We decided to test whether the cheapest motherboard so far for the LGA1700 bracket does the job. The results are waiting for you inside
Intel's 12th generation processors called Alder Lake were recently launched and with them a new processor cradle was launched for motherboards for desktops. The LGA1700 bracket (named after its 1700 touch points) is the one designed for them 12th generation processors Of Intel and today Comes with the most advanced chipset for this chassis - Z690.
If there are any extensions Z690 Known in it among the hardware community now is mostly tough prices. With new technologies and a new bracket in such an era, not many are surprised that the cheapest motherboard cost for a LGA1700 bracket currently costs close to a thousand shekels. This, at least until cheaper motherboards are launched based on chipsets with more or less slow technologies than those available in quantity. According to rumors, this is likely to be the case B660 Which will be launched in the near future.
Because of this, the question arises - what do the cheapest Z690 boards have to offer today? Is a price of close to a thousand shekels sufficient Motherboard With the right amount of connections? And what about Overclocking And cooling?
We're here to answer the question, when we asked the hardware manufacturer for its cheapest motherboard as of this writing for the LGA1700 chassis.
This motherboard comes to serve users for whom building a computer for the 12th generation of processors Intel Is a move that needs to be made economically efficient. The GIGABYTE UD series is always the tail of the advanced chipsets in each bracket. Specifically, this motherboard comes in several versions when there are some with support forDDR4 As system memory, inDDR5 And versions with and without WiFi card.
The version we reviewed in this review is the cheapest of all the Z690 UD versions, it has support forDDR4 And without wireless communication.
In the package, apart from the motherboard, we find two SATA cables for connecting hard drives, and three screws for docking M.2 drives. The motherboard operating manual is suitable for all Z690 UD models and as you can see on the cover - there are many of them. The booklet also came with a strange element in the envelope. This is a thin, round plastic with a hole in the middle, a logo of GIGABYTE And a mirror on his other side. In a serious tone, we think that by the end of 2021 all Motherboard Drivers should be mounted on a drive USB.
The Z690 UD DDR4 that is Motherboard In standard ATX standard. This means that it will fit the vast majority of computer cases today. The theme is quite neutral and consists mainly of a combination of black and gray. Motherboard It includes 5 programmatically controlled fan connectors, 6 SATA ports to the middle storage And support for all standardsUSB Popular today for face and pressurized case.
If there is one notable feature in the Z690 board interfaces it is that we are used to seeing a large amount of M.2 for drives SSD. The range on ATX boards with this chipset ranges from 3 to 5 interfaces. Due to being the cheapest motherboard in the bunch, it gets three "only" interfaces. The top gets a body Cooling For use on the various drives, with the two underneath exposed. If the user wants to add a body Cooling, Will have to purchase it separately.
The expansion card interfaces usePCI-Express 5.0 X16 for the top (in white), and standard of PCI-Express 3.0 to all of these in black. The lower interface provides communication of X4 and the three above it with a width of X1 only. It's clear to us that this motherboard was not created to be a monster of card connections. Admittedly, this is an array that is above and beyond the simple user, with communication cards that do not need more than X1 in standard 3.0 get a healthy display here.
Aside from connecting to the fan at the bottom, there are also connectors for the front case outlets. The two buttons found here serve to restart and burn a drive bios USB Even when there is no processor in the holder (Q Flash Plus). Also, there are connections for LEDs RGB Are controlled.
The heat sink for the chipset is usually something that does not bother us too much. The Z690 is a chipset with a heat envelope of only 6W. Still, we are not at all impressed with the heatsink that GIGABYTE uses here. We believe that no matter how advanced the motherboard of that chipset is, it should Cooling Worth in any situation because it is not an element of overclocking or luxury. This quirky sandwich design does not do too much other than capture heat between the two layers of aluminum. GIGABYTE, Please for the future, one piece of cast aluminum with proper surface area and that's all.
In the rear interfaces segment, GIGABYTE Gets mostly positive points here. With 9 USB Type-A ports that combine Standard 2.0 and Standard 3 at 5Gbps (blue) and 10Gbps (red) speeds, there is nothing to complain about here. The Type-C port comes at a pampering speed of 20Gbps that will fit the device storage Extremely fast exteriors.
The DisplayPort and HDMI ports are suitable for display using the built-in graphics processor of processors Intel. The integrated PS2 port on the left side is for old equipment or certain lab tests and is irrelevant for the vast majority of users. The network input comes at a speed of 2.5Gbps from a Realtek controller. The analog audio outputs are connected to a Realtek built-in sound card, nothing special.
