Perhaps the most important component in your pc is the motherboard. Without it, you would not be able to have a working PC. What I seek in a motherboard are performance and stability. ASRock Z590 PG Velocita is one of the newest motherboards by ASRock and offers exactly that. Velocita, which is Italian for ‘Speed’ is the newest member of the Phantom Gaming line by ASRock. This board promises extreme stability, performance, and to be future-ready to support Intel Gen 10 and 11 processors and their features. Velocita supports DDR4 Memory modules (up to 4800MHz OC) and PCI 4.0 x16 boards. This ATX motherboard is comfortably equipped with numerous SATA3 connectors and three M.2 slots for NVME drives(Gen 3 and 4 PCIe). In addition to high-speed connectivity, Velocita is equipped with a Z590 chipset alongside 14 phase design and dual-port Ethernet adapters for single and multi-gig connectivity and WiFi connectivity.
The motherboard comes in a large shipping box that has stunning imagery on it alongside all of the information about features you might want to know. ASRock did not skip on the presentation of this board and it really shows how well-designed packaging should be.
The internal packaging of Velocita consists of two compartments. The top section of the box is dedicated to the motherboard itself and the bottom portion of the box is dedicated to user guide, installation guide, drivers cd, and accessories that come in handy.
Included are cables for SATA connectivity to the motherboard, GPU support bracket, a VRM cooling fan with adapter, WiFi antennae, and additional M.2 standoff screws. There is no separate I/O shield included with the board as it comes already attached to it.
The board itself comes wrapped in the static bag and secured to the black foam with zip ties. This is not the first time we see board being shipped this way however it still surprises me every time I see a similar design in packaging.
|Unique Feature||ASRock USB 3.2 Gen2
– ASRock Front Panel Type-C USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Header (20 Gb/s)
– ASRock USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s)
– ASRock USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
ASRock Super Alloy
– XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
– Premium 60A Power Choke
– 50A Dr.MOS
– Nichicon 12K Black Caps (100% Japan-made high-quality conductive polymer capacitors)
– I/O Armor
– Matte Black PCB
– High-Density Glass Fabric PCB
– 2oz Copper PCB
Killer 2.5G LAN
Killer 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E
Killer DoubleShot Pro
CPU Direct Source LAN
ASRock Steel Slots ASRock Full Coverage M.2 Heatsink ASRock Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4x4)
ASRock Ultra USB Power
ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN Ports)
ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
|CPU||– Supports 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors and 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors (LGA1200)
– Digi Power design
– 14 Power Phase design
– Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology
– Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPUs
|Chipset||– Intel® Z590|
|Memory||– Dual-Channel DDR4 Memory Technology
– 4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
– 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors support DDR4 non-ECC, un-buffered memory up to 4800+(OC)*
– 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors support DDR4 non-ECC, un-buffered memory up to 4666+(OC)*
– Supports ECC UDIMM memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
– Max. capacity of system memory: 128GB**
– Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 2.0
– 15μ Gold Contact in DIMM Slots
*11th Gen Intel
® Core™ (i9/i7/i5) support DDR4 up to 3200; Core™ (i3), Pentium
® and Celeron
® support DDR4 up to 2666 natively.10th Gen Intel
® Core™ (i9/i7) support DDR4 up to 2933; Core™ (i5/i3), Pentium
® and Celeron
® support DDR4 up to 2666 natively.
*Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows
® 32-bit OS. For Windows
® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
|BIOS||– 128Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with multilingual GUI support
– ACPI 6.0 Compliant wake up events
– SMBIOS 2.7 Support
– CPU Core/Cache, CPU GT, VCCSA, DRAM, VCCIO, VCCIO 1 2, VPPM, VCCIN AUX, VCCST, VCC PLL, CPU PLL, VTTDDR Voltage Multi-adjustment
|Graphics||– 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors support Intel® Xe Graphics Architecture (Gen 12). 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors support Gen 9 Graphics
– Dual graphics output: support HDMI and DisplayPort 1.4 ports by independent display controllers
– Supports HDMI 2.0 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096×2160) @ 60Hz**
– Supports DisplayPort 1.4 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096×2304) @ 60Hz
– Supports Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12bpc), xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI 2.0 Port (Compliant HDMI monitor is required)
– Supports HDCP 2.3 with HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4 Ports
*Intel® UHD Graphics Built-in Visuals and the VGA outputs can be supported only with processors which are GPU integrated.
