Motherboard: EVGA releases Z690 Dark Kingpin

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The hardware manufacturer EVGA has announced a new motherboard for Socket 1700, which is called Dark Kingpin. The chipset Z690 is used and logically the current core processors of the twelfth generation from Intel are supported. The mainboard supports up to 64 gigabytes of DDR5 RAM.

The 12000 series of current Intel processors has now arrived on the market and it is not surprising that new mainboards from various manufacturers are being released one after the other in order to offer customers the widest possible selection of differently priced hardware parts. Manufacturer EVGA has now announced that enthusiasts can look forward to a new option in the field of high-end motherboards. The board is called Z690 Dark Kingpin.

EVGA: These are the specifications of the Z690 Dark Kingpin

First of all, it should be said: the motherboard is available exclusively for so-called elite members. In addition, the price is a whopping $829.99. If you are willing to pay this price, you get various features. First the obvious: the motherboard has socket 1700 and thus supports the current Intel processors of the 12000 series. The VRM comes with 21 phases and the PCB consists of a total of ten layers.

Up to 64 gigabytes of DDR5 RAM can be used as main memory, and the memory clock can be overclocked to up to 6,600 megahertz. Also on board is PCI Express of the fifth generation and PCIe Gen4 for M.2 NVMe SSDs. Other features include two RGB and two ARGB headers, seven USB ports on the back (one of which is USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C), and six SATA controllers on the motherboard with a bandwidth of 6 GB/s. The EVGA Z690 Dark Kingpin comes in the E-ATX form factor.

In other news, Biostar’s new TZ590-BTC mainboard should not only be suitable for work and play but explicitly also for mining applications. Biostar has installed a total of nine PCI Express slots on the board, eight of which only have one 3.0 lane each. Apart from that, the board with the Z590 chipset is not very spectacular.

Although Intel launched the new Alder Lake processors and thus the new Socket 1700 three months ago, Biostar has now announced a motherboard for the old Socket 1200 anyway. According to the company, the TZ590-BTC is aimed at the middle class and in particular at gamers, streamers, HTPC users, and also miners.

The first-mentioned applications are hardly surprising, after all, almost every current mainboard can claim these target groups. What is unusual, however, is that Biostar advertises the board as “ideal” for mining for Bitcoin and Ethereum. This usually requires many PCI Express slots to connect miners or graphics cards. These slots are also provided for the Biostar TZ590-BTC: In addition to a single x16 slot, which is connected via eight 4.0 lanes, the mainboard also has eight x1 slots, each connected to a PCI Express 3.0 lane. A total of nine PCI-E devices can therefore be operated simultaneously, even if extension adapters may be necessary due to the arrangement on the board.