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Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 vs TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4

With the launch of Z690 chipset, Intel introduced the support for DDR5 RAM. As a result, Intel got the edge against AMD. Unfortunately, the pricing for DDR5 RAM is so high at the moment that most of the PC builders are still preferring Z690 motherboards with DDR4 support instead of DDR5. Note that the latencies for DDR5 RAM are not impressive as well. In this post, we’ll compare ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 vs TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 motherboard.

Currently, ASUS offers only three Z690 DDR4 WiFi motherboards (check the list below):

Both ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 and TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 come in ATX form factor and differ in terms of power architecture, expansion slots, connectivity, etc. In terms of similarities, both Z690 motherboards support DDR4 RAM (up to 128 GB), 4x M.2 slots, Intel WiFi 6, 1x Intel 2.5Gb, and some other vital features.

Neither of these motherboards come with “onboard” Thunderbolt slots. Fortunately, there is a TB header on these motherboards via which you can install the ThunderboltEX 4 AIC to access Thunderbolt 4 ports.

Take a look at the specifications comparison table below to quickly find out the differences.

Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 vs TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 Motherboard Specifications Comparison

ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4
CPU SocketLGA1700LGA1700
ChipsetZ690Z690
Form factorATXATX
Power Architecture16+1 (80A)14+1 (80A)
DDR5 / DDR4DDR4DDR4
Max RAM Capacity128GB (4 x DIMM)128GB (4 x DIMM)
Max RAM Speed5333(OC)5333(OC)
OptiMemOptiMem IIIOptiMem II
Graphics outputDP 1.4/HDMI 2.1DP 1.4/HDMI 2.1
Expansion Slots1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4)

1 x PCIe x1
1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x4
2 x PCIe x1
Thunderbolt 41 x TB Header 1 x TB Header
M.2 Slots2 x 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA)
2 x 22110 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
1 x 2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4 & SATA)
SATA 6Gb/s64
Connectivity2x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C (Rear: 1 x Type-C), Front: (1x Type-C)
3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Rear: 2x Type-A, 1x Type-C)
6x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Rear: 4x Type-A), Front: 2x Type-A)

6x USB 2.0 (Rear: 4x Type-A), (Front: 2x Type-A)
1x USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 Type-C
3x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Rear: 2x Type-A), (Front: 1x Type-C)
7x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Rear: 4x Type-A, 1x Type-C) (Front: 2x Type-A)

4x USB 2.0 (Rear: 4x Type-A)
WirelessIntel Wi-Fi 6Intel Wi-Fi 6
Ethernet1 x Intel® 2.5Gb1 x Intel® 2.5Gb
Audio CodecRealtek ALC 4080Realtek ALC 897
Impedance senseYesN/A
DAC/AMPSavitech SV3H712N/A
Audio CoverYesYes
LED audio jacksN/AN/A
Audio effectsSonic Studio III
Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer
Sonic Suite Companion
Sonic Radar III
DTS® Sound Unbound
DTS Audio Processing
Onboard Fan headers87
M.2 Backplate1N/A
Heatsinked M.243
AI OverclockingYesN/A
AI CoolingYesN/A
AI Networking
(GameFirst VI)
YesN/A
Two-Way AI
Noise-Cancelation
Yes Yes
M.2 Q-LatchYesYes
PCIe Slot Q-ReleaseYes N/A
PCIe 5.0 SafeSlotYes Yes
SafeDIMMYes Yes
Pre-mount I/O ShieldYes Yes
Aura SyncYesYes
RGB Header3x ARGB
1x RGB
3x ARGB
1x RGB
CPU Power Connector8-pin + 8-pin8-pin + 4-pin
COMN/A1
SPI / TPM1x SPI-TPM header (14-1 pin)1x SPI header (14-5 pin)
Price & AvailabilityCheck Current Price & AvailabilityCheck Current Price & Availability
Asus ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 vs TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 Motherboard Specifications Comparison

In terms of power architecture, USB connectivity, audio codec, and thermal performance, the ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 is a better choice. If you won’t be overclocking much and you own an audio interface, you’ll be fine with either of these motherboards. The TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 on the other side offers additional PCIe 3.0 x4 and PCIe x1 expansion slots.

Overall, the ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4 offers more features than TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 but it costs more for the same. If you’re on a budget, go for the TUF model. I’d personally recommend going for the ROG.

Recommended Z690 DDR4 WiFi motherboard from ASUS: ROG STRIX Z690-A GAMING WIFI D4

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Ishaan Sarna

Founder of AUDEMPIRE (Pro Audio Equipment Store), SOUNDELICIT (Music Industry & Pro Audio Blog), TECHNOISER (Tech blog), and ISOLAPSE (Motion Industry & Photography Gear Blog). Music Producer by profession and also a Tech Enthusiast.