ASRock Completes Its Z390 Line-up With the Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 and Z390 Phantom Gaming Xby Gavin Bonshor on May 20, 2019 3:00 PM EST
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ASRock has released two new ATX motherboards to complete its Z390 product range, the Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 and the Z390 Phantom Gaming X. Both the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 and ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X come with a new refreshed design which features plenty of integrated RGB LEDs, a 2.5 GbE Realtek NIC, and triple M.2 slots. The Z390 Phantom Gaming X also includes support for Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) for maximum Wi-Fi performance and connectivity.
As the Z390 chipset enters its final phase before Intel is expected to update to a newer variant later on this year, ASRock's Phantom Gaming series of motherboards enters a critical phase of cementing its identity. Last week, we reported on the launch of the new budget entry to the range, the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 4S, and these newest boards mark a different model from the series in each of the Z390 motherboard segments; high-end, mid-range and now entry.
Starting with ASRock's new gaming themed flagship motherboard, the Z390 Phantom Gaming X, the focus is on networking capabilities, starting with an Intel Wi-Fi 6 CNVi module, which also offers Bluetooth V5 connectivity. Also included is Realtek's RTL8125AG 2.5 GbE LAN controller, along with a complementing pair of 1 GbE ports on the rear panel. Covering the majority of the boards all-black PCB is an RGB-enabled cover which dominates the board's aesthetics. Next to this is a newly styled Phantom Gaming logo-clad chipset heatsink which I find to be very reminiscent of something you'd expect from the Tron franchise.
The Z390 Phantom Gaming X also supports up to 128 GB of DDR4-4266 memory across four slots, and has plenty of storage capability including eight SATA ports and three M.2 slots, each with its own dedicated heatsink. Another important feature is its USB 3.2 Gen2 capabilities with a front panel Type-C connector, one Type-C port on the rear and three Type-A ports. Users have the option to run up to three AMD and two NVIDIA graphics cards in either SLI or CrossFire X due to three full-length PCIe 3.0 slots, which operate x16, x8/x8 and x8/x4/x4. Also present are two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.
ASRock's Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 takes a different direction and looks to bridge the gap between the existing Z390 Phantom Gaming 6 and the Z390 Phantom Gaming 9. The major differences and refinements come through a new aesthetic with improved RGB LED lighting throughout. In addition to this is an integrated rear panel I/O shield, a Realtek RTL8125AG 2.5 GbE-powered Ethernet port on the rear panel, as well as a single Intel 1 GbE LAN port.
Also advertised are a 10-phase power delivery, three full-length PCIe 3.0 slots operating at x16, x8/x8, and x8/x4/x4, with support for two-way NVIDIA SLI and three-way AMD CrossFire X, and three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots. We are awaiting our sample to arrive for a full and detail analysis on the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 model, so keep your eyes peeled in the near future for the full review.
The ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X is currently available for pre-order at Newegg for $330, whereas the Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 can also be pre-ordered from Newegg for a price of $196. Both models are expected to be fully available in retail channels by the end of the moth with stock expected to ship out on May 31st.
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Chaitanya - Monday, May 20, 2019 - linkUgly plastic shroud and useless heatsinks. Nothing new here to see.
GokieKS - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - linkI hope they have a better reason for the model names in the lineup going from Arabic numerals (Gaming 4, Gaming 4S, Gaming 6, Gaming 7, Gaming 9) to Roman numerals (Gaming X) for this one than copying (consciously or subconsciously) the iPhone lineup, because boy it doesn't seem any less silly here.
Skeptical123 - Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - linkIt's nice to see more products roll out with 2.5 GbE built in. Especially since most cables out in the wild currently ie CAT5e already support the faster standard.
LoneWolf15 - Friday, May 24, 2019 - linkYes, but how many switches support it unless it's multiplied across two ports? (which you could do with a dual-gig NIC that's LAGGed to a switch?)
More importantly, who has that kind of Internet bandwidth?
And finally, it's Realtek --I'd take a 1Gbps Intel NIC over a 2.5Gb Realtek. When Intel does this, maybe I'll be interested. However, there's a lot of hurdles to overcome.
umano - Thursday, May 23, 2019 - linkI wouldn't buy a motherboard today without pcie 4/thunderbolt/10gbe
LoneWolf15 - Friday, May 24, 2019 - linkSo, you're not buying, then?