ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi, review and complete analysis in Spanish

Following the round of motherboards with the new Z790 chipset, with us today we have the review of the ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFia mid-range model with the now classic brand design that comes with compatibility for DDR5 memory, PCI Express 5.0 slot and numerous USB ports to meet the needs of the most connected users.

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi Technical Specifications

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi
Format ATX (305 x 244mm)
Socket LGA1700
chipsets Intel Z790
CPU support Intel 13th and 12th generation
VRM 16+1+1 phases of 60th
Nichicon 12K Black Capacitors
Memory 4 x DDR5-6800+/5600 DIMMs
Dual channel up to 128GB
Supports Intel XMP 3.0
expansion slots 1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 (x16)
1 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x4)
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x2)
Storage 1 x Blazing M.2 PCIe 5.0 x4 (128GB/s)
4 x Hyper M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 (64GB/s)
8 x SATA III (6Gbps)
networks Dragon RTL8125BG 2.5GbE
Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 + Bluetooth 5.3
Audio Realtek ALC897
5 x jacks + SPDIF
rear connectivity 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2
1 x USB 3.2 Gen2
8 x USB 3.2 Gen1
1 x HDMI 2.1
1x DisplayPort 1.4
internal connectivity 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen2x2 Header
2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Headers (4 ports)
1 x USB 2.0 Header (2 ports)
Lightning polychrome rgb
BIOS AMI UEFI BIOS (256Mb)

Packaging and Accessories

We begin the review of the ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi facing its packaging, which elegantly combines black and white colors, a hallmark of ASRock’s Steel Legend family. On its back, we find its detailed technical specifications and its main features, as well as a diagram of its rear ports.

Inside, the motherboard is protected by a foam frame and an antistatic bag, leaving the accessories on a second level.

foam frame packing

accessories 2

On one side we have the user manual and a Steel Legend postcard, as well as two velcro ties to organize the PC wiring. On the other, we find the Wi-Fi antenna that allows wireless connection, 2 SATA cables, a metal support for the GPU that can be very useful with modern models of large size and weight, a set of screws for M.2 units and a key with the Steel Legend logo to customize our keyboard.

Accessories

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi Layout and Connections

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi - Front View

For the review of the ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi We start by placing the motherboard in front of our camera to take a look at its design, similar to other models in ASRock’s Steel Series family. It has a black PCB, with gray details, and aluminum heatsinks for the VRM, the M.2 and the chipset, the latter being mostly decorated with a winter camouflage effect. In addition, the rear ports are covered and with a dose of RGB lighting, which we also see under the lower M.2 heatsink.

LGA 1700 socket and 16+1+1 phase VRM

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi - Socket LGA 1700

keeps the socket LGA 1700 introduced in the previous generation, so we can use one of the new Intel Rapto Lake processors or the “old” Alder Lake processors on it interchangeably. Around him, we find a VRM of 16+1+1 phases of 60A somewhat restrained compared to other models, especially in the maximum load supported by each phase. These are powered by a pair of 8-pin ATX/EPS connectors, like all new batch boards we’ve seen to date.

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi - 16 Phase VRM

DDR5 memories up to 6,800 MHz

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi - DDR5 Slots

This model, as well as most of the mid-high range, has 4 DDR5 DIMM slots that allow the installation of up to 128 GB of memory in a dual channel configuration. Promises support for frequencies of up to 6,800MHz with a couple of clicks in the BIOS, because they are compatible with the Intel XMP 3.0 profileswell above the JEDEC standard of 5,600 MHz.

Along with the 24-pin ATX connector for motherboard power, we have a USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 header and a USB 3.2 Gen1 header for the ports on the front of the chassis, as well as various connectors for PWM fans and RGB strips.

PCIe 5.0 x16 and M.2 slots

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi - PCI Express Slots

The ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi count with one PCI Express 5.0 x16 slot and a Blazing M.2 PCIe 5.0 x4 slot that in both cases offer the maximum possible bandwidth for this generation, although especially in the case of the first it is not necessary, because the GPUs do not saturate or PCIe 4.0.

They are added 2 PCI Express 4.0/3.0 x16 slots (x4/x2)although only the two upper ones have a metal fairing to make the connector more robust, and 4 Hyper M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 slotsequally fast considering the speeds of SSDs on the market, although PCIe 5.0 are already arriving.

