ASRock B650 Steel Legend WiFi AMD AM5 Motherboard Review

The technical data …

Manufacturer ASRock
Description B650 Steel Legend WiFi
Type / Chipset AMD AM5 / AMD B650
Dimensions ++++ 20 mm (46 mm radius) from the socket to the next electrolytic capacitor or component – see Fit for Fan. The distance to the next larger cooler is approx. 41 mm (66 mm radius). The overall size of the ATX motherboard is 305 x 244 mm.
Slots ++++ 1x PCIe 5.0 x16, 1x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 4.0 x1, 4x DDR5 bis 7200MT/s mit XMP/EXPO Support, max. 128GB RAM.
Connection I/O Panel +++++ 1x RJ45 LAN 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps base-T Ethernet (Dragon RTL8125BG), 1x USB 4 Type-C (20Gb/s, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A (10Gb/s), 2x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A (5Gb/s), 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C internal, 6x USB 3. 2 Gen1 Type-A (2x external, 4x internal), 8x USB 2.0 (4x internal, 4x external), 1x optical S/PDIF out (5.1 HD audio Realtek ALC4082 with ESS SABRE9218 DAC), 2x 3.5 mm gold-plated jack sockets (1x Mic., 1x headset up to 600 Ohm), 1x HDMI 2.1 (up to 4K 120Hz HDR with HDCP 2.3), 2x antenna for WiFi 6E 802.11ax and Bluetooth (antennas included).
Connection internal +++++ 4x SATA3, 1x Blazing M2. Gen5 x4 128Gb/s (Key M, 2230-22110), 2x Hyper M.2 Gen4 x4 64 Gb/s PCIe (Key M, 2280), 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 (20Gb/s) Header optional, 1x USB 3.2 Gen1 (2 Ports, 5Gb/s) Header optional, 2x USB 2.0 Header (4 Ports) optional, 1x 12V/3A RGB Header, 3x 5V/3A ARGB header and 8x 4-pin PWM connection for fans and water pumps (1x 3A, 6x 2A, 1x 1A)
Scope of delivery ++++ Motherboard, installation instructions, 2x SATA cables, 2x WiFi antenna, 1x spacer for M.2, 3x M.2 screws.
Miscellaneous When using the SATA3_0 or SATA3_1 slots, the PCIe2 slot is downgraded to x2 mode. 802.11ax WLAN 6E module supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 160MHz 2×2 as well as 2.4GHz, 5Ghz and 6GHz. Drivers for Windows 10 + 11 are available. Power and reset buttons on the motherboard, plus 1x CMOS Clear (BIOS reset) and 1x BIOS Flashback (BIOS update without CPU) buttons on the rear I/O panel.
Performance* ++++ Benchmark values with AMD Ryzen 5 7700 processor.

AMD Ryzen 7 7700 with integrated graphics solution
The benchmark with CPU-Z shows normal values for the CPU in both single core and multi-core mode.

The Cinebench also confirms the result. We already see a very good score of 19016 points with the default settings.

Manual and Labeling ++++ Well-placed, complete motherboard labeling. A detailed manual with lots of help on topics such as correct CPU installation, memory installation, M.2 installation, etc. is included. In addition, numerous other documents are available in the ASRock download area.

ASRock B650 Steel Legend WiFi Layout, design and features …