Enthusiast card with DDR4: ASUS ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4 in review

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Anyone who explicitly decides not to use the new DDR5 main memory will have almost no choice, especially with high-end and high-end motherboards, since these cards almost necessarily require the DDR5 standard. The ASUS ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4 is an exception, our test shows whether the card is convincing in practice.

DDR5 RAM modules are not only fairly new to the market, but also quite expensive based on clock speed and storage capacity. In order to still be able to take advantage of Intel’s 12th generation of cores, many interested parties and DIY users continue to rely on the proven DDR4 main memory. The ASUS ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4 is not only compatible with DDR4 UDIMM modules, but also comes with a full range of equipment. But ASUS also offers the ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi for new DDR5 modules, although the price is around 35 euros higher. Now we will look at the details of the DDR4 model in detail.


The ASUS ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4 is particularly suitable for light builds. The ATX PCB itself is black, while the heatsinks are silver. There are also some white decorative elements. Overall, the contrast could hardly be greater. An area of ​​RGB LEDs with ASUS Strix lettering have been left on the I/O cover.

Technical characteristics

The ASUS ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4 has been equipped with the following technical specifications:

ASUS ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4 data at a glance
manufacturer and
ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming Wi-Fi D4
formatting the motherboard ATX
CPU socket LGA1700 (Intel Alder Lake-S)
electrical connections 1x 24-pin ATX
2x EPS12V 8 pin
Phases/MOSFETs 17 stages (16+1)
16x Vishay SiC659 (VCore, 80A)
1x Vishay SiC659 (GT, 80A)
Price from 354 euro
website ASUS ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming Wi-Fi D4
Southbridge/CPU Features
chipset, cooling Intel Z690 chipset, passive
memory banks and type 4x DDR4 (dual channel), 5333 MHz max.
memory expansion 128 GB maximum (with 32 GB UDIMMs)
SLI / CrossFire
Embedded features
PCI-Express 1x PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16) on CPU
1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4) via Intel Z690
1x PCIe 3.0 x1 (x1) through Intel Z690
storage interfaces 4x SATA 6GBit/s via Intel Z690
2x SATA 6GBit/s via ASMedia ASM1061
1x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 4.0 x4 on CPU
2x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 4.0 x4 via Intel Z690
1x M.2 M-Key with PCIe 4.0 x4/SATA 6GBit/s via Intel Z690
USB chipset: 2x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (1x external, 1x internal), 3x USB 3.2 Gen2 (3x external), 6x USB 3.2 Gen1 (4x external, 2x internal) 6x USB 2.0 (2x internal, 4x external)
graphical interfaces 1 HDMI 2.1 output
1 DisplayPort 1.4 output
Wi-Fi/Bluetooth Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax via Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201, dual band, 2.4 Gbps max., Bluetooth 5.2
local network

1 x Intel I225-V 2.5Gbps LAN

an audio codec
and connections
Realtek ALC4080 8-channel codec
Savitech SV3H712 AMPLIFIER
5x 3.5mm audio jacks
1x USB-C
LED lighting RGB LED: I/O cover
1x 4-pin RGB connector
3x 3-pin ARGB headers
FAN and WaKü headers 1x 4-pin CPU fan header
1x 4-pin CPU OPT header
1x 4 pin AIO pump connector
5 x 4-pin chassis fan connectors
Onboard convenience Status LED, Clear CMOS button (external), Flash BIOS button (external)
manufacturer’s warranty 3 years (only through resellers)

Accessories included

  • Motherboard Manual with Support DVD (Drivers and Software)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Security Information
  • Product Warranty Information Card
  • four SATA cables
  • various ROG stickers
  • 2T2R Wi-Fi antenna
  • two M.2-Q latches
  • two M.2 rubber spacers
  • ROG Strix keychain
  • seven cable ties

With the ROG Maximus Z690 Hero (Hardwareluxx test), ASUS did without the DVD and used a USB stick instead. However, that’s not the case with the ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFI D4. Apart from that, ASUS also provides a manual here as well as additional support in the form of a quick start guide and safety information. In terms of cables, the motherboard comes with four SATA cables and the 2T2R WLAN antenna.

But we also found seven cable ties, various M.2 accessories, ROG stickers, and an ROG Strix keychain in the box.

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