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ASRock Z690 Extreme WiFi 6E Review: Best Z690 Under $200?

ASRock’s Z690 Extreme WiFi 6E might imply it’s a high-end motherboard, but the price (currently $196.99) is a far cry. A step above the PG Velocita and below the premium Taichi, the Extreme has almost everything most users want. This includes 3 M.2 sockets, 8 SATA ports, 2 2.5 GbE ports, integrated Wi-Fi 6E, excellent power delivery, and an all-black display with bright RGB that you can proudly show off in your chassis. Appearance included.

The Z690 Extreme’s performance during testing depended on the benchmark. In general, single-threaded or light-threaded benchmarks performed well, but highly multi-threaded benchmarks tended to yield below average results. For example, it was great with Procyon Office, but slow with 7Zip, Handbrake, and Cinebench. Other than that, other tests, including gaming and power consumption, were average. To get the most out of this board in multi-threaded tests, a simple BIOS tweak is required. Otherwise this is a performance board. There are only 5 type A ports on the rear IO (there are multiple headers for front panel ports), so you should make sure it’s enough for your needs.

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