Computex 2023 | ASRock showcases first Wi-Fi 7 motherboards with 5 GbE LAN connector
Wi-Fi 7 routers have been available for almost a year now, but they are way overpriced as the technology is not yet featured in many consumer devices. The situation should soon change as the technology makes its way into more computer-related hardware such as ASRock’s motherboards that are now displayed at Computex 2023.
ASRock is among the first companies to showcase mobos compatible with the Wi-Fi 7 standard. Unfortunately, the models on display are part of the premium Phantom Gaming ATX lineup, so Wi-Fi 7 might only be available for the more expensive solutions at first. Additionally, the mobo models only feature the Intel Z790 chipset for the LGA 1700 platform.
First up is the Z790 Nova WiFi7 motherboard that appears to pack a 20+1+1 phase power VRM and 2x USB-C 3.2 Gen2X2 ports. On the other hand, the Z790 Riptide WiFi7 model features 16+1+1 VRM and only 1x USB-C 3.2 Gen2X2, but it comes with 8x SATA3 ports instead of 4. Surprisingly no Thunderbolt 4 connector, but both boards feature 1x PCIe 5.0 X16, 1x PCIe 4.0 X16 and 1x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots plus 4x DDR5 DIMMS, as well as a ton of USB ports, 7.1 Realtek codecs with Nahimic audio and 1x PCIe 5.0 M.2 storage slot. Another interesting feature besides the Wi-Fi 7 connectivity is the inclusion of a 5 GbE LAN NIC from Realtek on each card.
No info on availability and pricing at the moment.