Packaging and Overview
The box is stylized like the motherboard, and the packaging is high quality.
The accessory package includes IO shield, M.2 screws, two SATA6Gb/s cables, postcard, driver DVD, and manual.
ASRock has five fan headers on this motherboard, the CPU fan header circled in red, it offers up to 1A of power and is PWM mode. The other four headers are rated for 2A each, and will auto-detect if a DC or PWM fan is installed, but you can change the mode manually in the UEFI if you want. The motherboard has a sleek silver/black/red color theme and merges the PCB with the heat sinks. The back of the motherboard is clean except for some RGB LEDs.
The rear IO panel features four USB 2.0 ports, USB 3.0 type-C, four USB 3.0 ports, PS/2 keyboard/mouse port, DisplayPort, HDMI, 1Gbit LAN, and gold plated 7.1 audio outputs.
The PCI-E layout is simple to understand. The topmost PCI-E x16 slot is wired directly to the CPU and is always x16. The second PCI-E x16 physical is x4 electrical and doesn't share lanes with anything. Four SATA6Gbps ports are right-angled. There is also a right-angled RGB LED header in this area.
There are two x4 PCI-E 3.0 M.2 slots with heat sinks. The bottom one also supports SATA based M.2 drives, but if you use a SATA M.2 drive, it will disable SATA port 0.
The motherboard also features two SATA6Gbps ports that are angled straight up, and they are located at the bottom right corner of the motherboard where we find boot LEDs and front panel connectors. A USB 3.0 internal header is located mid-board, and you can see the RGB LED header there.
There is also an M.2 WIFI card slot, so you can add in WIFI later one, and there are three holes in the IO panel to facilitate antenna. At the top right of the motherboard, we find an addressable RGB LED header.
At the bottom of the motherboard, we find another RGB header, two USB 2.0 internal headers, a TPM header, and a COM header. The heat sinks are all screwed to the motherboard.
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