These types of promotions are really interesting, first of all because they are of limited duration. Second, because they offer a real refund which saves us money down the road compared to not having the active promotion, so those are all really pluses. But what is going on in the promotion?
ASUS Cashback Z690 Intel Gen 12
Logically, not all ASUS motherboards are included in the promotion, so we have to talk about the selected Z690 motherboards. What we will have an advantage over other promotions is the fact that all Intel processors of this new generati on are included in the promotion, so if we choose the one we choose, we will have the advantage of saving after procurement.
The peculiarity is that there is a scale, a table where, depending on the combination of processor and motherboard model we choose, ASUS will reimburse us a greater or lesser amount. To give two examples to understand, an i5-12600K or KF with a PRIME Z690M-PLUS D4 will give us a refund of 50 dollars, while a ROG MAXIMUS Z690 EXTREME GLACIAL with an i9-12900K or KF is 250 dollars, that is, five more times.
The instructions given by ASUS are as follows:
- Purchase a selected ASUS Z690 motherboard and Intel Core processor between October 27 and November 30, 2021.
- Complete the required information between November 18 and December 14, 2021.
- After a short check, you will receive your refund directly to your bank.
With that explained (the promotion and refund request website) and looking at the table, we’re going to recommend a few setups that you can buy now that will arrive from Thursday when the Intel NDA ends:
Intel Core i9-12900K + ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-F GAMING WIFI
This is a very succulent combination, but it is aimed at users who are not going to overclock as such or it will be very light.
This is a high-end motherboard that incorporates the latest innovations. Wi-Fi 6E, USB 3.2 Gen 2 A and C, 16 + 1 power phases and several M.2 PCIe 4.0, apart from a PCIe 5.0 x16 slot.
Intel Core i5-12600K and ASUS TUF GAMING Z690-PLUS WIFI D4
We’re assuming that this is a card with DDR4, not DDR5 memory like the one mentioned above, which definitely lowers the end cost of the platform. The TUF range is built to last, it’s not for nothing that it has military grade components, but this Z690-PLUS WIFI D4 sits in the mid-range and with it the options are more concise, but quality.
Among the multiple USB, DisplayPort, HDMI, Wi-Fi 6E, 14 + 1 phase power and four M.2 PCIe 4.0 ports, what definitely stands out is the aforementioned DDR4 support, but at a speed of 5333 MHz, that is, we can install any memory of this type without complications.
i7-12700KF and ASUS ROG STRIX Z690-G GAMING WIFI
It’s an option for anyone who wants a compact computer that’s very powerful and doesn’t need the frills of M.2 RAID type or multiple GPUs. It has everything its big sisters but in M-ATX format, so it was not complicated to include its 14 + 1 power supply phases, support for DDR5, 2.5 GbE or the new DAC ALC4080 .
About the processor, there isn’t much to say that we haven’t already said or discussed: 12 cores, 20 threads, up to 5 GHz in its P-Cores, 20 PCIe 5.0 lanes and of course , it does not include the iGPU as is the cheapest KF version.
These are just a few examples of the amount of combinations that can be made, so it’s a matter of everyone buying according to your needs and budget, it won’t be for the variety in this ASUS Cashback for Z690 !
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