ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 Motherboard- Unboxing

The Phantom Gaming 7 comes in the standard ASRock packaging with easy carry design. The front is themed in red and silver which is now officially part of the Phantom Gaming lineup. You can also note ASRock Phantom Gaming "PG" logo for their new motherboards on the front which looks great.

The front side also lists down support for Intel’s 9th generation Core processors. There’s also support for Intel Optane memory along with Polychrome Sync, NVIDIA SLI, AMD Crossfire technology (although AMD has abandoned the Crossfire name and uses mGPU instead nowadays) and HDMI support mentioned.

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The back side of the package lists down the specifications and special features of the motherboard such as 2.5 Gb/s Ethernet, Polychrome Sync RGB technology, SuperAlloy design, Dual USB 3.1 Gen 2 ports, Dual Ultra M.2 ports, Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 5 Audio and full coverage M.2 heat-sink.

The front side also comes with a full cover which gives us another preview of the feature set that the motherboard has to offer. Inside the package is another box which contains the accessories in the top and motherboard at the bottom. It is very easy to access although the accessories are a bit scattered and things could get messy sorting out the various additions.

There are several accessories included in the package such as a Wi-Fi antenna module, four SATA III cables, an I/O cover, screws for the M.2 storage devices, a high-bandwidth SLI bridge, a driver disk, a manual for the board and a postcard. Following is the full list of accessories in the package.

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  • Quick Installation Guide, Support CD
  • 4 x SATA Data Cables
  • 1 x ASRock SLI_HB_Bridge_2S Card
  • 3 x Screws for M.2 Sockets
  • 2 x Standoffs for M.2 Sockets

The motherboard is housed underneath the accessories and has the anti-static wrapping to protect it from any built up electrical resistance that can affect the board.

The motherboard is housed on the top section, over the accessories and has a soft foam cover to protect it during shipping. Looks are one thing but I am very curious to find out how this performs against the other Z390 boards we have tested in the past few weeks.

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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