Intel’s 12th and 13th generation core processors are mainly sold by the 13th generation core processor and the top family 12th generation core processor based on the Core i5 13600K processor to be precise. In the case of the 13th generation core processors, the core i5 13600K/KF processors are mainly sold from the top product family, and in the case of the 12th generation core processors, the Core i5 12400F processor is sold in large numbers. The 13th generation core processor was quickly exhausted from the market among Z690 chipset motherboards among Z690 chipset motherboards because consumers were looking for cheap motherboards in the early stage.The sales volume increased. After that, Z690 chipset motherboards and DDR5 capable motherboards followed suit and sold out quickly.
Nowadays, when more than a month has passed since its release, Z790 chipset motherboards are steadily increasing sales as motherboards for 13th generation core processors. Therefore, motherboard manufacturers sell the same clone models by splitting them into DDR5 memory or DDR4 memory. So, motherboard manufacturers actually design one motherboard and release two different motherboards with different memory sockets. As a result, it can be seen that users have a wide range of price choices due to the price difference between DDR4 and DDR5 memory.
■ ASRock Z790 PG Lightning/D4 Ezwin
▲ Brief specifications: Intel (Socket 1700) / Intel Z790 / ATX (30.5×24.4cm) / Power supply: 14+1+1 phase/Vcore output: Max. 700A (50A) / DDR4 Memory / 5333MHz (PC4-42600) / 4 / Memory Capacity: Max 128GB / XMP / VGA Connection Expansion Slot: PCIe5.0 x16 / PCIe Version: PCIe5.0, PCIe4.0, PCIe3.0 / PCIex16: 1 / PCIex16 (in x4): 1 / PCIex1: 3 / CrossFire / Storage SATA3: 4 / M.2: 4 / SATA / NVMe / PCIe4.0 / HDMI / USB 3.2 / USB 3.1 / USB 3.0 / USB 2.0 / RJ-45 / Audio Jack / PS/2 / LAN / Audio Realtek Dragon RTL8125BG / Max. 2.5 Gigabit / RJ-45: 1 / M.2 Key-E (module sold separately) / Realtek ALC897 / 7.1 channel (8ch) / Internal I/O RGB header (4-pin): 1 / ARGB header (3-pin): 3 / System fan header (4-pin): 5 / Thunderbolt 4 header: 1 / USB2.0 header: 1 / USB3.0 header: 2 PCS / USB3.0 Type C header: 1 / Feature UEFI / Dr.MOS / LED Header / M.2 Heatsink / Power Heatsink / TPM Header
The accessories for the ASRock Z790 PG Lightning D4 motherboard are provided as shown in the picture above, including a user manual, two SATA3 cables, and four screws to fix the M.2 storage. With 4 screws provided, you can expect quite a few M.2 slots to be provided on the motherboard.
Traditionally, ASRock motherboards use Styrofoam as a base package to mitigate impact. The same goes for this motherboard, so it is firmly fixed by placing separate connections around the base styrofoam in 4 places. It is a package structure that can only be strong against external shocks.
The processor socket of this motherboard is LGA1700 standard which can use 12th and 13th generation core processors. It is a socket made in a slightly rectangular shape in the core processor from the 11th generation, and due to the increased length, the mounting hole for installing the processor cooler is slightly wider. And, in the case of AIO coolers that are currently sold, guides are provided that are suitable for this socket, but if you want to use an existing AIO cooler, you must receive a separate guide for use .
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, this motherboard is a dedicated board that can only use DDR4 memory, and it can be expanded up to 128GB in a dual channel configuration through a total of 4 memory banks, and it supports XMP 2.0 in based on DDR4- 3200 Memory. Up to DDR4-5333 can be used via gaming memory or overclocking.
The connection between this motherboard and power consists of one standard 24-pin connector and two 12-pin 8 connectors. Since two 8-pin 12V connectors are used, it is easy to predict that the main power supply design table is good.
The whole power supply part of this main board is designed with DR.MOS and designed in 14+1+1 phase structure. According to ASRock’s data, the processor output alone can generate about 50A, so it has an output that can be used even with a Core i9 processor. And around the processor socket, every DR.MOS has an aluminum heatsink applied as standard.
Next to the 24-pin power connector, two USB 3.2 Gen2 x1 ports are supported, one of which is also supported by ASMedia’s ASM1074 chipset, and one USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 port that can be connected to the USB Type-C port on the case system. does It seems to have a design that matches the latest system case trend.
Recently, the standard M.2 2280 SSD has been standardized, and the frequency of use is gradually decreasing. A total of 4 SATA3 ports are supported, and the cable is inserted horizontally. This type of cable is an advantageous structure for organizing wires after assembling the system.
As for the PCIe slot connecting the graphics card, ASRock’s Gen5 steel slot is applied, supporting up to PCIe 5.0 x16 to be released in the future. If you look at it from the current point of view, there is no problem at all to use it at the current point because Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 40 series only supports up to PCIe 4.0 16x speed.
The main board has a pin header that can connect a total of 4 AIO peripherals. As you can see in the picture, it is located on one side where the system pin header locations are located, and the other two are located on the side of the 24-pin power connector.
There are a total of three Hyper M.2 slots between slots on the motherboard, and the maximum speed these slots have is PCIe Gen4 x4. All the slots between the PCIe slots are connected to the PCIe lanes that the Z790 chipset has. And it has an M.2KeyE slot, where you can install a daughter board that supports Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth. This M.2KeyE slot is mainly applied to ASRock motherboards.
The M.2 2280 slot between the processor socket and the PCIe 5.0 x16 slot can install an SSD with PCIe 4.0 x4 speed, and from this PG series, an aluminum heatsink is provided as standard. This heatsink matches the design of the main board and power supply to add a sense of unity.
Recently, ASRock’s latest chipset motherboards provide this eDP connector. This connector is located on the bottom of the motherboard. This cable is a connector that can connect a small size LCD and output the screen via Intel UHD graphics. If you use an eDP monitor for industrial use, if you choose this main board, you can use the fast performance of the latest processor in the industrial group.
This IO shield configuration on the motherboard supports a PS2 port and a total of 8 USB 3.2 Gen2 ports. Looking at two of the ports in the picture, the sky blue USB port, which shows a USB type-c port, supports USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 speed, resulting in a maximum speed of 10Gbps. If you use NAND flash storage among USB storage, it is recommended to connect it to this port.
■ Similar cost performance to Z690 chipset motherboards, ASRock Z790 PG Lightning/D4
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, if motherboards based on the Z690 chipset led the early 13th generation core processor market in terms of cost-effectiveness, from the current point of view, motherboards based on the Z790 chipset are now is a full-fledged 13th generation core. It has become a market driven situation. In particular, since the existing Z790 chipset and DDR4 memory can be used as they are, it would be a good idea to buy this ASRock Z790 PG Lightning / D4 motherboard for those who are considering an upgrade. In particular, the price range of this motherboard is attractive. If you check the price of this motherboard through Compuzone or Danawa, it is sold in the middle range of 300,000. Rather, the barriers are relatively low.