ASUS Prime Z690M-PLUS M-ATX
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ASUS Prime Z690M-PLUS M-ATX

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Intel® Z690 (LGA 1700) mATX motherboard with PCIe® 5.0, three M.2 slots, 10+1 DrMOS, DDR4, HDMI®, DisplayPort™, Intel® 1 Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C®, front USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C®, Thunderbolt™ 4 header and Aura Sync RGB lighting
  • Intel® LGA 1700 socket: Ready for 12th gen Intel® processors
  • Enhanced power solution: 10+1 DrMOS, 4-pin+8-pin ProCool connector, alloy chokes and durable capacitors for stable power delivery
  • Comprehensive cooling: Large VRM heatsinks, PCH heatsink, hybrid fan headers and Fan Xpert 4
  • ASUS OptiMem II: Careful routing of traces and vias, plus ground layer optimizations to preserve signal integrity for improved memory overclocking
  • Next-gen connectivity: DDR4, PCIe® 5.0, Intel® 1 Gb Ethernet, USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C®, front panel USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C®, Thunderbolt™ 4 header

FLEXIBILITY

Comprehensive controls form the foundation of the ASUS Prime series. The Prime Z690 motherboard packs flexible tools to tune every aspect of your system, enabling performance tweaks to perfectly match the way you work to maximize productivity.

All-Around Energy Efficiency

The Energy Processing Unit (EPU) automatically optimizes power consumption and maximizes energy savings with Away mode - a smart setting that creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused I/O controllers.

Flexible Air and Liquid-Cooling Controls

ASUS Fan Xpert 4 software provides comprehensive control over fans and all-in-one (AiO) cooler. Whether cooling with air or water, an Auto-Tuning mode intelligently configures all parameters with a single click. There's also an Extreme Quiet mode that reduces all fan speeds to below the default minimum to keep your system whisper-quiet when performing light tasks. Fans and AiO cooler can also be controlled via the UEFI BIOS.

Precise Digital Power Control

The Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) delivers real-time control over voltage droop, automatically switching frequency and power-efficiency settings. It also allows you to fine-tune your CPU for ultimate stability and performance.

UEFI BIOS

The renowned ASUS UEFI BIOS provides everything you need to configure, tweak and tune your system. It offers intelligently simplified options for PC DIY beginners, as well as comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.

Advanced Tuning for Serious Tweakers

An intuitive Advanced mode offered via the UEFI lets you take complete control. A built-in search feature makes it easy to find options, and various advanced functions let you intelligently make nuanced adjustments so you can dial in performance just the way you want.

Quick and Simple Setup

EZ mode displays vital settings and stats and also offers guided wizards, drag-and-drop functionality, and one-click application of important settings — all to help you get your rig up and running in no time.

COOLING

Prime Z690 series is engineered with multiple onboard heatsinks and an array of hybrid fan headers to ensure your rig stays cool and stable under intense workloads.

VRM Heatsinks and High-quality Thermal Pads

Two massive VRM heatsinks and high-quality thermal pads improve heat transfer from the MOSFETs and chokes for better cooling performance.

Cooler by Design

Prime Z690 series features comprehensive cooling controls that are configurable via Fan Xpert 4 software or via the UEFI BIOS.

Multiple Temperature Sources

Each header can dynamically reference three thermal sensors. Fan Xpert 4 allows you to map the temperature of supported ASUS graphics cards to optimize cooling for GPU- and CPU-intensive tasks.

AIO Pump Header

A dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups.

Smart Protection

A dedicated integrated circuit protects each fan header from overheating and overcurrent.

4-Pin PWM/DC Fan

Each onboard header supports auto-detection of PWM or DC fans.

PERFORMANCE

Prime Z690 series is built to handle the additional cores and increased bandwidth of 12th Generation Intel® processors. ASUS Z690 motherboards provide all the fundamentals to boost daily productivity, so your system will be ready for action with stable power, intuitive cooling and flexible transfer options.

Power Design

Stable power is essential to extract every last bit of performance out of 12th Generation Intel processors. Prime Z690M-Plus D4 is geared to cater to the demands of these high-core-count CPUs.

ProCool Connectors

Propiertary connectors augment the motherboard's link to the PSU with 4 pin+8 pin connectors that pass 12 volts of power directly to the processors. Each jack features solid pins that can handle more current than hollow-pin connectors.

10+1 DrMOS

A VRM with 10+1 DrMOS delivers the power and efficiency that the latest Intel processors demand.

Memory

ASUS OptiMem II

Revisions to the motherboard’s trace routing provide the latest Intel processors with unrestricted access to memory bandwidth. ASUS OptiMem II technology carefully maps memory signal pathways across different PCB layers to reduce vias and adds shielding zones that significantly reduce crosstalk.

