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Guys, what's the best (or a good) motherboard on Z690 today for Monterey and DDR5 it's worth(compatibility and stability on MacOs) or still DDR4?:)
I was more or less on your same boat and I ended getting a Gigabyte Gaming X DDR4 which was on sale at Amazon because I own 64GB of Crucial 3600MHz and didn’t justify getting the same quantity of DDR5 memory for a fraction of the performance advantage.

Having said that, it depends on your budget and you will, as @Leesureone said. @CaseySJ doesn’t need introduction; if I wanted a DDR5 build, I would have chosen his ASUS Z690 Creator build.

Look amongst my last posts, you can find a few posts in relevant threads
 
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Has anyone tried patching an asus bios z690 but replaced only the microcode version to use an older version to allow avx-512 while e core is off ?
 
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@CaseySJ; @Elias64Fr
Apple has used an unknown Thunderbolt chip in the latest MacBook M2.
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Our dreams of a full Maple ridge launch probably won't come true.
iFixIt
 

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@CaseySJ; @Elias64Fr
Apple has used an unknown Thunderbolt chip in the latest MacBook M2.
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Our dreams of a full Maple ridge launch probably won't come true.
iFixIt

As we can see from the iFixit website, they meant to say redriver in the YouTube video, instead of driver. There's a big difference between those two words.

A redriver's primary task is to boost the high frequency component of a signal because that part of the signal can weaken (or attenuate) over long distances.

The Thunderbolt controller is built into the M2 SoC located on the left side of the circuit board (image below). If the Thunderbolt port is located a fair distance away from the controller, then a redriver is necessary to ensure signal integrity.

This is also why longer Thunderbolt 3 cables are significantly more expensive than short (or passive) cables. Longer Thunderbolt 3 cables -- generally longer than 24 inches -- have built-in redrivers and are called active cables. Shorter and cheaper ones don't need a redriver and are called passive cables.


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I just noticed Gigabyte dropped a BIOS update last Friday for seemingly all their Z690 boards, f20a. The only note is "Supports and powers up Intel next generation processor" whatever the heck that means.

Anyone tried it out and have any thoughts?
 

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I just noticed Gigabyte dropped a BIOS update last Friday for seemingly all their Z690 boards, f20a. The only note is "Supports and powers up Intel next generation processor" whatever the heck that means.

Anyone tried it out and have any thoughts?
I would hold off installing this for the time being. I installed the new BIOS on my Gaming X motherboard, two days ago, and can no longer boot into Monterey or Ventura (Public Beta). Will wait to hear if any other users are affected, or if this is just down to my configuration. Hopefully a workaround or fix can then be found.
 
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Anyone have success with the Asrock Z690M Phantom Gaming 4? Looking for a DDR4 option in MicroATX size.

 
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I would hold off installing this for the time being. I installed the new BIOS on my Gaming X motherboard, two days ago, and can no longer boot into Monterey or Ventura (Public Beta). Will wait to hear if any other users are affected, or if this is just down to my configuration. Hopefully a workaround or fix can then be found.
Same report on Z690 Aero G.
I trust you've checked all BIOS settings, which may have been reset by the update. It would be worth dumping ACPI tables (SysReport) on BIOS F20a and compare with the tables from an earlier BIOS to see if Gigabyte changed something.

Follow-up: @StefanAM runs his Gigabyte Z690 Aorus Master on F20a with SetupVirtualMap enabled.
 
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