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ASUS announces new range of Z690, B660, H610 and H670 chipset motherboards

By Glenn Chua & Aaron Yip - on 5 Jan 2022, 6:30pm

ASUS announces new range of Z690, B660, H610 and H670 chipset motherboards

The range of new releases will span over a dozen new motherboards. (Image source: ASUS)

ASUS is releasing a whole host of new motherboards for 12th Gen Intel CPUs. The new range will span from the Z690 chipset, as well as the B660, H610 and H670 chipsets, much like MSI and Gigabyte did.

Starting with the Z690 boards, some of the more notable ASUS sub-brands getting the new chipset treatment include TUF Gaming and ROG Strix lineup. The three new Z690 boards are the ROG Strix Z690-A Gaming WiFi, TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi and TUF Gaming Z690-Plus, all of which feature new DDR5 memory modules, as well as 2.5Gbps Ethernet and Wi-FI 6E support.

As for the other motherboards, the B660 will be the chipset to see the largest amount of releases, with a grand total of 12 new motherboards being launched. These B660 boards will come with support for either DDR5 or DDR4 memory (the "D4" monkier denotes that board's support for DDR4 and not DDR5), as well as USB Type-C and Wi-Fi 6. The boards that ASUS is releasing will also come with support for memory overclocking, as well as a PCIe 5.0 slot, along with multiple slots for the older PCIe 4.0 standard. 

Rounding off the list of new ASUS releases are the H610 and H670 chipset motherboards, mostly aimed at a more mainstream crowd. Unlike the Z690 and B660 boards, no support for overclocking or DDR5 memory is found here, though the H670 boards will still have a PCIe 5.0 slot.

Additionally, ASUS will also be releasing the Ryujin II ARGB AIO cooler to accompany these motherboards featuring Noctua iPPC-2000 PWM fans for improved airflow and an integrated 3.5-inch LCD panel, available in both 360mm and 240mm models.

The 360mm Ryujin II in action. (Image source: ASUS)

Availability and pricing

The release of the new motherboards will be staggered, with the first few coming out on January 5, from Sim Lim authorised retailers and selected system builders. If you're interested in the exact specifications of some of these boards, ASUS has a very handy guide on that here. As for the prices, get ready to bring out your glasses:

ASUS H610 and H670 motherboards (price in descending order)

PRIME H610M-A D4 S$189
PRIME H670-PLUS D4 S$319
TUF GAMING H670-PRO WIFI D4 S$429

ASUS B660 motherboards (price in descending order)

PRIME B660-PLUS D4 S$279
PRIME B660M-A WIFI D4 S$279
TUF GAMING B660M-E D4 S$289
PRO B660M-C D4-CSM S$299
TUF GAMING B660M-PLUS D4 S$329
TUF GAMING B660M-PLUS WIFI D4 S$349
TUF GAMING B660-PLUS WIFI D4 S$369
ROG STRIX B660-I GAMING WIFI S$389
ROG STRIX B660-A GAMING WIFI D4 S$419
ROG STRIX B660-G GAMING WIFI S$419
PROART B660-CREATOR D4 S$459
ROG STRIX B660-F GAMING WIFI S$469

No word yet on pricing for the Z690 boards, or the Ryujin II cooler yet. And before you go spending for the above boards, it should be noted that those with the 'D4' prefix only support DDR4 memory, so choose wisely.

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