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ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 Review

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In today's review, we will be entering the niche computer market of the small form factor (SFF). The platform comes with a set of targeted parameters and long list of challenges to overcome. With ITX motherboards being the backbone of every SFF build, these small systems generally come in two flavors with little middle ground for compromise. Either it is designed for silent low-power personal computers, similar to an ultra-thin laptop, or maximum performance—both in as little space as possible.

While dozen of SKUs exist from each motherboard vendor, only a handful are SFF compliant for each generation. With the release of Intel's 12th Gen Core processors comes a new socket, and the ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 aims to fill this niche market for those who prefer a small, but powerful computer. Those who choose this route already understand that the road taken is a balancing act with a narrow window for accommodating anything outside of the necessities.

ASRock has a wide range of AMD and Intel motherboards with the Phantom line both in the entry level and mid-range sectors. Packed into the ITX form factor, the ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 has a robust VRM deploying ten 105 A power stages. It also includes DDR5 and PCIe 5.0-ready solutions for those looking for the newest technology. The features found on the more common ATX form factor are present and accounted for. Equipped with 2.5 GbE Ethernet powered by the Killer E3001G, DDR5-6400+ memory support, ASRock's software suite, and Wi-Fi Ready, the time has come to jump in and find out what this ASRock Z690 ITX motherboard is all about!


CPU Support:Intel Socket LGA1700 12th Gen Core Processors
Power Design:CPU Power: 10-phase
iGPU Power: 1-phase
Chipset:Intel Z690
Integrated Graphics:Dependent on installed CPU
Memory:2x DIMM, supports dual-channel DDR5-6400+ (OC) MHz
Expansion Slots: 1x PCIe 5.0 x16 slot
Storage: 3x SATA 6 Gb/s ports
2x M.2 ports (SATA3/PCIe x4)
Networking:1x Killer E3100G 2.5 Gb Ethernet
1x Wi-Fi 6E
Rear Ports:2x Antenna Ports
1x HDMI Port
1x DisplayPort 1.4
1x Optical SPDIF Out Port
4x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A Ports (10 Gb/s)
1x USB 3.2 Gen1 Type-A Ports (5 Gb/s)
1x USB 4.0 Thunderbolt™ 4 Type-C Port (40 Gb/s)
1x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED
1x Clear CMOS Button
5x HD Audio Jacks
Audio:1x Realtek ALC1220 Codec
Fan Headers:3x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 6.7 x 6.7 in.; 17.0 x 17.0 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • ASRock USB 4.0 Thunderbolt™ 4 Type-C Port
  • ASRock Front Panel Type-C USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Header (20 Gb/s)
  • ASRock USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s)
  • Premium Power Choke
  • 105A Smart Power Stage
  • Nichicon 12K Black Caps
  • I/O Armor
  • Matte Black PCB
  • High Density Glass Fabric PCB
  • 10 Layer PCB
  • Killer 2.5G LAN
  • Killer 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6E
  • Killer Double Shot™ Pro
  • ASRock steel Slot
  • ASRock Full Coverage M.2 Heatsink
  • ASRock Hyper M.2
  • ASRock POST Status Checker
  • ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, audio, LAN ports)
  • ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
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