ASRock Z690 PG Velocita (DDR5)

Sitting below the Z690 Taichi in its product stack, ASRock also has a couple of Phantom Gaming series branded boards for Intel's Z690 and Alder Lake launch. The most apparent of the ATX sized versions is the ASRock Z690 PG Velocita, which was introduced back during the launch of Intel's 10th generation Z490 chipset. The ASRock Z690 PG Velocita has an interesting design layout, with elements of black, red, and purple within the rear panel cover, and integrated RGB LEDs built into both the rear panel cover and chipset heatsink.

Looking at the board's PCIe slot support. ASRock includes five PCIe slots in total, including one full-length PCIe 5.0 x16, one full-length PCIe 4.0 x4, one full-length PCIe 3.0 x4 slot, and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. For storage, there are four M.2 slots in total including one with support for PCIe 5.0 x4 drives when they eventually hit the market, two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, and one PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot. ASRock also includes six SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. Located in the top right-hand corner are four memory slots, which can support speeds of up to DDR5-6400, and a combined capacity of up to 128 GB.

On the rear panel of the ASRock Z690 PG Velocita is one USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, six USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. There's a pair of video outputs consisting of an HDMI and DisplayPort, while five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output are powered by a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec. The board includes two RJ45 ports, with one powered by a Killer E3100G 2.5 GbE controller, and the other by an Intel I219-V Gigabit controller, with wireless support coming from a Killer AX1675 Wi-Fi 6E CNVi. Finishing off the rear panel is a small BIOS Flashback button.

ASRock Z690 Taichi (DDR5) & Z690 Taichi Razer Edition (DDR5) ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming 4/D5
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  • Dahak - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - link

    Will there be a list of DDR4 only board as well?
  • Ryan Smith - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - link

    Yes, we're also putting together a guide for DDR4 boards.
  • jh20001 - Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - link

    Any news on the DDR4 story? Would be nice to know what model is the best for performance/features in the eyes of others.
  • Flunk - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - link

    Intel's actually released a compelling new chipset? I'm surprised to see DDR5 and PCIe 5 support, but USB 4 seems to be notably absent, despite there being no reason at all to omit it. Intel is finally one-upping AMD after a few years of playing #2.
  • Exotica - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - link

    Thunderbolt4 is usb4 capable…
  • CharonPDX - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - link

    Yep, the only thing USB4 adds over "USB 3.2 2x2" is Thunderbolt support. Therefore any Thunderbolt 4 device is automatically USB4. In fact, essentially any board with "Thunderbolt 3" along with USB 3.2 2x2 basically get "USB4" status for free.
  • DigitalFreak - Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - link

    USB 3.2 2x2 is 20 Gbps. USB 4 is 40 Gbps.
  • 12345 - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - link

    That's why they mentioned TB3. 40Gbps support is also optional for USB4.
  • 12345 - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - link

    DP 2.0 is mandatory for USB4 so TB3 support isn't good enough.
  • KarlKastor - Wednesday, November 10, 2021 - link

    That is only the name. The question is, with what speed you can run USB devices.

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