Sunday, January 27th 2019

ASRock Announces Steel Legend Family of Motherboards

The leading global motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, is proud to introduce the new ASRock Steel Legend motherboard series. ASRock Steel Legend motherboards are built around the most demanding specs and features to provide a wide array of materials, components, and features that ensure stable and reliable performance. Steel Legend motherboards stand out from the crowd through its massive and luscious XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsinks, I/O Armor, PCI-E Steel Slot, Polychrome Sync (Addressable RGB LED) support, and detailed PCB print on Sapphire Black PCB for mainstream users, gamers, and professionals that choose to work and play in style. With support for the latest AMD Ryzen processors, as well as high-quality audio featuring the highest quality Nichicon golden audio caps and signal shielding integrated into the PCB.

ASRock has gone to great lengths to ensure optimum stability and protection. With ASRock Full Spike Protection on all USB, Audio and LAN ports, users are always protected from Lightning/ESD damage, which is a comforting thought when using Steel Legend motherboards in challenging environments. Use of Premium 60A Power Chokes and Nichicon 12K Black Caps means not only that the B450 Steel Legend and B450M Steel Legend will remain rock solid no matter the task, but it also keeps your system stable when overclocking, for extra performance, whether you're gaming or rendering professional content.
Integrated AMD StoreMI support means that the B450 Steel Legend motherboards can deliver top-level storage performance, while support for AMD Crossfire allows gamers to look forward to getting maximum graphics performance from their system, which PCI-E Steel Slot ensures your graphics cards stays firmly in its slot, without suffering from any external interference.

With the performance, stability, and protection demands covered, the B450 and B450M Steel Legend are ready to support you whether you're a professional gamer or lover of high-quality 4K content.

B450 Steel Legend
The B450 Steel Legend is a full-featured ATX motherboard for first and second generation AMD Ryzen processors with Radeon VEGA graphics for socket AM4. The B450 Steel Legend comes with a full-featured I/O panel which includes HDMI & DisplayPort ports for 4K video when using AMD Ryzen and Athlon processors with integrated Radeon RX Vega and Vega graphics. ASRock's unique M.2 Armor protects and enhances the performance of M.2 SSDs. For connecting to a variety of (gaming) peripherals, the B450 Steel Legend features two USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type A, Type C), four USB 3.1 Gen1 Type A ports, and a Combo PS/2 port with USB 2.0 ports for gamers still rocking their legacy peripherals.

B450M Steel Legend
This Micro ATX version packs the same punch as its big brother, in a size optimized for space-constrained builds. Because of the focus on size, the B45M Steel Legend features dual M.2 sockets that offer flexibility for DIY users. It also provides the same stable power thanks to the premium 60A power chokes and Nichicon black 12K capacitors and also supports up to DDR4 3533+ overclocked memory. No matter the size, you can't go wrong with the ASRock Steel Legend motherboards.

For more information, visit the product pages of B450 Steel Legend and B450M Steel Legend.
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17 Comments on ASRock Announces Steel Legend Family of Motherboards

#1
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Hmm I wonder if these are going to be Akin to What my Asus TUF 990FX Sabertooth R2.0 was (great alternative to ROG CH IV), or is that what Taichi is and what Fatality is?

Wheres X470, X399 at?
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#2
adulaamin
Who comes up with these names? "Steel Legend"? :twitch:
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#3
Zubasa
eidairaman1 said:
Hmm I wonder if these are going to be Akin to What my Asus TUF 990FX Sabertooth R2.0 was (great alternative to ROG CH IV), or is that what Taichi is and what Fatality is?

Wheres X470, X399 at?
These days you get "TUF" Gaming stuff with VRMs that are about to go super nova. :laugh:
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#4
cucker tarlson
eidairaman1 said:
Hmm I wonder if these are going to be Akin to What my Asus TUF 990FX Sabertooth R2.0 was (great alternative to ROG CH IV), or is that what Taichi is and what Fatality is?

Wheres X470, X399 at?
seems like it's lower in hierarchy than taichi,phantom,extreme and probably the same tier as pro just fancy looks.