**11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors support HDMI 2.0. 10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors support HDMI 1.4.
|Audio||– 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
– Premium Blu-ray Audio support
– Supports Surge Protection
– Pure Power-In
– Direct Drive Technology
– PCB Isolate Shielding
– Impedance Sensing on Rear Out port
– Individual PCB Layers for R/L Audio Channel
– Gold Audio Jacks
– 15μ Gold Audio Connector
– Nahimic Audio
|LAN||1 x 2.5 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000/2500 Mb/s (Killer E3100G)
– Supports Killer LAN Software
– Supports Killer DoubleShotTM Pro
– Supports Wake-On-LAN
– Supports Lightning/ESD Protection
– Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
– Supports PXE
1 x Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s (Intel® I219V)
– Supports Wake-On-LAN
– Supports Lightning/ESD Protection
– Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
– Supports PXE
|Wireless LAN||– Killer AX1675x 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E Module
– Supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ax
– Supports Dual-Band 2×2 160MHz with extended 6GHz band support*
– 2 antennas to support 2 (Transmit) x 2 (Receive) diversity technology
– Supports Bluetooth 5.2 + High speed class II
– Supports MU-MIMO
– Supports Killer LAN Software
– Supports Killer DoubleShot™ Pro
*Wi-Fi 6E (6GHz band) is not currently enabled by default due to the different regulation status of each country. It will be activated (for supported countries) through Windows
® Update and software update once available. The update is expected to be in the middle of 2021.
|Slots||CPU Direct Source LAN Off (Default Setting):
11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
– 3 x PCI Express x16 Slots (PCIE1/PCIE3/PCIE4: single at Gen4x16 (PCIE1); dual at Gen4x8 (PCIE1) / Gen4x8 (PCIE3); triple at Gen4x8 (PCIE1) / Gen4x8 (PCIE3) / Gen3x4 (PCIE4))*
10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
– 3 x PCI Express x16 Slots (PCIE1/PCIE3/PCIE4: single at Gen3x16 (PCIE1); dual at Gen3x8 (PCIE1) / Gen3x8 (PCIE3); triple at Gen3x8 (PCIE1) / Gen3x8 (PCIE3) / Gen3x4 (PCIE4))*
CPU Direct Source LAN On:
11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
– 3 x PCI Express x16 Slots (PCIE1/PCIE3/PCIE4: single at Gen4x8 (PCIE1); dual at Gen4x8 (PCIE1) / Gen4x4 (PCIE3); triple at Gen4x8 (PCIE1) / Gen4x4 (PCIE3) / Gen3x4 (PCIE4))*
10th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors
– 3 x PCI Express x16 Slots (PCIE1/PCIE3/PCIE4: single at Gen3x8 (PCIE1); dual at Gen3x8 (PCIE1) / Gen3x4 (PCIE3); triple at Gen3x8 (PCIE1) / Gen3x4 (PCIE3) / Gen3x4 (PCIE4))*– 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 Slot
– Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™, 3-Way CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
– 1 x Vertical M.2 Socket (Key E) with the bundled WiFi-802.11ax module (on the rear I/O)
– 15μ Gold Contact in VGA PCIe Slot (PCIE1)
*Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks
|Storage||– 6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors*
– 1 x Hyper M.2 Socket (M2_1), supports M Key type 2260/2280 M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen4x4 (64 Gb/s) (Socket M2_1 works with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors only)**
– 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_2), supports M Key type 2260/2280 M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s)**
– 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_3), supports M Key type 2260/2280/22110 M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s)**
*If M2_2 is occupied, SATA3_0 and SATA3_1 will be disabled.* If M2_3 is occupied by a SATA-type M.2 device, SATA3_3 will be disabled.
