- Highlighted Features:
- Supports 12th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors (LGA1700)
- 13 Phase Dr.MOS Power Design
- Supports DDR4 4800MHz (OC)
- 1 PCIe 5.0 x16, 1 PCIe 4.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0 x1 1 M.2 Key-E for WiFi
- Graphics Output Options: HDMI
- Realtek ALC897 7.1 CH HD Audio Codec, Nahimic Audio
- 8 SATA3
- 2 Hyper M.2 (PCIe Gen4 x4), 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
- 1 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Rear Type-C, 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 (Rear), 1 USB 3.2 Gen1 Front Type-C, 6 USB 3.2 Gen1 (2 Rear, 4 Front)
- Killer E3100 2.5G LAN, Lightning Gaming Ports, and ASRock Graphics Card Holder
The Comprehensive Review ASRock Z690 PG Riptide. Motherboards equipped with the Intel Z690 chipset are lined up in stores with the lifting of the ban on 12th generation Core processors. The lineup is gradually increasing, but noteworthy are the DDR4-compatible Z690 motherboards that highlight the performance of 12th generation Core processors. ASRock mainly develops DDR4 model, following “Z690 Extreme WiFi 6E” and “Z690 Steel Legend / Z690 Steel Legend WiFi 6E”, we will introduce “Z690 PG Riptide”, a model for cost-effective gaming. The release date is November 19, 2021, and the actual selling price is around USD 266.
True to its product name “Phantom Gaming (PG)” which is a model for ASRock gamers, the Z690 PG Riptide is a “Lightning Gaming port” that can use a mouse and keyboard which is essential in competitive low-latency, low-latency gaming. It is equipped with a 2.5 gigabit “Killer E3100” network. In addition, the power supply circuit that is considered very important by every company on the Z690 motherboard adopts a 13-phase circuit by 55A Dr MOS.
I had the chance to touch the Z690 PG Riptide as soon as possible, so I decided to give it a try.
Check the points of Z690 PG Riptide
Let’s take a closer look at the things the Z690 PG Riptide is concerned about. The 13-phase power supply circuit is equipped with a VRM heat sink which is not large but has an uneven structure and improves cooling efficiency. Shows the characteristic that it dissipates heat from the power supply circuit without anxiety. The auxiliary power connector for the CPU has a specification of 8pin + 4pin.
Expansion slot supports PCI Express 5.0 (Gen 5)
12th Generation Core Processor & Intel Z690 Chipset supports PCI Express 5.0 (Gen 5) expansion slot. No PCIe 5.0-compatible video card or expansion board appeared, but the top PCI Express x16 slot supports PCI Express 5.0 x16 operation. In addition, it has one x16 form (4.0 x 4) and three x1 forms (3.0 x 1).
In addition, the memory slot supports DDR4-4800 drives to the max, and up to 128GB can be installed. The rear interface is a PS/2 port, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A x 2, USB 3.2 Gen 2 x 2 Type-C x 1, USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A x 2, USB 2.0 Type-A x 2, HDMI Output. Equipped with a terminal, I was under the impression that it was necessary and sufficient.
The M.2 socket has two Hyper M.2 sockets supporting PCI Express 4.0 x4 and one Ultra M.2 socket supporting PCI Express 3.0 x4 / SATA 3, but only one M.2 heatsink. While it’s a bit less than the recent trend that M.2 SSDs are mainstream, the heat sink assembly position can be changed. It can be installed in the default PCI Express x16 slot as well as in the Hyper M.2 socket at the bottom of the slot.
Tested in combination with Core i5-12600K!
From here, we will examine the performance of the Z690 PG Riptide. While the CPU’s price range is less than USD 346, it combines the “Core i5-12600K” with attractive performance and cost performance that surpasses the previous generation Core i7. In addition, the ASRock “Radeon RX 6800 XT Phantom Gaming D 16G OC” video card targeting WQHD gaming and the all-in-one Cooler Master water cooling unit “Master Liquid ML240L V2 RGB” which adopts a 240mm radiator compatible with LGA1700 are also used.
|CPU||Intel “Core i5-12600K” (P core 6 core / E core 4 core, 16 threads, 2.8 to 4.9 GHz)|
|CPU cooler||Cooler Master “Master Liquid ML240L V2 RGB” (240mm radiator)|
|Mainboard||ASRock “Z690 PG Riptide” (Intel Z690, ATX Chipset)|
|Storage||CFD (W4U3200BMS-16G) (DDR4-3200 16GB×2)|
|Video card||ASRock (Radeon RX 6800 XT Phantom Gaming D 16G OC)|
Radeon RX 6800 XT, GDDR6 16GB
|SSD||Western Digital WD_Black SN850 NVMe 2TB (WDS200T1X0E-00AFY0), PCIe4.0 NVMe 2TB|
|Power supply unit||SUPER FLOWER LEADEX V Gold PRO 1000W (SF-1000F14TG WT 1000W 80PLUS GOLD)|
|Operating System||Windows 11 Pro 64bit|
Check the environment performance of 12th generation Core & DDR4 memory
Let’s check the cooling performance of VRM cooler and M.2 cooler, basic CPU performance, photo/video editing, office work, games, etc. from Z690 PG Riptide.
