ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X Review 7

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X Review

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The front of the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X box is dominated by a highly stylized "PG" in metallic silver and red over a sleek matte black background. ASRock has gone with a premium, but minimalist design for the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X. There are brand badges in the bottom right, and "ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X" is in the bottom left.

The back of the box hits all the standard points: a top-down shot of the board, several panels detailing prominent features, a diagram outlining the rear I/O, and the specifications list. ASRock is pushing the 2.5 Gb/s LAN feature as well as Polychrome Sync. The box design is elegant on front and informative on the back, truly the mullet of motherboard marketing. ASRock gets a thumbs up from me for the new direction.


Opening the inner box, the board sits in a cardboard tray, encased in an antistatic bag, with the accessories hidden underneath. Another stylized "PG" and the Phantom Gaming slogan are displayed on the box lid.


The accessories are pretty standard. Notably absent is any kind of rear I/O shield. That's because the shield is integrated into the board. ASRock gets big points from me for this feature, and frankly, I am disappointed that it hasn't become an industry standard by now. Additionally, ASRock has included a Torx driver for the M.2 heatsink.

The full list of accessories includes:
  • Manual and support DVD
  • Post card and software setup guide
  • 4x SATA 6 Gb/s cables
  • 1x SLI HB bridge L
  • 3x M.2 mounting screws
  • TR8 driver
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