AORUS Z690 Elite DDR4
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AORUS Z690 Elite DDR4

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Z690 ELITE AX DDR4

THE NEW KING OF GAMING

Rule supreme with the Z690 AORUS gaming motherboards. The new king of gaming platform continues the legendary AORUS bloodline with the most robust power delivery and dominant thermal design, glorified with the complete memory overclocking technology to crown your PC with the best Alder Lake’s performance in all its gaming glory.

UNPARALLELED PERFORMANCE

With technology moving so fast, GIGABYTE still keep up with the latest trends and provide our customers with advanced features and latest technology. GIGABYTE Z690 Series motherboards come with upgraded power solution, latest storage standards and outstanding connectivity to enable optimize performance for gaming.

Advanced thermal solution

GIGABYTE Z690 Series Motherboards' Un-throttled performance is guaranteed by innovative and optimized thermal design to ensure the best CPU, Chipset, SSD stability and low temperatures under full load application and gaming.

NEXT GENERATION CONNECTIVITY

GIGABYTE Z690 Series Motherboards let you experience ultimate connection flexibility and blazing data-transfer speed with next generation network, storage, and WIFI connectivity.

DEFINITIVE AESTHETICS

GIGABYTE motherboards bundle several useful and intuitive software to help users to control every aspect of motherboard and provide customizable lighting effect with outstanding aesthetics to fit your unique personality.

ULTRA DURABLE

GIGABYTE Ultra Durable™ features its product durability and high-quality manufacturing process. GIGABYTE motherboards use the best components and reinforce every slots to make each of them solid and durable.

 

CPU

  • LGA1700 socket: Support for 12th Generation Intel® Core™ i9 processors/Intel® Core™ i7 processors/Intel® Core™ i5 processors
    (Go to GIGABYTE's website for the latest CPU support list.)
  • L3 cache varies with CPU

Chipset

  • Intel® Z690 Express Chipset

Memory

  • Support for DDR4 5333(O.C.)/ DDR4 5133(O.C.)/DDR4 5000(O.C.)/4933(O.C.)/4800(O.C.)/ 4700(O.C.)/ 4600(O.C.)/ 4500(O.C.)/ 4400(O.C.)/ 4300(O.C.)/4266(O.C.) / 4133(O.C.) / 4000(O.C.) / 3866(O.C.) / 3800(O.C.) / 3733(O.C.) / 3666(O.C.) / 3600(O.C.) / 3466(O.C.) / 3400(O.C.) / 3333(O.C.) / 3300(O.C.) / 3200 / 3000 / 2933 / 2800 / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 MHz memory modules
  • 4 x DDR DIMM sockets supporting up to 128 GB (32 GB single DIMM capacity) of system memory
  • Dual channel memory architecture
  • Support for ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8 memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
  • Support for non-ECC Un-buffered DIMM 1Rx8/2Rx8/1Rx16 memory modules
  • Support for Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules

Onboard Graphics

Integrated Graphics Processor-Intel® HD Graphics support:

1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2160@60 Hz
* Support for HDMI 2.1 version and HDCP 2.3.
** Support native HDMI 2.1 TMDS compatible ports.

1 x DisplayPort, supporting a maximum resolution of 4096x2304@60 Hz
* Support for DisplayPort 1.2 version and HDCP 2.3

(Graphics specifications may vary depending on CPU support.)

Audio

  • Realtek® ALC1220-VB CODEC
    * The back panel line out jack supports DSD audio.
  • High Definition Audio
  • 2-channel analog output
  • Support for S/PDIF Out
    7.1-channel digital signals
    * Actual output of digital signals may vary depending on the playback content and software used, and an external DAC is required.

LAN

Realtek® 2.5GbE LAN chip (2.5 Gbps/1 Gbps/100 Mbps)

Wireless Communication Module

Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201:

  • WIFI a, b, g, n, ac, ax, supporting 2.4/5 GHz Dual-Band
  • BLUETOOTH 5.2
  • Support for 11ax 160MHz wireless standard and up to 2.4 Gbps data rate
    * Actual data rate may vary depending on environment and equipment.

Expansion Slots

  1. 1 x PCI Express x16 slot, running at x16 (PCIEX16)
    * For optimum performance, if only one PCI Express graphics card is to be installed, be sure to install it in the PCIEX16 slot.
    (The PCIEX16 slot conforms to PCI Express 5.0 standard.)
  2. 2 x PCI Express x16 slots, running at x4 (PCIEX4_1, PCIEX4_2)
    (The PCIEX4 slots conform to PCI Express 3.0 standard.)