Benefits of ASUS OptiMem II:
  • Improved memory stability and compatibility
  • Allows lower memory latencies at equivalent voltages
  • Improved memory frequency margin

DDR4 5333 (OC)

Improvements to trace routing design provide the latest Intel processors with enhanced access to memory bandwidth. ASUS OptiMem II technology carefully maps memory signal pathways across different PCB layers to reduce path distance, and it adds shielding zones that significantly reduce crosstalk.

Storage

Three M.2 slots (up to 64 Gbps)

Prime Z690M-Plus D4 offers a total of three M.2 slots that support data-transfer speeds of up to 64 Gbps via PCIe® 4.0, enabling quicker boot-up and app load times with OS or application drives.

Connectivity

PCIe 5.0 Slot

The 12th Gen Intel processors bring PCIe 5.0 support to the market. PCIe 5.0 offers twice the data transfer speed of PCIe 4.0, making it robust enough to handle new data-heavy tasks. PCIe 5.0 also brings other benefits, such as electrical changes to improve signal integrity, backward-compatible CEM connectors for add-in cards, and backward compatibility with previous versions of PCI Express.

USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C

Numerous USB ports support high-end rigs loaded with peripherals, including rear USB Type-C connector with fast USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 for transmission speeds of up to 20 Gbps.

Thunderbolt 4 Support

Prime Z690M-Plus D4 features Thunderbolt 4 support via an on-board header. With the latest Intel-certified ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 add-on card, it can enable bi-directional speeds of up to 40 Gbps on a single cable. Additionally, this card has a daisy-chain function for multi-screen connection and supports up to an 8K resolution display. It can also provide up to 100 watts of power to fast-charge devices.

Intel 1 Gb Ethernet

Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V reduces CPU ov TCP and UDP throughput for faster, smoother data transfer.

M.2 Slot (key E)

Prime Z690M-Plus D4 motherboard comes along with a M.2 Slot (Key E) which can support type 2230 Wi-Fi/BT and Intel® CNVi (Integrated Wi-Fi/BT) module.

CUSTOMIZATION

Prime Z690 series adds the nuanced details that improve every experience, from exclusive codecs that provide pristine audio quality to intuitive RGB lighting controls that let you customize your system to create a uniquely personal look.

Audio

Combined onboard features deliver elevated audio

Intelligent design and premium hardware create audio quality unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

Audio Shielding

Separates analog/digital signal domains, significantly reducing multi-lateral interference.

Separate Layer for Left and Right Tracks

Ensures minimal crosstalk between audio paths.

Premium Audio Capacitors

Premium parts provide an immersive sound signature, with exceptional fidelity.

Personalization

Aura Sync

Outshine the Competition

A well-tuned enthusiast system deserves a matching aesthetic. ASUS Aura offers full RGB lighting control with a variety of functional presets for the strips and devices connected to the onboard RGB headers — and it can all be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable hardware.

Addressable Gen 2 RGB Header

Three addressable Gen 2 RGB headers are capable of detecting the number of LEDs on second-gen addressable RGB devices, allowing the software to automatically tailor lighting effects to specific devices. The new headers also offer backward-compatibility with existing Aura RGB gear.

Armoury Crate

Armoury Crate is a new software utility designed to give you centralized control of supported products. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate allows you to easily customize RGB lighting and effects for every compatible device in your arsenal. The software also provides control of settings for an ever-growing number of ASUS products, including keyboard and mouse preferences. Armoury Crate even features dedicated product registration and news to help you stay in touch with the ASUS community.

DIY-Friendly

Q-LED Core

The Q-LED Core display produces light patterns by power LED during the Power-On Self-Test (POST) that can help users troubleshoot potential issues.

SafeSlot

PCIe® 5.0 is 2x faster than PCIe® 4.0, so we adapted our SMT manufacturing process for the faster SafeSlot, to ensure the highest data speeds. SafeSlot is a reinforced metal sheath added to a PCIe® slot to keep a card firmly installed.

CPU

Intel® Socket LGA1700 for 12th Gen Intel® Core™, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors

Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0**

* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list.

** Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 support depends on the CPU types.

Chipset

Z690

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR4
5333(OC)/5133(OC)/5000(OC)/4800(OC)/4600(OC)/4400(OC)/4266(OC)/4133(OC)/4000(OC)/3866(OC)/3733(OC)/3600(OC)/3466(OC)/3400(OC)/3333(OC)/3200/3000/2933/2800/2666/2400/2133 Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory*

Dual Channel Memory Architecture

Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)

OptiMem II

*Actual memory data rate depends on the CPU types and DRAM modules, for more information refer to www.asus.com for memory support list.

