Final Thoughts & Conclusion
ASRock’s H470 Steel Legend is powered by Intel’s H470 chipset and while limited when compared to Z490 chipsets, ASRock makes the most of it. If it wasn’t for the H470’s limitation on memory speed, The Steel Legend would likely lead the pack across the board. Even with the platform limitation, the Steel Legend was able to pull wins in many of our tests. While you cant overclock, ASRock’s secret weapon, Base Frequency Boost is designed to eek every last bit of performance out of locked processors.
Performance aside, the real stand out is aesthetics. The Steel Legend uses a beautiful black PCB with striking aluminum accents and a white and grey digital camo pattern on the PCB itself. The lighting around the chipset is beautiful. The Steel Legend logo around the main power connector is nice but is almost impossible to display without obstruction from the main 24-pin power cable in most cases. Connectivity is great for this level of board. There are piles of USB available via internal headers, on-board 2.5Gb LAN, and even dedicated areas for adding in Wi-Fi if needed. For $130 on the street, you get a Legendary board that will power your system reliably for years to come.