The ASUS TUF Gaming Z690 Plus WIFI D4 is one of the boards you’ll come across while searching for a DDR4-compatible Z690 motherboard.
Having used this particular mainboard for a few weeks and putting it through its paces, I think it’s safe to say that this is one of the best motherboards out there for affordable Alder Lake builds with DDR4 support.
You get PCI Express 5.0 support, four M.2 sockets, four SATA ports, 2.5GbE and integrated WiFi 6E, reliable power delivery, and more. The TUF Gaming Z690-Plus WiFi D4 offers a lot of value for the money.
Buying a DDR4-compatible motherboard for the new Alder Lake CPU is your best bet to save some money on a new PC build. Being able to use a DDR4 Ram kit means you can bring the old DDR4 RAM sticks from your previous builds.
And as we mentioned in our DDR4 vs DDR5 RAM comparison, the difference in performance is not significant enough to warrant an immediate upgrade to the new memory standard.
Sure, you can also buy relatively cheaper B660 motherboards if you really want to save money on your new PC build, but you’ll be missing out on a lot of features including proper overclocking support, PCIe, M.2 slots, and more.
Also, the TUF Gaming Z690 Plus WiFi D4 motherboard will also be able to handle high-performance CPUs for high-end builds, which is something a lot of B660 motherboards may struggle with.