ASRock Z790 Livemixer Review: Unique and Affordable

Unique black/purple graffiti appearance, 14 USB ports, five M.2 sockets, and a wallet-friendly price?

ASRock Z790 Livemixer
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ASRock’s firmware for Z790 keeps the same general format as we saw in the Z690 model. The major changes are the updated options/functions for Raptor Lake CPUs. The Livemixer’s background is just as unique as the board, sporting the purple and blue theme against light grey/white labels. You start in Easy Mode, which is mostly informative but lets you change a few options (XMP, profiles, boot order, Fan-Tastic Tuning, etc.).

Advanced mode displays headings across the top with details below. Here you can tweak everything that can be tweaked, as ASRock includes basically every option you can think of. Overclocking is easy, with most options on the same page, although some power options are in a different section. It’s a logical layout. The movement is smooth, and it’s easy to read. No complaints from us about the ASRock firmware.


For software, ASRock provides several different options. It has the App Shop to install drivers and software, the Nahimic 3 audio control panel, and the A-Tune application that overclocks your system, controls fans, and more. There’s even a pop-up to install drivers when you first boot the system. ASRock’s software provides everything a user needs to manage and tweak their system.

Test System / Comparison Products

We’ve updated our test system to Windows 11 64-bit OS with all updates applied. We kept the same Asus TUF RTX 3070 video card from our previous testing platforms but updated the driver. We also updated to F1 22 for our games and kept Far Cry 6. We use the latest non-beta motherboard BIOS available to the public unless otherwise noted. The hardware we used is as follows: 

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CPUIntel Core i9-13900K
MemoryGSkill Trident Z DDR5-5600 CL36 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK)
Row 2 - Cell 0 Kingston Fury Beast DDR5-6000 CL36 (KF560C36BBEAK2-32)
GPUAsus TUF RTX 3070
CoolingCooler Master MasterLiquid PL360 Flux
PSUEVGA Supernova 850W P6
SoftwareWindows 11 64-bit (22H2, Build 22622.601)
Graphics DriverNvidia Driver 522.25
SoundIntegrated HD audio
NetworkIntegrated Networking (GbE or 2.5 GbE)

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EVGA supplied our Supernova 850W P6 power supply (appropriately sized and more efficient than the 1.2KW monster we used previously) for our test systems, and G.Skill sent us a DDR5-5600 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK) memory kit for testing.

Benchmark Settings

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Synthetic Benchmarks and SettingsRow 0 - Cell 1
ProcyonVersion 2.1.459 64
Row 2 - Cell 0 Office Suite (Office 365), Video Editing (Premiere Pro, Photo Editing (Photoshop 23.5.1, Lightroom Classic 11.5)
3DMarkVersion 2.22.7359 64
Row 4 - Cell 0 Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Presets
Cinebench R23Version RBBENCHMARK330542
Row 6 - Cell 0 Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded
BlenderVersion 3.3.0
Row 8 - Cell 0 Full benchmark (all 3 tests)
Application Tests and SettingsRow 9 - Cell 1
LAME MP3Version SSE2_2019
Row 11 - Cell 0 Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 1.2.2
Row 13 - Cell 0 Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX)
Corona 1.4Version 1.4
Row 15 - Cell 0 Custom benchmark
7-ZipVersion 21.03-beta
Row 17 - Cell 0 Integrated benchmark (Command Line)
Game Tests and SettingsRow 18 - Cell 1
Far Cry 6Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HD Textures On
F1 2022Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, Ultra High (default) Bahrain (Clear/Dry), FPS Counter On

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  • Exploding PSU
    I have a soft spot for pink and purple parts. While the graffiti isn't my thing, personally, this motherboard passes the vibe check in its looks department.
  • RichardtST
    "No quick release or latches for M.2 " - This is not a con. I see this as a PRO. I have had a ton of frustration and trouble trying to use custom NVME heatsinks with these annoying "quick, easy" latches. They are usually not compatible with anything but a bare drive.
  • greenreaper
    It's cute, I agree, but not the best features for the price. In the UK you can even get an equivalent feature set with WiFi and a better codec with amplifier on AMD's side with the ASUS AMD Ryzen ROG STRIX B650E-F GAMING WIFI, though I don't know if that's just because Scan is stuck with a lot of them.
  • creed6621
    As pointed out the audio isn't great is an huge understatement . Upon going to their website and downloading the owners manual - the audio for 7.1 is accomplished from using the front and back microphone jack and the front and back line out jacks . You can't have 7.1 sound unless you give up the capability of plugging in your microphone . Which isn't that big of a deal with usb options available but the wiring for sound would look ridiculous and you might run into a bit of trouble separating the mic and line out from the front combination jack . Anyways - it would just look ridiculous - there is a reason for the back panel outputs . Just imagine a stereo system with the speaker connectors on the front of it . It wouldn't be very pretty for sure ... Oh my ! I feel so much dumber right now - Thank you Asrock - LoL !!
  • btmedic04
    while it has the looks, it doesnt have the pedigree, my nf4 SLI-DR was a monster back in the day. please dont associate DFI Lanparty boards with As$rock :cautious:
  • ocer9999
    Looking to add this one to my collection for sure. For audio I have my own solution for that reason doesnt bother me.
  • Forzkin
    There seems to be WIFI slot in a pic. Is it true? I see that as a plus because I can choose the Wifi device myself. Digital audio output connector is other thing why I like this board. It has SPDIF output so I get extra digital channel to my RME Raydat soundcard. Third thing I like is more USB connections than in any other board( not counting AMD version). They are layed out in nice manner. Fourth goodie is that extra PCI slot for PCIe audio card. I think this LiveMixer looks very good contender for Audio workstation for studio use. Btw: AMD version has not that extra PCIe. For such DAW use I would pair it with air cooled 13600K to keep power controlled and fans quiet. I'm on market for DAW engine and if you have some insider tip for DAW machine I would be happy to hear about it.