12th generation and choice for the future, GIGABYTE Z690 GAMING X DDR5 – JC Hyun > Review

Currently, Intel’s main processors are 11th and 12th generation core processors. 11th generation core processors are limited to lower models, and 12th generation core processors are released in a wide lineup from the lower Pentium processors to the uppermost Core i9 processors. are selling In particular, in order to taste the proper performance with the P-core & E-core combination, which can be classified as high-end, you must purchase a Core i5 12600K or KF processor, so you need to purchase a high-end motherboard to use this processor.

In the case of the 12th generation core processor, and a little wider choice, you can select DDR4 or DDR5 memory that can be used in addition to the motherboard chipset. Unfortunately, in terms of price and performance, DDR4 memory-based motherboards are still being sold as mainstays, but it seems self-evident that they will gradually move to the next-generation memory, DDR5 memory.

■ System memory, DDR4-3200 VS DDR5-4800

▲ As of August 2022, there is a difference of about 40,000 won for the same 16GB capacity.

The difference between DDR5 and DDR4 memory is in data bandwidth and voltage. DDR5 memory operates at a low voltage and low clock, but has a wide data bandwidth. DDR4 memory operates at a high voltage and high clock, but the amount of data that can be transferred at one time is smaller than DDR5. In the current operating system and software environment, the bandwidth of DDR5 memory cannot be fully utilized, and the price to capacity ratio is also high. In fact, the attractiveness of DDR5 memory is relatively low.

Why is DDR5 performance so low here, next-generation memory? There will be a lot of people who are curious about this, but the most important point is that it is “low power”. It would be good to understand that it will perform similar to the current DDR4-3200 at a lower voltage. In the current state of the mainstream DDR5 memory.. However, with each generation, DDR5 memory that operates at a low voltage while maintaining a high clock speed will continue to be released, and Z690 motherboards will support it through a BIOS update.

Gigabyte Z690 GAMING X DDR5 – JC Hyun

▲ Brief specifications: Intel (Socket 1700) / Intel Z690 / ATX (30.5×24.4cm) / Power supply: 16+1+2 phases / Vcore output: Max. 960A (60A) / Memory DDR5 / 6000MHz (PC5-48000) / 4 pcs / Memory capacity: Up to 128GB / Optane / XMP3.0 / Expansion slot VGA connection: PCIe5.0 x16 / PCIe version: PCIe5.0, PCIe4.0, PCIe3.0, PCIe / PCIex16: 3ea / CrossFire / Storage Device SATA3: 6 / M.2: 4 / SATA / PCIe / NVMe / PCIe4.0 / Rear HDMI / DP / USB 3.2 / USB 3.1 / USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 / RJ-45 / S/PDIF / Audio Jack / Realtek Series / Up to 2.5 Gigabit / RJ-45: 1 x / Realtek Series / Internal I/O RGB Header (4-pin): 2 x / ARGB Header (3-pin): 2 x / System Fan Header (4-pin) : 3 / USB2.0 Header: 2 / USB3.0 Header: 1 / USB3.1 Type C Header: 1 / Features UEFI / Dr.MOS / LED Light / LED Header / M.2 Heatsink / TPM header

The biggest change from the 11th generation core processor to the 12th generation core processor is the appearance, and the number of pins of the processor has increased, changing from a square shape to a rectangular shape. The mounting method of the processor is the same as the method using the ledge. According to various data leaked from Intel, the current 12th generation core processor and the next generation core processor are expected to come out with the same appearance (pin number).

This motherboard supports DDR5-4800 memory by default, and you can use gaming DDR5 memory with XMP 3.0 applied. In addition, the part that can be expanded up to 128GB in a dual-channel configuration is the same as the motherboard that supports DDR4 memory.

A total of 4 RGB LED headers are provided for mounting ARGB peripherals (for example, AIO coolers). It can be controlled through the Gigabyte RGB Fusion 2.0 app. Of course, this is also possible through the BIOS option menu for the motherboard.

Realtek products are used for both the sound codec and LAN controller, and ALC1220-VB is used for the sound codec, and it can be seen that it is a Gigabyte high-end motherboard by applying a WMA audio capacitor. RTL8125BG was applied.

The connection between the power and the main board consists of a standard 24-pin connector and a 12V 8-pin, 4-pin combination. By adopting Gigabyte’s solid-pin connector, electrical conduction is improved and heat is reduced.

A total of 5 M.2 2280 SSDs can be installed

SSD of M.2 2280 standard provides small size, fast speed, and easy installation, but it is difficult to use it stably unless it solves heat and the like. GIGABYTE applied a “metallic passive cooling” design that allows full-coverage of the M.2 2280 SSD, in addition to a separate M.2 2280 heatsink connected to the processor’s PCIe lane, for a total of three M.2 The 2280 SSD handles heat with one large heatsink.

A total of four M.2 2280 slots all support full-speed NMVe PCIe 4.0 x4 speeds, allowing you to use the fastest M.2 SSDs.

The slot for installing the graphics card uses a PCIe 4.0 16x slot, a gigabyte ultra durable steel slot, and the power supply is based on DR.MOS pet.

The IO shield configuration of this motherboard is a legacy-free design, and the PS2 port has been completely deleted. A total of 10 USB ports are provided for connecting a wide range of USB peripherals, and one USB 3.2 Type-C port is provided. In addition, it provides one DisplayPort and one HDMI port for connecting an LCD monitor using Intel’s UHD graphics, so you can use these two ports to build a multi-monitor environment.


▲ The BIOS of this motherboard supports the same advanced mode and easy mode as the existing gigabyte motherboard BIOS configuration, allowing you to select options using the existing text method and mouse click method. The most recent BIOS in August 2022 is the F20a version and supports up to Intel’s next-generation core processors.

▲ You can register and use your frequently used menus through the Favorites menu. The image above is an option that is basically registered in the Favorites menu.

▲ As with the Z690 chipset mainboard, it is possible to manually adjust the voltage and clock of the memory and processor, helping overclocking, and basically supports TPM 2.0, which allows you to install Microsoft’s Windows 11. Of course, it is “activated” by default, and you can install operating systems such as Windows 10 Pro and Windows 11 with one click without any problems.

Why should you buy a Z690 chipset motherboard?

It’s not a big deal for hardcore users who always use Intel’s high-end processors. Because they always used Z chipset motherboards. However, those who are thinking about the Z690 chipset motherboard are those who buy the Core i9 or Core i7 processor as the processor they want to purchase from the B660 chipset motherboard. The “overclocking” that Intel always talked about when purchasing the 12th generation core processor and Z690 chipset motherboard actually decreased significantly as the current architecture made overclocking more difficult. Nevertheless, the biggest reason to purchase a Z690 chipset motherboard is that the “power part”, the most important key component that raises the cost of the motherboard, is excellent.

In the case of the 12th generation core processor, if the power limit part is in full swing and the power supply part of the main board cannot be made multiple, the temperature of the power supply part and the performance of the processor cannot be extracted 100%. This motherboard is also made with 16 + 1 + 2 digital VRM structure, which is the direct VRM structure that Gigabyte is proud of. Overall, it has a structure of 19 phases and is designed as a power supply unit corresponding to the previous top-end motherboard. Gigabyte’s direct VRM structure or design was first applied to the AMD Ryzen processor motherboard, but this 12th generation Intel Core processor has matured perfectly.

Lastly, the advantages of configuring this Z690 chipset and furthermore, a DDR5 memory system can be seen through Gigabyte’s product homepage.

▲ From the F20a BIOS of this motherboard, support for the next-generation 13th generation core processor released in the future has been implicitly formalized.


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