ASRock has announced the flagship motherboards of the Z690 Aqua series for the latest Intel Core processors of the 12th generation. Both are based on the older Intel 600 series chipset. Innovations under the names ASRock Z690 Aqua “The Awakening” and Z690 Aqua OC “The Masterpiece” are aimed at fans of liquid cooling and lovers of manual overclocking.
The models are built on 12-layer circuit boards, equipped with powerful 20-phase power subsystems (VRM), as well as many features useful for those addicted to overclocking components.
The main difference between ASRock Z690 Aqua and Z690 Aqua OC is the number of DDR5 memory slots. The first has four, the second has two. Two DDR5 slots in the Aqua OC version were given up in favor of clock control functions that expand the functionality and subtlety of overclocking. Since these features are intended for the most advanced overclockers and there aren’t that many of them in the world, the company decided to release the Z690 Aqua OC in a very limited edition of 500 pieces.
Each version of the board is equipped with a pre-installed water block for the liquid cooling system of the central processor and the power subsystem. The equipment of the new products also includes two PCIe 5.0 x16 slots (x16 / x0 or x8 / x8), one PCIe 4.0 x4, three M.2 slots for NVMe solid state drives, six or eight SATA 6 Gb / s ports Sound subsystem for based on the Realtek ALC1220 audio codec, 2.5 and 10 Gigabit LAN interfaces, two Thunderbolt 4 ports and a wireless module that supports Wi-Fi 6E / Bluetooth 5.2 standards.
The manufacturer has not disclosed the price of the new products described above. However, we won’t be surprised if each model is over $ 1000.