Durable. Stable. Reliable. ASUS TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS D4 takes all the essential elements of the latest Intel® processors and combines them with game-ready features and proven durability. Engineered with military-grade components, an upgraded power solution and a comprehensive cooling system, this motherboard offers rock-solid and stable performance for marathon gaming. Aesthetically, TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS D4 sports the new TUF Gaming logo and incorporates simple geometric design elements to reflect the dependability and stability that defines the TUF Gaming series. Rock-Solid Performance With upgraded power delivery and comprehensive cooling options to drive the 12th Gen Intel Core™ processors, plus support for faster memory and storage, TUF GAMING Z690 motherboards are the perfect foundation for your next high-core-count battle rig. Power Design DrMOS The onboard VRMs feature 14+1 DrMOS power stages that combine high-side and low-side MOSFETs and drivers into a single package, delivering the power and efficiency that 12th Gen Intel Core processors demand.The power stages are each rated to handle 80 amperes to provide stable performance for current and future Intel processors. Six-Layer PCB Design Multiple PCB layers optimize heat management for critical components, providing more headroom to push CPUs beyond stock speeds. ProCool Connectors Enhanced EATX 8-Pin and 4-Pin Connectors ・ Provide extreme durability ・ Prevent hotspots and connector failure Compared to traditional power inputs, ASUS ProCool connectors are built to tight specifications to ensure full contact with PSU power cables. The resulting lower impedance helps prevent hotspots and connector failure. TUF Components TUF Chokes Certified military-grade TUF chokes deliver rock-solid power to the CPU, improving system stability. TUF Capacitors Proprietary capacitors provide up to 20% wider temperature tolerance and five times longer lifespan. Digi+ VRM The integrated Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) is one of the finest in the industry, optimized for ultra-smooth and ultra-clean power delivery to the CPU at all times. COOLING Cooler by design 1. Enlarged VRM heatsink The extensive surface area of the massive heatsink covers the VRMs and chokes to improve heat dissipation. 2. Enlarged PCH heatsink An expanded surface area for the chipset cooler maximizes performance and heat dissipation. 3. Three M.2 slots with heatsinks Three out of four M.2 slots have dedicated heatsinks, keeping M.2 SSDs at optimal operating temperatures to ensure consistent performance and reliability. Comprehensive Fan Controls TUF GAMING Z690 motherboards feature comprehensive fan controls that can be configured via the Fan Xpert 4 utility or the award-winning ASUS UEFI BIOS. Each header can be set to monitor and react to three user-configurable thermal sensors for workload-based cooling, and all settings can be easily managed by Fan Xpert 4 or via the UEFI. An integrated AIO system enables full control of PWM or DC water pumps, making it perfect for custom or self-contained cooling setups. All onboard chassis fan headers support auto-detection of PWM or DC fans. A dedicated integrated circuit protects each fan header from excess heat and electrical currents. MEMORY & STORAGE DRAM Overclocking Performance DDR4 OC 5333 Improvements to trace routing design provide the latest Intel processors with enhanced access to memory bandwidth. ASUS OptiMem II technology carefully maps memory signal pathways across different PCB layers to reduce path distance, and it adds shielding zones that significantly reduce crosstalk. Four PCIe 4.0 M.2 The four PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots support up to two 22110 devices and also provide NVMe SSD RAID support for incredible performance potential. Create a RAID configuration with up to four PCIe 4.0 storage devices to enjoy the fastest data transfer speeds. CONNECTIVITY PCIe 5.0 The 12th Gen Intel processors bring PCIe 5.0 support to the market. PCIe 5.0 offers twice the data transfer speed of PCIe 4.0, making it robust enough to handle new data-heavy tasks. PCIe 5.0 also brings other benefits, such as electrical changes to improve signal integrity, backward-compatible CEM connectors for add-in cards, and backward compatibility with previous versions of PCI Express Front USB Port A full complement of USB ports support high-end rigs loaded with peripherals, including a front-panel USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C® connector that provides data transfer speeds of up to 10 Gbps. USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C Extensive USB support ensures connections to a wide array of peripherals. TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS D4 includes a USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C® port on the rear I/O panel that delivers increased bandwidth and transmission speeds of up to 20 Gbps. Thunderbolt™ 4 Support TUF GAMING Z690 series features Thunderbolt™ 4 support via an on-board header. With an Intel-certified ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 add-on card* TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS D4 can also enable bi-directional speeds of up to 40 Gbps on a single cable. Additionally, this card has a daisy-chain function for multi-screen connection and supports up to an 8K resolution display. It can also provide up to 100 watts of power to fast-charge devices. * ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 add-on card is sold separately. Easy PC DIY TUF GAMING motherboards are designed to be easy to set up and configure just the way you want — even for first-time builders. The TUF GAMING Alliance ecosystem makes selecting compatible parts easy, while Armoury Crate software provides Fan Xpert 4 and hardware information and offers