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All Z690 DDR4 Motherboards Listed Here

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Intel’s latest 12th gen Alder Lake processors and 600 series chipset are now released and available. So far, based on the reviews we have seen/read, it has been looking good for Intel. Now, we are currently on a transition phase, from DDR4 to DDR5 memory. So there are two types of Z690 motherboards in the market, Z690 with DDR4 memory and Z690 motherboards with DDR5 memory. There’s no DDR4 “and” DDR5 on a Z690 motherboard, unlike (way) before when we transitioned from DDR3 to DDR4. It’s not backward compatible as well. Here, we list the (initial) Z690 motherboards with DDR4 memory in the market. So, if you are looking for a Z690 motherboard with DDR4 memory, check out what’s available below.

Z690 Motherboards with DDR4 List

List of Z690 Motherboards with DDR4 Memory Support

Some of you might not be ready to jump on the DDR5 memory bandwagon yet. Perhaps you are waiting for the DDR5’s price to go down and its supply and options to go up. Or maybe you find that Z690 motherboards with DDR5 memory are more expensive than Z690 DDR4 motherboards. Whatever the reason is, you have come to the right place if you are looking for a Z690 with DDR4 memory support.

There’s just one thing that you need to remember. DDR4 and DDR5 memory are NOT interchangeable and are not backward compatible. You cannot install a DDR5 memory on a DDR4 memory slot and vice versa. If you want to upgrade to DDR5 memory, you’ll have to change and upgrade the motherboard as well.

DDR5 vs DDR4 Z690 – What’s the Difference?

I will not be explaining the schematics and engineering behind the DDR5 memory in this article. We have published an article before explaining the difference and advantages of the DDR5 memory here.

But in a gist, DDR5 memory was significantly faster than DDR4 memory. DDR5 memory starts at 4800MHz speed and can reach up to 6600MHz. Right now, DDR5-4800MHz and DDR5-5200MHz are the “available” ones in the market.

Don’t be surprised if the CAS latency is also very high on DDR5 memory. Faster memory clock speed will result in higher latency. But, the engineering behind the DDR5 memory and how it works is different compared to DDR4. So, even though DDR5 memory has higher CAS latency, they are still generally faster than DDR4 memory.

Z690 DDR4 vs Z690 DDR5 – Which is the better deal?

Right of the bat, DDR4 memory kits are (obviously) the better deal right now. They are widely available, and since the market is quite saturated, the prices of these DDR4 memory kits are competitive. I think DDR4-3600MHz with a low CAS latency is (still) the sweet spot.

However, DDR5 memory can give a performance boost to some applications; usually, memory-intensive productivity workloads, where memory speed can directly affect the performance or output. When it comes to gaming, it is a different story. The DDR5 memory offers little to negligible difference, depending on the game. But the price difference between the DDR5 and DDR4 is substantial. Not to mention the motherboards with DDR5 are also more expensive.

So, value-wise, DDR4 memory and Z690 motherboards with DDR4 support are the cheaper options if you want to upgrade or build a new system powered by Intel’s Alder Lake processor.

Without further delay, let’s check out the Z690 DDR4 motherboards from the different motherboard manufacturers below.

Asus Z690 DDR4 Motherboards

Asus has released several Z690 motherboards with DDR4 memory support. However, most of these motherboards belong to its Prime series. There are a few higher-end, but the best they can do is the Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A. If you are looking for a Maximus motherboard with DDR4 memory support, unfortunately, there is none. Most of Asus’ mid to higher-end motherboards only have DDR5 memory.

One thing to note is that Asus uses “D4” on the motherboard’s name to indicate that it supports DDR4 memory. Below are currently the Z690 DDR4 motherboards that they offer.

 ModelForm FactorAvailability
PRIME Z690M-PLUS D4Asus PRIME Z690M-PLUS D4mATXNewegg.com
Amazon.com
PRIME Z690M-PLUS D4-CSMAsus PRIME Z690M-PLUS D4-CSMmATX
PRIME Z690-P D4Asus PRIME Z690-P D4ATXNewegg.com
PRIME Z690-P D4-CSMAsus PRIME Z690-P D4-CSMATX
PRIME Z690-P WIFI D4Asus PRIME Z690-P WIFI D4ATX
PRIME Z690-P WIFI D4-CSMAsus PRIME Z690-P WIFI D4-CSMATX
Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4ATXAmazon.com
TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS D4Asus TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS D4ATX
TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4Asus TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4ATXNewegg.com
Amazon.com

ASRock Z690 DDR4 Motherboards

ASRock is perhaps the only motherboard manufacturer where its Z690 motherboard lineup is composed majority of Z690 with DDR4 memory support. Just a precaution, be careful with ASRock Z690 motherboards. ASRock didn’t make it clear to the consumers whether the motherboard has DDR4 or DDR5 memory support.