In addition, we have a total of 8 SATA III ports, 4 in the lower right corner and 4 on the side, as well as a Wi-Fi card placed in the M.2 slot specially dedicated for this purpose.

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi - M.2 Slots

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi rear connectivity

Rear port fairing

Under a fairing that combines gray and white and in which the S logo with RGB lighting stands out, we find the following rear connectivity:

  • Wi-Fi antennas
  • HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort 1.4 video outputs
  • 8 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports (5Gbps)
  • 1 USB 3.2 Gen2 port (10Gbps)
  • 1 USB-C 3.2 Gen2 port (10Gbps)
  • 1 RJ-45 port (2.5GbE)
  • 5 x jacks + SPDIF (digital audio)

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi - Connectivity

We turn the ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi to see how in the rear margin it offers ample USB connectivity, although without any USB-C 3.2 Gen 2×2 connector of the latest generation. However, if you offer a network card Dragon RTL8125BG 2.5GbE which is combined with Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 to offer excellent wired or wireless connectivity. However, in the sound section it makes use of the chip Realtek ALC897one of the most basic that you can ride and that has already been under its belt for quite a few years, not enhancing this aspect at all.

Intel Wi-Fi 6E Card

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi - Back Side PCB View

test team

test team

  • Bench table Banchetto 101
  • Intel Core i9-13900K processor
  • RAM G.SKILL Trident Z5 Neo RGB @ 6000 MHz
  • MSI MEG CoreLiquid S360 liquid cooling
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics card
  • Font be quiet! 1000W Dark Power 13
  • Windows 11 Pro Operating System

Test Team 2

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi Fairing

As we anticipated, both the rear port area and the M.2 slot heatsink have RGB LED lighting, configurable from the motherboard software itself.

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi - M.2 Heatsink with RGB

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi reviews

Below we show you the performance tests carried out on this motherboard compared to other models with the Z790 chipset, even one with DDR4 memory, showing how small the performance differences between them are.

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi - Benchmarks

Memories

latency

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi - Full HD Gaming

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend Wi-Fi BIOS

We finish the review of the ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi taking a look at your UEFI BIOS, updated to version 2.07 for this analysis. It has a simple mode called EZ Mode that allows us to activate the XMP profile and choose the type of cooling system to start enjoying it after saving the changes. It is a good option for those who do not know how to use the BIOS and find Advanced mode complex and impractical, although it is there where we can configure all the parameters of the processor and the memories.

Note that it also has a tab FAN Tastic Tuning to configure the rotation of the fans, as well as a polychrome rgb to configure the lighting integrated into the motherboard itself.

conclusion

ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi

It is time to draw conclusions after the review of the ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi. The first thing that is clear to us is that its design maintains the aesthetics of the family, also being similar to that of the previous generation or that of the AMD options. It offers two zones with RGB LED lighting, which we can obviously configure to taste or even turn it off.

Regarding its benefits, its VRM of 16+1+1 phases of 60A It is not the most powerful that we can find to give life to the 13th generation of Intel processors, but it is capable of handling the Intel Core i9-13900K without problems, without clear overclocking. On the other hand, its compatibility with DDR5 memories up to 6,800 MHz seems to be enough with the prices of these at present, while compatibility with a PCI Express x16 5.0 slot and a M.2 PCI Express 5.0 x4 slot they leave her totally updated for what is to come.

In its favor we must also highlight that it has 4 PCI Express 4.0 M.2 slotsa network card combo made up of a Dragon RTL8125BG 2.5GbE and one Intel Wi-Fi 6E AX211 for high wired and wireless performance and a good number of USB 3.2 Gen2 ports, although only front in the case of Gen2x2. Where it does suffer from excessive clipping is in the audio section when using the Realtek ALC897 chip, something simple and outdated.

Can find it for sale in Spain with a price of about €385a high price for a model that is halfway between the entry range, for VRM and sound, and the mid-range, for connectivity.

Main advantages
+ Maintains high-end performance
+ Compatibility with DDR5 6,800+ memories
+ PCIe 5.0 x16 slot + M.2 PCIe 5.0
+ Lots of USB ports
+ Wi-Fi 6E and 2.5GbE networks
Negative aspects
somewhat high price
Very fair 60A 16-phase VRM
Simple and somewhat outdated sound system
Other Aspects
* RGB lighting in two zones

From of The computer bungler we give you the Silver Award to motherboard ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi.

Silver Award

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ASRock Z790 Steel Legend WiFi, review and complete analysis in Spanish


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