ASrock Z690 Steel Legend: High performance at a low price

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The ASROCK B660M Steel Legend M-ATX motherboard actually has a B660 Steel Legend ATX version. This time the ATX version out of the box is basically the same as the M-ATX and has features. Supports 8+1+1 phase 50A DrMOS power supply module and PCIe 5.0 transmission interface, the biggest difference is to support a wider range of ARGB lighting effects, which can bring richer motherboard connection and expansion functions, as well as mid-range computer ATX. . The motherboard needs users. One more option.

The ASrock Z690 Steel Legend motherboard is a solid option for those who want to connect multiple devices. It is designed for Intel Gen 12, it has powerful Intel Z690 chipset and supports all new functions, whether LGA 1700, PCIe 5.0 x16 power supply for Intel Gen 12 slot graphics card. It supports overclocking to 13 phases, but still supports DDR4 RAM. buses up to 5,000 MHz in overclocked mode. (This is more than the ASRock Z690 PG RIPTIDE the team previewed earlier), it makes it possible to use old RAM, good line for mounting the machine. Also, it comes with a full range of Slots. Supports full upgrade to full ATX motherboard.

ASROCK B660 Steel Legend Motherboard

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ASROCK’s new B660 Steel Legend ATX motherboard features 8+1+1 phase 50A DrMOS digital power supply design with high-efficiency metal power inductors and 12K clock Japanese capacitors, sufficient for 12th generation Intel Core i5 and i7 processor platforms. Memory overclocking up to DDR4-5000+ OC, the latest PCIe 5.0 transmission interface, three sets of M.2 SSD configurations, 2.5G LAN network module, etc. Users with advanced computing needs offer multiple expansion functionality options.

ASROCK B660 Steel Legend motherboard adopts ATX Form Factor design and measures 30.5cm x 24.4cm. It has gray, white and black digital camouflage layer PCB characteristic of Steel Legend series. It adopts the same accurate diagonal pattern design as Z690 Steel Legend. With a silver and white VRM Cooler, M.2 Armor and PCH Cooler, it continues to exude Steel Legend’s unique tough military-industrial style, and the motherboard also emits gorgeous ARGB LED lighting effects that are quite stylish when operating.

  • Support 12th Gen Intel ® Core™ Processors (LGA1700)
  • 13 Phase Dr.MOS Power Design
  • DDR4 5000MHz (OC) support
  • 1 PCIe 5.0 x16, 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 3.0 x1
  • Graphics connectors: HDMI, DisplayPort
  • Realtek ALC897 Audio 7.1 CH HD Audio Codec, Nahimic Audio
  • 8 SATA3
  • 2 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4)
  • 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 and SATA3)
  • 1 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Front Type-C
  • 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 (Back Type A+C)
  • 8 USB 3.2 Gen1 (4 rear, 4 front)
  • Dragon 2.5G LAN
  • 802.11ax (WiFi 6E) + Bluetooth
  • ASRock graphics card holder

The unique tone box of the ASrock Z690 Steel Legend series is available in full-featured white and silver.

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The hardware inside the box comes completely standard, even the driver disc. But the most interesting is probably the beam that helps hold a large graphics card, it also comes with it.

The ASrock Z690 Steel Legend comes in the series’ signature silver, white, black and gray color scheme. Motherboard, large site, Full ATX, multiple ports with heatsinks for cooling at various points.

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13 phase power supply with big heatsink, 8+8 pin power connector, very full for stable power supply and also support full overclocking.

RAM is still DDR4 and supports buses up to 5000 MHz in overclocking mode. Socket LGA 1700 is bigger, more efficient. M.2 SSD type PCIe 4.0 2 slots on the top, with 1 heatsink already off, PCIe x16 provides up to 3 slots, support CrossFire or conveniently place multiple Subtitle Cards.

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Below is another M.2 SSD PICe with heatsink. A WiFi 6E board is included with the motherboard.

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There is a block at the back that only powers the CPU beam and only the I/O area.

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SATA ports are 4 on the sides and 4 on the bottom for a total of 8 ports.

rear port

  • 2 x Antenna port
  • 1 x PS/2 mouse and keyboard port
  • 1 x HDMI port
  • 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
  • 1 x SPDIF Out optical port
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s) (ReDriver) (supports ESD protection)
  • 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) (ReDriver) (supports ESD protection)
  • 4 x USB 3.2 Gen1 ports (supports ESD protection)
  • 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
  • 1 x flash bios key
  • HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Center / Bass / Line In / Front Speaker / Microphone (Golden Audio Jacks)
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ASrock Z690 Steel Legend comes with a wide variety of options. Especially in the overclocking section that provides up to 13 phase power supply, 8+8 Pin power supply and cooler at various points. Suitable for heavy-duty cables Easy and cheaper to find enough RAM for use, although DDR4 only.

In addition, it comes with a full lineup of ports, whether it’s PCIe, M.2, or a very full SATA port. It also comes with the latest WiFi 6E card, only the WiFi card is thousands. A large-sized motherboard is suitable for those who want a full choice of motherboards for Intel Gen 12 at a not very expensive price of 10,200 baht.

pros

  • Slot ports are more complete than full
  • The WiFi 6E card comes pre-installed.
  • big motherboard can install a lot of equipment

explanation

  • Still DDR4
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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.

The reinforced DIMM slot is surfaced mounted onto the motherboard to give better physical strength as well as a more stable memory signal, with this superior revolutionary design, it is able to dramatically overclock DRAM module up to insane frequency.

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Compared with the traditional DIP-style PCIe slot, the SMT type PCIe slot improves the signal flow and maximizes the high-speed stability, which is an important breakthrough to fully support the lightening speed of the latest PCIe 5.0 standard.

The latest PCI Express 5.0 is capable of realizing breathtaking 128GBps bandwidth, ready to unleash the full potential of future high-end graphics cards.

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