We move to the most expensive area in this motherboard, the CPU power supply system. The GIGABYTE UD series has been recorded for the gym since the Z590 generation and has undergone a rather dramatic change in hardware fleshiness. We will first address the large heat sinks. Two sockets are mounted on the voltage stabilization system for the CPU socket Cooling Large ones are made of cast aluminum. To them, a very respectable surface area and weight that will not embarrass anyone Motherboard advanced.
For Motherboard Which costs a little over 900 shekels, we have not seen it yet. Processor power supply system inZ690 UD is completely disturbed in terms of current and thermal. The entire system consists of 19 stages of voltage stabilization for the processor on a voltage controller of Renesas model RAA229131. This is the most advanced voltage controller that exists in standard motherboards today. The voltage stages themselves have a maximum current of 60A each. 16 of the 19 are for the main CPU cores. Electrical stabilization system that when only in the previous generation existed in motherboards of NIS 1,500 or more.
This means that the voltage controller will often have to turn off stages just to maintain reasonable thermal efficiency, even with effort. With a load of about 200 A from the processor socket, which is reached with maximum effort Core i9 12900K When all voltage regulators for cores are on, a heat emission of about 20 W is expected A relatively low amount on such a large surface area poses no threat at all. With minimal airflow, this system should be able to work without a body Cooling rule.
Already at the starting point, the Z690 UD DDR4 is suitable for overclocking with air cooling and water as you wish with the 12th generation processors of Intel. Big and green V on the power stabilization department here.
As mentioned, this is a motherboard that supports DDR4 memory. It is a relevant, accessible memory that meets the speed requirements of 12th generation processors Intel. Memory DDR4 Is not willing to raise a white flag so easily and is therefore considered a relevant option for new Alder Lake users. GIGABYTE indicates support for speeds DDR4 Of up to 5333. From our tests, kits זיכרון Of 3733 and 4133 worked without any problem at all.
DDR4 is possible on this motherboard up to a total volume of 128GB in an arrangement of 32GB double the four interfaces.
Although there is a new dock for cooling Processors, LGA1700 bracket is expected to continue to gain momentum. Pictured - Noctua's new docking system for LGA1700. Docking of Cooling Advanced will allow Overclocking No problems with theZ690 UD on versatility.
The BIOS of GIGABYTE Starts with a fairly friendly opening screen. Here you can set an XMP profile for the kits זיכרון, See the volume, the connected fans and a variety of temperature and frequency monitoring data. For the most part, users have nothing to look for beyond the general home screen of theBIOS this.
In advanced options it is possible to overclock and adjust frequency and power individually. There are no missing tools in the BIOS of GIGABYTE Overall we rate it as strong, responsive and easy to tour.
Summary - Still, no Motherboard cheap
GIGABYTE seems to have done an outstanding job producing a cheap UD model in the list of cheap Z690 tablets, and the DDR4 version stands out as one of the most powerful choices for those who want to build a system based on 12th generation processors. Intel Holders of suffix K.
The Z690 UD DDR4 Stands today as a strong choice for any established system Core Of the 12th generation. Of course when looking at the price from a distance, one can understand that as a resident, the LGA1700 does not provide cheap options for everyone. A motherboard like this that costs close to a thousand shekels along with a processor Core The i5 12600K which costs a bit more than that is still considered a combination with a problematic economic balance when considering the budget of other system components.
Although compared to many Z690-based boards the UD is considered cheap and powerful, it probably won’t be a particularly noticeable choice when significantly cheaper motherboards with simpler chipsets start to arrive. However, if you want a motherboard that allows overclocking and contains all the interfaces you want, the Z690 UD is relatively surprising. It's not the same skinny UD we knew in previous generations at all, and could quietly get the AORUS branding with the hardware it has. In fact, for its design GIGABYTE Yes launched boards AORUS Which include aesthetic improvements and cost more.
The fact that it is a motherboard that includes memory support DDR4 And that at all a possibility is a great thing. At the time of writing, DDR5 memory is the same volume DDR4 Costs double and more. Kit DDR4 A solid and fast 32GB will cost you less than a stick DDR5 A very simple single of 16GB.
Adding this motherboard to our list of recommended products is an easy task. To tell the truth, we reviewed the features of this motherboard before asking for a review because we knew it would end up being quite a favorite of ours, despite and because of being the cheapest in the bunch of Z690 tablets today. In the end, this is not a cheap motherboard when you look at the whole world of hardware, and for its price it is quite advanced. You will not find crazy tools here for overclocking colored LEDs, but this may be exactly the reason for liking a slightly more domesticated product that advanced computer systems have processors Alder lake Can adopt.
You can definitely take all our recommendations here and project them on the various UD versions of the Z690 including those with wireless communication, or memory support DDR5.