ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming-ITX/ac Motherboard Review

Specification

 

  • Gaming Armor
    Power
    – Hi-Density Power Connector
    Memory
    – 15μ Gold Contact in DIMM Slots
    VGA Card
    – 15μ Gold Contact in VGA PCIe Slot (PCIE1)
    Internet
    – Intel® LAN
    Cooling
    – 8 Layer PCB
    – 4 x 2oz copper
    – Heat Pipe Design
    Audio
    – Creative Sound Blaster™ Cinema 5
  • Unique Feature
    ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2
    – ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A Ports (10 Gb/s)
    ASRock Super Alloy
    – Premium 60A Power Choke
    – 60A Dr.MOS
    – Nichicon 12K Black Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
    – Matte Black PCB
    – High Density Glass Fabric PCB
    Intel® 802.11ac WiFi
    ASRock Steel Slots
    ASRock Full Coverage M.2 Heatsink
    ASRock Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
    ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN Ports)
    ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
  • CPU
    – Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors (Socket 1151)
    – Digi Power design
    – 7 Power Phase design
    – Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
    – Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPUs
    – Supports ASRock BCLK Full-range Overclocking
  • Chipset
    – Intel® Z390
  • Memory
    – Dual Channel DDR4 Memory Technology
    – 2 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
    – Supports DDR4 4500+(OC) / 4333(OC) / 4266(OC) / 4133(OC) / 4000(OC) / 3866(OC) / 3800(OC) / 3733(OC) / 3600(OC) / 3200(OC) / 2933(OC) / 2800(OC) / 2666 / 2400 / 2133 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
    – Supports ECC UDIMM memory modules (operate in non-ECC mode)
    – Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB*
    – Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 2.0
    – 15μ Gold Contact in DIMM Slots

    *Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
  • BIOS
    – 128Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with multilingual GUI support
    – ACPI 6.0 Compliant wake up events
    – SMBIOS 2.7 Support
    – DRAM, VTT DDR, PCH +1.0, VCCIO, VCCPLL_V5, VCCST_SFR, VCCSA, VCCPLL, VCCPLL_V4, V_PEGRCOMP Voltage Multi-adjustment
  • Graphics
    – Supports Intel® UHD Graphics Built-in Visuals : Intel® Quick Sync Video with AVC, MVC (S3D) and MPEG-2 Full HW Encode1, Intel® InTru™ 3D, Intel® Clear Video HD Technology, Intel® Insider™, Intel® UHD Graphics
    – DirectX 12
    – HWA Encode/Decode: AVC/H.264, HEVC/H.265 8-bit, HEVC/H.265 10-bit, VP8, VP9 8-bit, VP9 10-bit (Decode only), MPEG2, MJPEG, VC-1 (Decode only)
    – Three graphics output options: HDMI, DisplayPort 1.2 and Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3
    – Supports Triple Monitor
    – Supports HDMI 2.0 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096×2160) @ 60Hz
    – Supports DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096×2304) @ 60Hz
    – Supports Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096×2304) @ 60Hz
    – Supports Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12bpc), xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI 2.0 Port (Compliant HDMI 2.0 monitor is required)
    – Supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) with HDMI 2.0
    – Supports HDCP with HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3
    – Supports 4K Ultra HD (UHD) playback with HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3

    *Intel® UHD Graphics Built-in Visuals and the VGA outputs can be supported only with processors which are GPU integrated.
  • Audio
    – 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
    – Premium Blu-ray Audio support
    – Supports Surge Protection
    – Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Caps
    – 120dB SNR DAC with Differential Amplifier
    – NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier for Front Panel Audio Connector (Supports up to 600 Ohm headsets)
    – Pure Power-In
    – Direct Drive Technology
    – PCB Isolate Shielding
    – Impedance Sensing on Rear Out port
    – Individual PCB Layers for R/L Audio Channel
    – Gold Audio Jacks
    – 15μ Gold Audio Connector
    – Supports Creative Sound Blaster™ Cinema 5
  • LAN
    – Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
    – Giga PHY Intel® I219V
    – Supports Wake-On-LAN
    – Supports Lightning/ESD Protection
    – Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
    – Supports PXE
  • Wireless LAN
    – Intel® 802.11ac WiFi Module
    – Supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
    – Supports Dual-Band (2.4/5 GHz)
    – Supports high speed wireless connections up to 1733Mbps
    – 2 antennas to support 2 (Transmit) x 2 (Receive) diversity technology
    – Supports Bluetooth 5.0 + High speed class II
    – Supports MU-MIMO
  • Slots
    – 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (PCIE1: x16 mode)*
    – 1 x Vertical M.2 Socket (Key E) with the bundled WiFi-802.11ac module and Intel® CNVi (Integrated WiFi/BT) (on the rear I/O)
    – 15μ Gold Contact in VGA PCIe Slot (PCIE1)

