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Craig W.

Craig W.

Joined on 10/24/03

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Most Favorable Review

Great MB to get back into the PC Build game

ASUS Prime Z690-P D4 LGA 1700 Intel 12th Gen ATX Motherboard- PCIe 5.0, DDR4, 14+1 Power Stages, 3x M.2, 2.5Gb LAN, V-M.2 e-key, Front Panel USB 3.2 Gen 1 USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 4 Support, Arua Sync
ASUS Prime Z690-P D4 LGA 1700 Intel 12th Gen ATX Motherboard- PCIe 5.0, DDR4, 14+1 Power Stages, 3x M.2, 2.5Gb LAN, V-M.2 e-key, Front Panel USB 3.2 Gen 1 USB Type-C, Thunderbolt 4 Support, Arua Sync

Pros: - Easy to install components - Great BIOS UI - It's a MB... not much else to really identify as a Pro since working as expected is pretty much the usual standard benchmark.

Cons: - Came with 2 SATA cords and an I/O backplate (m.2 screws too, but don't count those).. so make sure you either break out any extras you already have (screws to attach to the case, additional cords for HDDs/SSDs/Peripherals, etc.) or order them in conjunction with ordering this board - Did some updates after Win10 install using the MB software and my AIO water cooler RGB lights disabled. Still trying to troubleshoot the issue.. it's a new AIO that just came out from Coolermaster, so might not necessarily be board related. - Another problem I came across was selecting USB as a bootable device. Could not do this with provided ASUS BIOS settings, even swapping it to Legacy did not recognize the thumb drive I had for win10 install. Had to burn an ISO to disc and install older DVD peripheral to get Win installed. - AIO installed in the only orientation I could put it, blocks DIMM slot closest to CPU, so check your tolerances.

Overall Review: Overall I would recommend this board.. I think it's a great board and I'm happy with it. My cons could be chalked up as nit-picky, but hey... we're geeks and we want out shlit at near perfection :)

Great Cooling - But Large

Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU Cooler, 4 CDC Heatpipes, 120mm PWM Fan, Aluminum Fins for AMD Ryzen/Intel LGA1200/1151

Pros: Runs great; using with 1155 Socket i7-2600K CPU. Very quiet and temps are running fairly cool; doesn't sound like an airplane taking off with heavy CPU loads.

Cons: It's obvious that a decent CPU cooler is going to be large when your talking about Air cooled. But just a warning for those using Motherboards similar to mine; a GIGABYTE GA-Z68XP-UD3 Adding on the fan on the side of the DIMM slots to allow the air to be pushed, rather than the other side to pull, will cover up your last DIMM slot near the CPU. Running 12GB RAM instead of 16, as the fan itself would not attach properly to the heatsink without using the space where the last mem module goes.

Overall Review: Decent for an air cooling solution, just keep in mind that you may have to sacrifice a DIMM slot, depending on your MB.