Hardware detective Komachi has dug up an Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) submission that gives us a peep of Asus’ forthcoming Z690 motherboards. There are up to 16 potential models for Intel’s looming 12th Generation Alder Lake processors, though not all of them may make it to the market.
DDR5 support is just one of many features that Alder Lake will offer. According to the information from submission, Asus may only adopt DDR5 memory for its ROG Maximus Z690 motherboards and a few select Prime and ProART models. Like any new cutting-edge technology, DDR5 will likely cost a small fortune, so it make sense to reserve the standard for the brand’s high-end motherboards. But it’s a double-edged sword since enthusiasts will have to pony up for DDR5 on a ROG Maximus motherboard.
With this generation of Intel motherboard, Asus appears to have revamped the nomenclature for the ROG Maximus motherboard. The brand seemingly dropped the roman numerals and sticked to the Z690 branding instead. The EEC submission only lists the Extreme, Formula and Hero models. However, the Apex and Impact usually come after.