ASRock introduced the Phantom Gaming Z790 Nova and ASRock Z790 Riptide motherboards at Computex 2023. Both are designed for Intel Raptor/Alder Lake processors and have Wi-Fi 7 support. In addition, the manufacturer showed new models of boards from the Taichi flagship series for Intel and AMD chips.
The Phantom Gaming Z790 Nova WiFi 7 (pictured above) features a 22-phase 20+1+1 VRM power supply. It got one PCIe 5.0 slot for SSD and five additional slots for PCIe 4.0 drives (all with standard heatsinks). In addition, the novelty offers four SATA connectors, seven rear and nine front USB connectors. A USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (20 Gbps) is also shown on the front and back of the novelty. The board is equipped with a network controller that supports a speed of 5 Gbit/s.
The Z790 Riptide WiFi 7 model received an 18-phase VRM power supply subsystem with a 16 + 1 + 1 scheme. It has one PCIe 5.0 SSD slot, four PCIe 4.0 SSD slots and 8 SATA ports. The new product has 10 USB ports on the back, 7 additional ports can be brought to the front. The fastest of them – USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 – is shown on the front panel. Z790 Riptide WiFi 7 also got a 5Gbps network adapter.
Wi-Fi 7 routers are new to the market, so it’s not surprising that motherboard manufacturers are slowly rolling out models that support the new technology. Remember that the new Wi-Fi 7 standard, also known as 802.11be, offers speeds of up to 2400 Mbit/s per channel and has a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 46 Gbit/s. That’s more than double (per channel) compared to Wi-Fi 6E.
ASRock has also expanded its lineup of Taichi motherboards with cheaper but still flagship models. Specifically, the manufacturer announced the Z790 Taichi Lite for Intel Raptor/Alder Lake and the B650E Taichi Lite for AMD Ryzen 7000.
The Z790 Taichi Lite got one M.2 PCIe 5.0 slot for SSD, four M.2 PCIe 4.0 slots and 8 SATA ports. It also has two Thunderbolt 4 (USB4) interfaces, nine rear and nine front USB ports. The board comes with a 2.5 Gigabit network adapter and support for Wi-Fi 6E.
Designed for Ryzen 7000 processors, the B650E Taichi Lite model received a 27-phase 24 + 2 + 1 VRM power supply subsystem, a PCIe 5.0 slot for SSD, two PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots for solid-state drives and 8 SATA ports. It also got a Thunderbolt 4 (USB4) port, which is quite rare on AMD boards. In addition, it has 18 USB ports, a 2.5 Gigabit network adapter and Wi-FI 6E support.