ASRock announced that its new flagship Intel Z690 motherboards have “every feature imaginable” for extreme overclocking. ASRock’s Z690 Aqua rigs combine a thick PCB, high performance voltage regulation module (VRM) and even a pre-installed water block to enable ultimate overclocking results. Plus, the ASRock Z690 Aqua OC even features a dual DIMM layout and an external clock generator for added benefits.
ASRock Z690 Aqua EATX motherboards for 12th Generation Intel Core ‘Alder Lake’ processors in LGA1700 packaging are based on a 12-layer printed circuit board (PCB) with two-ounce copper layers to ensure maximum integrity of the signal and the best power supply. Both platforms are equipped with a 19 + 1 phase VRM with 105A power stages that can deliver around 3000W of power to a processor, which is of course an absolute overshoot, but could be useful for a processor. extreme overclocking.
To ensure maximum overclocking potential for the Intel processor plugged into an ASRock Z690 Aqua motherboard, the manufacturer has pre-installed a water block for the processor and VRM so owners don’t have to wait for a part. spare. The water block is equipped with a digital water leak detector, so it should be safe to use.
The ASRock Z690 Aqua ‘The Awakening’ motherboard will be available soon and relatively widely. But for those who need something more exclusive and something more extreme, ASRock has their Z690 Aqua OC ‘The Masterpiece’ motherboard with just two DDR5 memory module slots to maximize signal integrity, which promises to improve the overclocking potential of DDR5 DIMMs. In addition, ASRock equips its Z690 Aqua OC with an external clock generator, which is particularly useful for extreme overclockers. Since there aren’t that many extreme overclockers, only 500 “masterpieces” will be created.
When it comes to connectivity, ASRock’s Z690 Aqua includes almost anything imaginable, including a 10GbE port enabled by an Aquantia controller, a 2.5GbE port using Intel’s E3100 chip, and a 6E Wi-Fi solution powered by the Intel Killer AX1675. In addition, the motherboards have two Thunderbolt 4 (40 Gbps) connectors on the back as well as two USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20 Gbps) ports on the front. In addition, the platforms feature a 7.1-channel audio subsystem based on the ESS 9218 DAC with Wima audio capacitors.
Following the latest avid-level hardware trends, ASRock’s Z690 Aqua motherboards come with a built-in information OLED display as well as addressable RGB effects that can be synchronized using company software.
It’s rare to see ultra high-end motherboards advertised with an MSRP, and unfortunately ASRock is no exception here. We can only guess at the price of its Z690 Aqua and Z690 Aqua OC rigs.