ASRock’s “Extreme” line of motherboards have always been solid and quite affordable as well. They give users everything that they would want in their respective chipset, but lack some of the higher-end features you might see in a Taichi or Phantom Gaming board. Today we are taking a look at ASRock’s Z490 Extreme4 which features an 11 phase Dr.MOS power design, dual Ultra M.2 slots, support for 4266 MHz memory, 2.5G LAN, USB 3.2 gen 2, and some pretty awesome RGB lighting. Is this the board you need for your next Intel 10th generation build? Read on as we find out!
– Supports 10th Gen and future generation Intel® Core™ Processors (Socket 1200)
– 11 Phase Dr.MOS Power Design
– Supports DDR4 4266MHz+ (OC)
– 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0 x1, 1 M.2 (Key E) for WiFi
– AMD CrossFireX™
– Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DisplayPort
– 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1200 Audio Codec), Nahimic Audio
– 6 SATA3, 2 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
– 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 (Rear Type-A+C), 7 USB 3.2 Gen1 (4 Front, 2 Rear, 1 Front Type-C)
– Dragon 2.5 Gigabit LAN
– ASRock Polychrome SYNC
For a full list of specifications check out the product page.
The ASRock Z490 Extreme4 comes in a nice retail box. On the front it simply says “Z490 Extreme4”. On the back many of the features are detailed and we get a full list of specifications as well as a breakdown of the rear I/O ports.
Getting everything out of the box besides the motherboard you’ll find 2 bags of SATA cables, two velcro straps, screws for the M.2 slots, a driver and utility CD, case badge, a software setup guide, and a quick installation guide.