AMD has a real high-end platform, there is a need for a variety of mid-range motherboards to fill a variety of needs. ASRock enter here such a creation. It features a dedicated M.2 slot for a Bluetooth/Wireless combo card (the X370 Killer SLI/ac features this as standard at a slightly higher price), though with that in mind, people get to pick and choose which wireless network card they prefer, along with the rear IO plate to mount the wireless antenna on. It also makes use of the chipsets 2x SATA express ports and channels them into another M.2 slot, enabling up to SATA 10Gb/s speeds, this is of course in addition the NVMe M.2 32Gb/s slot.
As the X370 Killer SLI features the latest flagship chipset from AMD, it will provide users with a wealth of connectivity options, including support for a total of 12x USB 3.1 ports (including a Type C), which are all high-current to ensure compatibility with VR peripherals. Finally, it is finished off with a stylish white on black design, RGB LED lighting (along with 2x additional RGB LED strip headers providing plenty of customisation options to those concerned with creating their dream system.
The X370 platform shouldn't be a surprise anymore, and it's showing its growing maturity with various assortments of shapes, sizes, and bundles on the shelves. Among the boxes of red and black, RGB, and preposterous bold text, the ASRock X370 Killer SLI/ac is a nice change of pace. The “K” on the front of the packaging slices through the black void with clean lines, sharp edges, and red accents gleaming along the blade’s edges. Flipping to the back, the black and white scheme is clean, and the extra colors do not overpower the simple elegance. Contents of the package are on par with some of our other value boards, providing a backplate, two SATA cables, two antennae, some M.2 retention screws, installation media, and the obligatory SLI HB Bridge from its namesake. Below the cardboard tray rests our specimen.
- ASRock Super Alloy
- Supports AMD Socket AM4 A-Series APUs (Bristol Ridge) and Ryzen Series CPUs (Summit Ridge)
- Supports DDR4 2933+(OC)
- 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 M.2 (Key E)
- NVIDIA Quad SLI, AMD Quad CrossFireX
- Graphics Output:HDMI
- 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Caps
- 6 SATA3, 1 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3), 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen2 x2 & SATA3)
- 12 USB 3.0 (1 Type-C, 4 Front, 7 Rear)
- Intel Gigabit LAN
- Intel 802.11ac+ BT 4.2
Over near the PCIe slots we find an Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_1), supports M Key type 2230/2242/2260/2280 M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s) (with Ryzen Series CPU) or Gen3 x2 (16 Gb/s) (with A-Series APU). We expect many of these systems to utilize M.2 NVMe SSDs.
The socket area is clear and provides easy access to the processor heat sink. Next to the socket area is Digi Power (IR Digital PWM) 12 Power Phase Design and Premium 45A Power Chokes.
For those that would prefer to use WiFi for network use the X370 Killer SLI/ac comes equipped with an Intel 802.11ac WiFi Module. The great part about using an m.2 Wi-Fi slot is that one has the potential to upgrade to an 802.11AC Wave 2 device at some point in the future. Wave 2 APs are still a leading edge technology so the current selection ASRock made is what we would recommend in this price range.
Back IO ports include:
- 2x Antenna Ports
- PS/2 Mouse Port
- PS/2 Keyboard Port
- HDMI Port
- Optical SPDIF Out Port
- USB 3.0 Type-A Port (Supports ESD Protection)
- USB 3.0 Type-C Port (Supports ESD Protection)
- 6x USB 3.0 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)
- RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
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