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ASRock Z490 AQUA

Black Haru

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ASRock is back with another rendition of their ultra premium AQUA motherboards, this time for Z490! The ASRock Z490 AQUA has it all: a powerful VRM, a monoblock to cool it, and stylish looks to boot. Is this what peak performance looks like?

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Cool board, but man that price is a little too steep in my book. I mean I was expecting around 500-800 dollars, but 1100 is a bit out there even with the premium features and water cooling.
 
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Useless goddess.
 
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$800 extra to possibly get 100 MHz.
 
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If they are going to call it Aqua, at least include some Barbie Girl stickers. :roll:
 
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£1000.... for god sake! The enticing images and built-in liquid cooling face-lift "PULLED ME IN" and the horrendous price "KICKED ME OUT". A constant reoccurrence nowadays... oh well, back to boring air coolers and AIOs for me.

AQUA my bottom!!! Rebranded: "ASRock Z490 EMPTY YOUR WALLET UNGREEN"
 
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Do you guys ever take the "advanced" settings into account when overclocking? I see just the voltage and multiplier being ramped up, while alot of more "tweaks" such as VRM switching frequency and such could be adjusted. Just that alone could lower the required overall core voltage into an OC. Just saying. If your buying a board like this you gotta know what todo with it.
 
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If they are going to call it Aqua, at least include some Barbie Girl stickers. :roll:
Come on, ASRock, let's go party! (ah ah ah yeah)
 
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I'd love to see this board without waterblock branded as the Z490 OC Formula, at at least $600 less.
That would be pretty nifty.
 
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z490 is history in a couple months intel is drowning folks
 
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i have to say, the board itself looks pretty good but i agree the tag is kinda pretty high
 
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1000 dollars for a motherboard as it seems no upgrades insight not soon anyway
 
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By the time you're done counting that money at the cash register, the next Intel socket is out.
 
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