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Nov / 2020

MEG X570 GODLIKE

R9 5950X World Record => 6350 MHz

Oct / 2020

MEG B550 UNIFY

R5 3600XT World Record => 6155.35 MHz

Oct / 2019

MEG Z390 GODLIKE

i9 9900KS World Record => 7478 MHz

OCT / 2019

MEG X570 GODLIKE

R9 3950X World Record => 6041 MHz

Oct / 2019

MEG X570 UNIFY

R9 3900X World Record => 5857 MHz

OCT / 2018

MEG Z390 GODLIKE

i9 9900K World Record => 7472.3 MHz

Oct / 2017

Z370 GODLIKE GAMING

i7-8700K World Record => 7405.12 MHz

Sep / 2017

X299 XPOWER GAMING AC

i9-7980XE World Record => 6140.46 MHz

June / 2015

X99A GODLIKE GAMINGCARBON

7 Overclocking Records

June / 2015

X99A GODLIKE GAMING

7 Overclocking Records

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OUTSTANDING COOLING SOLUTION

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Frozr Heatsink Design
with Zero Frozr Technology

The active cooling solution is ready to release the maximum performance.

MOSFET Baseplate

M.2 Shield Frozr

Onboard M.2 thermal solution keep M.2 SSDs safe while preventing throttling, making them run cooler and faster.

Double Side M.2 Shield Frozr

Aluminum Cover with
7W/mK Thermal Pad

Fully aluminum IO cover and extended heatsink design provide the maximum surface of heat dissipation.

Heat-pipe Design

Heat-pipe Design

Connecting two MOS heatsinks to enlarge the surface of heat dissipation.

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stable cornerstone of your system

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0-Layer PCB Design

10-Layer PCB Design

Multilayer printed circuit boards design optimized the efficient of power delivers, makes your system runs stable and cool.

PCIe Steel Armor

PCIe Steel Armor

Protecting VGA cards against bending and EMI for better performance, stability and strength.

ISL Digital PWM

ISL Digital PWM, Direct 8
Phases Design with 90A SPS

Highest quality components with ISL digital power, 90A Smart Power Stage and titanium choke III make sure your system runs smoothly under the most extreme conditions.

2oz Thickened Copper

2oz Thickened Copper

2oz thickened copper PCB provides higher performance and long-lasting system stability without any compromise.

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UNLIMITED CONNECTIVITY

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Latest Wi-Fi 6E Solution

Latest Wi-Fi 6E Solution

The latest wireless solution supports 6GHz spectrum, MU-MIMO and BSS color technology, delivering speeds up to 2400Mbps.

Dual Thunderbolt™ 4 ports

Dual Thunderbolt™ 4 ports

Brings Thunderbolt to USB-C at true 40 Gb/s speeds, 8K display support, Daisy-Chaining and Multi-Port Accessory Architecture.

DDR4 Boost

2.5G LAN

Onboard 2.5G LAN with LAN manager, deliver the best online experience without lag.

Twin M.2 Connectors

Twin M.2 Connectors

Onboard dual M.2 connectors for the maximum storage performance with one Lightning Gen 4 solution.

PREMIUM
HARDWARE DESIGN

With years of experience, MSI is no stranger to building high-performance motherboards. Our R&D and engineering teams have reviewed countless designs, evaluated a wide selection of high quality components, and developed products for reliability even under extreme conditions.

ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

High performance MSI motherboards are loaded with advanced features and the latest technology to overwhelm any challenge at hand no matter whether you’re a gamer, prosumer, or PC enthusiast.

CONNECTIVITY

MSI motherboards are built with a variety of connectors to satisfy gamers. Enhanced audio, advanced LAN networking capabilities, USB and Mystic Light turn any gaming experience into an immerse one.

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ROG STRIX Z590-I GAMING WIFI

Any Mini-ITX build with the ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi motherboard as its backbone is going to punch well above its weight. With boosted power delivery and innovative cooling utilizing a skived-fin design, ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi is the perfect compact platform for 11th Generation Intel® Core™ processors.

Performance

Cooling

Gaming Immersion

Connectivity

Built for Performance Gaming

1

Intel® Socket LGA1200 for
11th & 10th Gen Intel® Core™
processors

2

Expansion Slot

  • 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 SafeSlot
    (x16) CPU
4

2 x DIMM

  • DDR4 5333 MHz+
  • Dual channel
  • Optimem II
5

2 x M.2 Slots

  • 1 x M.2 2242-2280 (PCIe 4.0 x4)
  • 1 x M.2 2242-2280 (PCIe 3.0 x4, SATA)

Comprehensive Cooling

1

Integrated I/O & VRM heatsinks

4

Multiple 4-pin PWM fan headers

TOTAL GAMING IMMERSION

1

ALC4080 + Savitech SV3H712 amp

  • Impedance sense
  • High-quality output and input
  • SupremeFX shielding

Sonic Studio III + Sonic Studio virtual mixer

Sonic Radar III

DTS® Sound Unbound™

Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation

3

1 x 3-pin addressable RGB header

1 x 4-pin Aura RGB header

Full Connectivity

4

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 port

6

Intel I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet

7

1 x Thunderbolt™ 4 USB Type-C® port

10

3 x LED-illuminated audio jacks

11

1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port

12

2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports

All-round Performance

ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi helps you get the most out of your gaming build with up-rated power delivery, optimized cooling, and intelligent controls that let you manage overclocking, cooling, networking and audio settings.

  • Power Design

  • Cooling

  • Intelligent Control

Power Design

Digital power control and an array of power stages provide the muscle needed to control the latest Intel CPUs.

Teamed Power Stages

8+2 power stages combine high-side and low-side MOSFETS and drivers into a single package, delivering the power and efficiency that the latest Intel processors demand.

Ferrite Chokes and Capacitors

Superior chokes and durable capacitors are engineered to resist extreme temperatures, enabling performance that exceeds industry standards.

Ten-Layer PCB

The PCB design quickly dissipates heat around the VRM to improve overall system stability and provide the CPU with more overclocking headroom.

