Z490 motherboards lineup from ASUS, MSI, and Gigabyte has already been leaked online earlier than expected and this time, we’ll be taking a quick look at the leaked Z490 motherboards lineup from ASROCK, courtesy of the folks over at VideoCardz.
Before we move into the details, here’s something to take note if you’ve been waiting for the new Intel 10th Gen CPU for quite some time – Other than the leaked images of ASROCK Z490 motherboards, they’ve also revealed that Intel will be announcing its Comet Lake-S desktop processors, tomorrow on May 1st, 2020.
In the recent leak, VideoCardz reported that ASROCK will feature not only a number of new designs for its upcoming Z490 chipset motherboards but some new addition to the Phantom Gaming series as well.
ASROCK Z490 Motherboards Preview
Not much information is available as of now but as of now, we can assume that Thunderbolt 3 support will be available on the Z490 Taichi and Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3. The Taichi Z490 seems to be the flagship model for this release, but with a black-bronze themed design as the new color accent instead of the usual black-grey accent. Color scene aside, the design and layout also appear to be very similar to the X570 Taichi.
ASROCK also revamped the design of its Z490 Extreme4 and Z490 Steel Legend to take on an interestingly shaped PCB design that is similar to the ASUS ROG APEX, except for the performance. Despite its interesting outlook, it seems that ASROCK has no plan on adding back the Q Code LED and the onboard power and reset button that has been missing on the Extreme4 model since the Z270 chipset.
As mentioned earlier, there will be a new addition to the Phantom Gaming lineup for this release. The Phantom Gaming Velocita will be the most high-end model in the Phantom Gaming series for now. VideoCardz also added that ASROCK is preparing for a Z490 AQUA and Z490 Phantom Gaming X, which could be available on a later date after the official launch of the current known Z490 motherboards.