Performance

When it comes to performance testing, typically motherboard to motherboard we aren’t going to see any big performance difference when running the same components and clock speeds. The exception to that is when boards are auto overclocking of course and there are a few areas where components can make a difference like with ethernet and USB controllers. For our Z690 testing I previously had tested the MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi and I did the same tests with the Maximus Z690 Extreme of course. Both boards were in line with each other in most of my tests. The Maximus Z690 Extreme was a little higher in PCMark but there was a gap between the tests. I was most curious how the Maximus Z690 Extreme did on the network tests which like I said can sometimes be different. The Maximus Z690 Extreme does have WiFi 6E but our office only has WiFi 6 so we weren’t able to see any of the benefits of the 6Ghz range here but the Maximus Z690 Extreme came in a little lower than the MSI on that test. That has been my experience with all of the Asus’s with this current antenna design. It works well enough, but it tests a little slower than the competition even when they both have the same wireless NIC. Then for wired the Maximus Z690 Extreme has both 2.5Gbps and 10Gbps NICs. Testing on the 1Gbps network didn’t show any difference but when we moved to the 10G network both performed well.

3DMark – Fire Strike

Motherboard

Overall Score

Graphics Score

Physics Score

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi

36688

42430

38900

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme

36062

42774

38703

3DMark – Time Spy

Motherboard

Overall Score

Graphics Score

CPU Score

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi

17887

17715

18932

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme

17732

17577

18666

PCMark 10 Score

Motherboard

Overall Score

Essentials

Productivity

Content Creation

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi

8783

11240

10725

15251

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme

9066

11462

11399

15476

Passmark PerformanceTest 10.0 - Overall Score

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi

8254.4

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme

8242.8

World War Z: Aftermath – Ultra Detail – Average FPS

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi

279 FPS

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme

279 FPS

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands – High Detail - Average FPS

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi

156.5 FPS

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme

158.8 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider – High Detail - Average FPS

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi

209 FPS

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme

208 FPS

Far Cry 6 – Ultra Detail - Average FPS

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi

141 FPS

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme

143 FPS

Average Network Speed- Wired on a 1G Network - Mbits/Sec

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi  - Intel I225V 2.5G NIC

942.5 Mbits/sec

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme - Intel I225V 2.5G NIC

927.1 Mbits/sec

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme – Marvell FastLinQ Edge 10Gb

934.7 Mbits/sec

Average Network Speed – WiFi 6 - Mbits/Sec

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi – Intel WiFi 6E Module

448.8 Mbits/sec

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme - Intel WiFi 6E Module

340.6 Mbits/sec

Average Network Speed – wired on 10G Network - Mbits/Sec

MSI MPG Z690 Carbon WiFi – Intel I225V 2.5G NIC

2356

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme - Intel I225V 2.5G NIC

2321

Asus ROG Maximus Z690 Extreme – Marvell FastLinQ Edge 10Gb

9542

           

 

I hate to consider RGB lighting part of the performance, but it is a component of the Maximus Z690 Extreme so I did take a look at it. The Maximus Z690 Extreme has lighting built into multiple areas starting up over top of the rear I/O with the LED Pixel Matrix. I originally didn’t think much of this design but once I saw it in action I dig the look that the matrix gives you. You can program this to scroll low pixel images or animations or program things down to the individual pixel to match your build. By default, it scrolls this ROG logo which almost looks like flames.

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The ROG lighting over top of the chipset doesn’t have the same control but does still look sharp when lit up.

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The full right side of the Maximus Z690 Extreme has addressable RGB lighting running under the PCB with the diffuser sitting between the PCB and the backplate and this gives the board a cool underglow look.

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The Maximus Z690 Extreme does have a standard LED display in the top right corner for diagnostics, but it also has a livedash screen up under the CPU socket which shows more detailed information when booting and then once booted flips through information like CPU temperature and voltages.

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