ProCool II
Power Connector

The ASUS ProCool II socket is built to tight specifications to ensure flush contact with the PSU power lines. Metal armor improves heat dissipation, and lower impedance helps prevent hotspots and improves reliability.

Digi+
Power Control

The built-in Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) is one of the finest in the industry, ensuring ultra-smooth and clean power delivery to the CPU.

Cooling Innovation

Cooler By Design

Cooling Innovation

1

Custom Delta Superflo Fan

The embedded VRM fan is custom-made for low noise and features durable bearings rated to last up to 60,000* hours. The fan speed curve references VRM temperatures to provide optimal cooling for any workload.
* L10 bearing life is a standard metric that specifies the number of hours that 90% of bearings will continue to operate reliability.

2

Integrated I/O Cover and VRM Heatsinks

Connected by an L-shaped heat pipe, the two VRM heatsinks and aluminum I/O cover provide ample mass and surface area to deal with the thermals of Intel’s latest processors.

3

Triple-Decker Heatsink

The innovative triple-decker cooling array neatly stacks the M.2 and PCH heatsinks together to save prized motherboard space. The design is cleverly tiered to efficiently wick heat away from onboard components while keeping M.2 SSD temperatures in check.

4

Skived-Fin Design

The high-density skived-fin heatsinks provide masses of surface area and are positioned to take full advantage of airflow from the VRM fan and CPU cooler.

5

M.2 Backplate

An integrated M.2 backplate helps ensure that high-performance drives deliver peak performance, even when airflow is restricted.

COOLER BY DESIGN

ROG Strix Z590 motherboards feature comprehensive cooling options that are configurable via Fan Xpert 4 or the UEFI BIOS.

CPU Fan Header

A dedicated pair of PWM/DC fan headers for CPU coolers

AIO Pump Fan Header

A dedicated PWM/DC header for self-contained water-cooling setups

M.2 Heatsink

Keeps the M.2 SSD at the optimum operating temperature for consistent performance and reliability

M.2 Backplate

Provides additional mass to deal with the thermal load of high-performance M.2 drives

Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation

AI Overclocking

AI Cooling

AI Networking

TWO-WAY AI NOISE CANCELATION

This powerful ASUS-exclusive utility leverages a massive deep-learning database to reduce background noise from the microphone* and incoming audio while preserving voices. Distracting keyboard clatter, mouse clicks and other ambient noises are removed so you can hear and be heard with perfect clarity while gaming or during calls.

*A splitter cable is necessary when using a 3.5 mm headset.

500MDeep-learning Database

AudioInput/output

HighFidelity

MinimalPerformance Impact

Hear the difference

micsound
  • TALKING

  • HEARING

    without noise

    ASUS Motherboard User

  • HEARING

    without noise

  • TALKING

    Other Party

  • Background noise
  • Other human voice
  • Human speech

AI Overclocking

ROG AI Overclocking is an intelligent utility that helps you get the most out of your build by automatically profiling your CPU and cooling system to predict optimal voltage and frequency settings.

Accessible via the AI Suite software in Windows or directly through the UEFI, the intuitive AI Overclocking user interface enables users of all levels. A range of customizable settings are available for seasoned overclockers, and an auto-tuning option is available for beginners.

AI OVERCLOCKING AT A GLANCE

Designed by Experts

At the heart of AI Overclocking is a proprietary algorithm developed by ROG R&D engineers who worked with world-renowned overclockers to create a tool for users of all levels.

Predictive Edge

The algorithm analyzes your CPU and cooling system and, based on what it finds, predicts optimal settings. The software then automatically applies these settings to guide the clocking process, balancing frequency and voltage.

Real-time Adjustments

Workload, system temperature, fan speed and power draw are automatically monitored by the software, and the information is used to make real-time adjustments to ensure ongoing optimal performance.

Turn on your PC and put on a load on the processor to get a baseline reading of your CPU, cooling system capabilities.

AI Overclocking Guide

The AI Overclocking Guide provides detailed information and instructions about how to tune your system manually. It can be accessed by hitting the F11 hotkey.

Core Group Loading

For the high-core-count processors in the Z590 series, AI Overclocking software lists data according to core group. This gives you adaptive control based on the status of core groups, and it provides target frequency and voltage estimations needed for manual tuning.

AI Overclocking in AI Suite

Onboard intelligence lets you automated overclocking with full, flexible control available via 5-Way Optimization within AI Suite (in Windows).

AI Cooling

ASUS AI Cooling technology automatically manages and controls motherboard-connected fans to ensure optimal settings based on current system load and temperature.

Self-Adaptive Fan Tuning

CPU temperature detection

AI Cooling detects CPU temperatures and uses a proprietary algorithm to calculate the lowest fan speed required to effectively cool the system and keep fan noise down.

Automated optimization

Under stable system loads, the software automatically lowers fan* speed to the optimal setting, decreasing fan noise without compromising performance.*Fans need to be connected to the following headers for AI Cooling control: CPU_FAN / CPU_OPT / CHA_FAN / M.2_FAN / H_AMP / RAD_FAN

Ongoing monitoring

AI Cooling continues to monitor the system and adjust fan speed based on current load.

One-Click Activation

AI Cooling can easily be activated via the Fan Xpert 4 dashboard in ASUS AI Suite 3. Once activated, it will override all manual controls.

Fan speed references

For those who prefer manual control, AI Cooling provides reference points on a graph, detailing fan speed in relation to temperature to provide a guide for fan settings.

AI Networking

The proprietary ROG GameFirst VI utility is designed to help all users — beginners, experts, and everyone in between — optimize network settings to ensure smooth online gameplay. New to this generation, GameFirst VI features AI-enhanced identification and boost technologies to ensure faster and smarter network optimization.

How It Works

Identification

GameFirst VI analyzes usage patterns and the digital signatures of your applications and compares them to a database of over 200,000 apps.

Boost

GameFirst VI intelligently switches application priority and adjusts bandwidth, depending on the situation. When gaming, it accelerates and prioritizes game packets to give you supersmooth online gameplay ― even when you're streaming high-quality video or transferring large files.