Zubasa said:
These days you get "TUF" Gaming stuff with VRMs that are about to go super nova. :laugh:
how's tuf on z390 tho ?
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#5
IceShroom
We need highend M-ATX AMD AM4 motherboard.
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#6
eidairaman1
The Exiled Airman
Zubasa said:
These days you get "TUF" Gaming stuff with VRMs that are about to go super nova. :laugh:
That's why I mentioned my mobo. 5.0GHz out of the FX8350 across everything.
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#7
Zubasa
eidairaman1 said:
That's why I mentioned my mobo. 5.0GHz out of the FX8350 across everything.
Yeah so did my 990FX Extreme 9 from Asrock, sadly mobos with real heat sinks are rare these days.
For beefy VRMs on Asrock, go for the X470 Taichi.

cucker tarlson said:
how's tuf on z390 tho ?
Nowadays the TUF Gaming brand are basically bargin bin components with RGB for 1337Gamerz.
These boards basically defeats the whole purpose of Z390, the requirement for better VRMs to support those 8-core chips.

Gigabyte on the other hand, really upped their game on VRM designs on their Z390 boards, but last time I heard their bios was still a travesty.
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#8
dj-electric
This is asus prime, so everything about this would be a nope.
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#9
Zubasa
dj-electric said:
This is asus prime, so everything about this would be a nope.
TBH I wouldnt go with Asus for a while given that excuse of a VRM on the Maximus XI.
If that is what they put on their ROG high-end boards, god knows what they put on the cheaper ones.

At least these Asrock boards are B450 and not high-end and hopefully fairly priced.
Also on their site they are at least somewhat honest about this board being a 6 Phase (4+2).
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#10
dj-electric
Zubasa said:
TBH I wouldnt go with Asus for a while given that excuse of a VRM on the Maximus XI.
If that is what they put on their ROG high-end boards, god knows what they put on the cheaper ones.

At least these Asrock boards are B450 and not high-end and hopefully fairly priced.
Also on their site they are at least somewhat honest about this board being a 6 Phase (4+2).
I'm gonna go ahead and say something controversial:
The VRM panic is a bit blown out of proportion. We have used these types of config for high power CPUs for many many years. Having a 4-phase for 150W+ is absolutely nothing new. The VRM panic is mostly regarding advanced overclocking.

That said, the Asus prime level boards are simply bad for giving less for more, and it seems like ASRock wants some of that money.
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#11
Zubasa
dj-electric said:
I'm gonna go ahead and say something controversial:
The VRM panic is a bit blown out of proportion. We have used these types of config for high power CPUs for many many years. Having a 4-phase for 150W+ is absolutely nothing new. The VRM panic is mostly regarding advanced overclocking.
Thats the thing, the 9900K runs out if the box with MCE will easily exceed 150W, some boards runs them closer to 200W, that on top of improper heatsinks can cause issues.
I know there are plenty of server boards with 4~6 phases Vcore but those usually either have some functional heatsinks, and/or have ample airflow from the server rack.
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#12
Landcross
These boards are just updated versions of the previous Asrock Pro4 models. Just compare the boards:
https://motherboarddb.com/motherboards/1286/B450%20Pro4/
https://motherboarddb.com/motherboards/1587/B450%20Steel%20Legend/

https://motherboarddb.com/motherboards/1285/B450M%20Pro4/
https://motherboarddb.com/motherboards/1586/B450M%20Steel%20Legend/

They just changed the back-io, added some fancy plastic and lighting and slightly moved some capacitors and fan-headers here and there.
Not saying it's bad, just pointing it out. All manufacturers do this with their whole line-up (if you start to look closely, you'll notice that all manufacturers only have a handful of base-designs).
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#13
ArbitraryAffection
IceShroom said:
We need highend M-ATX AMD AM4 motherboard.
Yes Yes Yes Yes all of the Yes. AM4 doesn't get any high-end M-ATX love.

OEMs

Y u do dis.
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#14
lynx29
sounds like an 80s rock band.

also bumping this topic to bring down that sponsored garbage thats in the news feed about discounted office and windows keys.

ArbitraryAffection said:
Yes Yes Yes Yes all of the Yes. AM4 doesn't get any high-end M-ATX love.

OEMs

Y u do dis.
MEOW oem's are busy snuggling with intel's gift bags

MEOW MEOW
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#15
simlariver
I'm glad we get more choice on the mATX side of things and this board improve on one of the more "convenient" boards out there (pci-e slots layout, 2x m.2 layout).
According to the website you get improved VRM, higher speed memory support (3533MHZ on Pinnacle Ridge), optimised connectivity and RGB.
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