ASRock's Sonic B760 Motherboard Is Smaller and Just as Delightfully Tacky

B760M PG SONIC WiFi motherboard
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ASRock must have earned a lot of rings with its first Sonic the  Hedgehog themed motherboard, because it's back with a second one. At CES 2023, we got to check out the ASRock B760M PG Sonic WiFi, designed for Intel's 13th Gen Core processors (though it also works with 12th Gen Core.)

In my opinion as a Sonic fan since childhood, these are delightfully tacky. They're clearly Sonic-inspired, but not so much that I wouldn't want it in my build. In fact, if I were building today...

The Special Edition B760M PG Sonic WiFi has a heatsink for the VRM, M.2 SSDs and PCH in a Sonic-themed design. ASRock claims that the board is built with six-layer PCB, features Dragon 2.5 Gbit Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6E. There are three M.2 NVMe 4x4 SSD slots and four SATA III ports, which should be plenty of room for storage. There's also room for four sticks of DDR5 RAM. 

Sonic B760M motherboard next to the Z790 version.

(Image credit: Tom's Hardware)

For lighting, there's Polychrome Sync ARGB. (I'd argue you should turn it red for an "& Knuckles" vibe, but you can make it whatever you want). Other features include Nahimic Audio, a PCIe 5.0 x16 slot and a front USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C header.

There are a few other fun Sonic details. The most obvious is the spinning ring on the heatsink. But on the back of the board, there's an image of Sonic running, which only you will ever see before you install it in a case.

Rear ports include a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port, a USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A port, four USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, and two USB 2.0 ports. There's also an Ethernet port, HD audio jacks, HDMI, DisplayPort 1.4, PS/2 and an room for antennas.

Prior to this board's release, ASRock had released a full-ATX Z790 version. This one should make Sonic-themed motherboards available to more builders.

We've found the B760M Sonic Wi-Fi selling for $189.99 (opens in new tab) on Newegg.  It's not budget, exactly (AsRock and other sellers have cheaper B760M boards), but it's cheaper than a more premium variant.

That being said, I have a wishlist. Obviously, a Knuckles-themed AMD version should come along. And perhaps a Tails SSD? An Amy Rose graphics card? Big the Cat RAM? I could go on. Somebody get me in the meetings!

Andrew E. Freedman

Andrew E. Freedman is a senior editor at Tom's Hardware focusing on laptops, desktops and gaming. He also keeps up with the latest news. A lover of all things gaming and tech, his previous work has shown up in Tom's Guide, Laptop Mag, Kotaku, PCMag and Complex, among others. Follow him on Twitter: @FreedmanAE

  • Royce1969
    So...you mentioned the back image screened onto the board and don't take a pic? "But on the back of the board, there's an image of Sonic running, which only you will ever see before you install it in a case. "

    Is it banned from sharing this image that only owners get to see it after they have shelled out the cash?
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  • USAFRet
    Royce1969 said:
    So...you mentioned the back image screened onto the board and don't take a pic? "But on the back of the board, there's an image of Sonic running, which only you will ever see before you install it in a case. "

    Is it banned from sharing this image that only owners get to see it after they have shelled out the cash?
    It was at CES. People don't always get all the access they want at these expos.
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  • bit_user
    Does it have Blast Processing?

    🏃‍♂️💨
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  • bit_user
    Royce1969 said:
    So...you mentioned the back image screened onto the board and don't take a pic? "But on the back of the board, there's an image of Sonic running, which only you will ever see before you install it in a case. "

    Is it banned from sharing this image that only owners get to see it after they have shelled out the cash?
    Google image search is your friend. I just searched the product name and under-side. Found this page, with pics including the one described.

    https://time.news/segaxsonic-asrock-b760m-pg-sonic-wifi-computer-field-hkepc-hardware/
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  • Math Geek
    i do like the color scheme. not a big sonic fan but it is nice to see something other than black n red/grey
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  • Sleepy_Hollowed
    Royce1969 said:
    So...you mentioned the back image screened onto the board and don't take a pic? "But on the back of the board, there's an image of Sonic running, which only you will ever see before you install it in a case. "

    Is it banned from sharing this image that only owners get to see it after they have shelled out the cash?
    Oddly enough, the image is only shown on the marketing website, which is a bit hard to find, since it's not on their main website, or where you purchase it:

    https://pg.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z790%20PG%20SONIC/index.html
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  • Exploding PSU
    Math Geek said:
    i do like the color scheme. not a big sonic fan but it is nice to see something other than black n red/grey

    I kind of like it too, I'm not into Sonic really, but you're right, it's good to see different color on motherboards at all.

    But personally, it's somewhat a "neither here nor there" situation when it comes to the aesthetic. It doesn't look "too Sonic" enough to be different (I mean compared to those special editions GPUs it's somewhat lacking), and people who isn't into Sonic won't probably buy one.

    But hey, who am I to judge, I bought my GPU from it looks alone so... I don't have a say on this.
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  • Mandark
    Use it to play Sonic games
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