Visualization

An intuitive graph provides an overview of real-time network status. Simply click on the tab to view the current bandwidth usage of each application, geolocation status of each network connection, or an analysis of the WiFi channels.

WHAT IT DOES

ADAPTIVE INTELLIGENCE

GameFirst VI notes what you're currently doing and adjusts bandwidth accordingly to ensure smooth online experiences, even when multitasking.

GAMING FIRST MODE

Gaming First mode leverages a massive application database and an analysis of your frequently used apps to prioritize gaming network traffic. This reduces jitter and decreases ping to give you lag-free online gaming.

Network Insight

WIFI Quick Assist analyzes network information and generates a graph to give you a clear picture of current network status. In addition, when paired with an ROG router, you can scan your WiFi network to find the best channel and use Game Boost to prioritize gaming devices and packets.

LEADING CONNECTIVITIY

ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi includes the latest connectivity for supersmooth online experiences and blisteringly fast large file transfers. Superior audio performance gives you a massive advantage, allowing you to pick up on the smallest audio cues for a completely immersive gaming experience.

  • Thunderbolt 4

  • Storage & Memory

  • Networking

  • Audio

Thunderbolt 4

A Thunderbolt™ 4 USB Type-C® port delivers up to 40 Gbps of bidirectional bandwidth for the latest high-speed devices and drives. In PCIe mode, the port provides 32 Gbps of bandwidth, which is ample to drive two external 4K displays.

OptiMem II

ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi supports up to 64 GB DDR4 memory across two slots. OptiMem II technology improves trace layout to significantly reduce vias and crosstalk, enhancing memory stability and compatibility while giving memory kits higher frequency margins.

PCIe 4.0-Ready

ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi features two onboard M.2 slots, one of which supports the latest PCIe 4.0 standard to provide maximum storage flexibility and the fastest data speeds available with the latest Intel processors.

Intel® Wi-Fi 6E (Gig+)

Onboard WiFi 6E technology takes advantage of the newly available radio spectrum in the 6 GHz band. It provides up to three times the bandwidth of the 5 GHz band and up to seven 160 MHz bands to deliver ultrafast wireless networking speeds and improved capacity as well as better performance in dense wireless environments.

*WiFi 6E availability and features are dependent on regulatory limitations and co-existence with 5 GHz WiFi. Learn more about the ASUS WiFi 6 ecosystem.

Intel 2.5Gb ETHERNET

Onboard 2.5 Gb Ethernet gives your wired connection a boost, with up to a 2.5X improvement over standard Ethernet connections for faster file transfers, smoother lag-free gaming and high-res video streaming.

1WiFi 6E Antenna

The antenna has two built-in transmitters and receivers to enable faster transmission speeds, and it supports the 2.4, 5 and 6 GHz bands.

2Adjustable Design

Four-way positioning enables better signal reception.

3Magnetic Base

A powerful magnetic base secures the antenna on the top or side of the PC case.

PLAY IN STYLE

Pair ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi with other products from the diverse ROG ecosystem to create a fully customized gaming setup that reflects your personal style.

  • Customization

  • DIY Friendly

  • Certified Compatibilty

Undeniably ROG Strix

Futuristic cybertext and diagonal mesh lines add a dash of aesthetic flair to the exemplary cooling and engineering that lies beneath, leaving no doubt Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi is ROG.

OUTSHINE THE COMPETITION

ROG Strix motherboards deliver sterling performance and superior aesthetics to outshine the competition. They also feature built-in ASUS Aura technology that enables full RGB lighting control and a variety of presets for embedded RGB LEDs as well as lighting strips connected to onboard RGB headers. In addition, all lighting can be easily synced with an ever-growing portfolio of Aura-capable ASUS hardware.

ADDRESSABLE GEN 2 RGB HEADER

ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi's Addressable Gen 2 RGB headers are now capable of detecting the number of LEDs on second-gen addressable RGB devices, allowing the software to automatically tailor lighting effects to specific devices. The new headers also offer backward-compatibility with existing Aura RGB gear.

Q-LED

Onboard LEDs indicate power status or issues with the CPU, memory, graphics card or boot device.

BIOS FlashBack™

BIOS FlashBack™ is the simplest and safest way to update BIOS. Simply drop the (UEFI) BIOS file onto a FAT32-formatted USB stick, and plug it into the USB BIOS FlashBack port and press the button. Updates can even be performed without having memory or a CPU installed.

FlexKey

FlexyKey makes it possible to redefine the role of the chassis reset button. Assignable options include quick Aura lighting control, booting directly into UEFI, or performing a safe boot to recover settings.

Pre-Mounted I/O Shield

The patented ROG I/O shield is finished in sleek matte black and comes pre-mounted, which further simplifies the process of installing the motherboard.

Ideal for Small-Form-Factor Builds

ROG Strix motherboards undergo an extensive certification program to ensure compatibility with the widest range of components and devices. For a smooth build process, refer to our list of guaranteed-compatible components. To help with memory upgrades, the list also includes a dedicated Qualified Vendor List (QVL)

The ROG Strix Ecosystem Awaits

Level up your game with ROG Strix. Enjoy complementary aesthetics, control and compatibility across AIO coolers, cases, peripherals, and much more. ROG offers more choices than any other brand.

ROG Gives You More

ROG-exclusive software utilities deliver intuitive audio tuning and gaming enhancements so you can configure your gaming build the way you want. To further aid system setup and performance tuning, the highly acclaimed AIDA64 and MemTest86 utilities have also been added to the mix.

  • Optimization

  • Audio Effect

  • AIDA64

  • Armoury Crate

  • RAMCache III

UEFI BIOS

The renowned ROG UEFI (BIOS) provides everything you need to configure, tweak, and tune your rig. It offers intelligently simplified options for newcomers to PC DIY, as well as more comprehensive features for seasoned veterans.

MemTest86 Pre-Installed

MemTest86

For added convenience, MemTest86 has been pre-installed into ROG UEFI (BIOS) Run the test to pinpoint memory issues with just one click, without the need for any USB stick or going into the OS. The memory report will also be stored in the BIOS archives for reference.