**Supports Intel® Optane™ Technology (M2_2 and M2_3 only)
|RAID||– Supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10 for SATA storage devices
– Supports RAID 0 and RAID 1 for M.2 NVMe storage devices*
*RAID function for PCIe mode SSD in M2_1 is only available with Intel
® SSD installed.
|Connector||– 1 x SPI TPM Header
– 1 x Power LED and Speaker Header
– 2 x RGB LED Headers*
– 2 x Addressable LED Headers**
– 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin)***
– 1 x CPU/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)****
– 5 x Chassis/Water Pump Fan Connectors (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)*****
– 1 x VRM Fan Connector (4-pin)******
– 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector)
– 2 x 8 pin 12V Power Connectors (Hi-Density Power Connector)
– 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector (15μ Gold Audio Connector)
– 1 x Thunderbolt™ AIC Connector (5-pin) (Supports ASRock Thunderbolt™ 4 AIC Card)
– 1 x USB 2.0 Header (Supports 2 USB 2.0 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Headers (Support 4 USB 3.2 Gen1 ports) (ASMedia ASM1074 hub) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 1 x Front Panel Type C USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Header (20 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 1 x Clear CMOS Button
– 1 x Dr. Debug with LED
– 1 x Power Button with LED
– 1 x Reset Button with LED
*Support in total up to 12V/3A, 36W LED Strip
**Support in total up to 5V/3A, 15W LED Strip
***The CPU Fan Connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12W) fan power.
****The CPU/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 2A (24W) fan power.
*****The Chassis/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 2A (24W) fan power.
******The VRM Fan Connector supports the VRM fan of maximum 1A (12W) fan power.
|Rear Panel I/O||– 2 x Antenna Ports
– 1 x HDMI Port
– 1 x DisplayPort 1.4
– 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
– 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s) (ReDriver) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) (ReDriver) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 2 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A Ports (ASMedia ASM1042A) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 4 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A Ports (Intel® Z590) (Supports ESD Protection)*
– 2 x USB 2.0 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)
– 2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
– HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone (Gold Audio Jacks)
*Ultra USB Power is supported on USB3_12 ports.
ACPI wake-up function is not supported on USB3_12 ports.
|Software and UEFI||Software
– ASRock Motherboard Utility (Phantom Gaming Tuning)
– Killer Control Center
– ASRock Polychrome SYNC*
– ASRock EZ Mode
– ASRock Full HD UEFI
– ASRock My Favorites in UEFI
– ASRock Instant Flash
– ASRock Internet Flash
– ASRock Easy RAID Installer
*These utilities can be downloaded from ASRock Live Update & APP Shop.
|Support CD||– Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), Google Chrome Browser and Toolbar|
|Accessories||– Quick Installation Guide, Support CD
– 4 x SATA Data Cables
– 1 x Graphics Card Holder
– 1 x Wireless Dongle USB Bracket
– 1 x 3010 Cooling Fan with Bracket and Screw Package
– 1 x 4010 Cooling Fan Bracket and Screw Package
– 2 x ASRock WiFi 2.4/5/6 GHz Antennas
– 3 x Screws for M.2 Sockets
– 3 x Standoffs for M.2 Sockets
|Hardware Monitor||– Fan Tachometer: CPU, CPU/Water Pump, Chassis/Water Pump, VRM, MOS Fans
– Quiet Fan (Auto adjust chassis fan speed by CPU temperature): CPU, CPU/Water Pump, Chassis/Water Pump, MOS Fans
– Fan Multi-Speed Control: CPU, CPU/Water Pump, Chassis/Water Pump, VRM, MOS Fans
– Voltage monitoring: CPU Vcore, VCCIN AUX, DRAM, VCCIO, VCCIO 1 2, VPPM, VCCSA, CPU PLL, VCC PLL, CPU Standby 1, +12V, +5V, +3.3V
|Form Factor||– ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
– 2oz Copper PCB
|OS||– Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit|
|Certifications||– FCC, CE
– ErP/EuP ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
A Closer Look at ASRock Z590 PG Velocita
Z590 PG Velocita has a standard ATX size of 30.5cm by 24.4 cm so you should be able to fix this board into any ATX case without a problem. The motherboard has a standard 2 Oz layer copper when it comes to PCB boards. On the front of the board, there are aluminum heatsinks that cover MOSFETs. There is one built-in fan that cools the heatsinks on the left of the CPU socket however, ASRock included a small 30mm fan with a support bracket if you choose to use it for the top heatsink. It is recommended but not required to operate the motherboard. There is a socket support plate on the back of the motherboard and four mounting holes for the cooler to be installed.
ASRock Z590 PG Velocita supports 10th Gen Intel and 11th Gen Intel processors (LGA 1200). This board has a 12+2 power phase design. I did not install the additional fan but you can see its mounting holes on the aluminum heatsink in the picture below. The board also has two eight-pin motherboard power connectors for additional power but you can power this board with only one eight-pin power connector without being penalized. Velocita also supports Intel Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology and the ability to run K series (unlocked) processors.
There are four DDR4 RAM slots to accommodate RAM moduled up to 4800MHz speed if overclocked. A list of supported RAM modules could be found on ASRock’s website. On the right of the RAM slots, two buttons can quickly power on and reset the system if needed right from the board. I find this very handy when pushing clock speeds of the RAM/CPU. Velocita is equipped with three M.2 slots. Two slots are Gen 3 x4 and one slot is Gen 4 x4. To be able to use Hyper M.2 (Gen 4 x4) slot Velocity needs to be paired up with 11th Gen Intel CPU. For a supported list of CPUs please refer to ASRock’s website.
There are six SATA3 connections on Velocita. Not all of them can be used alongside M.2 modules. For instance, if you would like to use the Hyper M.2 module it would disable SATA3_0 and 1 SATA ports. If you would like to use bottom M.2 then SATA3_3 will be disabled. Velocita also has three full metal-reinforced PCIe slots and one PCIe mini.
The number of lanes for the PCIe slots varies based on the CPU and CPU Direct Source LAN configuration. CPU Direct Source Lan is a patented technology that allows control of the network connection directly by the CPU. By having direct access to the network adapter this way instead of through the network chipset the performance of networking can be greatly improved and minimalization of latency can be achieved. In short CPU Direct Source LAN can greatly benefit any gamer with fast ethernet speed with less lag. But with this feature (when enabled) PCI lanes take the hit.
Here what you should expect:
With CPU Direct Source LAN Off (default)
- 11th Gen Intel CPU – 3 x PCI Express x16 Slots (PCIE1/PCIE3/PCIE4: single at Gen4x16 (PCIE1); dual at Gen4x8 (PCIE1) / Gen4x8 (PCIE3); triple at Gen4x8 (PCIE1) / Gen4x8 (PCIE3) / Gen3x4 (PCIE4))
- 10th Gen Intel CPU – 3 x PCI Express x16 Slots (PCIE1/PCIE3/PCIE4: single at Gen3x16 (PCIE1); dual at Gen3x8 (PCIE1) / Gen3x8 (PCIE3); triple at Gen3x8 (PCIE1) / Gen3x8 (PCIE3) / Gen3x4 (PCIE4))
With CPU Direct Source LAN On
- 11th Gen Intel CPU – 3 x PCI Express x16 Slots (PCIE1/PCIE3/PCIE4: single at Gen4x8 (PCIE1); dual at Gen4x8 (PCIE1) / Gen4x4 (PCIE3); triple at Gen4x8 (PCIE1) / Gen4x4 (PCIE3) / Gen3x4 (PCIE4))
- 10th Gen Intel CPU – 3 x PCI Express x16 Slots (PCIE1/PCIE3/PCIE4: single at Gen3x8 (PCIE1); dual at Gen3x8 (PCIE1) / Gen3x4 (PCIE3); triple at Gen3x8 (PCIE1) / Gen3x4 (PCIE3) / Gen3x4 (PCIE4))
M.2 slots are covered by the aluminum heatsinks that will help with heat distribution and protect M.2 modules from accidental damage. The Realtek audio chipset in Velocita offers ALC1220 Audio Codec that offers 7.1 Chanel HD Audio. The chipset is partially covered by the plastic bezel that covers the left side of the motherboard.
As I mentioned earlier the IO panel of Velocita is non-removable. The Phantom Gaming color scheme and a small logo are a good touch here. The IO panel offers Display Port and HDMI graphics (only supported Intel CPU offer Video capabilities), two USB 2.0 connections, six USB 3.2 Gen 1 connections, Killer 2.5G Ethernet and Intel Gigabit Ethernet connectors, two Killer WiFi 6e antenna, one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A and one type C connectors, SPDIF and Realtek audio IO ports.
ASRock Z590 PG Velocita BIOS
When you enter the BIOS you will be presented with a general overall status of the motherboard. You can monitor CPU temperature, Fan speed, Storage configuration, and boot priority on this default screen. This is very useful if you guys want to monitor the system in an idle state. To enter the Advanced Mode of the BIOS you can click the button “Advances Mode (F6)” on the top right corner or hit the F6 key on your keyboard.
