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

For a few generations, the mid-range ROG Strix ZXXX-A Gaming boards have been hitting the market with a black-and-silver theme that is vastly different from Asus’s black-and-red ROG-themed boards. The Asus ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi D4 continues that tradition and offers high-quality hardware on top of that. At a current price of around $320, it is the cheapest entry point to Asus’ premium ROG line. The motherboard comes with four M.2 sockets, high-quality audio bits, fast networking and Wi-Fi, capable power and is ready for any Alder Lake processor.

With the latest BIOS (1601), our Z690-A Gaming WIFI D4 performed very well in our test suite. Procyon Office’s test results are some of the fastest we’ve seen, and the board was above average for most others. The gaming performance was also spot on compared to the other Z690 and B660 based motherboards. The Strix also overclocked our Intel Core i9-12900K without any problems. Overall, this is a well-performing motherboard in a wide range of benchmarks, and it doesn’t consume much power in the process.

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