Intel Coffee Lake Core i7-8700K, Core i5-8600K, Core i5-8400 CPU Review on ASRock FATAL1TY Z370 Professional Gaming i7 Motherboard

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ASRock FATAL1TY Z370 Professional Gaming i7

5th October, 2017
Type Motherboard
Price $289.99 US

ASRock Z370 Professional Gaming i7 Motherboard - Features

ASRock sent us their top of the line FATAL1TY motherboard, the FATAL1TY Z370 Professional Gaming i7. This motherboard carries a top end design that boasts literally every feature that gamers demand. You can find quad way SLI/CFX GPU support, faster 4333+ MHz DRAM support, high-end audio driver, 10 Gigabit LAN, wireless connectivity on board and an aggressive design scheme that can take true advantage of overclocking capabilities that Coffee Lake unlocked CPUs have to offer. The motherboard being aimed at the high-end also comes at a high price of $289.99 US.

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ASUS ROG Maximus IX Code Specifications:

  • Supports 8th Generation Intel Core Processors (Socket 1151)
  • Supports DDR4 4333+(OC)
  • 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 3.0 x1
  • NVIDIA Quad SLI, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX
  • Graphics Output Options: HDMI, Display Port
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
    Supports Purity Sound 4 & Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 3
  • 8 SATA3, 3 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 3 USB 3.1 Gen2 (1 Front Type-C, 1 Rear Type-C, 1 Rear Type-A)
    8 USB 3.1 Gen1 (4 Front, 3 Rear, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
  • AQUANTIA 10Gigabit LAN, Dual Intel Gigabit LAN
  • Intel 802.11ac WiFi + BT 4.2
  • ASRock RGB LED
  • Hyper BCLK Engine II
  • Intel Optane™ Memory Ready

ASRock FATAL1TY Z370 Professional Gaming i7 Motherboard Gallery:

ROCK-SOLID VRM

The improved power phase design offers smooth power delivery to the more powerful 8th 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 ASRoc’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.

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  • Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM)

Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM) is another innovative MOSFETs design by ASRock. The silicon die area is increased by stacking two dies into one MOSFET. The larger the die area, the lower Rds(on). Compared to traditional discrete MOSFET, DSM with larger die area provides extreme lower Rds(on) 1.2 mΩ, so the power supply for the CPU Vcore is more efficient.

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.

Hyper DDR4

ASRock Hyper DDR4 technology unlocks the hidden performance of DDR4 memory modules, giving the overall performance a huge boost. Unlike traditional memory signal designs that are easily distorted, Hyper DDR4 uses an optimized trace design and the memory circuitry are ideally isolated, thus providing pure memory signals for compatibility, stability and performance.

AQUANTIA 10Gb/s BASE-T Ethernet

The new 10Gb/s network standard was specially designed to satisfy the user who is seeking immediate performance improvements. Based on AQUANTIA’s AQtion client controller, it offers blazing fast 10-gigabit/sec transfer speed over Cat6 cable. The 10Gb/s Ethernet not only fully compatible with 5Gb/s, 2.5Gb/s & Gigabit Lan but also delivers lightning fast transfer speed, perfect for media center, workstation and gaming PC.

Dual Intel LAN

Users are able to connect two LAN cables to this motherboard’s rear I/O. Dual LAN with Teaming function enabled on this motherboard allows two single connections to act as one single connection for twice the transmission bandwidth, making data transmission more effective.

Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi

No one has time for weak WiFi signals and sluggish internet! That’s why this motherboard comes with a 802.11ac WiFi (2.4G / 5G WiFi) module which supports wireless networks and Bluetooth v4.2.

Triple Ultra M.2

Triple of the world’s fastest PCIe Gen3 x4 Ultra M.2 slots that deliver up to 32Gb/s transfer speed, it also supports SATA3 6Gb/s M.2 modules.

Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 3

Sound Blaster Cinema 3 is the latest software that is designed with SBX Pro Studio to deliver a holistic audio experience. Whether you’re gaming or watching a movie, Reality 3D technology lets you enable 5.1/7.1 surround sound for an additional layer of transience to your listening experience even with just a pair of headphones or stereo speakers.

RGB LED

Build your own colorful lighting system! RGB LED and header allows users to connect LED strip and create their unique PC style easily. The ASRock RGB LED utility can be downloaded directly or from an all-in-one utility ASRock Live Update & APP Shop!

Intel Optane Memory Ready

Supports Intel Optane memory technology and Intel Optane storage technology that redefines a new standard of high performance and responsiveness.

Front USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C

Front USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C header delivers up to 10 Gbps data transfer rate and next generation reversible USB design to the front panel of computer case.

PCI-E STEEL SLOTS

The advanced PCI-E Steel Slots packed with solid cover that prevent any signal interference with graphics cards. It also ensures the heavy graphics cards to be well-installed in the PCI-E slots safely.

ASRock Z370 Motherboard Lineup Specs:

ASRock Z370 Motherboard Lineup:

Motherboard NameASRock Z370 TaichiASRock FATAL1TY Z370 Professional Gaming i7ASRock FATAL1TY Z370 Gaming K6ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming-ITX/acASRock Z370 Extreme 4ASRock Z370 Killer SLI/ACASRock Z370 Killer SLIASRock Z370 Pro 4ASRock Z370M Pro 4ASRock Z370M ITX/AC
CPU SupportIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUsIntel 8th Generation Coffee Lake CPUs
Form FactorATXATXATXMITXATXATXATXATXmATXMITX
Socket TypeLGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151LGA 1151
Power Phases12 Phase12 Phase12 Phase7 Phase12 Phase10 Phase10 Phase10 Phase10 Phase6 Phase
CPU Power Connectors1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin1 x 8 Pin
DDR4 DIMM Slots4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
Supports DDR4 4333+(OC)
4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
Supports DDR4 4333+(OC)
4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
Supports DDR4 4333+(OC)
4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
Supports DDR4 4333+(OC)
4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
Supports DDR4 4333+(OC)
4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
Supports DDR4 4266+(OC)
4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
Supports DDR4 4266+(OC)
4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
Supports DDR4 4266+(OC)
4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
Supports DDR4 4300+(OC)
4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
Supports DDR4 4000+(OC)
PCI-e 3.0 Expansion Slots3 x PCIe x16
2 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
2 x PCIe x1
3 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
1 x PCIe x163 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
2 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
2 x PCIe x16
4 x PCIe x1
2 x PCIe x16
3 x PCIe x1
2 x PCIe x16
2 x PCIe x1
1 x PCIe x16
M.23321222221
SATA III 6 GB/s Ports8886866666
Ethernet1 x Giga PHY Intel I219V
1 x GigaLAN Intel® I211AT
AQUANTIA AQC107
1 x Intel I219V
1 x Intel I211AT
1 x Giga PHY Intel I219V
1 x GigaLAN Intel I211AT
Giga PHY Intel I219VGiga PHY Intel I219VGiga PHY Intel I219VGiga PHY Intel I219VGiga PHY Intel I219VGiga PHY Intel I219V1 x Giga PHY Intel I219V
1 x GigaLAN Intel I211AT
WiFiIntel 802.11ac WiFi ModuleIntel 802.11ac WiFi ModuleN/AIntel 802.11ac WiFi Module 8265N/AIntel 802.11ac WiFi ModuleN/AN/AN/AIntel 802.11ac WiFi Module
AudioRealtek ALC1220 Audio CodecRealtek ALC1220 Audio CodecRealtek ALC1220 Audio CodecRealtek ALC1220 Audio CodecRealtek ALC1220 Audio CodecRealtek ALC892 Audio CodecRealtek ALC892 Audio CodecRealtek ALC892 Audio CodecRealtek ALC892 Audio CodecRealtek ALC892 Audio Codec
USB 3.1 Gen233212N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
USB 3.1 Gen18898999898
USB 2.0 Ports6662644542
Price$219.99 US$289.99 US$179.99 US$179.99 US$164.99 US$159.99 US$139.99 US$129.99 US$129.99 US$134.99 US
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