ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 Motherboard Review

Today we will focus on the ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 Motherboard designed for the latest Intel Comet Lake-S processors, the Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3.

Each year, we are seeing more and more users wanting to build a small form factor PC, but at the same time, they also want to use high-end, enthusiast-grade components. And to cater for these users, ASRock have specifically designed a series of mini ITX motherboards to match their needs. Even though mini-ITX motherboards are small, they can be pretty powerful and feature-rich, and can easily meet any users’ expectations.

The ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 is designed to provide the best experience in the smallest form factor. It’s small, yet its specification isn’t far from competitor’s full-size ATX motherboards.

Let’s begin the review with some technical data and product features.

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.

 

Fast, Mysterious, Unbeatable

Phantom Gaming is designed by gamers and for gamers! Underneath its relentless appearance lie plentiful gaming oriented features and excellent gaming capabilities. It’s all about bringing a new gaming experience to gamers!

 

Key features of the ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3:

  • Supports 10th Gen and future generation Intel® Core™ Processors (Socket 1200)
  • Supports DDR4 4666MHz+ (OC)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DisplayPort, Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec), Nahimic Audio
  • 4 SATA3, 2 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 1 Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Type-C
  • 3 USB 3.2 Gen2 10Gb/s (Rear)
  • 4 USB 3.2 Gen1 5Gb/s (2 Front, 2 Rear)
  • Intel® Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax (2.4Gbps) + BT 5.1
  • Phantom Gaming 2.5 Gigabit LAN
  • Polychrome SYNC

 

You can buy ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB3 motherboard for around $279.00 from Amazon US – https://amzn.to/3ge5Kli

 

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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.