AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND, small and spectacular gaming board

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The spectacularity and possibilities of the compact motherboard AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND, contrasts with the sobriety of the model ASRock A320M Pro4 R2.0. But there are as many types of users in the market as there are needs to be covered. To know what this reference designed for the gamer, you just have to keep reading.

Design and construction of the AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND

Among the references of motherboards of Asrock, one of the most attractive ranges is to which the model belongs B460M STEEL LEGEND. To be from the legendary steel family is to speak of a philosophy of solid design and great durability, wearing a magnetic aesthetics and very careful.

AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND

A model as attractive as it is compact

The model is presented in a compact format Micro ATX, of 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm. The attractiveness of the product is exerted by its robust heatsinks combined with lighting RGB, managed by the system Polychrome.

Manufacturing characteristics

However, this plate ASRock Super Alloy it is not just superficial. Its construction and the materials used, as well as the installed components, exude quality. Some of its qualities are:

  • Power Choke 60A Premium: With integrated power stage Dr.MOS optimized for reversal reduction voltage synchronous applications.
  • Nichicon 12K Black Capacitors: 100% made in Japan with high quality conductive polymers.

Processor and RAM support of the AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND

The plate has the socket 1200 supported by Intel® B460 chipset. So it is compatible with processors Intel® Core ™ of the tenth generation. It is capable of managing up to 128 GB from memory Ddr4 in modules up to 2933 MHz.

AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND

Ready to receive any 10th Gen Intel

AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND connectivity, audio and expansion

The magnificent AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND makes the most of its size to offer the best options to the user. It has seven USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, between the front and the rear, one of them being type C. Although it is even better to know that you have 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 3.0 x1, Y 1 M.2 (Key E) for him Wifi.

AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND

State of the art connectivity

The best 7.1 channel HD audio audio codec Realtek ALC1200, is completed with Nahimic Audio to multiply the sound experience. But surely at gamer far more important to you is the exceptional network performance this model offers with its platform LAN intelligent Dragon 2.5 Gb / s. With it it increases up to 2.5 times the bandwidth compared to standard gigabit Ethernet, providing faster connectivity for gaming, transferring files, and backing up.

Technical specifications of the AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND board

Here is a summary table with all the technical details and extras of this motherboard AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND:

AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND
COMPATIBLE PROCESSORS AND FORMAT
Compatible Processors Supports Intel® Core ™ 10th Gen Processors
Socket 1200
Format
  • Micro ATX
  • 9.6-in x 9.6-in / 24.4 cm x 24.4 cm
CHIPSET
Model Intel® B460
Storage interface
  • 6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb / s connectors, Supports RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 17), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
  • 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_1), supports M.2 PCIe M Key type 2242/2260/2280 module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb / s)
  • 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_2), supports M Key type 2260/2280 M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb / s module and M.2 PCIe module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb / s)
RAM MEMORY SUPPORT
Memory type / maximum frequency (official)
  • DDR4 2933/2800/2666/2400/2133 non-ECC, un-buffered
  • ECC UDIMM memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
Maximum allowed quantity
  • 4 x DDR4 DIMM slots
  • Maximum capacity of system memory: 128 GB
Architecture Dual Channel DDR4 memory technology
Others
  • Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 2.0
  • DIMM slots with 15μ Gold contacts
CONNECTORS
Internal
  • SPI TPM header
  • Chassis Intrusion and speaker header
  • RGB LED header
  • Addressable LED header
  • Fan connector:
    • Processor (4-pin)
    • CPU / Water Pump (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed ​​Control)
    • 4 x Chassis Water Pump (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed ​​Control)
  • Feeding:
    • 24 pin ATX (High Density Power Connector)
    • 8 pin 12V (High Density Power Connector)
  • Front panel audio connector
  • Thunderbolt ™ AIC Connector (5-pin) (Supports ASRock Thunderbolt ™ 3 AIC R2.0 Card only)
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Headers (Supports 4 USB 2.0 Ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
  • USB 3.2 Gen1 Header (Supports 2 USB 3.2 Gen1 Ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
External
  • Antenna support
  • PS / 2 Keyboard / Mouse
  • HDMI
  • DisplayPort 1.4
  • Optical SPDIF output
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports (Supports ESD Protection)
  • 4 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A Ports (Supports ESD Protection)
  • USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-C (Supports ESD Protection)
  • LAN RJ-45 with LED (ACT / LINK LED and SPEED LED)
  • HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Center / Bass / Line In / Front Speaker / Microphone (Gold Audio Jack)
AUDIO
Specifications
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1200 Audio Codec)
  • Supports Premium Blu-ray audio and surge protection
  • Insulation Shielded PCB
  • Individual PCB layers for the L / R audio channel
  • Audio Jack Gold
  • Nahimic Audio
CONNECTIVITY
LAN
  • 2.5 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000/2500 Mb / s
  • Dragon RTL8125BG
  • Supports Dragon 2.5G LAN Software
    • Self-adjusting intelligent bandwidth control
    • User friendly visual UI
    • Visual network usage statistics
    • Optimized default settings for Game, Browser and Streaming modes
    • User custom priority control
  • Supports:
    • Wake-On-LAN
    • Lightning / ESD protection
    • Energy efficient Ethernet 802.3az
    • PXE
Wireless Optional
EXPANSION SOCKETS
Grooves
  • 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (PCIE1 / PCIE3: one at x16 (PCIE1); two at x16 (PCIE1) / x4 (PCIE3))
  • PCI Express 3.0 x1
  • Compatible with AMD Quad CrossFireX ™ and CrossFireX ™
  • Socket M.2 (Key E), supports WiFi / BT PCIe WiFi type 2230 module
GRAPHICS
Specifications
  • Hardware Accelerated Codecs: AVC / H.264, HEVC / H.265 8bit, HEVC / H.265 10bit, VP8, VP9 8bit, VP9 10bit, MPEG 2, MJPEG, VC-1
  • Graphics, Media & Compute: Microsoft® DirectX 12, OpenGL 4.5, Intel® Built In Visuals, Intel® Quick Sync Video, Hybrid / Switchable Graphics, OpenCL 2.1
  • Display & Content Security: Rec. 2020 (Wide Color Gamut), Microsoft® PlayReady 3.0, Intel® SGX Content Protection, UHD / HDR Blu-ray Disc
  • Dual graphics output: Supports HDMI and DisplayPort 1.4 ports by independent display drivers
  • Supports:
    • HDMI 1.4 technology with maximum resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096 × 2160) @ 30Hz
    • DisplayPort 1.4 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096 × 2304) @ 60Hz
    • Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12bpc), xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI 1.4 (HDMI monitor support required)
    • HDCP 2.3 with HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.4 Ports
    • 4K Ultra HD (UHD) playback with HDMI 1.4 and DisplayPort 1.4 Ports
Others
Bios
  • 128Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with Multilingual GUI support
  • ACPI 6.0 compliant activation
  • Supports SMBIOS 2.7
  • CPU Core / Cache, GT, DRAM, VPPM, PCH 1.05V, VCCST, VCCSA multi-voltage setting
Hardware monitoring
  • Temperature Sensor: CPU, CPU / water pump, Chassis water pump fan
  • Fan:
    • Tachometer: CPU, CPU / water pump, Chassis water pump fan
    • Quiet (Auto-adjust chassis fan speed by CPU temperature): CPU, CPU / water pump, Chassis water pump fan
    • With Multiple Speed ​​Control: CPU, CPU / Water Pump, Chassis Water Pump Fan
  • Open box detection
  • Control voltage: + 12V, + 5V, + 3.3V, CPU Vcore, DRAM, VPPM, PCH, VCCSA, VCCST
Software and UEFI software

  • ASRock Motherboard Utility (A-Tuning)
  • ASRock:
    • Dragon 2.5G LAN Software
    • Polychrome SYNC

UEFI

  • ASRock:
    • EZ mode
    • My Favorites in UEFI
    • Instant flash
    • Internet Flash
    • Easy RAID installation
  • UEFI ASRock Full HD
Characteristics
  • Digi Power Design
  • Power phase design 9
  • Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Max 3.0 Technology

Specials:

  • ASRock Super Alloy
    • Power Choke 60A Premium
    • 50A Dr.MOS
    • Combo Capacitors (Nichicon 12K Black Capacitors)
    • Nichicon 12K Black Capacitors (100% Japan made capacitors with high quality conductive polymers)
    • PCB layout fit
    • Matte Black PCB
    • High Density Woven Glass PCB 2.5G LAN
  • ASRock steel groove
  • ASRock Full Coverage M.2 Heatsink
  • ASRock:
    • Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
    • Status Message Checker (PSC)
    • Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN ports)
    • Live Update & APP Shop
Certifications
  • FCC, CE
  • ErP / EuP qualified (ErP / EuP needs ready power supply)
Accessories
  • Quick Installation Guide, Input / Output Plate
  • Support CD: Drivers, Utilities, Antivirus Software (Trial Version), Google Chrome Browser and Toolbar
  • 2 x SATA data cables
  • 3 x Screws for M.2 Sockets
  • Spacer for M.2 socket

Conclusions, availability and price of the AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND

AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND

The ultimate compact foundation for the advanced gamer

The advanced technology available in the AsRock B460M STEEL LEGEND makes this product a great choice for any user gamer. And it is fascinating how in such a small size, the manufacturer manages to bring together so many possibilities to create a super powerful team.

PROS:
  • High performance gaming design.
  • RGB lighting.
  • State-of-the-art connectivity.

CONS:
  • Wi-Fi is optional.
  • Magnification limitations due to size.

8.4
Total score

Design and constructive quality
9

Feeding
9

Connectivity
8.5

Expandability
9

Ventilation
8

Chipset performance
7

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