ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 7 - Power Consumption and VRM Temperature

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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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