More advance mode features >>

When you're ready for a deeper dive into the configuration of your system, delve into the UEFI's Advanced mode and take complete control. Each section is intuitively organized, and a built-in search feature makes it easy to find the options you need. Advanced functions are coded with the intelligence to adapt to your settings, and when you're ready to take charge, parameters have the granularity to dial in performance just the way you want.

Learn more

MemTest86 Learn more

Diagnose faulty RAM and memory problems that causes corrupted data and crashes.

Prediction

AI OC monitors system vitals like temperatures, fan speeds, and power draw to estimate overclocking performance.

My Favorites

Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the list.

EZ Flash 3

Flash the latest BIOS via the internet from within the BIOS.

AI OC Guide

The AI OC Guide allows you to enable the AI Optimization or view a quick guide.

SMART

Check your storages devices' Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology logs to gauge reliability and to identify potential failures.

GPU POST

Automatically detect selected ASUS graphics cards to view detailed information.

Secure Erase

Restore your SSDs to factory-fresh condition.

Last Modified Log

Track the latest changes and save preferred profiles onto a USB drive.

SATA Port Renaming

Rename SATA ports for easy identification.

Search Function

Quickly and easily find the option or setting you're looking for.

ASUS User Profile

Port configuration settings between different BIOS versions or share them with friends.

Designed to simplify setup, EZ mode presents vital settings and stats on a single page. With guided wizards, drag-and-drop functionality, and one-click application of important settings, your rig will be up and running in no time.

Learn more

My Favorites

Quickly find tuning options and add preferred tools to the list.

EZ Flash 3

Flash the latest BIOS from within the BIOS.

SMART

Check your storage device Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology logs to gauge reliability and identify potential failures.

Secure Erase

Restore your SSDs and NVMe storage to factory settings.

Last Modified Log

Track the last change and save preferred profiles to a USB drive.

SATA Port Renaming

Rename SATA ports for easy identification.

User Profile

Port configuration settings between different BIOS versions or share them with friends.

Q-Fan Control

Configure the fan's operating speed manually or use pre-configured fan profiles to quickly select Standard, Silent, Turbo or Full Speed modes. By default, system fans will automatically switch to full speed if the temperature reaches 75°C.

5-Way Optimization

Take care of complex tuning with just one click. ASUS 5-Way Optimization is a system-wide tuning utility that overclocks the processor and tunes fan speeds to ensure the best balance between cooling and acoustics.

TPU INSIGHT

EPU Guidance

FAN XPERT 4

DIGI+ POWER CONTROL

TURBO APP

The TurboV Processing Unit (TPU) provides AI Suite 3 with the intelligence needed to automatically fine-tune voltages, monitor system stats, and adjust overclocking settings.

The Energy Processing Unit (EPU) automatically optimizes power consumption and maximizes savings with Away mode, a smart setting that creates an extreme energy-saving scenario by shutting down unused I/O controllers.

Fan Expert 4 provides comprehensive control over fans, water pumps and all-in-one (AIO) coolers. Control is also possible via the award-winning ROG UEFI. Whether you're cooling with air or water, Auto-Tuning mode intelligently configures all parameters with a single click. There's also an Extreme Quiet mode, which reduces all fan speeds to below the default minimum to keep your system whisper-quiet when performing light tasks.

The Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) delivers real-time control over voltage droop, allowing you to switch frequency and power-efficiency settings so you can fine-tune CPU voltage regulation for ultimate stability and performance.

Define CPU overclocking, apply fan profiles, prioritize network data, optimize audio settings at app level, and more ― all with this intuitive tool.

Sonic Studio

DTS:Sound Unbound

SONIC STUDIO III

ROG Sonic Studio supports HRTF-based (head-related transfer function*) virtual surround for VR headsets, casting an immersive aural landscape that draws you deeper into the action. The intuitive Sonic Studio interface also offers a range of EQ options and one-click presets, allowing you to tailor acoustics to suit personal preferences or the characteristics of your headset.

Sonic Studio Link

The new Sonic Studio Link allows you to apply effects on all playback devices. Simply press the Sonic Studio Link button to enjoy the effect on any connected device.

Sonic Studio Virtual Mixer

Combine audio output from selected apps with audio from the microphone input and stream the compiled mix.

App-specific Profiles

Apply customized audio settings to various applications, so that each is perfectly tuned to the way you want to listen.

Learn more

*A head-related transfer function is an audio algorithm derived from sound data recorded through a dummy head. Test tones are played from a spherical grid around the dummy head to obtain subtle changes in sounds that come from different directions. The results are combined into an algorithm that allows Sonic Studio's virtual surround to process audio that's true to life.

DTS:Sound Unbound

ROG Strix Z590 motherboards are pre-loaded with the DTS® Sound Unbound™ app that envelops you in audio as never before, conjuring whole new levels of immersion for extraordinary gaming and entertainment experiences. By leveraging Windows Sonic spatial technology, DTS Sound Unbound delivers audio in a virtual 3D space — putting you right in the middle of the soundscape, where you can sense the location and direction of every gunshot, footstep or other sound in your virtual environment.

* DTS Sound Unbound requires in-game support. Check with game developers for supported titles.

STEREO SOUND

Discrete left and right audio channels enable headphone or two-speaker setup.

SURROUND SOUND

Audio is split and served over multiple speaker channels – e.g., 5.1 or 7.1 – to create an enveloping experience on a single, logical plane.​

SPATIAL SOUND

A virtual audio-sphere effect creates astonishing 360° immersion – with you at the center, where sounds seem to arrive from all directions.

AIDA64 EXTREME

ROG Strix Z590 motherboards include a 60-day AIDA64 Extreme subscription. This industry-leading system information tool provides detailed information about installed hardware and software, and it also provides benchmarks for measuring performance of the entire system or individual components. AIDA64 Extreme includes a monitoring and diagnostics feature to detect and prevent hardware issues. All vital system sensors can be tracked in real time, allowing voltage readings, fan speeds, and temperature information to be displayed on the desktop or sent to dedicated displays or to the LCD panels of ROG AIO liquid coolers*.

