ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 Review

WEB: ( ASRock ) MSRP: US$ 233.99 AUTHOR: Neo

Whatever one may believe about the order of the pack in as far as motherboard vendors are concerned. I think we can all agree that ASRock is somewhat underrated. The products for the most part offer the best bang for buck.

This isn’t a thumb suck, but it manifest in their components, such as this Z390 Phantom Gaming 9. As the flagship Z390 board, one would expect this to retail for well over $400, but fortunately it’s only $234. That’s right an inexpensive Z390 motherboard, that is about the functional equivalent of all other premium offerings from competitors.

The formula for gaming motherboards, hasn’t changed in years and the Phantom Gaming 9 is evidence of this. In 2019, that means Polychrome RGB, a 2.5G LAN, WiFi, BlueTooth and Sound Blaster Cinema 5 software. It’s a standard high-end board, lacking on the finishing touches that more premium boards would offer. That said, some of these value add-ons are offer limited opportunities for use. So, their absence while noted, I’d consider a host of other properties before these extras.

Socket | CPU LGA 1151 | Intel® 8th and 9th Gen Core Processors
Chipset Intel® Z390
Memory Support Dual Channel DDR4 2133 – DDR4 4266+(OC)
Storage 6x SATA 6Gbps, 2x SATA 6Gbps (ASM1061), 3x M.2 x4 (2x 2280, 1x 22110)
Audio 7.1 CH HD, Realtek ALC1220, NE5532 Op-Amp, Sound Blaster Cinema 5
Slots 3x PCI-E 3.0 x16, 2x PCI-E 3.0 x1, NVLink, SLI Support
Connectivity Intel 802.11ac, BT 5.0, 1x 2.5Gbps LAN, 2x Intel Gigabit Lan (I219v, I211AT)
Rear Panel I/O 1x PS/2, 1x DP 1.2, 1x HDMI, 1x SPDIF, 3x USB 3.1 Gen 2 – A (ReDriver), 1x USB 3.1 -C, 4x USB 3.1 (Intel), 1x Clr CMOS, 3x RJ-45 with LED
Total Fan Headers 8x 4-pin (Smart Fan Speed Control)
Power Connectors 1x 24-pin ATX, 1x 8-pin 12V, 1x 4-pin 12V
Form Factor ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm

There’s little out of the ordinary here. It’s a standard gaming board which makes available all the chipsets native features and a couple more via ASMedia controllers. As it is the Z390 chipset packs a lot of functionality, so it leaves little for vendors to add. Even with a relatively bare bones configuration however, the PG9 has most if not all you may need.

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