ASRock Z690 Aqua OC Motherboard Review Ft. Corsair’s Hydro X Series Liquid Cooling

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ASRock Z690 Aqua OC Motherboard - Features

Earlier this year, ASRock unleashed its Aqua lineup, featuring the $1299 US standard & $1399 US OC options. Both motherboards are designed to take full advantage of water-cooled PC setups & deliver exceptional overclocking capabilities with a powerful VRM design and lots of features for enthusiasts. ASRock sent us their 'OC' variant of the Z690 Aqua which showcases its overclocking prowess.

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The product is ASRock's flagship product & is also priced as such at $1400 US so expect it to be spec'd out accordingly, the ASRock Z690 Aqua OC rocks a 20 Phase VRM with 105 Amp SPS Smart Power Stages. Power to the VRM and the CPU socket is provided through a dual 8-pin connector configuration.

ASRock Z690 Aqua OC Motherboard Features:

  • Supports 12th Gen Intel Core Processors (LGA1700)
  • 20 Phase SPS Dr.MOS Power Design
  • Supports DDR5 7000MHz (OC)
  • 2 PCIe 5.0 x16, 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x1
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, 2 Thunderbolt Type-C
  • Realtek ALC1220 7.1 CH HD Audio Codec, ESS SABRE 9218 DAC, WIMA Audio Caps, Nahimic Audio
  • 6 SATA3
  • 1 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4)
  • 2 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4 & SATA3)
  • 2 Thunderbolt 4/USB4 Type-C
  • 2 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Front Type-C
  • 2 Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A
  • 6 USB 3.2 Gen1 (2 Rear, 4 Front)
  • AQUANTIA / Marvell 10G LAN, Killer E3100 2.5G LAN
  • Killer AX1675 802.11ax (WiFi 6E) + Bluetooth
  • Status OLED + Polychrome SYNC

Designed to unlock the best of Intel 12th Generation Core ‘K Series' processors, the AQUA incorporates almost every leading feature imaginable. Looking as good as it cools, the Z690 AQUA truly stands out from all others.

"After the critical acclaim of our previous AQUA limited-edition motherboard, we're extremely excited to launch the Z690 AQUA, which features our most impressive and innovative tuning and cooling technologies that are designed to break the boundaries of what PC performance is capable of." Said Chris Lee, Vice President of ASRock motherboard and gaming monitor business unit.

ASRock Z690 Aqua OC Motherboard Gallery:

Liquid-cooling, ARGB, and OLED built-in

The Z690 AQUA features a water-cooling mono-block that efficiently cools both CPU and VRM, ensuring maximum performance while keeping the system completely chilled. ASRock includes a digital water leak detector in the package to ensure PC builders can create a legendary water-cooled machine in full confidence. Every PC builder demands addressable RGB effects that sync to their favorite colors and reflects their personal style, and the Z690 AQUA offers ARGB lighting and a built-in informational OLED display that can really draw the eye.

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ASRock's Extreme 19+1 phase 105A SPS Dr.MOS VRM design

To complement its impressive water-cooling hardware, underneath, a powerful 19+1 phase VRM design with 105 Amp SPS ensures the Intel 12th Generation Core CPU always has enough power, even when highly overclocked. An unprecedented 12-layer PCB with 2oz copper layers ensures the Z690 AQUA is a flagship-grade motherboard through-and-through.

Extensive connectivity including Thunderbolt4

Ensuring maximum performance beyond the motherboard, two Thunderbolt4 ports give 40Gbps of performance are available, plus not just one, but two USB 3.2 Gen2x2 front panel connectors give an extra 20Gbps USB connectivity at the front of a PC chassis. Featuring 10Gbps AQUANTIA LAN, plus 2.5Gbps LAN and WiFi 6E, the Z690 AQUA ensures the widest variety of the fastest multi-gigabit connectivity is on hand to use, whatever your home networking needs.

ASRock Z690 AQUA OC – Next-level design to break extreme OC records

Building on the epic foundations of the Z690 AQUA, the Z690 AQUA OC is a limited edition motherboard designed expressly for extreme overclocking. In addition to the 12-layer PCB, 19+1 Digi Power Phase with 105A SPS, an external clock generator boosts OC potential. The two DIMM layouts – one DIMM per channel – ensure optimum signal routing to unlock maximum DDR5 OC potential. With only 500 units of this incredible motherboard available – each with its own production number - get ready to get your hands on one of the world's most exclusive flagship motherboards!

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