ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 Motherboard - Features

Before we detail the flagship parts, we will first be talking about the new Phantom Gaming lineup. ASRock has been pushing their Phantom Gaming brand since the introduction of their Radeon RX series gaming graphics cards. While the regular boards offer great features for enthusiasts and the gaming community, ASRock didn't really have a gaming-specific brand on their motherboard lineup for a while. With the Phantom Gaming brand, ASRock finally has its own marketing for gaming-specific motherboards just like every major motherboard manufacturer in the industry.

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Some key features of the Phantom Gaming lineup would be the use of 2.5 Gbps LAN interface instead of the conventional 1 Gbps Ethernet LAN switch. While they are branded as gaming motherboards, the features on the Phantom Gaming lineup are fully compliant with enthusiast grade overclocking and stability, rocking some impressive power delivery designs.

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 Motherboard Specifications:

  • Supports 9th and 8th Gen Intel Core processors (Socket 1151)
  • Phantom Gaming 2.5 Gigabit LAN, Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Digital PWM, 10 Power Phase
  • Supports DDR4 4300+(OC) MHz
  • 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0 x1, 1 M.2 (Key E) For WiFi
  • NVIDIA NVLink & Quad SLI, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, DisplayPort
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
  • Supports Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 5
  • 8 SATA3, 2 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.2 Gen2 10Gb/s (1 Type-A + 1 Type-C)
  • 9 USB 3.2 Gen1 (1 Front Type-C, 4 Front Type-A, 4 Rear)
  • ASRock Polychrome SYNC

ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 Motherboard Gallery:

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The motherboard we are looking at today is the ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 which is not only a more cost-effective variant but also an upgraded variant of the Phantom Gaming 9 that we tested last year. This motherboard will be equipped with the LGA 1151 socket, offering support for both 8th and 9th Gen Core processors. The motherboard will feature a 10 phase IR Digital PWM supply and power will be delivered through an 8+4 pin connector configuration. There are four DDR4 DIMM slots which support up to 64 GB of memory capacities with speeds of up to 4300 MHz (OC+).

10 Power Phase Design (IR Digital PWM)

The improved power phase design offers smooth power delivery to the more powerful 9th Generation Intel Core Processors, providing unmatched overclocking capabilities, lower temperature for advanced gamers, and reinforced system stability for taking on all sorts of arduous computing tasks. Following are the features offered in ASRock’s Super Alloy motherboard design:

  • XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink

Extra large aluminum alloy heat sinks that effectively take away heat from the MOSFET and chipset so that your whole system may perform more stable.

  • Premium 60A Power Choke

Compared to traditional chokes, ASRock’s premium 60A power chokes effectively make the saturation current up to three times better, thus providing enhanced and improved Vcore voltage to the motherboard.

  • Premium Memory Alloy Choke

Specifically designed for memory power delivery, these new alloy chokes feature a highly magnetic and heat resistant design, thus delivering more stable and reliable power to the motherboard and memory modules.

  • Dr. MOS

Dr. MOS design features the latest SPS (Smart Power Stage) technology. It’s optimized for monitoring current and temperature of each phase, thus delivering smoother and neater power to the CPU with enhanced performance and OC capability.

  • Combo Caps

A combination of 820uF and 100uF capacitors. Together these capacitors provide clearer, efficient and more responsive CPU Vcore power, and overclockers may achieve higher scores.

  • Nichicon 12K Black Caps

Supreme 12K black capacitors with lifespans of at least 12,000 hours. Compared to other counterparts on high-end motherboards that merely have lifespans of around 10,000 hours, ASRock applied Nichicon 12K Black Caps that offer 20% longer lifespans and provide more stability and reliability.

  • I/O Armor

A new designed protective cover for all of the crucial parts near the motherboard’s rear I/O, so that they won’t easily be damaged by static electricity.

  • Matte Black PCB

A new mysterious matte black and copper color scheme to match the prestigious components on ASRock’s high-end motherboards.

  • High Density Glass Fabric PCB

High Density Glass Fabric PCB design that reduces the gaps between the PCB layers to protect the motherboard against electrical shorts caused by humidity.

In terms of expansion slots, the motherboard features three full-lengths PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots and dual M.2 ports with M.2 heatsink shield on both of them. Storage options include 8 SATA III ports. The rear panel I/O on the motherboard comes with PS/2, HDMI, DP 1.2, three USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-A), 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C), 4 USB 3.1 Gen 1, dualLAN ports, and an HD audio jack.

9.5
Wccftech Rating

The ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 is placed in a very crowded Z390 market place which has loads of options to select from but as far as this motherboard's unique points are concerned, the great design aesthetics, the 2.5Gb LAN port and the great overclocking capabilities at under $200 US make it a great option for Z390 based PC builders.

Pros
  • Revised Phantom Gaming Design
  • Full Support For 8 Core Intel CPUs
  • Excellent Design and Build Quality
  • Excellent VRM Cooling With XXL Design
  • Excellent Overclocking Performance
  • High-Quality Components With 10 Phase IRDigital PWM
  • Phantom Gaming 2.5G LAN
  • Dual M.2 slots (full coverage heatsinks)
  • Dual USB 3.1 (Type-A + Type-C) Ports
  • Lots of USB 3.1 Gen 1 Ports
  • Polychrome RGB LEDs System Looks Stunning
  • Creative Sound Blaster 5 Audio (ALC1220 Codec)
  • PCIe Steel Slots
Cons
  • No Wireless Connectivity Options Included (Requires Add-in-card)
  • Hard to access M.2 SSD and M.2 WiFi ports
  • Software and bundled applications aren't much of use

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