ASRock Z690M-ITX/ax

ASRock Z690M-ITX/axSPECIFICATIONS
CPULGA1700 socket: Supports 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
ChipsetIntel Z690
Memory– Dual Channel DDR4 Memory Technology
– 2 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
– Supports DDR4 non-ECC, un-buffered memory up to 5000+(OC)
– Supports ECC UDIMM memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
– Max. capacity of system memory: 64GB
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
Onboard Graphics Outputs1 x HDMI Port
1 x DisplayPort 1.4
– Dual graphics output: support HDMI and DisplayPort 1.4 ports by independent display controllers
– Supports HDMI 2.1 TMDS Compatible with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096×2160) @ 60Hz
– Supports DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC (compressed) max. resolution up to 8K (7680×4320) @ 60Hz / 5K (5120×3200) @ 120Hz
– Supports HDCP 2.3 with HDMI 2.1 TMDS Compatible and DisplayPort 1.4 Ports
PCI Slots1 x PCIe Gen5x16 Slot
StorageTotal supports 2 x M.2 slots and 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
– 1 x Hyper M.2 Socket (M2_1, Key M), supports type 2280 PCIe Gen4x4 (64 Gb/s) mode
– 1 x Hyper M.2 Socket (M2_2, Key M), supports type 2280 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s & PCIe Gen4x4 (64 Gb/s) modes
Networking1 x 2.5 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000/2500 Mb/s (Dragon RTL8125BG)
802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E Module
Bluetooth
AudioRealtek ALC897 Audio Codec
ConnectivityRear:
– 2 x Antenna Ports
– 1 x HDMI Port
– 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
– 4 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Ports (10 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C Port (20 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 2 x USB 2.0 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)
– 2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
– 1 x BIOS Flashback Button
– HD Audio Jacks: Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
Internal
– 1 x USB 2.0 Header (Supports 2 USB 2.0 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Header (Supports 2 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 1 x Front Panel Type C USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Header (Supports ESD Protection)
Internal Ports– 1 x RGB LED Header
– 1 x Addressable LED Header
– 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin)
– 1 x Chassis Fan Connector (4-pin)
– 1 x Chassis/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)
– 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
– 1 x 8 pin 12V Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector)
– 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector
Form FactorMini-ITX Form Factor: 6.7-in x 6.7-in, 17.0 cm x 17.0 cm

The Z690M-ITX/ax is cheapest Z690 Mini-ITX motherboard from ASRock. It features DDR4, 2x M.2 slots & PCIe 5.0 for graphics.


REVIEW

The ASRock Z690M-ITX/ax uses 8 50A Dr.MOS Power Phase, limiting CPU power delivery to 150W. This will limit the performance of Intel’s 12700 & 12900K in heavily multithreaded applications, so pairing these is not recommend. The 12600K, 12400 & 12100F pair perfectly with ASRock’s Z690M-ITX/ax.

The motherboard features 2x PCIe 4.0 M.2 expansion slots on front of the motherboard. The M.2 slots.

The ASRock Z690M-ITX uses low profile heatsinks for both M.2 and VRMs which provides the best CPU cooler compatibility of any Intel 12th Gen ITX motherboards. Unfortunately, this results in the ASRock Z690M-ITX having a weak VRM solution due to having a small single heatsink, which may impact overclocking and/or heat VRM dissipation.

Cooler compatibility, DDR4 and 2x M.2 slots are its strong points, with poor pricing and overclocking being questionable due to weak VRM solution and power delivery.

If your interested in 12th Gen Mini-ITX motherboards. Check out our review of Gigabyte’s B660I AORUS PRO DDR4.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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