ASRock Z490 PG Velocita Motherboard Review: Full Featured and Speedy

ASRock’s PG Velocita brings a robust 13-phase VRM, 2.5 GbE and two M.2 slots to the mid-range.

ASRock Z490 PG Velocita
(Image: © ASRock)

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Our test system uses an updated W10 64-bit OS (1909 as of 4/20/2020) with all threat mitigations applied. The motherboard BIOS used is the latest non-beta available to the public unless otherwise noted. The hardware used is as follows: 

Test System Components

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CPUIntel i9-10900KRow 0 - Cell 2
MemoryG.Skill Trident Z Neo 2x8GB DDR4 3600 (F4-3600C16D-16GTZNC)Row 1 - Cell 2
Memory 2G.Skill Trident Z Royale 4x8GB DDR4 4000 (F4-4000C18Q-32GTRS)Row 2 - Cell 2
GPUAsus ROG Strix RTX 2070Row 3 - Cell 2
CPU CoolerCorsair H150iRow 4 - Cell 2
PSUCorsair AX1200iRow 5 - Cell 2
SoftwareWindows 10 64-bit 1909Row 6 - Cell 2
Graphics DriverNvidia Driver 445.75Row 7 - Cell 2
SoundIntegrated HD audioRow 8 - Cell 2
NetworkIntegrated Networking (GbE or 2.5 GbE)Row 9 - Cell 2
Graphics DriverGeForce 445.74Row 10 - Cell 2

For this review, we’ll be comparing the ASRock Z490 PG Velocita ($259.99) (opens in new tab) to the Asus ROG Maximus XII Hero ($399.99) (opens in new tab), Gigabyte Z490 Aorus Master ($389.99) (opens in new tab), and the MSI MEG Z490 Ace ($399.99) (opens in new tab). By price, perhaps a more appropriate comparison would have been with the ASRock Z490 Taichi, but we’ll be comparing that with other flagship offerings shortly.

G.Skill provided both RAM kits for this review platform. 

(Image credit: G.Skill)

Benchmark Settings

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Synthetic Benchmarks and SettingsHeader Cell - Column 1
PCMark 10Version 2.1.2177 64
Row 1 - Cell 0 Essentials, Productivity, Digital Content Creation, MS Office
3DMarkVersion 2.11.6866 64
Row 3 - Cell 0 Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Presets
Cinebench R20Version RBBENCHMARK271150
Row 5 - Cell 0 Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded
Application Tests and SettingsRow 6 - Cell 1
LAME MP3Version SSE2_2019
Row 8 - Cell 0 Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 1.2.2
Row 10 - Cell 0 Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX) 
Corona 1.4Version 1.4
Row 12 - Cell 0 Custom benchmark
7-ZipVersion 19.00
Row 14 - Cell 0 Integrated benchmark
Game Tests and SettingsRow 15 - Cell 1
The Division 2Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080
Forza Horizon 4Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080

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Joe Shields
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Joe Shields is a Freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US. He reviews motherboards.