AQUA, NEW BEGINNING!
How to make AQUA better? It’s a topic we’ve been working on for years. The monoblock efficiency is enhanced by optimizing the best combination of fin thickness, spacing as well as water passage, on top of that, ultra-high heat conductive thermal grease is used to guarantee Z690 AQUA performs best in every single way. Lastly, the prestige and superior Z690 AQUA motherboard will be limited production to only 500 units.
- Supports 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors (LGA1700)
- 20 Phase SPS Dr.MOS Power Design
- Supports DDR5 7000MHz (OC)*
- 2 PCIe 5.0 x16, 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x1
- Graphics Output Options_ HDMI, 2 Thunderbolt™ Type-C**
- Realtek ALC1220 7.1 CH HD Audio Codec, ESS SABRE 9218 DAC,
- WIMA Audio Caps, Nahimic Audio
- 6 SATA3
- 1 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4)
- 2 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4 & SATA3)
- 2 Thunderbolt™ 4/USB4 Type-C
- 2 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Front Type-C
- 2 Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A
- 6 USB 3.2 Gen1 (2 Rear, 4 Front)
- AQUANTIA® / Marvell 10G LAN, Killer E3100 2.5G LAN
- Killer AX1675 802.11ax (WiFi 6E) + Bluetooth
- Status OLED + Polychrome SYNC
Z690 AQUA is built around a selection of materials, the stainless steel panels are given assortment of surface treatments to give Z690 AQUA a modern and avant-garde appearance, onboard LED effect is intentionally design to be modest and subtle, once again making Z690 AQUA one boutique of a motherboard.
Aqua Cooling Armor
Elegant but functional is the main aspect of this unique motherboard, the custom AQUA water cooling block is designed to dissipate the heat of the CPU, VRM as efficiently as possible, it also dazzles with sophisticated but eye-catching RGB LED lighting effects design that brightens the water passage to give a more classy look.
An OLED display was added to give a cleaner and informative way to express the status of the motherboard, the content can also be configured in the BIOS for more user friendly application.
PCIe 5.0 with Surface-Mount Tech
Compares to conventional DIP style PCIe slot, the SMT type PCIe slot improves signal flow and maximize stability under high speed, a key breakthrough to fully support the lighting speed of the latest PCIe 5.0 standard.
The latest PCI Express 5.0 is capable to perform a breathtaking bandwidth of 128GBps, ready to unleash the full potential of future high end graphic cards.
DDR5 Memory with Protection Circuit
The reinforced DIMM slot is surfaced mounted onto the motherboard to give better physical strength as well as a more stable memory signal, with this superior revolutionary design, it is able to dramatically overclock DRAM module up to insane frequency.
An array of OC friendly buttons with varies of function to help overclockers achieve the world record!
20 Power Phase Design with 105A SPS
SPS (SMART POWER STAGE) is a new power solution with fully optimized integrated MOSFETs with advanced driver IC, current sensors and temperature sensors, which provides current monitoring and more stable current for extreme overclocking!
12 Layers Server-Grade Low-Loss PCB
The 12 layers server grade PCB prevents PCB bending and improves signal integrity, giving higher performance as well as system stability, giving a reliable and long-lasting system without any compromise.
Water Leaking Detector
The water leaking detector features a digital pressure gauge and air pump, and offers a fast and safe way to test whether there is leakage in your water cooling system. Before filling with water, just install the digital leak detector into your water cooling system, pressurize the system with an air pump, and keep the system in a closed state. If the pressure is kept constant, there is no leakage.
ESS 9218 DAC & WIMA Audio Caps
Embrace the audio stunning performance with ESS 9218 SABRE DAC & WIMA Audio caps. True Hi-Fi Audio, no distorted digital signal to support higher impedance up to 600 Ω headphone.
The Killer Ethernet controller is designed specically for competitive gamers and performance-hungry users, this motherboard comes with both Killer E3100 2.5G Ethernet & WiFi 6E solution, the enhanced detection and prioritization engine provides the ultimate networking experience for gaming and multimedia applications.
Thunderbolt™ 4/USB4 Type-C
Thunderbolt™ 4/USB4 technology brings speed and versatility to the most advanced USB Type-C, offering a fast and simple level of connection for work or home. It enables lightning-fast data transfer up to 40Gbps and connects external monitors, Thunderbolt™, and USB devices with a single Thunderbolt 4 cable.
2 x Front USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C
The latest USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C delivers up to 20 Gbps data transfer rate which is 2x as fast as previous generation, providing a blazing fast data transfer interface with reversible USB Type-C design that fits the connector either way.
3 x PCIe 5.0 x16
1 x PCIe 3.0 x1
6 x SATA III
1 x M.2 (2260/2280) - PCIe
1 x M.2 (2260/2280) - SATA & PCIe
1 x M.2 (2242/2260/2280/22110) - SATA & PCIe
Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
Supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 5 for M.2 NVMe storage devices
802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E Module
Supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ax
Supports Dual-Band 2x2 160MHz with ext. 6GHz band support
2 antennas - 2 (Transmit) x 2 (Receive) diversity tech
Supports Bluetooth + High speed class II
Supports Killer LAN Software
Supports Killer DoubleShot Pro
10GB LAN & 2.5GB LAN
7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
Supports AMD CrossFire
USB Ports Supported
2 x Thunderbolt 4 USB Type-C (at back)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A (at back)
6 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A (2 at back, 4 at mid-board)
4 x USB 2.0 (at mid-board)
2 x Front Panel Type C USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Headers
Back Panel I/O Ports
2 x Antenna
1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard
1 x HDMI
2 x DisplayPort 1.4 Input
1 x Optical SPDIF Out
2 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A
2 x USB4 Thunderbolt 4 Type-C
2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A
2 x RJ-45 LAN
1 x Clear CMOS Button
1 x BIOS Flashback Button
HD Audio Jacks
Internal I/O Connectors
1 x SPI TPM
1 x Power LED and Speaker
1 x RGB LED
3 x Addressable LED
1 x CPU Fan
1 x CPU/Water Pump Fan
6 x Chassis/Water Pump Fan
1 x 24 pin ATX
2 x 8 pin 12V
1 x 6 pin 12V
1 x Front Audio
2 x USB 2.0
2 x USB 3.2 Gen1
2 x Front Panel Type C USB 3.2 Gen2x2
1 x Dr. Debug with LED
1 x Power Button with LED
1 x Reset Button with LED
1 x Retry Button
1 x Safe Boot Button
V-Probe: 4-set of onboard voltage measurement points laid
Rapid OC Buttons_ +/- buttons to adjust OC frequency
1 x Slow Mode Switch
for CPU support
1 x HDMI
2 x USB4 Thunderbolt 4 Type-C
DDR5 (Dual Channel)
2 x DIMM
Up to 7000+(OC)
*Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types
1 x LN2 Mode Switch
1 x NickShihs OC Profile 1 Button with LED
1 x NickShihs OC Profile 2 Button with LED
1 x NickShihs OC Profile 3 Button with LED