The Full Nerd Special Episode: Asus dives deep into Z690 motherboards, DDR5, RGB standards, and more

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In this special edition episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung and Adam Patrick Murray interview Asus’s Juan J. Guerrero about all things motherboards, now that Intel’s 12th-gen “Alder Lake” CPUs and Z690 motherboards are here, complete with support for the cutting-edge PCIe 5.0 interface and DDR5 memory.

JJ dives deep into what makes Z690 motherboards tick, including new innovations, features, and the thorniest question of all: Why are they so expensive? The live audience also asks JJ about ATX12VO motherboards, while the crew talks about concept PCs and even gets into the DDR5 memory topology of the new motherboards. It’s deeply nerdy, deeply fascinating stuff.

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One of founding fathers of hardcore tech reporting, Gordon has been covering PCs and components since 1998.

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