ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X: DDR4-4666, Triple PCIe 4.0 M.2, Wi-Fi 6by Gavin Bonshor on June 4, 2019 4:00 PM EST
ASRock announced a number of X570 motherboards for the AMD Ryzen 3000 series of processors during Computex 2019. One of the most high-end options from its range is the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X which has dual LAN including a 2.5 G port, Wi-Fi 6, triple M.2, and support for DDR4-4666 memory.
The ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X is a red, silver, and black themed premium gaming-focused model with some notable inclusions common to the Phantom Gaming branding. The most notable inclusion is the Realtek RTL8125AG 2.5 G LAN which is aimed at arming gamers with networking options. The board also includes a secondary Intel Gigabit port for dual LAN. Also featured is an 802.11ax Wi-Fi wireless interface, a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec, with three PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots, eight SATA ports, and an HDMI output.
In between the three full-length PCie 4.0 slots is two PCIe 4.0 x1 slots, with support for up to three-way AMD CrossFire, and two-way NVIDIA SLI multi-graphics card configurations. Memory support is also much improved for Ryzen 3000 with official support for up to DDR4-4666, with a total of four slots available for users. On the rear panel is a single USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, one USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, and six USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports. The onboard audio is driven by the Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec and offers uses five 3.5 mm audio jacks, a single S/PDIF optical output, with software support for Creative's Sound Blaster Cinema 5 software. ASRock's X570 Phantom Gaming X is also geared for enthusiasts with a 14-phase power delivery which uses an 8-pin, and 4-pin pairing of 12 V ATX CPU power inputs. On the rear is a steel PCB brace which adds support to the PCB, as well as extra weight.
The ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X isn't as high-end as some of the other its new models such as the X570 Aqua, or X570 Creator, but gamers will find plenty of useful features to sink their teeth into. Pricing information is currently unknown, but the X570 Gaming X is set for launch on 7/7 alongside the Ryzen 3000 series processors.
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DanNeely - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - linkI hope that's not the final design. The cutout for the USB-C port on the back is a bigger hole than for all the USB-A ports. Sloppy as hell looking, and makes me wonder what was originally there.
Alistair - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - linkActually a lot of motherboards have issues where the usb c port doesn't stick out (like it should, like with audio jacks) and it can't be used properly. I think the extra space around the port insures you can actually plug your devices in properly.
Someguyperson - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - linkHow can you have "Quad SLI" support with only 3 PCIe x16 slots and 2 PCIe x1 slots? Wouldn't that only be 3 GPUs?
DigitalFreak - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - linkLast I looked Nvidia didn't support SLI over an x4 slot either.
Peter2k - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - linkOr supports quad SLI in gaming, except 3d mark
TheWereCat - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - linkWith dual GPU cards like Titan Z for example, you can do quad SLI over two PCIe slots.
PeachNCream - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - linkWhat is going on with motherboards these days having a chipset fan or is that for SSD cooling? Smaller fans have a tendency to wear out faster. I'm not sure its a good idea to include one.
DanNeely - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - linkall your PCIe4 lanes firing at once puts out a lot more heat than when they were PCIe3. As a result the x570 chipset has an 11W peak power output and needs a fan because long cards don't have enough vertical height for a substantial heat sink (an unreleased higher end model has more lanes and 15W peak power).
In normal use the chipset should use a lot less power; which should allow the chipset fans to be thermal controlled and normally off. However a mostly off fan has yet to be explicitly confirmed by any of the board vendors. The fan is there because to avoid RMA losses from the person who builds some sort of crazy PCIe4 storage rig that's constantly reading and writing pushing the chipset to maximum sustained power even though it should hopefully be able to sit off for normal use.
Peter2k - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - linkAside from the new Ryzen boards I'm not aware of any motherboards having fans at all, so "these days" is a bit hyperbole
Anyways, I think all new Ryzen boards have a fan on the chipset
It's been reported that the TDP of the thing is a bit high due to PCI-e 4.0
Personally, 14 watts does not sound like something huge to overcome, just that manufacturers have to keep in line with a "gaming" look, means flat and covered in plastic
Alexvrb - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link11W. But the issue is GPU card clearance. You either stay slim and simple and use a variable speed fan, or you have to run a heatpipe and share fins with the VRM sinks. The fan works just fine.