Graphics

1 x DisplayPort**

1 x HDMI® port***

*Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types. Please refer to www.intel.com for any updates.

**Support 4K@60Hz as specified in DisplayPort 1.4.

***Support 4K@60Hz as specified in HDMI 2.1.

Expansion Slots

Intel® 12th Gen Processors*

1 x PCIe 5.0/4.0/3.0 x16 slot

Intel® Z690 Chipset**

1 x PCIe 4.0/3.0 x16 slot (supports x4 mode)

2 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots

* Please check PCIe bifurcation table in support site.

** Supports Intel® Optane Memory H Series on PCH-attached PCIe slot

Storage

Supports 3 x M.2 slots and 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports

Intel® 12th Gen Processors

M.2_1 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280

- Intel® 12th Gen processors support PCIe 4.0 x4 mode.

Intel® Z690 Chipset**

M.2_2 slot (Key M), type 2260/2280 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 mode)

M.2_3 slot (Key M), type 2242/2260/2280 (supports PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA modes)

4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports

* Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports NVMe RAID 0/1/5, SATA RAID 0/1/5/10.

** Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports Intel® Optane Memory H Series on PCH attached M.2 slots.

Ethernet

1 x Intel® 1Gb Ethernet

Wireless & Bluetooth

M.2 slot only (Key E, CNVi & PCIe)

*Wi-Fi module is sold separately.

USB

Rear USB:Total 8 ports

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port (1 x USB Type-C®)

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port (1 x Type-A)

4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (4 x Type-A)

2 x USB 2.0 ports (2 x Type-A)


Front USB:Total 7 ports

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector (supports USB Type-C®)

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header supports additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports

2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports*

* USB_E1 port, USB_E2 port, USB_E3 port and USB_E4 port share the bandwidth.

Audio

Realtek 7.1 Surround Sound High
Definition Audio CODEC*

- Supports: Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking

- Supports up to 24-Bit/192 kHz playback

Audio Features

- Audio Shielding

- Premium audio capacitors

- Dedicated audio PCB layers

* A chassis with an HD audio module in the front panel is required to support 7.1 Surround Sound audio output.

Back Panel I/O Ports

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port (1 x USB Type-C®)

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port (1 x Type-A)

4 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports (4 x Type-A)

2 x USB 2.0 ports (2 x Type-A)

1 x DisplayPort

1 x HDMI® port

1 x Intel® 1Gb Ethernet port

3 x Audio jacks

Internal I/O Connectors

Fan and cooling related

1 x 4-pin CPU Fan header

1 x 4-pin CPU OPT Fan header

1 x 4-pin AIO Pump header

3 x 4-pin Chassis Fan headers

Power related

1 x 24-pin Main Power connector

1 x 8-pin +12V Power connector

1 x 4-pin +12V Power connector

Storage related

3 x M.2 slots (Key M)

4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports

USB

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 connector (supports USB Type-C®)

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 header supports additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports

2 x USB 2.0 headers support additional 4 USB 2.0 ports

Miscellaneous

3 x Addressable Gen 2 headers

1 x AURA RGB header

1 x Clear CMOS header

1 x COM Port header

1 x Front Panel Audio header (AAFP)

1 x M.2 slot (Key E)

1 x S/PDIF Out header

1 x SPI TPM header (14-1pin)

1 x 20-3 pin System Panel header with Chassis intrude function

1 x Thunderbolt™ header

Special Features

ASUS 5X PROTECTION III

- DIGI+ VRM (- Digital power design with DrMOS)

- LANGuard

- Overvoltage Protection

- SafeSlot

- Stainless-Steel Back I/O

ASUS Q-Design

- Q-DIMM

- Q-Slot

ASUS Thermal Solution

- VRM heatsink design

ASUS EZ DIY

- ProCool

AURA Sync

- AURA RGB header

- Addressable Gen 2 headers

Software Features

ASUS Exclusive Software

Armoury Crate

- AURA Sync

- Fan Xpert 4

AI Suite 3

-Performance And Power Saving Utility

TurboV EVO

EPU

DIGI+ VRM

ASUS CPU-Z

Norton Anti-virus software (Free Trial version)

WinRAR

UEFI BIOS

ASUS EZ DIY

- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3

- ASUS EZ Flash 3

- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode

BIOS

192 (128+64) Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI
BIOS

Manageability

WOL by PME, PXE

Accessories

Cables

2 x SATA 6Gb/s cables

Miscellaneous

1 x I/O Shield

2 x M.2 SSD screw packages

Installation Media

1 x Support DVD

Documentation

1 x User guide

Operating System

Windows® 11 64-bit, Windows® 10 64-bit

Form Factor

microATX
24.4cm x 24.4cm

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