    *Supports PCIe riser cards to extend one x16 slot to two x8 slots
    Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks
  • Storage
    – 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 16), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug*
    – 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_1), supports M Key type 2280 M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s)**
    – 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_2), supports M Key type 2260/2280 M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s)**

    *If M2_1 is occupied by a SATA-type M.2 device, SATA3_1 will be disabled.

    **Supports Intel® Optane™ Technology
    Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks

  • Connector
    – 1 x Chassis Intrusion Header
    – 1 x RGB LED Header*
    – 1 x Addressable LED Header**
    – 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin)***
    – 1 x CPU/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)****
    – 1 x Chassis Fan Connector (4-pin)*****
    – 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
    – 1 x 8 pin 12V Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector)
    – 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector (15μ Gold Audio Connector)
    – 1 x USB 2.0 Header (Supports 2 USB 2.0 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
    – 1 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Header (Supports 2 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)

    *Supports in total up to 12V/3A, 36W LED Strip

    **Supports in total up to 5V/3A, 15W LED Strip

    ***The CPU Fan Connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12W) fan power.

    ****The CPU/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 2A (24W) fan power.
    CPU_OPT/W_PUMP can auto detect if 3-pin or 4-pin fan is in use.

    *****The Chassis Fan Connector supports the chassis fan of maximum 1A (12W) fan power.

  • Rear Panel I/O
    – 2 x Antenna Ports
    – 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
    – 1 x HDMI Port
    – 1 x DisplayPort 1.2
    – 1 x Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 (Compatible with USB 3.1 Gen2 and USB-C Display)*
    – 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
    – 4 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A Ports (10 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
    – 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)
    – 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
    – 1 x Clear CMOS Button
    – HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone (Gold Audio Jacks)

    *Supports USB PD 2.0 up to 12V@3A (36W) charging
  • Software and UEFI
    Software
    – ASRock Phantom Gaming Tuning
    – ASRock Polychrome RGB
    – ASRock Key Master
    – ASRock XFast LAN
    UEFI
    – ASRock EZ Mode
    – ASRock Full HD UEFI
    – ASRock My Favorites in UEFI
    – ASRock Instant Flash
    – ASRock Internet Flash
    – ASRock Easy RAID Installer

    *These utilities can be downloaded from ASRock Live Update & APP Shop.
  • Support CD
    – Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), Google Chrome Browser and Toolbar
  • Accessories
    – Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
    – 2 x SATA Data Cables
    – 1 x ASRock WiFi 2.4/5 GHz Antenna
    – 2 x Screws for M.2 Sockets
  • Hardware Monitor
    – Temperature Sensing: CPU, CPU/Water Pump, Chassis Fans
    – Fan Tachometer: CPU, CPU/Water Pump, Chassis Fans
    – Quiet Fan (Auto adjust chassis fan speed by CPU temperature): CPU, CPU/Water Pump, Chassis Fans
    – Fan Multi-Speed Control: CPU, CPU/Water Pump, Chassis Fans
    – CASE OPEN detection
    – Voltage monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore, DRAM, PCH 1.0V, VCCIO, VCCSA, VCCST
  • Form Factor
    – Mini-ITX Form Factor: 6.7-in x 6.7-in, 17.0 cm x 17.0 cm
    – 8 Layer PCB
    – 4 x 2oz copper
  • OS
    – Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit
  • Certifications
    – FCC, CE
    – ErP/EuP ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)

 

On the next page, we will take a look at the product which contains all we could see in the table above. It’s amazing how much can fit onto so small motherboard.

 

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Bartosz Waluk aka Woomack is from Poland. He's been interested in computer hardware and extreme overclocking for over 15 years. Bartosz has also over 12 years experience in IT what includes sales, technical support and computer building ... but not only. He joined the Funky Kit team in January 2013.