Intel Rocket Lake Core i9-11900K 8 Core Desktop CPU Review Ft. MSI MEG Z590 ACE, ASRock Z590 Steel Legend, AORUS Z590 PRO AX Motherboards



Intel Core i9-11900K

30th March, 2021
Type CPU
Price $539.00 US

ASRock Z590 Steel Legend Motherboard - Features

The ASRock Z590 lineup has 5 key segments, there's a single flagship motherboard while the high-end lineup comprises the Taichi and the Velocita. To be precise, there three boards in the Phantom Gaming lineup, two boards in the Steel/Extreme series, and 3 boards in the Pro/mainstream lineup.

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The ASRock Z590 Steel Legend aims to be another $200-$220 US option with features similar to the Extreme 4. The motherboard has an arctic camo design scheme all over and makes use of ASRock's Polychrome Sync RGB LEDs on the PCH Heatsink, Front Panel I/O Cover, and the side of the board.

ASRock Z590 Steel Legend WiFi 6E Motherboard Features:

  • Supports 10th Gen Intel Core Processors and 11th Gen Intel Core Processors
  • 14 Phase Dr.MOS Power Design
  • Supports DDR4 4800MHz (OC)
  • 1 x PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 x PCIe 3.0 x1
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DisplayPort
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC897 Audio Codec), Nahimic Audio
  • 6 SATA3, 1 x Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4)
    2 x Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Front Type-C (20Gb/s)
    Rear USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A+C (10Gb/s)
    6 x USB 3.2 Gen1 (2 x Rear, 4 x Front)
    6 x USB 2.0 (2 x Rear, 4 x Front)
  • Dragon 2.5 Gigabit LAN
  • Intel WiFi 6E (802.11ax) + BT 5.2
  • ASRock Graphics Card Holder (Patent Pending)

The CPU is powered by a 14 Phase Dr.MOS VRM (50A) which is run by an 8+8 pin connector configuration and there are four DDR4 DIMM slots offering support of up to 128 GB capacities with speeds of up to 4800 MHz (OC+). Storage options include 6 SATA III ports. The VRMs do come with aluminum heatsink blocks but don't feature any active cooling or heat pipe solution.

Expansion slots include two PCIe 4.0/3.0 x16 slots, three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, and triple M.2 slots (1 Hyper Gen 4x2, 2 Ultra Gen 3x4). Only 1 Hyper and Ultra M.2 slots are cooled by M.2 Armor heatsinks while the rest don't feature any cooling. I/O includes a 2.5G Realtek LAN port, 3 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (2 Type-A + 1 Type-C) ports, 6 USB 3.2 Gen 1 & 6 USB 2.0 ports, HDMI / DP outputs, PS/2 port, and a 7.1 channel HD Audio jack powered by the ALC 897 Codec & 2x Antennas for WiFi 6E + BT 5.2. The WiFi 6E variant that we received has a listed price on Newegg of $211.99 US.

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