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ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Pro Gaming Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket AM4 in Motherboards | Posted: May 8, 2017 1:08 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASRock

Here are key points about the ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming.

 

What's Hot

 

5Gbit NIC: Having recently done a piece on the new 5Gbit/2.5Gbit/1Gbit/100Mbit NBASE-T NIC from Aquantia, I can attest to the new chip's performance. In the future, we will see more supporting hardware, but for now, you can link two of these NICs together or to an NBase-T switch or router to take advantage of the increased speed over existing cabling (Cat5e).

 

 

VRM Quality: The X370 Professional Gaming is a truly high-end X370 motherboard, and as such has a very high-quality VRM. ASRock is using one of the finest digital PWM controllers in the industry along with some of the best power stage and filter components.

 

Lots of USB: Six USB 3.0 on the rear and two USB 3.0 internal headers are just the start. The motherboard is also loaded with AMD's USB 3.1 on the rear IO; you get a type-A port and a type-C port.

 

Extra Clock Generator: ASRock has added in a secondary clock generator so that you can tune the base frequency, something that is only possible with an extra clock buffer IC.

 

What's Not

 

WIFI Card is 1x1: While everyone loves Intel's wired NICs, their 1x1 wireless AC card isn't that fast, and I was hoping that ASRock would upgrade it to 2x2.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming is one of very few high-end enthusiast X370 motherboards. It offers overclocking features, an extra clock generator, and one of the best VRMs to facilitate easy and fulfilling overclocking of your Ryzen CPU. The motherboard is also loaded with other features such as dual M.2 slots, four extra SATA6Gb/s ports, and a 5Gbit NIC.

 

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The Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming is also a stunner regarding aesthetics. If the built-in RGB LEDs in the shields and under the chipset heat sink wasn't enough, ASRock added three RGB LED headers onto the motherboard to facilitate all your lighting projects. The X370 Professional Gaming is one of few truly high-end X370 motherboards and is worth a look if you want to build a premium Ryzen system.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance90%
Quality95%
Features95%
Value90%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: ASRock raises the bar with the Fatal1ty X370 Professional Gaming by putting a 5Gbit NIC on a premium AMD X370 AM4 motherboard.

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