*Support available for ROG Ryujin II and later models.

ROG X AIDA64 Extreme

Hardware Monitor Display

Armoury Crate

Armoury Crate is a software utility designed to give you centralized control of supported gaming products, making it easy to tune the look and feel of your system. From a single intuitive interface, Armoury Crate lets you easily customize RGB lighting and effects for compatible devices and synchronize them with Aura Sync to create a unified lighting scheme across your system. You can also use Armoury Crate to download drivers, software and the user manual. In addition, Armoury Crate features a dedicated product registration page as well as a news feed to help you stay in touch with the gaming community.

*Windows 10 is required for full Aura Sync functionality within Armoury Crate. For Windows 8 and earlier versions, standalone Aura Sync software is available for free download from the product support site.

Ramcache III

RAMCache lll software turns milliseconds into microseconds to boost game-load times. Fully compatible with the latest NVM Express® storage options, its uniquely intelligent technology effectively caches an entire storage device so that favorite games and apps launch at breakneck speeds. A Smart mode automatically caches all storage devices to maximize system resources.

Smart mode: Automatically caches all your storage devices to maximize your system's resources.

The intuitive interface displays real-time drive information, such as current read/write speeds.

And allows you to quickly check the health status of assigned memory.

Sours: https://rog.asus.com/us/motherboards/rog-strix/rog-strix-z590-i-gaming-wifi-model/
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Z590M-ITX/ax

  • Supports 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors and 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
  • 8 Phase Dr.MOS Power Design
  • Supports DDR4 5066MHz (OC)
  • 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DisplayPort
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC897 Audio Codec), Nahimic Audio
  • 4 SATA3, 1 x Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4),
    1 x Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 1 x Rear USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C (20Gb/s)
    5 x USB 3.2 Gen2 (4 x Rear, 1 x Front Type-C)
    2 x Front USB 3.2 Gen1
    3 x USB 2.0 (1 x Rear, 2 x Front)
  • Dragon 2.5 Gigabit LAN, Intel® Gigabit LAN
  • Intel® 802.11ax WiFi 6E BT 5.2

This model may not be sold worldwide. Please contact your local dealer for the availability of this model in your region.

IT’S TIME FOR Z590 MOTHERBOARDS

Compact . Blazing Speed . Easy-to-Use

Dr. MOS

8 Power Phase Design

Dr. MOS

Dr.MOS is the integrated power stage solution which is optimized for synchronous buck-set down voltage applications! Compared to traditional discrete MOSFETs, it intelligently delivers higher current for each phase, thus providing improved thermal result and superior performance.

Premium 60A Power Choke

Compared to traditional chokes, ASRock’s premium 60A power chokes effectively make the saturation current up to three times better, thus providing enhanced and improved Vcore voltage to the motherboard.

8 Power Phase Design

Featuring sturdy components and completely smooth power delivery to the CPU. Plus, it offers enhanced performance with the lowest temperature for advanced gamers.

Clever Access Memory

Conventional PC systems processor can only access a fraction of graphics memory and limits system performance. With Clever Access Memory, the data channel gets expanded to harness the full potential of GPU memory, removes the bottleneck and increase performance.

Base Frequency Boost (BFB) Technology

Who ever said that only K series CPUs and the Z-family platform are capable of being performed with maximum power. Via ASRock BFB (Base Frequency Boost) Technology, users may install their non K series CPUs to ASRock’s selected 500 series motherboards and enjoy the base frequency boost with the hidden power of processors immediately.

While ASRock BFB breathes life into non K series CPUs, the boost frequency currently still depends on the cooling system applied on your rig.

PCIe 4.0 High Speed M.2 Solution

This motherboard is capable of accomadating multiple M.2 storage devices, one of which can even support next generation PCI Express 4.0 M.2 SSD, it is capable of performing twice the speed compared to previous 3rd generation, giving a lightning fast data transferring experience.

Wi-Fi 6E 802.11ax

WiFi 6E technology has extended to the whole new 6GHz spectrum band, providing more WiFi capability and giving an even better and faster internet traffic. In addition to deliver higher speeds, the WiFi 6E also enhances the lower latency and supports service levels that are equivalent to 5G networks.

Dragon 2.5 Gb/s LAN

The intelligent 2.5Gb/s LAN platform is built for maximum networking performance for the demanding requirements of home networking, content creators, online gamers and high-quality streaming media. Boost networking performance up to 2.5X the bandwidth compared to the standard gigabit Ethernet, you’ll enjoy the faster and uncompromised connectivity experience for gaming, file transfers and backups.

Automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge.

USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C

The latest USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C delivers up to 20 Gbps data transfer rate which is 2x as fast as previous generation, providing a blazing fast data transfer interface with reversible USB Type-C design that fits the connector either way.

Reinforced Steel Slot [PCIe 4.0 Version]

The reinforced steel slot comes with the next generation PCI Express 4.0 standard. The various benefits include:
✔ Extra anchor points
✔ Stronger latch
✔ Ensure signal stability
✔ Make sure heavy graphics cards to be well-installed.

Front USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C

Front USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C header delivers up to 10 Gbps data transfer rate and next generation reversible USB design to the front panel of computer case.

RULE YOUR OWN LIGHTING WAY - POLYCHROME RGB

This motherboard features onboard RGB headers and an addressable RGB header that allow motherboard to be connected to compatible LED devices such as strip, CPU fans, coolers, chassis and so on. Users may also synchronize RGB LED devices across the Polychrome RGB Sync-certifiedaccessories to create their own unique lighting effects.

Nahimic Audio

Whether you are using headphones, a headset, external or internal speakers, via USB, Wi-Fi, analog output or even HDMI, Nahimic Audio offers you the most engaging listening experience, vibrant and rich with details.

The Sound Tracker is a visual indicator that points out the directions from which predominant sounds are coming. Each sound is properly positioned in 360° on a radar for a full immersion during the game.

