Here are key points about the ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Professional Gaming i7.
Networking Hardware : ASRock integrated the new Aquantia AQC107 10Gbit NBASE-T NIC that supports speeds from 100Mbit to 10Gbit, including 2.5Gbit and 5Gbit speeds that were recently introduced. If that wasn't enough, you also get two Intel 1Gbit NICs and a 1x1 Wireless AC card.
VRM Performance: The MOSFETs used for the VRM are Sinopower's version of the 25A NexFET, but they do perform well here, possibly due to other factors. VRM parts are not the only thing responsible for VRM performance, you also need solid cooling, and many factors such as PWM switching frequency and power reduction techniques also make a big difference. The filter stage components are excellent here, with 60A inductors and 12K polymer capacitors. While it's not such a big deal on the Z370 platform to have a crazy VRM heat sink, it's nice to have a decent heat sink, and ASRock's gets the job done.
Extra Internal SATA and USB: The motherboard features a USB 3.1 type-C internal header with full USB Power Delivery 2.0 support provided by a special Texas Instruments chip. You also find two USB 3.0 internal headers, three USB 2.0 internal headers, and two extra SATA6Gb/s ports.
Simplistic: The motherboard is pretty much blacked out, the shield over the IO panel and audio section covers up some of the less appealing parts of the motherboard, while all the ports have been blacked out wherever possible. The black, gray, and silver aesthetics make it easy to let the motherboard fade into the background and let the color theme of other components take over. However, if you want the motherboard to stand out you still have built-in RGBs in the shields and under the PCH, as well as an RGB LED header.
1x1 Wireless AC: Wireless AC comes with many different speed points, and in this case, we get a 1T1R (1x1) configuration resulting in a maximum of 433Mbps instead of a 2T2R configuration more commonly found on high-performance WIFI controllers capable of 867Mbps.
ASRock's Fatal1ty Z370 Professional Gaming i7 is ASRock's top of the line Z370 motherboard, and it's totally packed with features and capabilities. It has enhanced IO capabilities as well, such as full Power Delivery 2.0 support for the internal type-C header, something I have only seen on high-end ASRock motherboards.
The motherboard also features hubs and expansion chips to enhance PCI-E capabilities to provide more internal USB 3.0 headers and SATA6Gb/s ports. All three M.2 slots are routed to the CPU, and all x16 PCI-E slots are routed to the CPU, so they do not interfere with one another.
VRM quality is quite good, and while we have seen better on the Z370 platform, this VRM will get the job done with ease and allow for high-end overclocking of Intel's 8700K. If you are in the market for an extremely well-equipped motherboard with a 10Gbit NIC, the Z370 Professional Gaming i7 is the right motherboard for you.
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The Bottom Line: With its powerful 10Gbit NIC, excellent feature selection and quality, the Fatal1ty Z370 Professional Gaming i7 is loaded to the brim with everything you need to dominate the Z370 platform.
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
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- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
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