ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi Motherboard Review

The technical data …

Manufacturer ASRock
Description Z790 Steel Legend WiFi
Typ / Chipset Intel LGA 1700 CPU / Intel Z790 Chipset
Dimensions +++ 14 mm (42 mm radius) from the socket to the next capacitor or component – see Fit for Fan. To the next bigger heatsink the space is about 27 mm (52 mm radius). The overall size of the ATX board is 305 x 244 mm.
Slots ++++ 1x PCIe 5.0 x16, 1x PCIe 4.0 x4, 1x PCIe 3.0 x2, 4x DDR5-800 – DDR5-7200+ (OC), max 128GB RAM
Connection +++++ 8x SATA3, 3x Hyper M.2 64Gb/s Gen4 x4, 1x Blazing M.2 128Gb/s Gen5 x4, 1x M.2 WIFI/BT, 1x 10/100/1000/2500 Mbps base-T Ethernet (Realtek Dragon RTL8125BG), 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C, 1x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A, 12x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C (4x of which int. version optional, slot bracket not included), 1x USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C front (int. version optional, slot bracket not included), 3x USB 2. 0 (int. version optional, slot bezel not included), 8-channel Realtek ALC897 onboard 7.1 sound with 5x 3.5 mm jacks (1x optical S/PDIF out, 1x int. aux, ext. line in, ext. mic, ext. front out, ext. rear out, ext. center/subwoofer), 1x DisplayPort 1.4, 1x HDMI and 7x fans (7x 4Pin).
Vcore +++++ In BIOS Vcore from 0.800 Volt to 2.200 Volt and Vcore -0.100 to +0.300 Offset
Multiplier +++++ In BIOS from 4x to 85x (maximum multi depending on CPU)
BCLK +++++ In BIOS from 97.5 – 500 MHz
VIO/VDD +++++ DRAM Voltage (DDR5 Voltage) 0.800 to 1.435V and Offset, PCH Voltage 1.050 to 1.350V, VCCIN AUX Voltage 1.700 to 2.100V, GPU Voltage 0.800 Volt to 2.200 Volt and -0.100 to +0.300 Offset, CPU Load Line Calibration 1 to 5, GPU Load Line Calibration 1 to 5, P-Core/E-Core/Ring/System Agent/Memory/GT PLL Voltage Offset.
Performance* ++++ Benchmark values comparison with different graphics cards and benchmark tools.

SiSoftware Sandra benchmark results with Intel Core i7-12700K CPU.
SiSoftware Sandra Arithmetic Processor Performance: 454.82 GOPS
SiSoftware Sandra Multimedia processor performance: 797.48 MPixel/s

Benchmark values with Intel Core i7-12700K processor.

ASRock Radeon RX 5700 Challenger D 8G OC PCIe 4.0 graphics card:
3DMark Time Spy: 8955
PCMark10: Overall 6317, Essentials 10402, Productivity 8205, Digital Content Creation 8015

OnBoard Intel UHD Graphics 630 GPU (i7-12700K):
3DMark Time Spy: 903
PCMark10: Overall 5231, Essentials 10979, Productivity 7527, Digital Content Creation 4703

Manual and Labeling +++ Well placed, complete motherboard description and good manual with a lot of tips about topics like CPU installation, RAM installation, etc.. The manual comes in different languages.

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi Layout, design and features …