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ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Preview (Page 2)

By Steven Bassiri on Oct 8, 2018 11:16 am CDT

Packaging and Overview

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The box embraces ASRock's new marketing, and packaging is quite good.

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The accessory package includes two SATA6Gb/s, IO shield, WIFI antenna, M.2 screws, case badge, postcard, driver DVD, and manuals.

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ASRock put in three fan headers. The CPU fan header is 4-pin PWM and is circled in red; it supports up to 1A. The other two circled in blue are DC/PWM mode headers with support for up to 2A each, and they are capable of supporting water cooling pumps. The UEFI and ASRock's A-Tuning program offer control over all headers. The motherboard carries a straightforward design aesthetic; black and gray. The back of the motherboard doesn't have much on it, but there is an M.2 slot back there.

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The rear IO panel features clear CMOS button, WIFI antenna connector, PS/2 keyboard/mouse, DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, 4x USB 3.1 type-A (but it might be a typo on their end since they are all blue and no re-drivers), USB 3.1 type-C (Thunderbolt 3 capable), two USB 3.0 ports, Gbit LAN, and 7.1 gold-plated audio with S/PDIF out.

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At the rear of the motherboard and on the top-side we get Ultra M.2 slots that support up to x4 PCI-E 3.0 and SATA.

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The motherboard has a USB 3.0 internal header and USB 2.0 internal header, four SATA6Gb/s ports, and front panel headers on the right side of the motherboard. At the top of the motherboard, we find out 8-pin power connector.

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We find both an RGB LED header and an addressable RGB LED header. The CPU VRM heat sink uses a, and it has a decent amount of weight to it.

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Steven Bassiri

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Steven Bassiri

Steven went from a fledgling forum reader in 2003 to one of the internet's brightest stars by 2010. Armed with an information systems degree, a deep understanding of circuitry, and a passion for tech, Steven (handle Sin0822) enjoys sharing his deep knowledge with others. Steven details products down to the component level to highlight seldom explained, and often misunderstood architectures. Steven is also a highly decorated overclocker with several world records under his belt. He brings that knowledge and experience to TweakTown.

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