ASRock is bringing some new and exciting features in their upcoming Z87 motherboards. The company’s micro-site for Intel Z87 motherboards lists five unique features which will be included in selected motherboards. The features are collectively called ASRock A-Style and they include Purity Sound, HDMI-In, 802.11 ac WiFi, Waterproof by Conformal Coating and Home Cloud. ASRock plans to reveal one feature each week until the launch of Intel Haswell. Two of them have already been revealed by the company, we managed to get details about the rest of them.
ASRock Purity Sound
Purity Sound is a combination of several hardware and software audio solutions which make the current on-board audio obsolete. ASRock next-gen motherboards will feature Realtek ALC1150 audio codecs with 7.1 channel HD audio support along with dedicated 115 dB SNR DAC amplifier and TI 5532 Premium Headset amplifier.The use of differential amplifiers eliminates any distortion which was caused by traditional audio capacitors bringing clear sound along with excellent bass.
HDMI-In is a new feature which allows users to plug-in their secondary device to the motherboard’s HDMI-In port and toggle the display between computer screen and secondary device with a hotkey. Users can also use their secondary device without powering on the computer and are free from the hassle of continuously switching devices to connect to the one and only monitor.
ASRock 802.11 ac WiFi
The IEE 802.11 ac is a new wireless computer networking standard that provides high-throughput wireless local area networks on a 5 GHz band. It gives approximately 289% boost over 802.11n wireless networking standard. 2T2R Dual Band WiFi 802.11 ac + Bluetooth 4.0 support is available on high-end motherboards along with free bundled Wi-SD box which includes antennas, four USB 3.0 ports and a SD 3.0 card slot.
ASRock Waterproof by Conformal Coating
ASRock has acknowledged the increasing trend of water-cooled systems and are aware of the hardware failures caused by leaks in the loops. The company is introducing Waterproof motherboards using Conformal Coating which protects the motherboard against conductive liquids and dust. The material used to coat the motherboards is called Polysiloxanes also known as Silicon. During the testing the company used special dyeing to check if the motherboard is completely covered with coating or not. Retail motherboards will have transparent coating. This material completely protects the motherboard from:
- Extreme Temperatures
- UV Light
ASRock Home Cloud
Smartphones these days have become so high-tech that they provide us with endless opportunities for controlling our computers. ASRock is implementing this very same concept in their next-gen motherboards. Home Cloud allows the user to power on or turn off their computers, monitors and other devices remotely from anywhere in the world. The company guarantees that ASRock Home Cloud is supported by both Intel Ethernet and Qualcomm Ethernet. Intel LAN supports this function using ‘splashtop’ while Qualcomm LAN supports this function using ‘Sunlogin’.
Below is the complete list of upcoming ASRock Z87 motherboard with the respective A-Style features they will have: