Designed for the budget-conscious enthusiast, the Z690 Edge includes capable power delivery, premium audio solution, four M.2 sockets, Intel-based 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi 6 for $299.99.
Reasonable features for the price ($159), but this board struggles with heavily multi-threaded loads
ASRock’s Z690 PG Velocita offers PCIe 5.0 x2 M.2, Killer Networking, capable power delivery and more for $469.99.
MSI’s Z690 Tomahawk brings a stealthy black appearance, four M.2 ports and other updates to Alder Lake for $309.99.
At $289.99, the Asus Z690-Plus WIFI D4 is a well-rounded board that will let you jump into Alder Lake for a lot less money by using DDR4.
The Biostar Z690 Valkyrie has four M.2 sockets and eight SATA ports, 105A VRMs, a last-gen premium audio codec and 2.5 GbE. At $599.99, it’s capable but overpriced.
ASRock’s Z690 Taichi offers familiar cog styling, three M.2 ports, robust power delivery and Thunderbolt 4 capability for $589.99.
MSI’s Unify brings stealthy black appearance, five M.2 ports and other updated hardware to Alder Lake for $489.99.