Looks High-end: The B365M Phantom Gaming 4 looks high-end and even has RGB LEDs integrated not only into its IO cover, but also behind the motherboard on the right side. We also get two RGB LED headers and one addressable RGB LED header.
Component Choice: Utilizing Intel's latest i219 PHY to produce an Intel NIC and Realtek's ALC1200 for audio, both of which are expensive parts that could have been replaced by lower-end pars. We are happy to see these higher-end parts on the motherboard.
Fan headers: On smaller motherboards we typically find fewer fan headers, but in this case we get a full five fan headers, four of which are flexible hybrid PWM/DC headers that support pretty much all PC fans.
33%: A third of the VCore VRMs are not covered and cooled by heat sinks.
The B365M Phantom Gaming 4 is a pretty decent mATX motherboard for LGA1151 CPUs. Micro-ATX motherboards are sometimes hard to find, and when we ask vendors why they prefer mini-ITX and ATX over mATX, they respond it has to do with demand. While enthusiasts tend to upgrade more often, PCs in places like offices need to last for many years, and in that case, longevity is important.
Many of those PCs are mid-sized towers, and while their cases support full ATX motherboards, many utilize mATX motherboards. That is done for a few reasons; for starters, it can reduce costs while offering more room inside the case and the ability to upgrade down the road. In this case, the same is true for a gaming PC where someone might want a smaller case that doesn't have spacing issues that they might encounter with a full-sized ATX motherboard.
If you are in the market for an mATX motherboard for your gaming rig that uses an 8th or 9th generation Core series CPU, give this motherboard a look.
The Bottom Line
The ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 is a solid LGA1151 motherboard with a great set of features at quite a reasonable price.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and B365M Phantom Gaming 4 Overview]
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- 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]
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