$600 is still a lot of money for a Z690 motherboard

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EVGA Z690 Dark Kingpin
(Image credit: EVGA)

If you’re looking for the most expensive Intel Z690 motherboards designed for 12th generation Alder Lake processors, The price of $2,099 MSI Meg Godlike is seated at the top of the list. But for those who do not want to make the cost of a mortgage on the motherboard, EVGA just announced its Z690 Dark Kingpin, available at a more reasonable price of $829.99.

Since it’s the highest of EVGA’s motherboards, it’s an eight-layer PCB and a 21-phase voltage regulator (VRM). Z690 Dark Kingpin has just two memory slots to support 64GB DDR5-6600plus. EVGA has two fans in the I/O ports, which blow cool air through the CPU socket LGA-1700 (which has been rotated to 90 degrees compared to the similar Z690 motherboards).

The large black metal backplate on the rear of the EVGA Z690 Dark K|NGP|N Edition

There are also dual PCIe 5.0 slots three M.2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe slots. There are also dual Intel I225-V 2.5 GbE ports and 8 SATA III ports (six that are native for the Intel chipset and two that are from the ASMedia controller), U.2 connector, four USB-A 3.2 ports, and one USB-C 3.2 port Realtek ALC1220 7.1 audio and a Pro belt header with right-angle power connectors two RGB/ARGB headers as well as an external antenna for two of the Intel AX211 Bluetooth 5.2 and WiFi 6E module.


EVGA also has an indicator for POST on high on the motherboard that is joined by physical reset and power buttons. On the left side below the hand for POST, there is an additional USB port to update the BIOS. The BIOS Z690 Dark Kingpin Z690 Dark Kingpin features triple-BIOS (which is accessible through the physical switch) and a separate safe Boot button.

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The large black metal backplate on the rear of the EVGA Z690 Dark K|NGP|N Edition

The Z690 Dark Kingpin is currently available from EVGA directly, priced at $829.99. The initial 24 hours of availability are restricted to the Elite Member tier at EVGA. We’re guessing that in contrast to the most potent gaming cards for gaming that are very difficult to find at MSRP, You shouldn’t have any problems grabbing Z690 Dark Kingpin when sales open to the general public in of the next 24-hours.