BIOS

Looking at the ASRock Z590 Steel Legend WiFi 6E BIOS, it hasn't changed much over the last couple of years compared to previous versions found on both its Intel and AMD-based platforms. The ASRock UEFI firmware uses a fairly basic GUI, including a black background, with turquoise, grey, and white text throughout. 

ASRock's UEFI firmware on the Z590 Steel Legend has two modes for users to select between; the EZ mode for novice users and the 'Advanced' mode for the more experienced. Looking at the EZ Mode, the GUI displays a basic yet informative list of different variables and settings. The top left-hand corner displays the motherboard model, the installed processor, the base clock speed of the processor, and the total amount of memory installed. Below this, users can see more information about the installed memory, as well as a one-click panel where users can enable or disable X.M.P profiles on compatible kits. In the center panel, users can look at fan speed on installed headers and allow users to set a basic fan profile between Standard, Silent, and Full Speed; this synchronizes all of the seven 4-pin headers to whatever option is selected.

Pressing the F6 key in the firmware allows users to switch between the EZ and Advanced modes with relative ease. Users can access all of the board's available overclocking, power, and chipset-related settings in the Advanced mode. Along the top, all of the menu's are organized for users to find what they are looking for easily, including the OC Tweaker for overclocking, the Advanced section for chipset, storage, and IO configuration, the Tool section, which is quite basic on this model including firmware flashing and ASRock's Polychrome RGB utility, as well as the HW-Monitor for users to monitor temperatures and fan speed. The boot menu allows users to set boot priority, while the Security and Exit menus are self-explanatory. 

Other variables to mention include ASRock's Polychrome RGB utility which makes an appearance in the BIOS. However, it is rather basic, and users looking to customize RGB LED lighting will find better options in the software package. ASRock includes its FANtastic fan tuning utility in the BIOS and allows users to synchronize fan settings across all of the fan headers and individually set them. Overall the firmware on the Steel Legend is functional, no-frills, and is quite pleasing to use. It is responsive with a USB keyboard and mice and has plenty of options for overclocking, power customization, as well as an easy-to-use firmware flashing utility.

Software

The software bundle with the ASRock Z590 Steel Legend WiFi 6E isn't substantial, and we believe it's quite lacking compared to other ASRock models we've seen recently. The core software programs include the ASRock Live Update & App Shop and the ASRock Polychrome RGB Sync utility, the ASRock Restart to UEFI tool, and the Nahimic Audio software.

At the heart of the software package is the ASRock Live Update & App shop utility, which allows users to download and install various software utilities and drivers for the board. This includes things like Google's Chrome web browser, the Nahimic 3 audio utility, the ASRock APP Charger, and ASRock's Polychrome RGB software. One negative is it does advertise a wave of gambling software, which we find very garish and untasteful, and we would like to stop seeing this.

Surprisingly, ASRock's A-Tuning overclocking utility is missing from the bundle and isn't available to download from the website or via the App Shop software either. It's nice to see that ASRock has included the Nahimic audio software for users to enhance their auditory experience. Still, overall, the software is basic yet functional but is left bare without the A-Tuning overclocking utility. 

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  • poeticjustic - Saturday, August 7, 2021 - link

    there is probably a bigger problem with the audio codec ALC897 that Asrock uses in its motherboards. When you install the audio driver from Asrock's site (ver:9079.1_UAD_WHQL), it creates instability in windows and makes shutdown and start up times too long!
    Also, this audio codec doesn't exist in realtek's site and you can't find any other drivers on the internet for this codec except from Asrock's site.
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  • eastcoast_pete - Sunday, August 8, 2021 - link

    The biggest problem this and other boards for Rocket Lake have is that they are essentially EOLd already. RL was intended and released as a stop-gap, and that gap is supposed to be closed later this year. Unless you really want or need an Intel-based system really badly right now, I'd wait and see how Alder Lake performs. And, if one believes Intel, the sockets for AL will also work with the following generation. Reply
  • Samus - Monday, August 9, 2021 - link

    It tickles me they still put PS2 on a modern motherboard. Not complaining, quite awesome actually. Reply
  • MickDaDick - Friday, August 27, 2021 - link

    I have an Asrock Z590 Steel Legend wifi 6e. I am having a hard time figuring out how to change my ram speed. Anyone know how?

    Thanks
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  • Jerson - Sunday, December 12, 2021 - link

    Friend I have a problem with my card, when I connect a graphics card it does not give me video, the graphics is good because I have another computer and it works perfectly. They told me that I had to change something in the bios so that it would recognize it but I don't know what I should change. It would help me? Reply

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