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ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 (Intel Z390) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Mar 1, 2019 4:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASRock

Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 Circuit Analysis Continued

 

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The audio solution consists of a Realtek ALC1220 rated up to 120dB with integrated amplifier going to the rear IO panel, an added NE5532 for front audio amplification, and Gold series audio capacitors.

 

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We find Realtek's 2.5Gbit Gaming LAN controller on the back of the motherboard, RTL8125. The two other Gbit NICs are from Intel; an i219v and an i211AT.

 

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The front USB 3.0 internal headers are from an ASMedia ASM1074 hub. The ASMedia ASM1562 is a re-driver for the USB 3.1 internal header, and we find an ASM1543 type-C switch on the back for that internal header.

 

 

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For the rear IO type-C port, we find another ASM1543, and the two dual-port PI3EQX are re-drivers for the USB 3.1 from the PCH.

 

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An ASM1061 is used to provide two extra SATA6Gb/s ports on the motherboard. We have a Hyper BCLK chip on the motherboard as well, which is used for BCLK overclocking.

 

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To get extra PCI-E for the WIFI, SATA, and PCI-E x1 slots, ASRock added in an ASMedia ASM1184e hub. An NCT6791D SuperIO is used for IO, and a nuvoton NCT5567D is used to expand fan control.

 

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We find two BIOS ROMs on this motherboard, they are 128Mbit/16MB. We also find the Intel Wireless AC 9260NGW WIFI card on this motherboard.

 

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A nuvoton N76E885 is used for RGB LEDs. ASRock is using ASMedia ASM1480 quick switches to move around PCI-E bandwidth.

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