WTF - Z690/uATX ?

johnrea77

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Looking over the list of Z690 mobos that are coming out early next month. The huge percentage of these are ATX or eATX. Since we are not relying on SLI/Crossfire that much these days I don't understand the need for a huge system. I've done ITX builds and managed to work out some tight situations in a Silverstone FT03 mini case. My sweet spot is a uATX mobo w/ two M.2 SSD slots.

I hope we see more uATX Z690 mobos released in the weeks ahead. I'm not switching to a bigger case.
 
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johnrea77

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Made the necessary decisions - overall determined I don't absolutely need the Z690 mobo or even having to OC the ADL CPU given the built in turbo.

  • MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI DDR4 LGA 1700 Intel B660 SATA 6Gb/s Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Intel Core i5-12600K - Core i5 12th Gen Alder Lake 10-Core (6P+4E) 3.7 GHz LGA 1700 125W
  • Noctua NH-U9S chromax.Black, 92mm Single-Tower CPU Cooler (Black)
  • WD_BLACK 1TB SN850 NVMe Internal Gaming SSD Solid State Drive - Gen4 PCIe, M.2 2280, 3D NAND, Up to 7,000 MB/s
  • EVGA XC3 Ultra RTX-3070 (existing)
  • Silverstone SX700-LPT PSU (existing)
  • Sliger Cerberus microATX case (existing)
  • Windows 11 Pro 64 (ordered separate)
 

johnrea77

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A couple months in and all is well. Happy with the i5-12600K ADL w/ the MSI B660M MAG Mortar mobo along w/ the EVGA RTX-3070 I managed to snap up at BB last year.

Years ago with Sandy Bridge & Kaby Lake I needed overclocking to get top performance. I honestly think I don't need OC w/ ADL.


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