Today, we will be taking a look at the ASRock Z790 PG Riptide WiFi motherboard. The Z790 PG Riptide Wifi is one of ASRock’s many Intel Z790-based motherboards supporting 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 16+1+1 VRM design with SPS for Vcore+GT, and an 8 layer PCB which is cooled by several large Aluminium heatsinks on the motherboard.
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 expansion, it comes with 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (with Surface-Mount Tech) slot for your graphics card, 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 slot, and 1 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot.
For storage, it has 8 x SATA3 ports, 1 x Blazing M.2 (PCIe Gen5 x4) slot, and 4 x Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4) slots, which is more than enough for most users. The heatsink for the Blazing M.2 slot features 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 via the M.2 Socket (Key E).
Apart from the usual DisplayPort and HDMI outout, the motherboard also comes with 1 x eDP port which allow users to connect the optional ASRock 13.3” LCD Side Panel kit.
And finally, you get all of ASRock’s uniques features including 7.1 HD nahimic audio, Lightning gaming ports, Dr.MOS, 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.
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 an Intel Core i9-14900K, along with some nice DDR5-7200 ram and a Radeon RX 7900 XTX. I’m expecting some decent performance especially, when I using Intel’s flagship processor the Core i9-14900K.
OK, let’s jump straight in and take a look at the specifications and features in our next page.
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