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ASRock B760M PG SONIC WiFi Motherboard Review

Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the ASRock B760M PG SONIC WiFi Motherboard. This motherboard uses Intel’s latest mainsteam chipset the B760 and supports all the latest Intel 13th and 12th Gen core processors on the LGA1700 socket.

Now the main difference between the enthusiast grade Z790 chipset and the B760, is the number of available PCIE 4 lanes. The Z790 has up to 20 PCIE 4.0 lanes and support more USB 3.2 ports, while the B760 has a total of 10 PCIE 4.0 lanes and less USB 3.2 ports. But as far as performance is concerned, there shouldn’t be much difference.

The ASRock B760M PG Sonic WiFi comes with some really cool-looking heatsinks with Sonic the Hedgehog design, and a unique hologram showing the iconic golden ring on the I/O hood. It’s perfect for any Sonic fans or system builder who wants a unique looking motherboard for their PC build.

For stability, it features a 12+1+1 Power Phase Design with Dr.MOs for Vcore + GT to give it that extra stability. It also comes with 1 x PCIE 5.0 x16 slot for next-gen graphics card and supports DDR5 ram with speeds of up to DDR5-6800 (upt to DDR5-7200+ OC).

For storage, you get 3 x Hyper M.2 PCIE Gen4 slots for SSDs, as well as 4 additional SATA ports. It also features a Displayport, HDMI port and a unique eDP port for ASRock’s internal LCD. This eDP port allows users to attached ASRock’s internal 13.3-inch IPS LED monitor for modders, power user and gamers to increase their productivity.

For connectivity, you get loads including 2 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C (front and rear), 6 x USB 3.2 Gen1 and 6 x USB 2.0 There’s also the Dragon 2.5G LAN and support for WiFi 6E via the M.2 WiFi slot.

And finally, you get all of ASRock’s usual features including the 7.1 HD Nahimic audio, and Polychrome Sync.

We’ve tested many Z790 motherboards over the past few months, and most performed extremely well. It will be interesting to see how this mainstream chipset from Intel, the B760 will compare against its bigger brother the Z790.

 

Intel B760 Chipset

Intel’s comprehensive chipset portfolio also includes the Intel® H770 and B760 chipsets that, when paired with Intel’s 13th Gen Intel® Core desktop processors deliver dynamic capabilities and accelerated connectivity. Both chipsets support memory overclocking1 but offer distinct I/O and PCIe processor configurations. The H770 chipset accelerates multi-tasking with greater data throughput capabilities of up to 16 PCIe 4.0 lanes, 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes, bifurcation of the CPU PCIe lanes, and support for SATA and PCIe RAID. The B760 brings up to 10 PCIe 4.0 lanes and 4 PCIe 3.0 lanes for the speed and performance to power modern work needs. Choose the features you need to get the most from your everyday gaming, creating, and productivity.

The B760 chipset allows a total 10 usable PCIE 4.0 lanes, with upto a maximum memory capacity of 128GB. It’s also capable of up to 6 x USB 3.2 Gen1 5Gbps, 4 x USB 3.2 Gen2 10Gbps and up to 2 x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 20Gbps. Strangley no mention of PCIE 5.0 Gen5 support for NVME SSDs.

ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”, the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept.

ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard brand with headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. The young and vibrant company targets from mainstream to enthusiast MB segments for different kinds of users, owning reputation around the world market with its reliability and proficiency.

 

 

I would like to thank ASRock for providing the review sample. This is a snippet from what ASRock has to say about themselves on their website:

ASRock B760M PG SONIC WiFi is built using a 6 Layer PCB for excellent thermal control, better signal routing and extending DDR5 overclocking potential. 12+1+1 Dr.MOS CPU power phases ensures Velocity Boost states are always stable, maximizing potential out-the-box CPU performance. Generous heatsink coverage for VRM, M.2 SSDs and PCH is adorned in the SONIC design, with fun, eye-catching graphics.

We’ll be testing this motherboard using an Intel Core i9-13900K, along with some nice DDR5-6200 ram and a GeForce RTX 3090 to see how it peforms.

You can buy something similar – the ASRock Z790 PG SONIC motherboard for around USD $369 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/3WnhAOs

Let’s not waste any more time and begin by taking a look at the specifications and features in our next page. Let’s Go!

 

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2 comments

Markus 30 January 2023 at 19:04

Your Cinebench R23 multicore score is way to low. A 13600K will get the same result. A 13900K will score around 40000.
May better monitore hwinfo64 while running benchmarks. May xou need to raise the powerlimit as the 125W PL1 is far too low.

Or the board did some clock stretching, you can try to change LLC level or lower vcore (fixed or offset) and check again the benchmarks.
This is a bug too and will lower the benchmark score as well.

Low score, low temperature…

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Winston 30 January 2023 at 19:07

Our benchmarks are based on “Default” BIOS settings to give an idea of how it performs with no tweaks or tuning… we leave that up to the individual user.

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