Tuesday, May 5th 2020

ASRock Launches Z490 AQUA Flagship Motherboard Ready for Liquid Cooling

Leading global motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, proudly announces its latest flagship motherboard, the Z490 AQUA to the delight of gamers and power hungry users alike. And to highlight our launch we are limiting the Z490 AQUA to only 999 units making it extremely valuable. Using the latest 16 Phase 90 A Dr.MOS & 2 oz copper PCBs, it delivers up to 95% VRM efficiency. To keep VRM's and 10-core processors cool even during sustained heavy loads or even overclocking, the Z490 AQUA features an advanced water cooling system that decreases heat on the CPU VRMs to reduce VRM temps dramatically.

Decked in a matte black undershell, the Z490 complements what young gamers want in a machine these days, simple, refined edges encased with a metallic armor which highlights the vibrant, techno LED lighting which screams I'm a water cooling aficionado and a PC mod enthusiast. "Be Aqua, Be Cool" highlights ASRock's determination to be the frontrunner in water-cooled gaming motherboard manufacturers and the PCIe 4.0 ready means it's prepped and the hardware is ready with PCI-Express Gen-4 support. By uniquely adding an external base clock generator, PCIe 4.0 components such as extra slots and an M.2 socket we're assured the motherboard is ready to accommodate the next generation of CPUs.
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Designed to Show Off Quality LEDs
What sets the Z490 design apart is a bright built-in OLED display featured prominently in the motherboard for users to get status reports on CPU voltage, temperature, system fan speed, system status, and POST status. The colorful green, white and blue hues reflects a techy upgrade onto the matte black and metal finished motherboard giving it this warm, ice look.

Blazing Fast Connectivity
The Z490 AQUA provides superfast connectivity including Intel's Thunderbolt reversible USB Type-C interface delivering breathtaking bandwidth (up to 40 Gb/s), AQUANTIA AQtion 10 Gbps network and the latest WiF i6 (802.11ax) wireless internet connectivity proving the Z490 AQUA not only looks good but also delivers a lot of firepower.

Crystal Clear Audio Quality
Onboard ESS9218 DAC delivers true HiFi audio without distortion to give crystal clear audio quality, and with the 112dB THD+N there is support for higher impedance for up to 600ohm using headphones. Practical WIMA audio caps optimize the sound when working on high-end audio applications to satisfy even the pickiest audiophiles. The Nahimic Audio experience gives vibrant and rich quality whether you are using USB, Wi-Fi, analog, or HDMI outputs and through the active dashboard interface users can tweak surround sound, voice, bass, and treble to their listening preferences.

Whatever the build requirements, the ASRock flagship Z490 AQUA sets the pace with strong, industrial server-grade low loss PCB motherboard firmness to hold the water cooling blocks which can dissipate heat from the CPU and VRM efficiently. And, something unique to all 999 purchasers, is a set of water cooling fittings which includes hard tube piping widely used by water cooling fanatics. It is the perfect kit to build the ultimate water-cooled rig with extreme performance.


For more information, visit the product page.
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9 Comments on ASRock Launches Z490 AQUA Flagship Motherboard Ready for Liquid Cooling

#1
AnarchoPrimitiv
How the tables have turned... Now Intel is getting AMD's leftovers
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#2
Decryptor009
But... why?


Did anyone even buy the AMD varient?
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#3
Chomiq
"vibrant, techno LED lighting which screams I'm a water cooling aficionado and a PC mod enthusiast"

:roll:
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#5
ZoneDymo
Decryptor009
But... why?


Did anyone even buy the AMD varient?
Halo Product, its just there to get the name/brand out, to show off on tech channels.
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#6
bonehead123
Limited edition my a*s..... moar like a greed-mongering money grab shamefully disguised as them doing something "special" for their users.....pffff

Perhaps they're only making 999 of these since they know that:

A) It won't have REAL pcie 4 until the next gen cpu comes out, so only a handful of doodoo-headed fanbois will buy them, and

B) When that cpu does arrive, it will be the last one that will work on this board, as the one after that will require yet ANUTHA new mobo....
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#7
Valantar
Decryptor009
But... why?


Did anyone even buy the AMD varient?
This migh be the motherboard that actually manages to cool the i9-10900K, I guess?
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#8
lukart
The X570 Aqua is great but a bit limited by AMD overclocking capabilities. Having the Aqua on the Z490 is going to reveal the true overclocking potential.
Good stuff, just wish I had the money :D
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#9
Cranky5150
It certainly looks like the board to fleece your wallet....Jeebus!!
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