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ASRock Z390 Extreme4 (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review (Page 2)

By Steven Bassiri from Jan 11, 2019 @ 10:00 CST
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASRock

Packaging and Overview

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The box and packaging will do a good job of protecting the motherboard.

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, SLI HB bridge, IO shield, postcard, M.2 screws, driver DVD, manual, and software manual.

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ASRock has five fan headers on this motherboard. The CPU fan header is circled in red and supports PWM fans. The other four circled in blue work with either 3-pin DC fans or 4-pin PWM fans. The headers circled in blue also offer up to 2A of current.

The motherboard has some high-end aesthetics with a gray and black color theme. The IO panel cover is a nice touch, as is the merging of the silkscreen on the PCB and design of the heat sinks. The back of the motherboard is bare of most components.

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The rear IO panel features PS/2 keyboard/mouse, four USB 3.0 ports, DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, USB 3.1 type-A, USB 3.1 type-C, Gbit LAN, WIFI antenna bracket, and 7.1 audio outputs with S/PDIF out.

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The PCI-E layout is as follows, x16/x0/x4 or x8/x8/x4 as the last PCI-E slot is routed to the PCH. While one of the M.2 slots has a heat sink, both of them run at x4 PCI-E 3.0 and offer SATA support, but they both also share bandwidth with two SATA6Gb/s ports. The M.2 WIFI card slot only supports WIFI cards, but it also supports Intel's new CVNI standard.

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Six of the eight SATA6Gb/s ports are wired to the PCH, the other two come from an ASMedia adapter. There are two internal USB 3.0 headers and one internal USB 3.0 type-C header.

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At the bottom of the motherboard, we find two USB 2.0 internal headers near a COM port. At the top of the motherboard, we find an 8-pin CPU power connector as well as a 4-pin CPU power connector.

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At the bottom we find two RGB LED headers, a Thunderbolt GPIO header, and an addressable RGB LED header. Heatsinks make solid contacts with the components they cool.

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