The Z490 board is priced at an MSRP of $439 with a similar amount in Euro, we deem that to be a lot of money. You are getting the 3x PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2, 2.5 G Ethernet, and plenty of USB options. The board has triple PCIe 3.0 x16 slots + 2x PCIe 3.0 x1 which can be arranged in these slot configurations:
- 1-way mode - x16 / x0
- 2-way mode - x8 / x8 / x4
The motherboard comes with a duo of 8-pin connectors. You'll get four DIMM slots that can be used for dual-channel memory. Up-to 4666 MHz supported in OC mode. Please do check compatible memory and thus the QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists). The Z490 motherboard will get you eight SATA 6 Gb/s storage ports. Combined in here are M.2 PCI Express slots using x4 PCIe lanes, thus 32 GB/sec of performance. Please do note that ASRock applied fans (plural) to cool the VRM. These can be regulated from the BIOS.