BIOSTAR Z690 VALKYRIE Unboxing

INTEL has launched the 12th-generation Core processor code-named Alder Lake, and at the same time BIOSTAR announced the motherboard versions Z690 VALKYRIE, Z690A VALKYRIE and Z690GTA equipped with this processor, positioning the mainstream and high-end motherboards, and BIOSTAR motherboards have a clear product positioning. The Z690 VALKYRIE motherboard, named Valkyrie, is equipped with a 20-Phase power design and a 105A Dr. MOS design, which is supported by the VALKYRIE series of high-end products. It gives players powerful processor performance and supports DDR5 and PCIe 5.0. It is expected that its motherboard uses a PCB 8-layer board and a copper foil of up to 2Oz. It also uses an all-aluminum heat sink and an independent fan. The specifications are better than the previous generation Valkyrie. Both in terms of weight and sincerity, BIOSTAR Z690 VALKYRIE is this one. The price of the new generation of flagship motherboards will definitely give players another wave of popularity.。

BIOSTAR Z690 VALKYRIE  specification:

Processor support: 12th Generation Intel® Core™ i9/ i7/ i5/ i3 processors

Package: LGA1700

VRD: 20-phase

Chipset: INTEL Z690

Memory: 4 x DIMM, MAX 128GB, DDR5 6000+(OC)MHz

Internal display output: 2x HDMI Port (2.0/1.4), 2x DP Port (1.4/1.2)

Expansion slots: 2 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16, x8 mode), 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x4 mode)

Storage: 4x M.2 slot and 8x SATA (6Gb/s) port

Network: Realtek® RTL8125B 2.5GbE

Wireless: Intel Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth v5.0

Audio: 7.1 Channels ALC1220, 1x SPDIF output

USB ports: 2x USB 3.2 (Gen2x2) Type-C (1 needs to be expanded), 9 x USB 3.2 Gen2 (2 needs to be expanded),
4 x USB 2.0 (4 needs to be expanded) Motherboard

Size: ATX (305 mm x 244 mm)

↑  The metallic LOGO on the front of the box highlights the VALKYRIE
↑ It is marked Z690 VALKYRIE, which supports DDR5 and PCIe 5.0, on the back of the box

This time I will introduce BIOSTAR Z690 VALKYRIE first, let us unveil the new generation of Valkyrie:

Motherboards mainly use VALKYRIE as the high-end motherboard series of the INTEL platform.
Therefore, as the flagship motherboard, Z690 has full sincerity and excellent cost performance.
The Valkyrie Valkyrie flagship gives players a different experience in both performance and scalability.

↑ Z690 VALKYRIE front

↑ Z690 VALKYRIE back

Z690 VALKYRIE is the highest-end board of Biostar. It is equipped with a 20-phase power designed and DIGITAL PWM to improve system efficiency and provide stable voltage Z690 VALKYRIE is the highest-end board of Biostar. It is equipped with a 20-phase power designed and DIGITAL PWM to improve system efficiency and provide stable voltage output. With 105A Dr. Mos and 20,000 hours of solid capacitors, it provides the most stable and reliable performance for INTEL ALDER LAKE SERIES CPUs. Durable power supply and efficiency.

↑ Z690 VALKYRIE 4DIMM DDR5
↑ Z690 VALKYRIE Finned radiator combined with active heat dissipation and all-copper base

Z690 VALKYRIE supports DDR5 and can run up to 128GB of memory on 4DIMM. Its maximum speed can reach 6000+Mhz. With PCIe 5.0, Z690 VALKYRIE is superior to competitors in performance and technology. In addition, VALKYRIE series motherboards use fin type The radiator combines active heat dissipation and an all-copper base and metal backplane design to improve power efficiency, reduce overall temperature by 29.1%, and extend the service life of the motherboard.

