ASUS ROG MAXIMUS Z690 EXTREME Motherboard Preview

Packaging & Accessories

The box is very nicely designed, with no photos on the front, but it is very stylish and details some of the main features like the LGA 1700 socket, and DDR5 support.

The back of the box is a little more detailed though, giving us some nice photos of the motherboard, as well as close-ups of the key features. Interestingly, it doesn’t tell us the VRM configuration, which would think is important on a flagship model like this. However, we can see it’ll take DDR5 6400+ (OC), Thunderbolt 4, the audio hardware, networking and M.2 Gen 4 support.

In the box, you’ll find a lot of bags, containing all the screws and cables you’ll need to take advantage of this board’s features.

There are quite a lot, but I do appreciate the inclusion of a GPU holder to prevent it from sagging.

There’s a lot of other premium goodies in the box too, such as that stunning DIMM.2 expansion card, which allows you to add a further two M.2 drives to the build. There’s a powerful hub controller for dealing with your fans and RGB connectors, which should keep things neat and tidy. Plus, a USB-C headphone adapter/amp, flash drive, and even a branded tool for the install process.

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Peter Donnell

As a child still in my 30's, I spend my day combining my love of music and movies with a life-long passion for gaming, from arcade classics and retro consoles to the latest high-end PC and console games. So it's no wonder I write about tech and test the latest hardware while I enjoy my hobbies!

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