ASRock Launches the Z790 PG SONIC, an Officially Licensed Motherboard with Sonic the Hedgehog Graphics and 16-Bit Spinning Ring

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ASRock has launched the Z790 PG SONIC, an officially licensed motherboard for 13th Gen Intel Core processors that was developed to celebrate Sega’s mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. Fans of the blue blur will find graphics of him on the front and back, accompanied by an animated gold ring on the IO cover and a black PCB that also hosts silver and blue colors. ASRock did not share pricing or date of availability for the Z790 PG SONIC in its press release.

  • Supports 13th Gen & 12th Gen Intel Core Processors
  • 14+1+1 Phase Power Design, Dr.MOS for VCore+GT
  • 4 x DDR5 DIMMs, supports up to 6800+(OC)
  • 1 PCIe 5.0 x16, 1 PCIe 4.0 x16
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x1, 1 M.2 Key-E for WiFi
  • Graphics Output Options: 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC897 Audio Codec), Nahimic Audio
  • 1 Blazing M.2 (PCIe Gen5x4)
  • 4 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4x4), 8 SATA3
  • 1 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Type-C (Front)
  • 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A (Rear)
  • 1 USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C (Rear)
  • 6 USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A (4 Rear, 2 Front)
  • 6 USB 2.0 (2 Rear, 4 Front)
  • Killer 2.5G LAN

“Designed to bring back epic memories of catching rings in Green Hill Zone, the motherboard echoes Sonic’s lightning speed with its fast blue and silver shards and Sonic silhouette, besides the motherboard outlook is designed around the Sonic the Hedgehog theme, the ASRock Z790 PG SONIC also features a SONIC-inspired UEFI BIOS interface”, Said Chris Lee, Vice President of ASRock motherboard & gaming monitor business unit.

From an ASRock press release:

Leading global motherboard manufacturer, ASRock, proudly announces its new ASRock Z790 PG SONIC, an officially licensed motherboard featuring SEGA’s Sonic the Hedgehog. A 16-bit spinning ring emblazons the rear IO cover, while on the rear side you’ll even catch a glimpse of Sonic mid-run. The ASRock motherboard is co-launched to celebrate the release of SEGA’s new Sonic Frontiers game.

Hardware That’s Gotta Go Fast

The ASRock Z790 PG SONIC features the fastest PCI-Express 5.0 for the latest generation of graphics and add-in cards, plus a Blazing M.2 PCI-Express 5.0 M.2 slot is ready for new, ultra-high speed NVMe SSDs – minimizing load times for gamers!

Killer E3100G 2.5G Ethernet is included, plus a generous array of rear IO USB connectivity, including 20Gbps USB Type-C and ASRock’s patent-pending Lightning Gaming Ports that are optimized for high speed keyboards and mice, minimizing input jitter and click latency. Nahimic Audio, by SteelSeries, ensures powerful and accurate gamer-focused audio is ready for headphones and speakers alike.

All LGA1700 processors can reach their full potential thanks to the 14+1+1 Dr.MOS VRM for CPU core and GT voltages. A generous VRM cooling heatsink, and a 2oz copper PCB underneath provides better thermal performance, even under sustained heavy load.

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