Multi-Graphics Technology

Support for AMD Quad-GPU CrossFire™ and 2-Way AMD CrossFire™ technologies

Storage Interface

CPU:

  • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280/22110 PCIe 4.0 x4/x2 SSD support) (M2A_CPU)

Chipset:

  • 1 x M.2 connector (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280/22110 SATA and PCIe 4.0 x4/x2 SSD support) (M2M_SB)
  • 2 x M.2 connectors (Socket 3, M key, type 2260/2280/22110 PCIe 4.0 x4/x2 SSD support) (M2Q_SB/M2P_SB)
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

Support for RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, and RAID 10
* Refer to "2-7 Internal Connectors," for the installation notices for the M.2 and SATA connectors.

Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
* System acceleration with Intel® Optane™ Memory can only be enabled on the M.2 connectors supported by the Chipset.

USB

Chipset:

  • 1 x USB Type-C® port on the back panel, with USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 support
  • 1 x USB Type-C® port with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support, available through the internal USB header
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red) on the back panel
  • 5 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (3 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB header)

Chipset+2 USB 2.0 Hub:

  • 8 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 ports on the back panel, 4 ports available through the internal USB headers)

Internal I/O Connectors

  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x 4-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 1 x CPU fan header
  • 1 x water cooling CPU fan header
  • 3 x system fan headers
  • 1 x system fan/water cooling pump header
  • 2 x addressable LED strip headers
  • 2 x RGB LED strip headers
  • 4 x M.2 Socket 3 connectors
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 1 x front panel header
  • 1 x front panel audio header
  • 1 x USB Type-C® header, with USB 3.2 Gen 2 support
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header
  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 headers
  • 2 x Thunderbolt™ add-in card connectors
  • 1 x Trusted Platform Module header (For the GC-TPM2.0 SPI/GC-TPM2.0 SPI 2.0 module only)
  • 1 x reset button
  • 1 x Q-Flash Plus button
  • 1 x reset jumper
  • 1 x Clear CMOS jumper

*All fan headers are subject to support AIO_Pump, Pump and high performance fan with the capability of delivering up to 2A/12V @ 24W.

Back Panel Connectors

  • 1 x USB Type-C® port, with USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 support
  • 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports (red)
  • 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports
  • 4 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • 2 x SMA antenna connectors (2T2R)
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x DisplayPort
  • 1 x RJ-45 port
  • 1 x optical S/PDIF Out connector
  • 2 x audio jacks

I/O Controller

iTE® I/O Controller Chip

H/W Monitoring

  • Voltage detection
  • Temperature detection
  • Fan speed detection
  • Water cooling flow rate detection
  • Fan fail warning
  • Fan speed control
    * Whether the fan (pump) speed control function is supported will depend on the fan (pump) you install.

BIOS

  • 1 x 256 Mbit flash
  • Use of licensed AMI UEFI BIOS
  • PnP 1.0a, DMI 2.7, WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 2.7, ACPI 5.0

Unique Features

  • Support for APP Center
    * Available applications in APP Center may vary by motherboard model. Supported functions of each application may also vary depending on motherboard specifications.
    @BIOS
    EasyTune
    Fast Boot
    Game Boost
    ON/OFF Charge
    RGB Fusion
    Smart Backup
    System Information Viewer
  • Support for Q-Flash Plus
  • Support for Q-Flash
  • Support for Xpress Install

Bundled Software

  • Norton® Internet Security (OEM version)
  • Realtek® Gaming LAN Bandwidth Control Utility

OS

Support for Windows 10 64-bit

Form Factor

ATX

Delivery Options

Next Day Delivery - £10

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Then this is the option for you. Order before midday, select this option at checkout and it will get to you the next working day

2 - 3 Days Delivery - £5

Are you a patient gamer.

Are you secure in the knowledge that your order will get to you at some point. Then select this option at the checkout and your order will arrive at your location in the the next two to three days.

Saturday Delivery - £15

Want to be there when your order arrives at your door.

Don't want to be at work all day knowing that your precious PC component is waiting for you to get home (unless of course, you work from home), then select this option and your order will delivered on the upcoming Saturday.

Click and Collect - FREE

If you're local to us, and would istead like to collect your order from our store, then this option is perfect for you. Not only is it free, but you can also choose when you would like to collect your order in hourly slots, Monday to Saturday. Just give us a couple of hours to get your order ready, and you will recieve a confirmation email telling you to pop on by.

Our store is open until 5:30pm Mon-Sat, so you have plenty of time after work to drop in.