ASRock Z690 Extreme WiFi 6E Review: Best Z690 Under $200?

A great, well-equipped option for around $200.

ASRock Z690 Extreme WiFi 6E
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ASRock’s BIOS on the Z690 Extreme follows a similar theme to the Z690 Aqua, Taichi, and PG Veloctia we looked at previously. The Extreme uses the familiar black, white and light blue highlights, which present good contrast and are easy to read.

An EZ Mode displays high-level information, including CPU clock speeds and temperatures, fan speeds, storage information, etc. Advanced Mode has several headers across the top that drop down additional options. The BIOS is easy to maneuver in and laid out logically. You may have to do a bit of digging for some options for overclocking, but overall, it’s a user-friendly BIOS with more options than most will ever use.


Unlike some board partners, ASRock doesn’t combine most of its utilities under a larger application. Instead, they are all standalone programs, which can lead to clutter, but they do cover a wide gamut of functionality. From overclocking and monitoring (A-Tune) to audio (Nahimic), networking (Killer Dashboard) and RGB lighting (Polychrome), all of the applications we used for this board worked without issue.

Test System / Comparison Products

We’ve updated our test system to Windows 11 64-bit OS with all updates applied. We kept the same Asus TUF RTX 3070 video card from our previous testing platforms but updated the driver to version 496.13. Additionally, our game selection has been updated, as noted in the table below. We use the latest non-beta motherboard BIOS available to the public unless otherwise noted. The hardware we used is as follows:

Test System Components

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CPUIntel Core i9-12900K
MemoryGSkill Trident Z DDR5-5600 CL36 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK)
Row 2 - Cell 0 ADATA XPG Lancer DDR5-6000 CL40 (AX5U6000C4016G-DCLARBK)
Row 3 - Cell 0 GSkill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 (F4-3600C16Q-32GTZN)
Row 4 - Cell 0 GSkill Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 (F4-4000C18Q-32GTRS)
GPUAsus TUF RTX 3070
CoolingCoolermaster MasterLiquid PL360 Flux
PSUEVGA Supernova 850W P6
SoftwareWindows 11 64-bit (21H2, Build 22000.282)
Graphics DriverNVIDIA Driver 496.13
SoundIntegrated HD audio
NetworkIntegrated Networking (GbE or 2.5 GbE)

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EVGA supplied our Supernova 850W P6 power supply (appropriately sized and more efficient than the outgoing 1.2KW monster we used) for our test systems, and G.Skill sent us a DDR5-5600 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK) memory kit for testing.

Benchmark Settings

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Synthetic Benchmarks and SettingsRow 0 - Cell 1
ProcyonVersion 2.0.249 64
Row 2 - Cell 0 Office Suite, Video Editing (Premiere Pro), Photo Editing (Photoshop, Lightroom Classic)
3DMarkVersion 2.20.7290 64
Row 4 - Cell 0 Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Presets
Cinebench R23Version RBBENCHMARK330542
Row 6 - Cell 0 Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded
BlenderVersion 3.0.1
Row 8 - Cell 0 Full benchmark (all 3 tests)
Application Tests and SettingsRow 9 - Cell 1
LAME MP3Version SSE2_2019
Row 11 - Cell 0 Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 1.2.2
Row 13 - Cell 0 Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX)
Corona 1.4Version 1.4
Row 15 - Cell 0 Custom benchmark
7-ZipVersion 21.03-beta
Row 17 - Cell 0 Integrated benchmark (Command Line)
Game Tests and SettingsRow 18 - Cell 1
Far Cry 6Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HD Textures ON
F1 2021Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HBAO+, RT Med, TAA + 16xAF, Bahrain, FPS Counter ON

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Joe Shields
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Joe Shields is a Freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US. He reviews motherboards.

  • enorl76
    Board looks like a great value.

    Although I question... why is anybody in the world in 2022 still putting PS/2 ports on mobo's???

    I got rid of last PS/2 keyboard about a decade ago.
  • closs.sebastien
    yes, they could remove the ps2... I don't even know any device that exist these days..
    how do you explain the slow performances?
  • shady28
    Tom Sunday said:
    I have never been a great fan of ASRock, but the ‘Z690 Extreme’ appears to be a good deal on the surface. With the new 700 MB series arriving in a few months time, I wonder what the prices for the ASRock Extreme will be then at the local Computer Show with no sales tax, cash in hand and dropped across the folding table. $110? I am sure that the ‘Bangladesh Boys’ will have a slew of them and perhaps bundling those with outgoing and discounted DDR4 and a Core i5-12400F of which many are already seen at the show at give-away prices! Perfect for the man on the street seeking a quick-fix and with all the bells and whistles. Indeed the times are right for big discounts and even for me with already eyeing previously used 30-gen GPU’s having flooded by now the tables here!

    As far as deals, you can get an EVGA Classified Z690 for $299 from EVGA now if you can fit a EATX. That's like $330 off a normally $629 board.

    A little more than $110, but just put that in your sig and you'll get oohs and aahhs.
  • ocer9999
    Indeed, the Z690 Extreme is a great deal under 200$, all around motherboard with solid VRMs as well Wifi 6E, you can't really beat it. Always had good luck with their boards, if I was on the market for a new motherboard, this would definitely be one on my list.