ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 Review 7

ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 Review

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Introduction


AMD has been gaining traction at a blistering pace over these past couple of years, both in the desktop and server spaces. The Ryzen line has put the company back on the map in a big way. One of the most impressive families of the now famous AMD Ryzen processors is that of the Threadripper HEDT and server chips. With the latest top models featuring up to 32 cores and 64 threads, the origin of the name isn't a mystery. The mystery that does remain is: How well does it game?

ASRock has an answer with the new X399 Phantom Gaming 6. Based on the styling of their other Phantom Gaming products and featuring the signature 2.5 Gigabit gaming LAN, the ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 has a lot to offer for professionals who also like to have a little fun. The board supports Threadripper CPUs with up to a 180 W TDP, so you won't be busting out a 32 core 2990WX, which is probably for the best. Gaming applications can only take advantage of so much multi-threading, so after a point, the extra wouldn't be a good investment.

The ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 I have here today boasts a full-coverage M.2 heatsink, dual Gigabit LAN, and ASRock Hyper BCLK Engine II. Not only are there three M.2 slots and eight SATA 6 Gb/s ports, but the feature ASRock is most excited to present, and rightfully so, is the new Phantom Gaming 2.5 Gb/s LAN. The new hardware ups throughput potential by a theoretical factor of 2.5 over Intel Gigabit offerings, and the software utility will let gamers prioritize gaming traffic for better latency as well. The ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 is a bold take on ASRock's tried and true motherboard formula.



Specifications

Specifications
CPU Support:AMD TR4 Socket Ryzen Threadripper Series CPU (up to 180 W TDP)
Power Design: CPU Power: 8 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:AMD X399
Integrated Graphics:N/A
Memory:8x DIMM, Support Dual Channel DDR4-3400+(OC) MHz
BIOS:AMI UEFI BIOS
Expansion Slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots
2x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
Storage: 8x SATA 6 Gb/s port
3x M.2 port (SATA3/PCIe 3.0 x4)
Networking:1x Intel I211AT
1x Dragon RTL8125AG
Rear Ports:1x Optical SPDIF out port
2x LAN (RJ45) ports
1x USB 3.1 (Gen2) Type-C port
1x USB 3.1 (Gen2) Type-A port
8x USB 3.1 (Gen1) ports
5x 3.5 mm Audio jacks
1x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard combo port
Audio:1x Realtek ALC1220 Codec
Fan Headers:8x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 12.0 in x 9.6 in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • Phantom Gaming 2.5 Gigabit LAN
  • Triple Ultra M.2
  • Full-coverage M.2 Heatsink
  • PCIe steel slots
  • ASRock Live Update and APP Shop
  • Polychrome RGB
  • Super Alloy
  • Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 5
  • USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A and Type-C
  • ASRock full spike protection
  • Supports NVIDIA 3 way SLI
  • Supports AMD 3 way CrossFire
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