On the Main screen of the BIOS, you check additional settings of the CPU such as Processors speed and Cache size. Here you can also get information on the RAM modules and their placement in the system.
OC Tweaker tab can be used to overclock your system by adjusting CPU clock timing and voltage for CPU and RAM modules.
The Advanced tab is dedicated to the advanced setting of components. If you need to adjust the setting and customize your onboard devices this is the place where you would want to look for a particular setting. You can also customize UEFI configurations as needed.
In the Tools section of BIOS, you will find a few helpful tools anywhere from ASRock Polychrome RGB controls to Instant flash utility to update your BIOS. Two very handy tools included here are SSD Secure Erase Tool and NVME Sanitazation Tool. If you don’t have BIOS saved on the flash drive you can use the Internet Flash utility to quickly update your BIOS.
Detailed information about Temperatures, Voltages, and Fan Speed could be found under the H/W Monitor tab.
The Security tab is dedicated to securing the UEFI against unauthorized access. You can also configure Secure Boot if needed.
To configure Boot options/priorities and customize miscellaneous boot items could be done in the Boot tab of the BIOS.
The Exit tab allows all of the changes to be saved or discarded. If you ever wish to roll back all of the changes you can Load UEFI Defaults settings.
Benchmarks for the ASRock Z590 PG Velocita
|Intel I7 10700KF|
|ASRock Z590 PG Velocita||ASRock|
|(2) SK Hynix Gold P31 PCIe NVMe Gen3 M.2 2280 Internal SSD – 500GB NVMe (1) Samsung 850 Evo 250GB SSD|
|MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Super||MSI|
|BenQ EL2870U 28 inch 4K HDR Gaming Monitor 3840×2160 @ 60 Hz|
|Open Test Bench|
|Fractal Design ION+ 660P||Fractal Design|
|Windows 10 2004 x64 Pro with latest patches and updates|
Testing and Performance
AIDA64 has a set of several 64-bit benchmarks to measure how fast the computer performs various data processing tasks and mathematical calculations. Multi-threaded memory and cache benchmarks are available to analyze system RAM bandwidth and latency. Benchmark pages of AIDA64 Extreme provide several methods to measure system performance. These benchmarks are synthetic, so their results show only the theoretical maximum performance of the system. The AIDA64 suite has various benchmarks for CPU, FPU, GPU, storage, and memory testing.
Comparison data for ASRock Z590 PG Velocita will be to itself in the overlocked state. The overclocked state of the system is set to 5.2 GHz clock speed with a memory speed of 2133 MHz with 15-15-15-36 CR2 timings.
Overall CPU and FPU tests showed about a five percent increase in performance when in the overclocked state.
Memory benchmarks show a slight drop in reading speed. I have run the memory read test a few times however the Bandwidth in the overlocked state was still lower than in the stock configuration.
Benchmarks for the ASRock Z590 PG Velocita Continued
Cinebench is a real-world cross-platform test suite that evaluates your computer’s hardware capabilities. Improvements to Cinebench Release 20 reflect the overall advancements to CPU and rendering technology in recent years, providing a more accurate measurement of Cinema 4D’s ability to take advantage of multiple CPU cores and modern processor features available to the average user.
The Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer, or POV-Ray, is a ray-tracing program that generates images from a text-based scene description and is available for a variety of computer platforms. POV-Ray is free and open-source software.
Multimedia, Compression, and Semi-Synthetic Benchmarks for the ASRock Z590 PG Velocita
HandBrake is a free and open-source video transcoder to make ripping a film from a DVD to a data storage device easier. Essentially, it can convert video to almost any modern format. The workload video file is a file that I’ve used for years called Sintel. It is a 1.09-gigabyte file that is full HD. I used the Apple 240p preset for this test.
The 7-zip benchmark shows a rating in MIPS (million instructions per second). The rating value is calculated from the measured speed, and it is normalized with the results of the Intel Core 2 CPU with a multi-threading option switched off. So, if you have a modern CPU from Intel or AMD, rating values in single-thread mode must be close to real CPU frequency. There are two tests, compression with the LZMA method and decompression with the LZMA method. Once the total passes reach 100, the score is taken. 7-Zip gives the resulting score for decompressing, compressing, and an overall score.
