ASRock Phantom Gaming Alliance System Build  (8700K + RX 580) Review 26

ASRock Phantom Gaming Alliance System Build (8700K + RX 580) Review

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Introduction


A big thank you to ASRock for providing the parts necessary for this system build and review.

ASRock was established in 2002 with their sole focus at the time being motherboards. Following their 3C design concept of "Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness", they have grown into an industry juggernaut. From such humble origins, they have expanded their product range to include PC systems, motherboards, graphics cards, networking components, and more. While their portfolio of products is quite solid, it is their reputation for exceptional motherboards that keeps PC enthusiasts coming back for more.


With so many brands in the DIY PC space pushing to create better products, it isn't surprising to see them team up from time to time. Thus, what we are seeing now is ASRock's Phantom Gaming Alliance, which currently includes Cooler Master and Teamgroup. By bringing together vendors, they can all offer improved compatibility along with themed products, which is certainly a nice touch because it allows users to build systems that match a singular theme if they so choose. It also allows for parts that offer guaranteed compatibility and should just "work", which bring us to today's review: A system built entirely out of parts carrying the Phantom Gaming label. In this review, we will take a quick look at the various components, have a brief build overview, and a full look at the performance on offer. However, before rushing ahead, let's take a closer look at the system specifications.


Specifications
Manufacturer:ASRock / Cooler Master / Teamgroup
Model:Custom build
Chassis:Cooler Master MasterBox K500 Phantom Gaming Edition
Dimensions: 19.3 x 8.3 x 17.9 inches
491 (L) x 211 (W) x 455 (H) mm
ATX, Micro-ATX, Mini-ITX motherboard support
1x Power switch
2x USB 3.0
1x HDMI 2.0b (front)
2x Audio In / Out
Processor:Intel i7 8700K
3.7 GHz Base (4.7 GHz Boost)
CPU Cooling:Cooler Master Hyper 212 RGB Phantom Gaming Edition
4x Direct Contact Heatpipes
1x SF120R RGB Fan
Motherboard:Intel B365 chipset
ASRock B365 Phantom Gaming 4
Operating System:Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Integrated Graphics:Intel UHD Graphics 630
Dedicated Graphics:ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX580 8G OC
8 GB GDDR5
3x DisplayPort
1x HDMI
Memory:16 GB (2x 8 GB) XCALIBUR Phantom Gaming RGB
CL 16-18-18-38 @ 3200 MHz DDR4
4x DIMM slots (2x occupied)
Storage:250 GB DELTA Phantom Gaming RGB SSD
2x Maximum 3.5" HDD drive bays (case)
6x Maximum 2.5" SSD drive bays (case)
2x M.2 slots (motherboard)
6x SATA3 ports (motherboard)
Optical Drive:Not used
Rear I/O:1x 7.1 Surround Audio
1x Optical S/PDIF OUT
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-A
1x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C
4x USB 3.1 Gen Type-A
2x USB 2.0 ports
1x PS/2 Keyboard/ mouse combo port
1x RJ45
1x HDMI
1x DisplayPort 1.2
Networking / Communication:1x Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN
Audio:Realtek ALC S1220A
Input Device:Not included
Power:Cooler Master V550
550 watt 80 Plus Gold
Semi-modular
Warranty:Varies by part
MSRP:$1053.93
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