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ASRock Z790 PG NOVA WiFi Motherboard Review

Today, we will be taking a look at the ASRock Z790 PG NOVA WiFI motherboard. It uses Intel’s Z790 chipset and supports all of the latest Intel Core Processors on the LGA1700 socket. These include the latest 14th gen, the previous 13th gen & older 12th Gen processors.

It features a powerful 20+1+1 VRM design with SPS for Vcore+GT, and an 8 layer 2oz copper PCB, as well as 20k Capacitors and hi-density power connectors.

It’s also equipped with a composite VRM heatsink combining a cooling fan, a bigger aluminum sink and heat pipe for maximum heat dissipation.

It supports both Intel XMP and AMD EXPO standards, and can run DDR5 memory modules with speeds of up to 8000 MHz and above.

For storage, it has 4 x SATA3 ports, 1 x Blazing M.2 (PCIe Gen5 x4) slot, and 5 x Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4) slots. That’s a total of 6 x NVMe M.2 slots, the most I’ve seen on a motherboard.

For expansion, it comes with 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 slot with surface mount-tech, 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, and 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot.

The board comes with full cover XXL M.2 heatsink with anti-drop screw design, and another large heatsink for the Blazing M.2 slot, with a quick release latch for easy mounting of your SSDs.

And for connectivity, it’s powered by Intel’s Killer 2.5G LAN and comes with WiFi 7 + Bluetooth 5.3. There’s also onboard power-on/off buttons and a diagnostic LED which I really like.

And lastly, the motherboard comes with 7.1 HD Nahimic audio, Lightning Gaming Ports, and of course ASRock’s POLYCHROME RGB for great ligting effects.

 

Intel Z790 Chipset

The 13th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors, when paired with the Z790 chipset, deliver the breakthrough performance and features that gamers, creators, and professionals need to work at their best. Optimized for overclocking1 and precision tuning when paired with an unlocked processor, the Z790 chipset empowers you with the control and confidence to choose the best performance and thermal characteristics for the task at hand. Harness the processing power, responsiveness, and connectivity of up to 38 high-speed I/O lanes—including 20 PCIe 4.0 lanes, 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes, and 5 USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20G) ports—as well as Intel® Killer™ Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+) to take your gaming, content creation, and productivity to the next level.

The Z790 chipset allows a total 20 usable PCIE 4.0 lanes, with upto a maximum memory capacity of 128GB. It’s also capable of up to 10 x USB 3.2 Gen1 5Gbps, 10 x USB 3.2 Gen2 10Gbps and up to 5 x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 20Gbps.

 

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 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.

We’ll be testing this motherboard using Intel’s 14th Gen Core i9-14900K, along with some nice DDR5-7200 ram and a Radeon RX 7900 XTX. It should produce some good scores in all of our benchmarks … so let’s see.

OK, let’s cut to the chase and start by taking a look at the specifications and features in our next page.

We didn’t get a MSRP for the ASRock Z790 PG NOVA WiFi motherboard, but expect to pay around USD $480-$499 from various online retailers. In the meantime, buy the original ASRock Z790 PG Riptide (no WiFi) motherboard for around USD $225 from Amazon – https://amzn.to/3tIZOg8

 

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