full full control of Two-Way AI Noise Cancellation, RGB lighting and peripheral settings. The TUF GAMING platform gives you the arsenal you need to build and optimize your dream gaming rig, without unnecessary complexity. Build with Confidence TUF GAMING Alliance is a collaboration between ASUS and trusted PC component brands to ensure compatibility across a wide range of parts, such as PC cases, power supplies, CPU coolers, memory kits and more. With new partnerships and components being added regularly, the TUF Gaming Alliance will continue to grow even stronger. SafeSlot & SafeDIMM PCIe 5.0 is 2x faster than PCIe 4.0, so we adapted our SMT manufacturing process for the faster SafeSlot, to ensure the highest data speeds. SafeSlot is a reinforced metal sheath added to a PCIe slot to keep a card firmly installed. Meanwhile, strong ASUS SafeDIMM sheathes support and protect memory modules on select ASUS motherboards, empowering you to insert your modules with speed, accuracy and confidence. ESD Guards ESD Guards prolong the life of components while preventing damage from electrostatic discharge, providing protection for up to +/- 10 kV of air discharge and +/- 6 kV of contact discharge — greatly surpassing the respective industry standards of +/- 6 kV and +/- 4 kV. Surface-mounted TVS diodes in a dual in-line package help protect your PC from voltage spikes. TUF LANGuard TUF LANGuard is a military-grade innovation that integrates advanced signal-coupling technology and premium surface-mounted capacitors to improve throughput, protecting the motherboard from lightning strikes and static electricity. DRAM Overvoltage Protection Onboard resettable fuses prevent overcurrent and short-circuit damage. This extends beyond I/O ports to DRAM to safeguard the lifespan of your system and connected devices. Stainless Steel Back I/O Panel TUF GAMING motherboards have a corrosion-resistant stainless steel back I/O panel bonded with chromium oxide to provide a lifespan that’s three times longer than traditional panels. With this protective feature, TUF GAMING motherboards passed 72-hour salt fog testing, while other brands only passed 24-hour testing. M.2 Q-Latch The innovative Q-Latch makes it easy to install or remove an M.2 SSD without the need for specific tools. The design employs a simple locking mechanism to secure the M.2 SSD, neatly eliminating the need for screws. Q-LED The on-board Q-LED troubleshooting lights give PC builders a quick indicator to confirm that key components ― CPU, RAM, graphics card, storage devices ― are functioning normally during startup. Armoury Crate Armoury Crate is exclusive ASUS software that gives you centralized control of supported gaming products. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate lets you easily customize RGB lighting and effects for every compatible device in your arsenal and synchronize them with Aura Sync for uniﬁed system lighting effects. It also provides hardware information and control of settings for a select and growing number of products, including keyboard and mouse preferences, Fan Xpert 4 and Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation, making it easier to tune the look and feel of your system. Armoury Crate even features dedicated product registration and news sections to help you stay in touch with the gaming community. Immersive Gaming TUF GAMING Z690 motherboards provide a high-performance gaming package with a long list of features to improve your experiences, including ultrafast networking for smoother online gameplay, pristine audio with positional cues for FPS gaming, and onboard RGB lighting that syncs with attached accessories to help you create a personalized gaming atmosphere. Networking Intel® 2.5 Gb Ethernet Onboard 2.5 Gb Ethernet gives your wired connection a boost with speeds that are up to 2.5x faster than standard Ethernet connections. This translates to incredibly fast file transfers, low-lag online gaming, and high-res video streaming. Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation This powerful ASUS-exclusive utility leverages a massive deep-learning database to reduce background noise from the microphone* and incoming audio while preserving voices. Distracting keyboard clatter, mouse clicks and other ambient noises are removed so you can hear and be heard with perfect clarity while gaming or during calls. *An audio splitter (3.5 mm audio jack Y-cable) is necessary when using a 3.5 mm headset. Gaming Audio Realtek 7.1 Surround Sound 1.TUF Gaming audio chip protection Enhanced electrical shielding preserves the integrity of audio signals to ensure the best quality. 2. High-definition audio Premium audio capacitors provide warm, natural and immersive sound. 3. Audio shielding Our specialized audio path design separates analog and digital signal domains to significantly reduce multi-lateral interference. DTS Audio Processing DTS Audio Processing enhances gaming headset and speaker audio experiences by reducing distortion and by providing deeper bass, so games, movies and music sound better. It also allows you to customize audio settings. Outshine the Competition A well-tuned system deserves a matching aesthetic. TUF Gaming Z690 series features edge lighting to enhance its rugged look, and now the PCH heatsink gets RGB lighting to take the style even further. ASUS Aura offers full RGB control with a variety of functional presets for built-in LEDs as well as third-party strips you can connect to onboard RGB headers. And it can all be synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable hardware. Addressable Gen 2 RGB Header The addressable Gen 2 RGB header is now capable of detecting the number of LEDs on second-gen addressable RGB devices, allowing the software to automatically tailor lighting effects to specific devices. The new header also offers backward-compatibility with existing addressable RGB gear.