ASRock B365 Phantom Gaming 4 Motherboard Review

Today, we’ll be taking a quick look at the ASRock B365 Phantom Gaming 4 Motherboard, which utilizes Intel’s latest B365 chipset and features dual M.2 slots for SSDs that come with fancy heat speaders. It supports all Intel 8th and 9th Gen Core processors LGA1151 (both 22nm and 14nm), Optane memory, AMD Quad CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™, PCIE steel slot, 8 power phase design, and of course ASRock Polychrome RGB.

The new B365 chipset from Intel is made using their 22nm fabrication process, as opposed to 14nm for their B360. This doesn’t necessary mean it’s old or bad … it’s just a way for Intel to free up some capacity for 14nm production, which they have been having problems with recently.

Many have express concerns about going back to 22nm, especially when AMD have already released 7nm processors this year. So what’s my thoughts on this? Well, all I can say is … “Come on Intel! Whats’ going on?”

 

 

I would like to thank ASRock for providing the review sample. This is a snippet from what ASRock has to say about themselves on their website:

ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”, the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept.

 

 

ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard brand with headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. The young and vibrant company targets from mainstream to enthusiast MB segments for different kinds of users, owning reputation around the world market with its reliability and proficiency.

 

So what we expect from the B365? I’m expecting the performance of the B365 to about the same as the H370 … but is it better than the B360? I wouldn’t count on it just yet! The main thing to consider is that B365 has 8 more PCIE lanes than the B360, which means you can run more PCIE devices on it.

It will be interesting to see how this motherboard will perform against boards which uses the B360, H370, Z370, Z390 chipsets? Will the B365 chipset with its 22nm fab process make a real difference? Well let’s find out.

You can buy the MATX version ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 Motherboard from various online retailers including Amazon for around USD $110 – https://amzn.to/2E0uJHn

 

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