First, let’s look at the cooling performance of the VRM heat sink. The ambient temperature of the VRM heat sink when “CINEBENCH R23”, which placed a high load on the CPU, was run for 30 minutes and measured using a non-contact type thermometer.
Even when an all-in-one water cooler with no airflow around the CPU socket is installed, the temperature around the VRM heat sink is suppressed to a range of 50 degrees on the top and back. The room temperature is around 20 degrees Celsius, but it can be said to be a comfortable temperature. At the same time, when I checked the CPU temperature using “HWiNFO64 Pro”, the maximum temperature of core P was “69 degrees” and the maximum temperature of core E was “53 degrees”. Despite being a test set, the 240mm radiator all-in-one water cooling unit has plenty of room, and the combination with the air-cooled CPU cooler is fully visible.
Next, let’s examine the cooling performance of the M.2 heat sink. The storage used for verification was Western Digital’s “WD_Black SN850 NVMe 2TB”, which is a PCIe 4.0-compatible M.2 NVMe SSD. Using “CrystalDiskMark”, test size: 64GiB, number of tests: 9 times, and temperature when executed two consecutive times were also checked. After booting the OS, the temperature was “39 degrees” when left unattended for 10 minutes, but after that the temperature increased to “79 degrees” at maximum. It’s at this temperature with no airflow, so you can use the fastest M.2 SSD without any hesitation in thermal restrictions.
Run classic benchmarks! Can be used conveniently for purposes other than gaming
From here, in addition to standard benchmark software such as “CINEBENCH R23” and “PCMark 10”, I also tried benchmark software “UL Procyon” which actually measures using an application. This time, I used “Adobe Photoshop” and “Adobe Lightroom Classic” to test their performance with “Photo Editing Benchmarks”.
First, CINEBENCH R23 recorded a multithreaded score of “17,118” and a single-threaded score of “1888”. Even though the environment and OS are different, the score exceeds the verification results attempted by our team.
Then, when the PCMark10 “Standard” test was run, the overall score was “8940”, the required “Essentials” test of daily use and application startup time was “12,008”, and working with open source office software “LibreOffice” run, the assumed “Productivity” scored “10,753” and the assumed “Digital Content Creation” scored “15,020”, both recorded satisfactory results.
Finally, let’s take a look at Photo Editing Benchmarks. This is a benchmark I haven’t tried much in the test lab, but since it’s actually processed using an Adobe application, it would be great for checking multimedia performance in the future.
Although there is little data to use for comparison, the overall score is “7882”, which is an excellent score along with our team’s verification results. The scores for “Image Retouching”, which is only processed by Photoshop, and “Batch Processing”, which are processed by the Photoshop and Lightroom Classic applications, were also high. Performance is at a satisfactory level, as well as the operation of Adobe applications.
Through every benchmark so far, the Z690 PG Riptide & Core i5-12600K environment shows good performance while supporting DDR4 memory. This may be related to the fact that the 12th generation Core processors are optimized for Windows 11, but it can be argued that the combination of the 12th generation Core processors + DDR4 memory does not cause any performance issues.
Check game performance with WQHD! Featuring “Battlefield 2042” is also a convenient game
From here, let’s try using “FINAL FANTASY XIV: Akatsuki’s Finale Official Benchmark” and “Far Cry 6” for the gaming performance you care about.
First, from FINAL FANTASY XIV: Akatsuki’s final official benchmark. With the combination of the Radeon RX 6800 XT, which targets WQHD gaming, the 4K resolution doesn’t exceed the “very comfortable” 15,000 score, but the average frame rate is 90 fps. Furthermore, in WQHD with a score of over 20,000, the average frame rate is 161 fps, which is a safe frame rate for alliance attacks with flying effects.
Next, Far Cry 6, which we verified, ran the built-in benchmark with “highest” selected in the preset and “DXR reflection” and “DXR shadow” ray tracing enabled. Once verified, the average WQHD frame rate is 93fps and the minimum is 84fps. Game performance is also good, and you will be able to enjoy the game comfortably.
When building PC gaming from now on, the most worrying thing is the FPS “Battlefield 2042” where you can enjoy large-scale battles in the near future. At the time of writing, due to previous playback, conventional frame rate measurements with fixed time routes were not performed. However, since it’s a big problem, I tried playing “Orbit” with the rocket launch site with WQHD resolution and the “highest” image quality setting.
As a result, the frame rate is around 90-100fps. In addition, the behavior of the P core and E core during play is not strange, and the P core operates at 4843MHz and the E core operates at 3388MHz. Driver optimizations are yet to come, so playing at high refresh rates with WQHD on the Radeon RX 6800 XT isn’t a dream.
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Enjoy 12th generation Core performance with DDR4 memory
Compared to high-end models, VRM and M.2 heat sinks are lower in cost, but have cooling performance that allows high-load work without anxiety. Furthermore, even with DDR4 memory, the fact that it has managed to bring out the performance of a 12th generation Core processor is arguably the greatest achievement. The Z690 PG Riptide has exciting features that will captivate gamers, such as the Lightning Gaming port and Killer E3100, making it a great choice for building the shining Core i5-12600K.
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