↑ Z690 VALKYRIE has strong expandability

The Z690 VALKYRIE series is designed for players who pursue performance. In terms of storage, the VALKYRIE series adopts excellent PCIe M.2 4.0 technology, providing a maximum transmission efficiency of 64Gb/s and a maximum of 8 SATA 6Gb/s ports. Additional functions such as the CPU OPT connector, AI FAN and BIOS EZ mode provide flexibility and expandability to the VALKYRIE series motherboards, and the rear I/O provides 7 USB 3.2 (Gen 2×2) and 1 USB 3.2 (Gen2x2 ) Type-C and other ports, the network is also upgraded to a combination of 2.5GbE LAN + Wi-Fi 6E, audio effects provide 7.1 Channels ALC1220, 1x SPDIF optical fiber audio output for quick installation and system management. It allows players to easily create a perfect computer.

↑Z690 VALKYRIE 20-phase power designed and DIGITAL PWM

Z690 VALKYRIE has 20-phase power designed and DIGITAL PWM with CPU 8+8 pin power supply, and the same black and gold color motherboard as the previous generation, with finned heat dissipation and additional active fans, I/O shells and PCH heat sinks. In addition to the peach embellishment, it is also equipped with RGB color lighting. After the power is turned on, the golden light of the wings that symbolizes VALKYRIE makes the motherboard look more embarrassing; the back of the motherboard also maintains the previous generation design with a matrix-shaped heat sink. Make the motherboard more weight and texture.

In the upper right corner of the motherboard, in addition to the 4 DIMM DDR5 memory slots, there are ATX 24-pin power supply, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 3.2 Gen 2X2 Type C docking stations; as well as ARGB, RGB pins and CPU FAN sockets.

The CPU LGA1700 pin is powered by the surrounding 20 phases, and the temperature is suppressed by fin-type heat dissipation and active fans. The I/O shell has VALKYRIE classic design and product model printing; the CPU power supply is 8+8 pin input.

At the bottom right corner of the motherboard, there are the basic 8 SATA 6Gb/s ports provided by the Z690 + CPU.

For PCIe expansion, the basic configuration is maintained, the first and second are PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16/x8 mode), and the third is PCIe 4.0 x16 (x4). The four M.2 slots have their own heat sinks, and the four M.2 supports PCIe 4.0 x4 and SATA SSD interfaces.

↑The bottom edge of the motherboard is Debug Code, front panel control pins, USB 2.0 and FAN in order from the right

↑ Z690 VALKYRIE I/O

The back of the motherboard I/O also adopts an all-in-one design, giving 7 USB 3.2 (Gen2x2) and 1 USB 3.2 (Gen2x 2) Type-C, and the internal display is 2x DisplayPort 1.4/1.2 and 2x HDMI 2.1/1.4 output. There is also Wi-Fi 6E antenna and. The sound effect maintains 5 3.5mm output 7.1ch channels, and there is an SPDIF port

In addition to the above introduction of Z690 VALKYRIE’s general functions, specifications and appearance design, then the front shell and heat sink are removed to check what good materials are hidden on the motherboard.

↑LGA1700
↑ 20-phase power designed
↑105A Dr. MOS
↑DIGITAL PWM
↑Z690 Chipset
↑2.5GbE LAN
↑PCIe5.0
↑M.2 4. 0

After reading the above introduction, I think everyone must be looking forward to the official performance of the product, let us wait and see.

BIOSTAR Z690 VALKYRIE:
https://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=1034#overview

BIOSTAR Z690 VALKYRIE 開箱

BIOSTAR映泰面對Intel 推出代號 Alder Lake 的第 12 代 Core 處理器,同時發表搭載該處理器的主機版Z690 VALKYRIE、Z690A VALKYRIE與Z690GTA,為主流與高階的主機板定位,映泰主板明確產品定位之下,由VALKYRIE系列扛起高階產品應對,Z690 VALKYRIE主機板,名為女武神的稱號,搭配 20相電源和DIGITAL PWM與105A Dr. MOS設計,給予玩家強悍的處理器效能並同時支援DDR5和PCIe 5.0,在用料上其主板使用PCB 8層板與高達2Oz的銅箔,還用了全鋁散熱片與獨立風扇,規格比上一代女武神更加出色,不管是在份量上與誠意上,BIOSTAR Z690 VALKYRIE 這張新一代旗艦主板其性價絕對能讓玩家再香一波。

BIOSTAR Z690 VALKYRIE規格:

