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ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review (Page 2)

Steven Bassiri | Mar 1, 2019 at 10:00 am CST - 1 min, 45 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASRock

Packaging and Overview

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The box is using the new Phantom Gaming decor.

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The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, WIFI antenna, SLI HB bridge, rear IO shield, M.2 screws, Post Card, Driver DVD, manual, and a case badge.

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ASRock has increased the number of fan headers to a total of eight, while older boards only had five. All the headers circled in blue are hybrid PWM/DC mode headers rated up to 2A, the one header circled in red is a PWM header and is rated 1A.

The motherboard's black and gray aesthetics have been changed up a bit so that there is some red in it, which is iconic of ASRock's gaming line.

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The rear IO panel features WIFI antenna, three USB 3.1 type-A ports (two are normal blue under the non-red NIC port), USB 3.1 type-C port, four USB 3.0 ports, PS/2 keyboard/mouse, Clear CMOS, DisplayPort, HDMI, 2.5G LAN, two 1G LAN, and gold plated 7.1 audio outputs with S/PDIF.

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The PCI-E layout is as follows, x16/x0/x0, x8/x8/x0, or x8/x4/x4. The bottommost M.2 slot has a heat sink.

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All the M.2 slots are rated up to x4 PCI-E 3.0 and offer SATA mode, and they all share lanes with the SATA ports from the PCH. There are eight SATA6Gb/s ports.

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There is also a USB 3.1 type-C header on the motherboard and two internal headers for USB 3.0. There is a power button, reset button, and POST code display on the motherboard.

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At the bottom of the motherboard, we find a USB 2.0 internal header, a half USB 2.0 internal header, a Thunderbolt GPIO header, and an RGB LED header. Further to the left, we find an addressable RGB LED header, and another RGB LED header.

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At the top of the motherboard, we find an 8-pin CPU power port and an optional 4-pin port. The heat sinks make good contact with the motherboard.

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