two are in USB 2.0 and the other share the various USB 3.2 standards. Note that both USB Type-C are also Thunderbolt 4 compatible.
for the game network, this card offers a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port and WiFi 6E 2×2 802.11ax. Bluetooth 5.2 is also included. The part sound is managed by a Realtek ALC4080 chip†
To talk about Pricesthis motherboard is offered for a price of 499.94 euros on LDLC and 476 euros in Rue du Commerce or from 450 euros on the Amazon marketplace† Finally, we’ll see what we think of this price compared to the performance of this motherboard.
Box and bundle
In terms of packaging, the cardboard uses the codes that we have on the other cards in the Strix range: a black background with red accents. But this is in a size as small as the motherboard itself and it’s quite surprising at first glance. On the front we see a photo of the motherboard and the logos of the main technologies that the card is equipped with. As almost always, on the back of the box we find more details about technologies and features.
At the bundle level, the following are:
- 1 x ROG USB2.0 Splitter Cable
- 1x panel cable
- 2 x SATA 6Gb/s cables
- 1 x ASUS Wi-Fi Moving Antennas
- 1 x Cable Tie Package
- 1 x M.2 Q-Latch package(s)
- 1x ROG Keychain
- 1 x ROG Flat Logo Stickers
- 1 x ROG Strix Stickers
- 1 x ROG Strix Thank You Card
- 1x DVD Holder
- 1x User Manual
Appearance: ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-I GAMING WIFI
In terms of design requires mini size, everything is compressed around the socket. As so often we now have a color theme in black with a touch of gray and white. Of course we have heat sinks to cool the components of the output stage. No backplate here, the print is bare on the back of the card.
Speaking of the connector cover, let’s first specify that it actually covers a small fan that will help cool the VRMs. For once, therefore, it is perforated with small holes to allow airflow. Note that the bottom transitions into the heatsink design above the M.2 sized SSD slots with a mirrored appearance with the ROG logo in white. Overall, there are many small details that make this card a wonderful product.
On the right side of the card we find the 24 pin power supply of the card. Among the latter we have the header for the USB 3.0 ports, the header for USB 3.2 Type-C, but also the USB Type-C ports for connecting a daughter card supplied as a bundle. This provides the four SATA ports, the ARGB 5V header and the header for the front panel (power, reset, etc.).
Note that at the bottom of the card, in order to still have two slots for SSDs in M.2 format, the slots and heatsinks are on top of each other. We also have a USB, Audio, fan or ARGB 5V header on these pieces of PCB.
Now let’s move on to the technical characteristics and features of this motherboard.
Technical features and characteristics
|Trade name||ROG STRIX Z690-I GAMING WIFI|
|Wall outlet||Intel LGA 1700|
|Supported Processors||Support for 12th Generation Intel Core™ processors (LGA1700)|
|Number of strips||4|
|Frequency supported||Non-ECC, unbuffered DDR5 support up to 6400+(OC)|
|PCI-E||1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 slot|
|SATA 3.0||4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports|
|RAID||NVMe RAID 0/1/5, SATA RAID 0/1/5/10.|
|WIRELESS||Intel WiFi 6E
2×2 Wi-Fi 6E (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax)Supports 2.4/5/6GHz frequency band*
- 1 x 4 Pin CPU Fan Head(s)
- 1 x 4-pin AIO Pump Head(s)
- 1 x 4 Pin Chassis Fan Head(s)
- 1 x 24 Pin Main Power Connector
- 1 x 8 Pin +12V Power Connector
- 2 x M.2 slots (key M)
- 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
- 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connector (USB Type-C support(s)†
- 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header(s) additional support(s) 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
- 1 x USB 2.0 header(s) additional support(s) 2 USB 2.0 ports
- 1 x Addressable Gen 2 Header(s)
- 1 x AURA RGB header(s)
- 1 x 2-pin POWER_BTN header
- 2x USB Type-C connectors to install ROG Strix SATA card on the front panel*
Connections on the back
- 2x Thunderbolt™ 4 USB Type-C port(s)
- 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s) (2 x Type-A)
- 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s) (3 x Type-A)
- 2 x USB 2.0 port(s) (2 x Type-A)
- 1x HDMI port
- 1x WiFi module
- 1x Intel 2.5 Gb Ethernet Port
- LED-lit audio jacks
- 1x optical S/PDIF output
- 1 x BIOS FlashBack™ Button
- 1 x Clear CMOS Button
Now let’s take a look at the BIOS before we get started.
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