ASRock Z490 Steel Legend & Z490 Extreme4

Another uniquely styled and ATX sized model from ASRock is the Z490 Steel Legend. Aimed towards the lower part end of its mid-range product stack, the ASRock Z490 Steel Legend still has plenty of impressive features to for users to sink their teeth into. It also shares the same PCB design and componentry, and consequently, the same feature set as the ASRock Z490 Extreme4 model. The only difference between the two comes is in the aesthetics. Both models include a PCIe 4.0 clock generator giving PCIe 4.0 support when Intel releases its Rocket Lake processors, something which not a lot of vendors have done so far on Z490. Also present is two full-length PCIe 3.0 slots, dual PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, and a Realtek 2.5 G Ethernet controller.

ASRock Z490 Steel Legend

Following its previous iterations of its Steel Legend models, ASRock has gone with a grey and silver-coloured theme on its heatsinks, with a silver and black RGB enabled rear panel cover. The PCB is black with an urban camouflage patterning and has three areas of customizable integrated RGB LED lighting; the rear panel cover, within the chipset heatsink, and the underside of the board along the right-hand side.

The ASRock Z490 Extreme4 has a more subtle styling grey and black styling, with a primarily black PCB with some grey patterning. It has grey and black heatsinks, with the same three customizable RGB LED lighting zones as the Steel Legend, with the rear panel cover, the chipset heatsink, and on the right-hand side of the board at the back.

ASRock Z490 Extreme4

As both the ASRock Z490 Steel Legend and Z490 Extreme4 are both ATX-sized, they have two full-length PCIe 3.0 slots which operate at x16+4 and has three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. For storage, it includes two PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots, each with its own individual heatsink, and six SATA ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 array support. It includes four memory slots with support for up to 128 GB of DDR4-4266 memory, which is a considerable gap when compared with other ASRock Z490 models that support up to DDR4-4666. While it doesn't come equipped with any wireless interface, it does have an M.2 Key-E slot for users to install their own, with antenna holes on the rear panel IO shield. 

On both rear panels is minimal amounts of USB support including one USB 3.2 G2 10 Gbps Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 10 Gbps Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. There is also a single Realtek RTL8125BG 2.5 G Ethernet port, with five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output controlled by a Realtek ALC1200 HD audio codec. Also present is an HDMI and DisplayPort 1.4 pairing of video outputs, as well as a PS/2 combo port, and two holes designed for users looking to install their own wireless interface into the provided Key-E M.2 slot.

The ASRock Z490 Steel Legend and ASRock Z490 Extreme4 and are designed to offer users two different aesthetical takes on ASRock's latest Z490 entry-level design. Both benefit from uprated 2.5 G Ethernet controllers when compared to the previous Z390 namesakes which had Gigabit controllers. Both also feature a PCIe 4.0 clock generator for support with Intel Rocket Lake processors when Intel drops these chips sometime in 2020. At this time, ASRock hasn't unveiled pricing, but we will update this as soon as we receive the official information.

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  • DanNeely - Thursday, April 30, 2020 - link

    I really hate when new articles are inserted below the lead spot because it's hit or miss if I ever notice them. I missed this one during several visits to the site and only found it when Google suggested it in response to a search I made. Reply
  • Jedibeeftrix - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    agreed, i found this by accident, and check AT twice or more a day. Reply
  • sunshinerevans55 - Sunday, May 3, 2020 - link

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  • YB1064 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    This must have taken some writing. Kudos to the author(s). A good one stop article for anybody planning on going the Intel route. Intel seem to be adept at packaging old milk (not wine) in a new bottle. At least increase the number of PCIe lanes... Reply
  • boozed - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    I recommend using the RSS feed, then you get everything and you get it chronologically. Reply
  • Exodite - Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - link

    +1 on RSS!

    The "magazine layout" that plagues many sites and makes it impossible to distinguish between old articles, new articles and commercials can thankfully still be avoided through RSS.
  • Wardrop - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    Funny that ASRock are the only manufacturers to have a mATX X570 motherboard for AMD's platform, yet for Intel they're the only one's NOT to have a mATX motherboard. Reply
  • Beaver M. - Saturday, May 2, 2020 - link

    You mean they are relevant again, because they have fixed their stereotypical USB issues? Reply
  • Marlin1975 - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    So in other words a re-spin of previous chipset with little to no real useful extra features but will require a new board. Classic intel. This is one of many reasons my last system was Intel and my new system is AMD now.

    Unless you are a intel fanboy why keep supporting this?
  • regsEx - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    New networking controllers, support for PCIe 4 CPUs (RKL-S that will be released in future).
    Some boards also have USB Gen 2x2 support with external ASMedia controller. I know no any X570 board with USB Gen 2x2 support. Only Gen 2x1.

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