High-end 3rd Party Chips: At the $100 mark we don't expect to find an Intel NIC, added ASMedia USB 3.0, or an ALC1200 NIC, but all of those are present on this motherboard.
Aesthetics: With built in RGB LEDs and even an IO cover, the motherboard looks high-end. Add to that three RGB LED headers, with one of those being addressable, and this motherboard starts to look better and better.
M.2 heat sinks: The motherboard has two M.2 slots, both of which have decent heat sinks.
33%: A third of the VCore VRMs are not covered and cooled by heat sinks.
The B360 Phantom Gaming 4 is pretty loaded for a motherboard around the $100 mark. Intel NICs cost a pretty penny, and the ASMedia ASM3142 USB 3.1 (10Gbps) controller isn't cheap either, neither is the ALC1200.
We didn't expect to find three RGB LED headers, nor did we expect to find an addressable RGB LED header. We were quite pleased with this motherboard, and even though it uses the less costly B365 chipset, which is based on the previous generation, you really can't tell the difference between this motherboard and one that uses the B360 chipset. Overall, we would recommend this motherboard for your 8th or 9th generation CPU.
The Bottom Line
The B365 Phantom Gaming 4 brings affordability and high-end features together.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and B365 Phantom Gaming 4 Overview]
- Page 3 [ASRock B365 Phantom Gaming 4 Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASRock B365 Phantom Gaming 4 Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 10 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]