Water Pump Header

This is not only a standard CPU fan header, but also supports water pumps! This header provides a maximum of 2A power for supporting the most popular water pumps. User also can adjust the voltage of water pump to get higher cooling performance with lower noise.

Full Spike Protection

Some sensitive digital components on the motherboard are vulnerable to power surges, the excessive current may cause your system to malfunction immediately. ASRock Full Spike Protection includes various technologies to prevent your motherboard’s components from being damaged by these unexpected voltage spikes.

  • Unique Feature

    ASRock USB 3.2 Gen2
    - ASRock Front Panel Type-C USB 3.2 Gen2 Header (10 Gb/s)
    - ASRock USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C Port (20 Gb/s)
    - ASRock USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s)
    ASRock Super Alloy
    - Premium 60A Power Choke
    - 50A Dr.MOS
    - Nichicon 12K Black Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
    - Sapphire Black PCB
    - High Density Glass Fabric PCB
    - 8 Layer PCB
    2.5G LAN
    Intel® 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E
    ASRock Steel Slot
    ASRock Full Coverage M.2 Heatsink
    ASRock Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4x4)
    ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN Ports)
    ASRock Live Update & APP Shop

  • CPU

    - Supports 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors and 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors (LGA1200)
    - Digi Power design
    - 8 Power Phase design
    - Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology
    - Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPUs

  • Chipset

    - Intel® Z590

  • Memory

    - Dual Channel DDR4 Memory Technology
    - 2 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
    - 11th Gen Intel®Core™ Processors support DDR4 non-ECC, un-buffered memory up to 5066+(OC)*
    - 10th Gen Intel®Core™ Processors support DDR4 non-ECC, un-buffered memory up to 4600+(OC)*
    - Supports ECC UDIMM memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
    - Max. capacity of system memory: 64GB**
    - Supports Intel®Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 2.0

    *11th Gen Intel® Core™ (i9/i7/i5) support DDR4 3200 natively; Core™ (i3), Pentium® and Celeron® support DDR4 2666 natively.
    10th Gen Intel® Core™ (i9/i7) support DDR4 2933 natively; Core™ (i5/i3), Pentium® and Celeron® support DDR4 2666 natively.

    **Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.

  • BIOS

    - 128Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with multilingual GUI support
    - ACPI 6.0 Compliant wake up events
    - SMBIOS 2.7 Support
    - CPU, CPU GT, VCCSA, DRAM, VPPM, VCCIN AUX, VCCIO, VCCST Voltage Multi-adjustment

  • Graphics

    - 11th Gen Intel®Core™ Processors support Intel®Xe Graphics Architecture (Gen 12). 10th Gen Intel®Core™ Processors support Gen 9 Graphics
    - Dual graphics output: support HDMI and DisplayPort 1.4 ports by independent display controllers
    - Supports HDMI 2.0 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2160) @ 60Hz with 11th Gen Intel®Core™ Processors
    - Supports HDMI 1.4 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2160) @ 30Hz with 10th Gen Intel®Core™ Processors
    - Supports DisplayPort 1.4 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2304) @ 60Hz
    - Supports Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12bpc), xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI 2.0 Port (Compliant HDMI monitor is required)
    - Supports HDCP 2.2 with DisplayPort and HDMI Ports (HDCP 2.3 ready with 11th Gen Intel®Core™ Processors)

    *Intel® UHD Graphics Built-in Visuals and the VGA outputs can be supported only with processors which are GPU integrated.
    Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types.

  • Audio

    - 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC897 Audio Codec)
    - Supports Surge Protection
    - Nahimic Audio

  • LAN

    1 x 2.5 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000/2500 Mb/s (Dragon RTL8125BG)
    - Supports Dragon 2.5G LAN Software
    - Smart Auto Adjust Bandwidth Control
    - Visual User Friendly UI
    - Visual Network Usage Statistics
    - Optimized Default Setting for Game, Browser, and Streaming Modes
    - User Customized Priority Control
    - Supports Wake-On-LAN
    - Supports Lightning/ESD Protection
    - Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
    - Supports PXE 1 x Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s (Intel® I219V)
    - Supports Wake-On-LAN
    - Supports Lightning/ESD Protection
    - Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
    - Supports PXE

  • Wireless LAN

    - Intel®802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E Module
    - Supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ax
    - Supports Dual-Band 2x2 160MHz with extended 6GHz band support*
    - 2 antennas to support 2 (Transmit) x 2 (Receive) diversity technology
    - Supports Bluetooth 5.2 + High speed class II
    - Supports MU-MIMO

    *Wi-Fi 6E (6GHz band) is not currently enabled by default due to the different regulation status of each country. It will be activated (for supported countries) through Windows® Update and software update once available. The update is expected to be in the middle of 2021.

  • Slots

    11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
    - 1 x PCI Express 4.0 x16 Slot*
    10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
    - 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot*

    - 1 x Vertical M.2 Socket (Key E) with the bundled WiFi-802.11ax PCIe WiFi module (on the rear I/O)

    *Supports PCIe riser cards to extend one x16 slot to two x8 slots
    Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks

  • Storage

    - 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors
    - 1 x Hyper M.2 Socket (M2_1), supports M Key type 2280 M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen4x4 (64 Gb/s) (Socket M2_1 works with 11th Gen Intel®Core™ processors only)*
    - 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_2), supports M Key type 2280 M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s)*

    *Supports Intel® Optane™ Technology
    Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks
    Supports ASRock U.2 Kit

  • RAID

    - Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
    - Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 for M.2 NVMe storage devices*

    *RAID function for PCIe mode SSD in M2_1 is only available with Intel® SSD installed.

  • Connector

    - 1 x RGB LED Header*
    - 1 x Addressable LED Header**
    - 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin)***
    - 1 x Chassis Fan Connector (4-pin)****
    - 1 x Chassis/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)*****
    - 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
    - 1 x 8 pin 12V Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector)
    - 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector
    - 1 x USB 2.0 Header (Supports 2 USB 2.0 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
    - 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Header (Supports 2 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
    - 1 x Front Panel Type C USB 3.2 Gen2 Header (Supports ESD Protection)

    *Support in total up to 12V/3A, 36W LED Strip

    **Support in total up to 5V/3A, 15W LED Strip

    ***The CPU Fan Connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12W) fan power.

    ****The Chassis Fan Connector supports the chassis fan of maximum 1A (12W) fan power.

    *****The Chassis/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 2A (24W) fan power.
    CHA_FAN1/WP can auto detect if 3-pin or 4-pin fan is in use.

