ASRock showcased an impressive lineup of products at COMPUTEX 2023, including displays, graphics cards, and motherboards. Among their notable releases were high-end motherboards designed to leverage the new Wi-Fi 7 standard.
The new refresh line-up flagship is the ASRock Phantom Gaming Z790 Nova Wi-Fi 7 motherboard. With its 20+1+1 Phase Power Design and ample expansion capabilities, it offers top-tier performance. The board features one M.2 slot (PCIe Gen 5×4), five additional ‘Hyper’ M.2 Slots (PCIe Gen 4×4), and three SATA ports for storage. Additionally, it offers a total of 19 USB ports (10 on the rear and 9 on the front), including two Type-C and four USB 3.2 Gen2 ports. It also boasts an impressive Realtek 5GbE LAN connection alongside Wi-Fi 7 support.
Alongside the Nova, ASRock introduced the Phantom Gaming Z790 Riptide Wi-Fi 7 motherboard. With its 16+1+1 Phase Power Design, it offers slightly fewer expansion options compared to the flagship Nova model. However, it still packs a punch with a single M.2 PCIe Gen5 slot, four Hyper Gen4 slots, and extensive USB connectivity (16 ports). Like the Nova, it features Wi-Fi 7 functionality and a Realtek 5GbE LAN connection.
ASRock also catered to budget-conscious builders by unveiling a range of Taichi Lite motherboards designed to offer affordability without compromising on features and build quality. The Z790 Taichi Lite and B650E Taichi Lite were showcased at Computex 2023 for AMD and Intel platforms, respectively.
These Lite versions feature the same high-end components found in their non-Lite counterparts, including a 24+1+2 Phase Power Design, DDR5 support, PCIe Gen5, Thunderbolt, Killer 2.5 GbE LAN, Wi-Fi 6E, and ample USB expansion. The only notable differences are the absence of RGB flourishes and some heatsink covers for the M.2 slots, which were intelligently omitted to bring down the pricing. Official pricing has yet to be announced, but these motherboards could become excellent choices for mid-range and affordable high-end PC builds.