Skip to main content

Asus ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WIFI D4 Review: ROG’s Silver Bullet?

ROG Strix-caliber hardware, unique for ROG appearance and four M.2 sockets for about $320

Asus ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WIFI D4
(Image: © Asus)

Firmware

Asus’ ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WIFI D4 BIOS sports a familiar black-and-red theme. The BIOS is loaded with options and menus, and the most frequently accessed items are easily accessible and not buried several layers down. There’s also an Easy Mode that’s more of a dashboard with limited functionality. We're fans of the Asus BIOS and its logical layout. It has everything you need and then some to tweak your motherboard and component settings. And if you want to know how to access your BIOS (from any system), we can help!

Software

Asus has applications designed to control the motherboard's various functions, ranging from RGB lighting control to audio, system monitoring, overclocking, etc. Instead of plodding through each application as if it changes for each review, we’ll capture several screenshots of a few major utilities. In this case, here’s a look at Ai Suite 3, Armoury Crate, Sonic Studio III Suite and the Realtek Audio application.

Test System / Comparison Products

We’ve updated our test system to Windows 11 64-bit OS with all updates applied. We kept the same (opens in new tab)Asus TUF RTX 3070 (opens in new tab) 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

CPUIntel Core i9-12900K
MemoryGSkill Trident Z DDR5-5600 CL36 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK)
ADATA XPG Lancer DDR5-6000 CL40 (AX5U6000C4016G-DCLARBK)
GSkill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 (F4-3600C16Q-32GTZN)
GSkill Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 (F4-4000C18Q-32GTRS)
GPPUAsus 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)

(Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

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 launch day testing.

Benchmark Settings

Synthetic Benchmarks and Settings
ProcyonVersion 2.0.249 64
Office Suite, Video Editing (Premiere Pro), Photo Editing (Photoshop, Lightroom Classic)
3DMarkVersion 2.20.7290 64
Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Presets
Cinebench R23Version RBBENCHMARK330542
Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded
BlenderVersion 3.0.1
Full benchmark (all 3 tests)
Application Tests and Settings
LAME MP3Version SSE2_2019
Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 1.2.2
Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX)
Corona 1.4Version 1.4
Custom benchmark
7-ZipVersion 21.03-beta
Integrated benchmark (Command Line)
Game Tests and Settings
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

MORE: Best Motherboards

MORE: How To Choose A Motherboard

MORE: All Motherboard Content

Joe Shields
Joe Shields

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

  • -Fran-
    It's a beautiful board, for sure. I like white accents on boards, more than other colours... I don't know why.

    Other than that, bog standard board? Slightly higher priced than the competition, but I guess they can justify it with their software.

    Regards.
    Reply
  • Tom Sunday
    I most definetly appreciate any deep dive report from Joe Shields. Always something to learn and takeaway! Indeed I am still in the market for a Z690 MB. Naturally DDR5 being a mandatory must have and not outgoing DDR4. Preferably having in mind grabbing a high-end premium board once priced at around $800 plus for close to half that price this time of the season. The 'EVGA Classified' with a 10-layer PCB is on the list of candidates. On the flipside though I wonder why would anyone buy a Strix Z690-A Gaming D4 this late in the present generation, when a bevy of new 700 series MB’s are about to break into the market? Better tech and future proofing naturally spring too mind! Besides a cool $320 for the Strix D4 and by clearly being on the ‘lower-rung’ of the ROG-brands remains a big question mark or hard reach for me. If all fails however the Strix D4 may be had for a hefty 40% discount by November?
    Reply