There is no D4 or DDR4 word on the motherboard’s name. And you might think that since it’s an “Extreme” model, Gaming, or Pro, it’s probably a Z690 with DDR5. Unfortunately not. You’ll have to carefully check the specs to decipher whether it’s a Z690 DDR4 or DDR5. Below are ASRock Z690 motherboards with DDR4 support.

 ModelForm FactorAvailability
asrock Z690 ExtremeASRock Z690 ExtremeATXNewegg.com
asrock Z690 Extreme WiFi 6EASRock Z690 Extreme WiFi 6EATXNewegg.com
asrock Z690 PG RiptideASRock Z690 PG RiptideATX
asrock Z690 Phantom Gaming 4ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming 4ATXNewegg.com
asrock Z690 Pro RSASRock Z690 Pro RSATXNewegg.com
asrock Z690 Steel LegendASRock Z690 Steel LegendATXNewegg.com
asrock Z690 Steel Legend WiFi 6EASRock Z690 Steel Legend WiFi 6EATXNewegg.com
ASRock Z690M Phantom Gaming 4ASRock Z690M Phantom Gaming 4mATX
asrock Z690M-ITX-axASRock Z690M-ITX axmITX

MSI Z690 DDR4 Motherboards

While most ASRock Z690 motherboards have DDR4 support, MSI seems to be going in the opposite direction. MSI is perhaps the only major motherboard manufacturer with only a few Z690 motherboards with DDR4 memory support.

Currently, MSI only announced/released only four motherboards. Luckily, MSI labels their Z690 motherboard accordingly. They put “DDR4” at the end of the motherboard’s name to indicate that it supports DDR4 memory only. Below is the list of MSI’s Z690 motherboards with DDR4 memory support.

 ModelForm FactorAvailability
msi MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4MSI MAG Z690 TOMAHAWK WIFI DDR4ATXNewegg.com
msi MPG Z690 EDGE WIFI DDR4MSI MPG Z690 EDGE WIFI DDR4ATXNewegg.com
msi PRO Z690-A DDR4MSI PRO Z690-A DDR4ATXNewegg.com
msi PRO Z690-A WIFI DDR4MSI PRO Z690-A WIFI DDR4ATXNewegg.com

Gigabyte Z690 DDR4 Motherboards

Last but not least is Gigabyte and its Aorus lineup. Similar to Asus, Gigabyte released several Z690 motherboards with DDR4 memory support. They have several full ATX, a couple of micro-ATX, and a mini-ITX motherboard with DDR4. Gigabyte also labeled its motherboard accordingly, with the word “DDR4” at the end of the motherboard’s name.

Note, some of their motherboards have a DDR4 version and a DDR5 version. For example, the Gigabyte Z690I AORUS ULTRA DDR4 has a DDR5 variant called the Z690I Aorus Ultra, without DDR4 at the end. So you might want to make sure if the motherboard has DDR4 or DDR5 support if ever you plan on getting a Gigabyte motherboard.

Below are Gigabyte’s Z690 motherboards with DDR4 memory support.

 ModelForm Factor Availability
gigabyte Z690 AERO G DDR4Gigabyte Z690 AERO G DDR4ATXNewegg.com
gigabyte Z690 AORUS ELITE AX DDR4Gigabyte Z690 AORUS ELITE AX DDR4ATXNewegg.com
Amazon.com
gigabyte Z690 AORUS ELITE DDR4Gigabyte Z690 AORUS ELITE DDR4ATXAmazon.com
gigabyte Z690 AORUS PRO DDR4Gigabyte Z690 AORUS PRO DDR4ATX
gigabyte Z690 GAMING X DDR4Gigabyte Z690 GAMING X DDR4ATXNewegg.com
Amazon.com
gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4Gigabyte Z690 UD AX DDR4ATXNewegg.com
gigabyte Z690 UD DDR4Gigabyte Z690 UD DDR4ATXNewegg.com
Amazon.com
gigabyte Z690I AORUS ULTRA DDR4Gigabyte Z690I AORUS ULTRA DDR4mITXNewegg.com
gigabyte Z690M AORUS ELITE AX DDR4Gigabyte Z690M AORUS ELITE AX DDR4mATX
gigabyte Z690M AORUS ELITE DDR4Gigabyte Z690M AORUS ELITE DDR4mATX

And there you have it! These are currently the Z690 motherboards that use DDR4 memory. Remember, you can’t install a DDR5 memory on these motherboards. It’s not physically possible since the location of the notch is different.

What motherboard are you planning to get? Or are you going straight to DDR5 instead? Also, if you find this article helpful, please consider sharing it with your friends.

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