Here are key points about the ASRock Fatal1ty B250M Performance.
Intel NIC: I really didn't expect to find an Intel NIC on such a low-cost motherboard, but alas ASRock comes through with one of the most preferred NICs on the consumer market.
Two M.2: The platform officially only supports a single M.2 slot, but ASRock comes through with a second slot. The downside is that you can't RAID the slots, but still having two is better than one since both are rated 32Gb/s.
RGB LEDs and Header: The motherboard carries a single RGB LED header as well as some RGB LEDs under the PCH heat sinks. At this price point, I didn't expect this, since it requires a controller and eFuse, both of which ASRock incorporates.
Heatsinks and Aesthetics: The CPU VCore VRM has a heat sink as does the PCH. VRM cooling is quite crucial for cost-effective VRMs, and I am glad to see ASRock used one. The red heat sinks also match up with the red on the PCB and the IO/audio shield. The motherboard has enthusiasts aesthetics at a non-enthusiast price point.
Low on Rear USB: The rear IO only offers five USB type-A ports, I would have liked to see more in lieu of the iGPU outputs, but I am just nitpicking.
The ASRock Fatal1ty B250M Performance is an excellent value product. It offers dual M.2 slots, enthusiast-grade aesthetics, and even an Intel NIC at one of the most affordable price points on the market. Most of these types of motherboards go into system integrator products that are used anywhere from arcade machines to computers that control large displays, and we see room for a lot of upgrading or downgrading if we look at the empty solder pads.
However, instead of marketing to system integrators, ASRock has taken a different approach and marketed the motherboard towards gamers who just need a motherboard that supports the latest Core series processors, the fastest storage, and a single GPU. The enthusiast aesthetics are a nice touch, and at this price point, that could sway many gamers towards the motherboard. If you need a low-cost motherboard to build a decent gaming system, you should give the Fatal1ty B250M Performance a look.
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The Bottom Line: ASRock's Fatal1ty B250M Performance motherboard offers enthusiast grade features at a price point that won't hurt your wallet.
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