While fab shortages have led to some egregious price hikes in certain SKUs, the Ryzen 3000 series has largely lived up to the hype surrounding its launch. There is finally real competition in the mainstream CPU marketplace, and with competition comes greater consumer choice. One of the biggest debates that is still ongoing with this launch is which chipset to buy. Do you need X570?
Unlike Intel, AMD has made a commitment to supporting the AM4 socket over multiple CPU generations. So far, the team in red has held to that promise, and the new Zen 2 processors are widely supported on older-generation motherboards. While this is great for consumers, it also creates more complexity as more choice inevitably must. Do you need a new X570 motherboard? Due to the cost of the new chipset, the new generation of boards is more expensive feature for feature than the last two generations. This is largely due to PCIe 4.0, a costly and complex feature to implement.
In the graphics department, no card on the market has saturated even PCIe 3.0 yet, at least in the x16 configuration. The largest immediate benefit is with high-speed storage. NVMe drives in RAID configurations can and will take advantage of the extra bandwidth to push never before seen sequential read and write speeds. With your average game, even the switch from SATA to NVMe can be hard to notice, let alone to an even faster and more expensive RAID array. This is more relevant for content creation and media production, where high-speed storage can save significant time and therefore money, which is further bolstered by the near-HEDT core counts on the high-end Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Of course, graphics cards will eventually catch up as well, so for the discerning gamer who only upgrades every three to five years, the new standard could prove a good investment still.
ASRock introduced the Phantom Gaming line last year, as a more aggressively styled alternative to their existing Taichi product lines. The Phantom Gaming family covers a broad range of components, from motherboards all the way to cases. In the motherboard space, the first iteration of Phantom Gaming shared a lot of design and parts with the award-winning Taichi boards. In an update to their Z390 Phantom Gaming line up, ASRock introduced a more modern look to their product stack with the Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 and Z390 Phantom Gaming X.
The X570 Phantom Gaming ITX is ASRock's answer for those who want to jump on the AMD bandwagon and achieve entry-level workstation status, but desire a smaller package. The ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3 boasts an ultra efficient VRM design to accommodate the top end Ryzen 3000 CPUs in an ultra dense Mini-ITX form factor. Featuring WiFi 6, Thunderbolt 3, and even Intel pattern cooler mounting to further maximize space, the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming ITX/TB3 has a lot to offer.
So, it has the looks and features, but it still needs to answer one question: does size matter?
|CPU Support:||AMD AM4 socket Ryzen 2000 and 3000 series processors|
|Power Design:|| CPU Power: 8 phase |
Memory Power: 2 phase
|Integrated Graphics:||Dependent on installed CPU|
|Memory:||2x DIMM, Support Dual Channel DDR4-4533+(OC) MHz|
|BIOS:||AMI UEFI BIOS|
|Expansion Slots:||1x PCIe 4.0 x16 slots|
|Storage:|| 4x SATA 6 Gb/s port |
1x M.2 port (SATA3/PCIe 4.0 x4)
|Networking:||1x Intel I211AT|
1x Intel 802.11ax (WiFi 6)
|Rear Ports:|| 2x Antenna ports|
1x HDMI port
1x DisplayPort 1.4 Input
1x Clear CMOS Button
1x Optical SPDIF out port
1x LAN (RJ45) port
1x USB 3.2 (Gen2) Type-C port
2x USB 3.2 (Gen2) Type-A port
2x USB 3.2 (Gen1) ports
5x 3.5 mm Audio jacks
1x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard combo port
|Audio:||1x Realtek ALC1220 Codec|
|Fan Headers:||3x 4-pin|
|Form Factor:||Mini ITX Form Factor: 6.7 in x 6.7 in, 17 cm x 17 cm|