處理器支援:12th Generation Intel® Core™ i9/ i7/ i5/ i3 processors

處理器腳位:LGA1700

CPU 供電相:20相 供電

晶片組:INTEL Z690

記憶體:4 x DIMM, MAX 128GB, DDR5 6000+(OC)MHz

內顯輸出:2x HDMI Port (2.0/1.4), 2x DP Port (1.4/1.2)

擴充插槽:2 x PCIe 5.0 x16(x16, x8 mode)、1 x PCIe 4.0 x16(x4 mode)

儲存埠:4x M.2 插槽 and 8x SATA (6Gb/s) 埠

網路:Realtek® RTL8125B  2.5GbE

無線:Intel Wi-Fi 6E、藍牙v5.0

音訊:7.1 Channels ALC1220, 1x SPDIF 輸出

USB埠:2x USB 3.2 (Gen2x2) Type-C(1個需擴充)、9 x USB 3.2 Gen2(2個需擴充)、4 x USB 2.0(4 個需擴充)

主板尺寸: ATX(305 mm x 244 mm)

↑ 外盒正面使用金屬質感的LOGO突顯VALKYRIE高貴的質感。

↑ 外盒背面,標示Z690 VALKYRIE 支援DDR5與PCIe 5.0

這次我將搶先介紹 BIOSTAR Z690 VALKYRIE,讓我們一同揭開新一代女武神的面紗:

映泰主機板主要以VALKYRIE做為INTEL平台的高階主機板系列,

因此 Z690做為旗艦型主板有著滿滿的誠意與極佳性價比,

VALKYRIE女武神旗艦在效能與擴充性都給予玩家不同以往的體驗。

↑ Z690 VALKYRIE主板正面

↑ Z690 VALKYRIE主板背面

Z690 VALKYRIE為映泰 Z690最高階的板子,搭載 20相電源 與DIGITAL PWM 可提高系統效率與提供穩定的電壓輸出,配合105A Dr. Mos與2萬小時的固態電容為INTEL ALDER LAKE 系列CPU提供最穩定與耐用的供電與效能。

↑ Z690 VALKYRIE 4DIMM DDR5
↑ Z690 VALKYRIE主板鰭片式散熱器結合主動散熱和全銅底座

Z690 VALKYRIE支援DDR5能夠在 4DIMM上運行高達 128GB 內存,其最高速可達6000+Mhz,並憑藉 PCIe 5.0功能,Z690 VALKYRIE 在效能和技術上均優於競爭對手,此外,VALKYRIE系列主板採用鰭片式散熱器結合主動散熱和全銅底座和金屬背板設計,可提高電源效率,降低整體溫度29.1%,延長主機板的使用壽命。

↑ Z690 VALKYRIE主板擁有強大可擴充性

BIOSTAR Z690 VALKYRIE 系列專為追求效能的玩家而設計,在存儲方面,VALKYRIE 系列採用卓越的 PCIe M.2 4.0 技術,提供最高 64Gb/s 傳輸效率與最多 8 個 SATA 6Gb/s 的連接埠。 CPU OPT 接頭、A.I FAN 和 BIOS EZ 模式等附加功能為 VALKYRIE 系列主板提供了靈活性和擴充性,並在後I/O則提供有 7 個 USB 3.2 (Gen 2×2),以及1 個 USB 3.2 (Gen2x2) Type-C 等連接埠,網路同樣升級成 2.5GbE LAN + Wi-Fi 6E 的組合,音效提供 7.1 Channels  ALC1220, 1x SPDIF光纖音效輸出以實現快速安裝和系統管理。能夠讓玩家輕易打造出完美電腦。

↑ Z690 VALKYRIE主板 CPU 20相PWM

Z690 VALKYRIE有著 20 相 DIGITAL PWM 與 CPU 8+8 pin 供電,與上一代同樣黑金配色的主機板,搭配鰭片式散熱與額外的主動式風扇、I/O 外殼與 PCH 散熱片。除了採用桃紅色點綴也而外搭載RGB顯色燈飾,在開啟電源之後象徵VALKYRIE的羽翼透著金光讓主板看似更騷包;主板背面也同樣維持上一代的設計有著矩陣造型點綴的散熱片,讓主板更加有份量與質感。

