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ASRock X399 Professional Gaming Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket TR4 Threadripper in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 18, 2017 3:22 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASRock

Here are key points about the ASRock X399-Professional Gaming.

 

What's Hot

 

VRM Quality: VRM quality isn't just in the components, but also in the cooling apparatus and the PCB. With 2oz copper in the PCB and a hefty heat sink that will handle all those thermal spikes, the X399 Professional Gaming has you covered. However, that isn't where the buck stops. Component quality matters as well, and ASRock is using best in class International Rectifier IR35201 in 8 phase mode with IR3555 60A PowIRstages and 60A inductors to seal the deal.

 

 

10G NIC Integrated: As of now, the X399 Professional Gaming is the only X399 motherboard with an integrated 10Gbit NIC. The NIC, from Aquantia, supports 10G, 5G, 2.5G, 1G, and 100M speeds, and will work with the newer switches and routers coming out that features higher speed ports, and it will work with existing 10Gbit infrastructure. Since the NIC is integrated, you will be able to fill up all four PCI-E x16 slots and still use it.

 

Most Professional: ASRock didn't add in a crazy amount of RGB LEDs, and they designed the aesthetics of the motherboard to be solid and simple. It is easy to match accessory wise since it is mostly gray and black. The looks of the product are fierce, like a well-groomed executive in a power suit.

 

Storage Options: You not only get all eight SATA 6Gb/s ports from the chipset and three Ultra M.2 x4 PCI-E 3.0 32Gb/s M.2 slots, but you also get the option for a U.2 port. The U.2 header is not that common on X399 motherboards, but considering the workstation mentality of the platform, it's a welcome addition.

 

What's Not

 

No Internal Type-C Header: While the X399 Taichi also doesn't have the internal USB 3.1 type-C header, the X399 Professional Gaming is $100 more expensive, and in this price range the majority of motherboards carry the new type-C USB 3.1 header. The real reason the motherboard doesn't have it is that there are no more PCI-E lanes left for a USB 3.1 controller.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

The ASRock X399 Professional Gaming has you covered at home or even in a professional setting. If you have a boss who tasked you with building X399 systems for professional workstations, they might wonder why the motherboard is covered in RGB LEDs, but that won't be a problem with the X399 Professional Gaming.

 

On the flip side, if you want fancy lighting in your rig at home, or you have a fun work environment, then the motherboard has you covered with a few integrated RGBs and two RGB headers. While looks aren't that important when we discuss motherboards, I am using them as a symbol of the motherboard's dual purpose role, as a Professional or Gaming motherboard.

 

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Now, you are probably wondering what the differences between the X399 Taichi and the X399 Professional Gaming are, and they aren't that different. The X399 Professional Gaming has a 10Gbit NBase-T NIC, a COM port, Creative Audio, and a different BIOS skin when compared against the X399 Taichi for $100 more. The truth of the matter is that you will know if the X399 Professional Gaming is for you, and that is because of the 10G NIC. If you see the value in it, then it's worth it, and if you don't, then the Taichi is better for you if you want to stick with ASRock.

 

Either way, the X399 Professional Gaming is a solid motherboard with excellent features, excellent quality, and solid performance, and that is why it has earned our second highest rated award, above that of the X399 Taichi's Best Quality Award.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance90%
Quality95%
Features94%
Value89%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: ASRock's Fatal1ty X399 Professional Gaming comes loaded with a 10G NIC, excellent quality, and solid performance, perfectly complementing AMD's Threadripper CPUs in any build.

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