An inexpensive entry into Alder Lake, with full (stock) performance.
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.
The overclocking-focused EVGA X570 Dark includes two M.2 sockets, eight SATA ports, a USB 3.2 Gen2x2 port, Wi-Fi 6 and 2.5 GbE.
A good starter board for creators, that also works well for more general users who can make use of Thunderbolt 4 and fast Ethernet.
Gigabyte’s X570S Aero focuses on creators, with ample M.2 storage, plenty of USB ports, 2.5 GbE, and capable power delivery for an upper-midrange price of $349.99.