PCMark 10 is a system benchmark for Windows PCs that focuses on common tasks performed in the office. PCMark 10 offers a variety of workloads categorized into four groups. The Essentials group includes web browsing, video conferencing, and app start-up time. The Productivity group includes tests based on spreadsheets and writing. The Digital Content Creation group includes photo editing, video editing, and a rendering and visualization test. The final group, Gaming, includes tests for real-time graphics and physics.
ASRock Z590 PG Velocita Sub System Benchmarks (Storage, Audio, and Networking)
“CrystalDiskMark 5 is designed to quickly test the performance of your hard drives. Currently, the program allows us to measure sequential and random read/write speeds.”
Note: I was unable to benchmark the Hyper M.2 slot (PCIe Gen4 x4) due to the lack of the required processor that supports this function.
RightMark Audio Analyzer
To test the onboard audio on the ASRock Z590 PG Velocita motherboard, I use the Rightmark Audio Analyzer benchmark. To test the onboard audio of any motherboard, I follow the guide on RMAA’s site that talks about how to review Asus Xonar D2 in RMAA 6.0.5.
Performance Test 9 Networking tool
For network testing, I have a MicroTik CRS317-1G-16S+RM switch that is capable of single and 10-gigabit switching. I am not able to test the full speed of the Killer E3100G 2.5G LAN adapter as my switch doesn’t support 2.5g network connections. It automatically connects at 1g.
Killer E3100G 2.5G LAN
Intel® Gigabit LAN
Killer AX1675x 802.11ax was tested with a Google Wifi AC1200 mesh network.
All hard-wired tests displayed great results as we would expect in the lab type of environment. The WiFi speeds were satisfactory based on the AC1200 throughput speeds.
ASRock Z590 PG Velocita Synthetic and Gaming Benchmarks
3DMark is a computer benchmarking tool created and developed by Futuremark used to determine the performance of a computer’s 3D graphic rendering and CPU workload processing capabilities. It does this through a series of graphics and physics and or CPU tests.
Following some of the gaming, workloads were tested on Velocita. Games tested are X-Plane 11, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Far Cry New Dawn and Assasins Creed Odessey.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
ASRock Z590 PG Velocita is a definite head-turner. This board has an overwhelming number of advanced features anywhere from Hyper M.2 support to WiFi6 support to ARGB to Intel 11th Gen CPU support. And it holds itself extremely stable with all of these features available to be used at any time. Velocita has four DDR4 slots that potentially could be used to upgrade the RAM to 128Gb up to 4800MHz if needed. This board is ready to handle pretty much anything you can throw at it.
Management of the board is intuitive and most of the operations could be performed right from the BIOS. I really like this BIOS is the ability to download the latest updates right from the BIOS itself. Advanced settings and Overclocking options are all available in BIOS as well. I would strongly recommend taking caution when overvolting components. There is always a risk of burning out your system.
I’ve tested this system for about a month, 8 hours+ per day. And everything I threw at it didn’t slow Velocita down. I have never experienced a lag or driver issue while gaming or performing simple tasks. When overclocking the system I did got few blue screens but this is expected for the system instability when setting clocks/voltage too high. Overall overclocking got me a stable 5.2GHz from 3.8GHz.
Killer Network in Velocita was a nice touch. Killer Network offers both LAN (2.5Gbps) and WiFi(6e) connections on this board. In addition, this board has an Intel gigabit network adapter as well. You might want to use this board as a web server or a router and having multiple connections is a good feature to have at your fingertips.
Temperature-wise the board did get warm as my processor’s TDP is rated to be at 125 watts while intense gaming. The addition of a 30mm fan, that can be installed on the top VRM heatsink, helps with the cooling of some of the components. A good airflow throughout the case is what I would recommend for this board.
At the time of the review, ASRock Z590 PG Velocita is offered at around $300. I feel that the price of this board is a fair one as it puts this motherboard right at about mid-tier of motherboards. If you are looking for a good all-around board then Velocita should be considered. ASRock also makes higher tier boards if you ever feel the need for more performance such as Z590 TAICHI and Z590 OC Formula. But for the sub $300 this board would be hard to beat based on the stability and features.