A well-rounded overclocking-focused flagship board for under $700
Z690 Taichi Razer Edition sports all of the Taichi's features and specs with more RGBs and Razer Chroma integration for $620.
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
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.
MSI’s B550I Gaming Edge Wi-Fi includes all the expected bells and whistles of the B550 chipset in a Mini-ITX size package, sans RGB.
The $1100 ASRock Z490 Aqua performed well during testing with the monoblock, keeping the VRMs exceptionally cool, even when overclocked. But is it worth the insane price of admission?
The Z490GTA EVO performs fine at stock speeds, with features comparable to other boards around this price. If you are looking to overclock, however, look elsewhere for now.