As Intel is set to officially announce the 9th gen Intel CPUs and Z390 chipset on Monday, ASRock has jumped the gun and unveiled its upcoming gaming-focused Z390 motherboards.
The Taiwanese company snnounced the the Phantom Gaming Motherboards. These new motherboards support the 9th Generation Intel Core processors with socket 1151.
The motherboard uses the new Realtek RTL8125AG 2.5G NIC along with a new software package which allows users to intelligently shape traffic while gaming.
The flagship Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 model comes with with 2.5G LAN with a pairing of dual Intel-based NICs to offer a total of three LAN ports on the rear panel. Along with this is 2T2R Wave 2 802.11ac Wi-Fi with support for up to 1.73 Mbps of bandwidth.
Also included in the new line up is the Z390 Phantom Gaming 6 which retains a lot of the gaming-focused features of the Phantom Gaming 9 model, such as 2.5G+2x1G.
The Z390 Phantom Gaming 4, Z390 Phantom Gaming SLI and Z390 Phantom Gaming SLI AC look to cater towards users looking towards the mid-range of the Z390 motherboards at launch.
ASRock is also listing the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac mini-ITX motherboard with 2T2R 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec dual PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slots and an integrated Thunderbolt 3 port onto the rear panel.
Other non-gaming options available include the ASRock Z390 Extreme4, ASRock Z390 Pro4, the mATX sized ASRock Z390M Pro and mini-ITX ASRock Z390M-ITX/ac.
ASRock has also re-launched a new pair of Taichi inspired high-end boards onto the Z390 chipset with the ASRock Z390 Taichi and the ASRock Z390 Taichi Ultimate. The Ultimate model featuers an Aquantia 10G LAN while both the ASRock Z390 Taichi and Z390 Taichi Ultimate both featurefrom a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec, three USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A and one USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C on the rear panel.
Other motherboard makers including Gigabyte, Asus and MSI have also used social media to tease what are expected to be Z390 chipset based products.
Asus ROG hashtags the new products #nextgenmotherboard. Asus boasts that the new boards support CPUs running with all-cores at 5GHz+, with DDR4 memory speeds in excess of 4266MHz.
Earlier this week MSI previewed its next gen motherboard lineup, which includes the Godlike, MEG ACE, Gaming Pro Carbon AC and Edge models.
EVGA has teased also teased with the upcoming EVGA Z390 DARK model.
GIGABYTE's new Z390 range includes a total of ten new models.
The GIGABYTE Z390 Aorus Master has a total of three M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 slots and three full-length PCIe 3.0 slots operating at x16, x8, and x4, which means support for two-way SLI and up to three-way CrossFire is supported. The Aorus Master also makes use of a Realtek ALC1220-VB audio codec and an ESS Sabre 9118 DAC; 2x2 Wave 2 Wi-Fi is also a notable feature.
Other models released in the Z390 Aorus gaming range includes the Z390 Aorus Ultra. Also announced in the new Aorus product stack is the Z390 Aorus Pro, Z390 Aorus Pro WIFI, the Z390 Aorus Elite, and a new gaming-focused mini-ITX motherboard, the Z390 I Aorus Pro WIFI.
The Z390 Gaming SLI and Z390 Gaming X boards are offering dual M.2 PCIe 3.0/SATA slots, six SATA ports and an Intel I219V Gigabit LAN. The Z390 Gaming SLI includes two-way SLI support and utilizes a Realtek ALC1220-VB audio codec, while the Z390 Gaming X drops the audio codec down to a Realtek ALC892 HD codec. The third member of the group, the mATX-sized GIGABYTE Z390M Gaming, offers many of the same features the ATX sized Z390 Gaming X model but in a smaller frame.
GIGABYTE also unveiled the ultra durable Z390 UD, which drops all of the gaming-themed brandings and focuses primarily on offering users a cost-effective and entry-level route onto the new Z390 chipset. It has a Realtek ALC892 HD audio codec, sports two full-length PCIe 3.0 slots running at x16/x4 respectively, and includes two USB 3.1 Gen2 ports (Type-A and Type-C) on the rear panel.