The latest gaming board from ASRock mixes the venerable Fatal1ty brand with the latest technology from AMD.ASRock came out of the gate quite strong with Ryzen launch. In fact, they are the only vendor to send us two motherboards. The reason for the Ryzen motherboard shortage is because of chipset shipment schedules, so as times goes on I am sure we will receive more samples and motherboards like the Taichi will come back into stock. That being said, the fact that ASRock was able to send two is because of their resource allocation, they are betting strongly on Ryzen, and their large product lineup makes that obvious.
The ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 has a lot going on it. That includes a 12 phase power delivery, the Realtek ALC1220 codec with TI’s NE5532 amplifier and so much more on an ATX form factor.
ASRock offers five fan headers on this motherboard. All headers can operate in PWM or DC mode, but only the single header circled in yellow auto detects PWM or DC fans. All headers but the one circled in green support 1.5A of current, while the CPU fan header (circled in green) supports 1A. The motherboard's color theme departs from the color neutral theme and offers a powerful red and black aesthetic. The VRM heat sinks are crimson red while the red of the red on the motherboard is painted on or part of the PCB silkscreen. The back of the motherboard has very few components, which is a good thing.
The Fatal1ty x370 Gaming K4 is ready for Ryzen APUs. Otherwise the HDMI port would not make any sense at all since the Ryzen CPUs currently available don’t have an integrated GPU. Besides that you’ll get 6 USB 3.1 Gen1, two USB 3.1 Gen2 (one of which will be Type-C) and a GBit Lan port as well as your gold audio jacks and, because we’re talking about a Fatal1ty board, two PS/2 ports.
The back of the board shows us the PCI-E slot’s electrical properties. From top to bottom, we have a x1, x16, x1, x8, x1 and another x1 slot. That’s a total of 6 slots for your expansion cards.
As with almost every single mainboard marked as a gaming one, the Fatal1ty x370 Gaming K4 offers the possibility of customizing the color scheme of your rig, but in contrast to the big brother it only has a single RGB zone on top of the two RGB headers. Again we’ll have to state the obvious: offering the possibility to set your own color scheme is a nice little feature. Utilizing the same old red and black colors on the board itself not so much. These two features get in the way of each other and we really hope that ASRock will follow MSI and ASUS on their path of a general black design with LEDs being the only things setting colored accents.
- ATX form factor
- AMD X370 chipset
- AMD AM4 CPU socket
- 4 x 3200MHz DDR4, 64GB maximum
- 3 x PCI-E x16, 2 x PCI-E x1
- 6 x USB 3, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x PS/2, 6 x audio, 1 x optical S/PDIF, 2 x antenna
The X370 chipset is AMD’s top of the line offering for the AM4 platform. It fully supports overclocking, multi-GPU and a range of storage interfaces compared to other AM4 chipsets.
Two extra RGB LED headers are located at the bottom of the motherboard between front panel headers and a POST code display. The Clear CMOS jumper is located to the left of the POST code display. An M.2 WIFI slot is located below the VRM heat sink.
Two USB 2.0 headers are located near speaker, TPM, and COM headers. All the heat sinks and shields use screws, and the heat sinks make great contact with the components they cool down.
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