ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4 Review: Affordable Alder Lake entry with DDR4 – XDA Developers
The ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WIFI D4 is one of the boards you’ll come across while searching for a DDR4-compatible Z690 motherboard. Having used this particular mainboard for a few weeks and putting it through its paces, I think it’s safe to say that this is one of the best motherboards out there for affordable Alder Lake builds with DDR4 support. For $290, you get PCI Express 5.0 support, four M.2 sockets, four SATA ports, 2.5GbE and integrated WiFi 6E, reliable power delivery, and more. The TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4 offers a lot of value for the money.
Buying a DDR4-compatible motherboard for the new Alder Lake CPU is your best bet to save some money on a new PC build. Being able to use a DDR4 RAM kit means you can bring the old DDR4 RAM sticks from your previous builds. And as we mentioned in our DDR4 vs DDR5 RAM comparison, the difference in performance is not significant enough to warrant an immediate upgrade to the new memory standard.
Sure, you can also buy relatively cheaper B660 motherboards if you really want to save money on your new PC build, but you’ll be missing out on a lot of features including proper overclocking support, PCIe, M.2 slots, and more. Also, the TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4 motherboard will also be able to handle high-performance CPUs for high-end builds, which is something a lot of B660 motherboards may struggle with. There’s also not a lot to complain about the ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4 motherboard, especially given its performance in this price range. However, I think ASUS could’ve added a couple of more USB Type-A ports and even SATA ports.
I’ve discussed the overall performance and the feature-set of this particular motherboard in the review write-up below, so be sure to check it out. But if you want the short version of it, then I’d say it’s a great option for most users who are looking to build a new and affordable Alder Lake PC
The ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4 is one of the best Z690 motherboards out there with support for DDR4 memory modules and PCIe 5.0.
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ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4 Review: Pricing & Availability
- The ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4 is now available to buy for $290.
The ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4 is one of the first sets of other Z690 motherboards that went live as soon as the new Alder Lake chips first arrived on the market last year. You can buy this one right now for $290 from major online and offline retailers. It’s not the most affordable mainboard on the market right now, but its price tag is rather palatable despite being a Z690 chipset board. In India, this particular motherboard is available for ₹23,900 on Amazon India at the time of writing this article.
ASUS TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4 Review: Specifications
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