  • Rear Panel I/O

    - 2 x Antenna Ports
    - 1 x HDMI Port
    - 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
    - 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C Port (20 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
    - 4 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A Ports (10 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
    - 1 x USB 2.0 Port (Supports ESD Protection)
    - 2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
    - HD Audio Jacks: Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone

  • Software and UEFI

    Software
    - ASRock Motherboard Utility (A-Tuning)
    - ASRock Dragon 2.5G LAN Software
    - ASRock Polychrome SYNC*
    UEFI
    - ASRock EZ Mode
    - ASRock Full HD UEFI
    - ASRock My Favorites in UEFI
    - ASRock Instant Flash
    - ASRock Internet Flash
    - ASRock Easy RAID Installer

    *These utilities can be downloaded from ASRock Live Update & APP Shop.

  • Support CD

    - Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), Google Chrome Browser and Toolbar

  • Accessories

    - Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
    - 2 x SATA Data Cables
    - 2 x ASRock WiFi 2.4/5/6 GHz Antennas
    - 2 x Screws for M.2 Sockets

  • Hardware Monitor

    - Fan Tachometer: CPU, Chassis, Chassis/Water Pump Fans
    - Quiet Fan (Auto adjust chassis fan speed by CPU temperature): CPU, Chassis, Chassis/Water Pump Fans
    - Fan Multi-Speed Control: CPU, Chassis, Chassis/Water Pump Fans
    - Voltage monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore

  • Form Factor

    - Mini-ITX Form Factor: 6.7-in x 6.7-in, 17.0 cm x 17.0 cm
    - 8 Layer PCB

  • OS

    - Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit / 11 64-bit

  • Certifications

    - FCC, CE
    - ErP/EuP ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)

Sours: https://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z590M-ITXax/index.asp

Rocket Lake Rumble: Three Mini-ITX Z590 Motherboards Battle for Compact Supremacy

For those looking for the best motherboard for a compact Rocket Lake build, we’ll be diving deep here to examine and test three Mini-ITX motherboards based on Intel’s latest mainstream chipset, Z590. We’ll take a close look at the ASRock Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 (~$350), Asus ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi ($369.99), and the Gigabyte Z590I Aorus Ultra ($321.49). We couldn’t get our hands on the MSI Z590I Unify Gaming ($369.99) in time for this article, but we expect that board to arrive in the coming weeks and post a review when we can.

When you’re shopping for a Mini-ITX motherboard (see more on motherboard form factors here), chances are the case you use is going to be compact as well. This means limited CPU cooling options and, due to the size of the board, fewer Memory and PCIe slots and M.2 sockets. That said, these tiny builds can be portable powerhouses when done right. But you need to have solid power delivery and cooling and pick the right ITX board for your needs, as using an add-in card (beyond the GPU) to supplement any missing ports isn’t possible. We’ll take a detailed look at the three boards we have and see which is the best option overall.

In our testing, all boards performed well, easily mixing in with our other test results, including full-size and more-expensive options. Out of the box, the ASRock board is the most hamstrung by Intel’s power limits, while the other boards tend to run a bit more free in comparison. But all you need to do to get the ASRock up to par with the other boards is to raise its power limits. The performance difference was negligible outside of the long-running tests, where the turbo time/limits come into play. Gaming performance was similar among all the boards, as was memory bandwidth and latency testing. Outside of a couple of outliers, all boards performed similarly, especially when the playing field was leveled by removing the stock limits.

All three of our Mini-ITX boards include two DRAM slots, a single PCIe slot, two M.2 sockets, 2.5 GbE and Wi-Fi. The difference between these boards boils down to appearance, Wi-Fi speeds, audio codec, SATA port count, power delivery capability, rear IO port type/count and price. We’ll dig into the features and other details on each board below, starting with the ASRock Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4. Below are the specifications from ASRock.

Specifications - ASRock Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4

SocketLGA 1200
ChipsetZ590
Form FactorMini-ITX
Voltage Regulator8 Phase (8+2, 90A MOSFETs)
Video Ports(1) HDMI
(1) DisplayPort (v1.4)
USB Ports(1) Thunderbolt 4 Type-C (40 Gbps)
(5) USB 3.2 Gen 2, Type-A (10 Gbps)
Network Jacks(1) 2.5 GbE
Audio Jacks(5) Analog + SPDIF
Legacy Ports/Jacks
Other Ports/Jack
PCIe x16(1) v4.0 x16
PCIe x8
PCIe x4
PCIe x1
CrossFire/SLI
DIMM slots(2) DDR4 4266+(OC), 64GB Capacity
M.2 slots(1) PCIe 4.0 x4 / 64 Gbps, PCIe (up to 80mm)
(1) PCIe 3.0 x4 / 32 Gbps, PCIe/SATA (up to 80mm) *Supports RAID 0 and 1
U.2 Ports
SATA Ports(3) SATA3 6 Gbps *Supports RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10
USB Headers(1) USB v3.2 Gen 2x2 (Front Panel Type-C)
(1) USB v3.2 Gen 1
(1) USB v2.0
*All support ESD protection
Fan/Pump Headers(3) 4-Pin
RGB Headers(1) ARGB (3-pin)
(1) RGB (4-pin)
Legacy Interfaces
Other InterfacesFP-Audio, TPM
Diagnostics Panel4 LED debug
Internal Button/Switch
SATA Controllers
Ethernet Controller(s)(1) Killer E3100G (2.5 GbE)
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth(1) Killer AX1675x (WiFi-6E, 2x2 160 Hz/6 GHz, MU-MIMO, OFDMA, BT 5.2)
USB Controllers
HD Audio CodecRealtek ALC1220
DDL/DTS Connect✗ / ✗
Warranty3 Years

Along with the motherboard, the ASRock Z590 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 box includes a slim collection of accessories, though there’s enough to get you started. Below is a complete list of all included extras.

