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ASUS prepares Mini-ITX Intel Z690 motherboard with sandwich design

Nowadays, small game systems are very popular, and motherboard manufacturers are trying to blur the line between Mini-ITX and ATX motherboards. With the upcoming ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming Wi-Fi platform, Asus has chosen a sandwich-like design.

It is relatively easy to install an advanced controller for Wi-Fi or audio on the Mini-ITX motherboard. No additional slots are installed for add-on cards or modules.In order to install two M.2-2280 slots for high-performance SSDs and ensure proper cooling to avoid throttling under high loads, ASUS chose a multilayer sandwich structure located near the back of the graphics card, posted image Graphics card reveal.

(Image source: VideoCardz)

(Image source: VideoCardz)

Although the setup does not look elegant, it ensures proper cooling for the high-performance M.2-2280 SSD that requires a heat sink, and allows easy replacement of the SSD. Some Mini-ITX motherboards have an M.2 slot on the back, and if the drive fails, it is difficult to replace. In addition, it is not always possible to cool it appropriately. Asus’ “sandwich” solves this problem. At the same time, the structure of the “new” multilayer PCB components on ROG Strix Z690-I Gaming Wi-Fi seems to be higher, so ASUS may plan to provide more features for new products, or just ensure better heat dissipation.

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