主機板右上角區域,除了 4 DIMM DDR5 記憶體插槽外,還有著 ATX 24-pin 供電、USB 3.2 Gen 2 與 USB 3.2 Gen 2X2 Type C 擴充座;以及 ARGB、RGB 針腳 與 CPU FAN 插座等。

CPU LGA1700腳位與周圍的 20 相供電,並以鰭片式散熱與主動式風扇壓制溫度,而 I/O 外殼上則有著VALKYRIE經典設計與產品型號印刷;CPU 供電則是 8+8 pin 輸入。

主機板右下角,則是 Z690 + CPU 提供的基本 8 個 SATA 6Gb/s 連接埠。
PCIe 擴充,則維持基本配置,第一根與第二根為 PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16/x8 mode),第三根則是 PCIe 4.0 x16(x4)。
4 根 M.2 插槽都有專屬散熱片,四根 M.2 支援 PCIe 4.0 x4 與 SATA SSD介面。

↑主機板下方邊緣從右邊開始依序是Debug Code、前面板控制針腳、USB 2.0與FAN

↑ Z690 VALKYRIE主板I/O

主機板後 I/O 同樣採一體式設計,給予 7 個 USB 3.2(Gen2x2) 、1 個 USB 3.2 (Gen2x 2) Type-C,內顯則是 2x DisplayPort 1.4/1.2 與 2x HDMI 2.1/1.4 輸出,此外還有Wi-Fi 6E 天線與。音效則維持 5 個 3.5mm 輸出 7.1ch 聲道,還有SPDIF連接埠。

除了上述介紹了 Z690 VALKYRIE 大致的功能、規格與外觀等設計,接著將正面外殼與散熱片移除,來檢視主機板上還藏了什麼好料。

↑LGA1700腳位
↑CPU 採用 20相 設計
↑每相都使用 105A Dr. MOS 整合型元件
↑DIGITAL PWM晶片
↑Z690晶片
↑2.5GbE LAN
↑PCIe5.0
↑M.2 4. 0

看完以上的介紹我想大家一定都很期待產品正式的效能展現,讓我們拭目以待吧。

BIOSTAR官網詳細介紹:
https://www.biostar.com.tw/app/en/mb/introduction.php?S_ID=1034#overview

Test results of the TZ590-BTC DUO mining


Test results of the TZ590-BTC DUO mining,  summarized as follows:



Configuration:
MB :TZ590-BTC DUO
BIOS: Z59AF929.BSS
CPU: I5-10400
DDR: DDR4 16GBx2 (memory should not be less than 8GB)
VGA: 3pcs_Nvidia 3060 + 6pcs_Nvidia 3070

(1) The virtual memory must be set under Win10 and Win11
    (the setting method is the same)

※Attached is the setting method and location of virtual memory under Win11.

9pcs VGA card, you need to set up a virtual memory of 45GB or more,
otherwise an error will appear when you run the mining software

※Therefore, the virtual memory is set to 45X1024=46080

win11 setting for memory

(2) 9 graphics cards need about 1800W, so use two 1200W power supply combinations, one power supply 1200W connected to 5 graphics cards, the other 1200W connected to 4 graphics cards.

(3) After booting into the HiveOS, the screen goes black (OS version: hiveos-0.6-208-stable-20210818). The external graphics card does not have this problem.

It is determined that it should be a Hive OS problem. Currently, It is determined that it should be a Hive OS problem. Currently, Z590/Z690 chip VGA driver is not supported.  After a period of time, let’s see if there are any improvements in the new version.

※Attach 9pcs of Nvidia vga card mining screenshot (3pcs 3060+ 6pcs 3070)

※Attach 9pcs of Nvidia vga card miniAttach a screenshot of TZ590-BTC DUO 9pcs of Nvidia VGA card under Win10/Win11 (3 pcs*3060+ 6pcs*3070)

9 pcs nvidia for iz59aahs at Win10 OS
9 pcs nvidia for iz59aahs at Win11 OS

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