  • Support CD / Quick installation Guide
  • Wi-Fi Antenna
  • (2) SATA cables
  • (2) Screw package for M.2 sockets
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After we took this little guy out of the box, we see a densely packed Mini-ITX board that comes with almost all of the features typically found on a full-size motherboard. The ITX/TB4 sports a matte-black PCB, along with a heatpipe-connected heatsink for the VRM. You can spot the Phantom Gaming theme easily, with branding located above vent holes on the rear IO as well as the chipset/M.2 heatsink, just above the PCIe slot. On the RGB LED front, the Z590 PG-ITX/TB4 has three LEDs on the underside of the board, behind the PCIe slot. ASRock’s Polychrome Sync application controls the lighting. Overall, I like the board’s appearance. It’s is improved over the last generation and won’t have any issues fitting in with most build themes.

Typically when discussing motherboards, they’re split into the top half and bottom half. But since these boards are so small, we’ll work in a clockwise motion starting on the left with the IO cover. Here we see the metal cover hiding all of the rear IO bits, as well as a small fan designed to dissipate heat. The top and the rear IO plate have holes in them to circulate the air from the fan.

Across the top of the motherboard is the 8-pin EPS connector (required) to power the CPU. Just to the right is a 3-pin ARGB header and three 4-pin fan headers. The CPU and Chassis fan headers support 1A/12W, while the CPU_Opt/Water pump connector doubles that to 2A/24W. ASRock states the CPU_OPT/W_Pump header auto-detects if a 3-pin or 4-pin fan is in use. I would like to see all of the fan/pump headers auto-detect what’s attached.

Moving past the VRMs to the right side of the board, there are several headers, ports and slots. Starting with the two unreinforced DRAM slots, support is listed to 64GB with speeds up to 4266+(OC). Surprisingly this is lower than many ATX size boards (typically, these smaller boards offer better RAM clocking capabilities) and lower than the other two boards in this roundup. That said, the ASRock board ran our DDR4 4000 sticks with minimal adjustments (that same VccIO Memory +0.10 for the ASRock board we looked at previously), so for the majority of users, the limit (on paper) won’t be an issue.

On the right edge, from top to bottom, is the 24-pin ATX connector for board power, front panel header and 4-pin RGB header, USB 3.2 Gen 1 header, three SATA ports (supports RAID0, 1, 5 and 10), and a front-panel USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Type-C header. Above the 24-pin ATX are the debug LEDs that tell you where the board got hung up in the POST process. Since there isn’t any room for the 2-character LED that provides you more detailed information, this is a good value-add for troubleshooting.

On the bottom of the board is the single reinforced (ASRock Steel Slot) PCIe slot with extra anchors, a better latch, and signal stability improvements (according to the company). The slot runs the full PCIe 4.0 x16 bandwidth when using an 11th generation CPU. Located above the slot is a USB 2.0 header and the front-panel audio header.

The bottom-left corner holds the audio bits. Visible are a couple of audio capacitors (in yellow) while the Realtek ALC1220 hides the IO cover. While this is a premium audio chip, it’s last generation’s flagship; I would like to have seen the newest codec used as we see on the Asus. That said, this solution will still be sufficient for most users.

Just above this slot is a dual-purpose heatsink designed to keep the southbridge chip and an M.2 module cool. Simply unscrew the two visible screws and it exposes the PCIe 4.0 x4 (64 Gbps) M.2 socket. The second M.2 socket sits on the back of the board, supports both PCIe and SATA-based modules, and does not have a heatsink on it. Both sockets support 80mm drives. The M.2 sockets support RAID0 and 1. The manual doesn’t list any lane sharing, which makes sense considering the three SATA ports here, when the chipset provides six natively.

ASRock chose an 8-phase configuration for Vcore on this little board. You won’t find any VRM doublers as in this direct setup. Power flows from the 8-pin EPS to a Renesas ISL69269 12-channel (X+Y+Z=12) controller, then on to the 90A ISL99390 Smart Power Stages. The 720A available for the CPU is enough for stock operation and even overclocking our Core i9-11900K processor (with ambient cooling).

Typically we list all of the buttons and headers along the bottom of the board, but due to the Mini-ITX design, we covered this already during the motherboard tour above.

Taking a look at the integrated rear IO plate, we see it sports the same styling found on the Z490 version: primarily a grey-and-black background with some red highlights matching the Phantom Gaming theme. From left to right are the DisplayPort (v1.4) and HDMI (v2.0) ports for use when working off the integrated GRAPHICS in your CPU. Next are four USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) ports and a single USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 Gbps) port and one ultra-fast Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps) Type-C port. In blue is the Killer E3100G LAN port and a small Clear CMOS button. In the middle, we see holes for venting air from the hidden fan (which is inaudible, by the way), the Wi-Fi 6E antenna mounts and the 5-plug + SPDIF audio stack.       

Firmware

The BIOS theme in the Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 matches the Z590 PG Velocita we recently reviewed, sporting a black/red theme. As usual, we capture a majority of the BIOS screens to share with you. ASRock includes an Easy Mode for high-level monitoring and adjustments, along with an Advanced section. The BIOS is organized well, with many of the more commonly used functions accessible without drilling down multiple levels to find them. Here you adjust the Memory, Voltage, and CPU details in separate sections, but it’s all on the first page of each section. In the end, the BIOS worked well and was easy to navigate and read.

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Software

On the software side, ASRock includes a few utilities that cover overclocking and monitoring (PG-Tuning), audio (Nahimic 3), software for updating drivers and downloading applications (App Shop), and of course, RGB control (Polychrome RGB). We did not run into any issues in our limited use of the applications.

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Before we get to the performance for this board and its competitors, we’ll detail the other two models as well. Next up is the Asus ROG Strix Z590-I Gaming WiFi.

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Sours: https://www.tomshardware.com/features/z590-itx-roundup

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