Ar Around $300 It Isn’t That Expensive Either
The MSI MPG Z690 Edge Wifi DDR4 sports a 20Gbit/s Thunderbolt 4 port as well as five 10Gbit/s USB ports, 2.5GbE ethernet, HDMI 2.1, and DP 1.4 on the back header alone. Internally there is a PCIe 5.0 16x slot as well as three PCIe 3.0 slots, two 4x and a single 1x, not to mention three empty, cooled M.2 slots. The audio codec is the Realtek ALC4080 and the final M.2 slot is populated with a WiFi 6 and BlueTooth 5.2 adapter.
The power design is also impressive with 16 real phases (15+1), 15 75A RAA220075 MOSFTETS and another one for the SoC. This design along with the fact it uses DDR4 should give you some lovely overclocking headroom, if only the Core i9-12900K was cooperative with doing so. Guru of 3D saw the same results when overclocking that processor as they did on every other Z690 board they have tested.
MSI delivers a Z690 motherboard at around 300 USD this motherboard however is loaded with premium features and is DDR4 compatible. All four M.2 slots are cooled, and there are a plethora of speedy USB ports on the board, as well as the most luxurious Realtek ALC4080 audio codec and integrated WiFi. Additionally, MSI offers a great VRM design.