Here’s a collaboration we weren’t expecting – PC motherboard manufacturer ASRock is apparently soon to launch a Sonic the Hedgehog-branded board, which will no doubt give your Steam-purchased Sonic the Hedgehog games an extra level of speed (it won’t, but it looks like it would).
According to VideoCardz.com, the motherboard design is “based on Z790 Phantom Gaming Riptide, with obvious changes to the colours from black to black and silver.” As you can see in the photos provided by Twitter user momomo_us, there’s dashes of blue across the board as well, along with an image of a ring. Extravagant!
Here’s some technical detail from VideoCardz:
The PG Sonic is a standard ATX motherboard with two PCIe x16 slots and four DDR5 memory slots. It supports up to 6800 MT/s OC memory, and PCIe Gen5 x16 graphics. Alternatively, it can work with x8 graphics and x4 storage (Intel platform is still limited to 16 Gen5 lanes).
This motherboard supports both the 12th Gen Core Alder Lake and 13th Gen Core Raptor Lake CPUs for LGA1700 socket. It has both the HDMI and DisplayPort connectors, so CPUs with integrated graphics will work just fine.
We have to say, it does look really cool! Although, the chances of you actually ever seeing the iconic Sonic artwork on this thing is likely to be zero while you have it installed, unless your PC tower ends up being transparent so you can look inside.
No word on a release or price as of yet, as the product has yet to be listed on the ASRock website, but we’ll update this story if and when that happens.