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4th Generation Motherboard
We recently had a review of ASRock’s Phantom Gaming series motherboard. It is very difficult to understand the shaky line that separates the top series from the usual, because in general, ASRock products are initially aimed at medium and low budget. Therefore, their top-end models may have mid-range prices from Asus or MSI. When comparing ASRock B365 Taichi and ASRock B365 Phantom Gaming 9, there was a feeling that the models are about the same level, just a couple of “chips” were added to Gaming 9.
In addition to Gaming 9, the company also has a series of Gaming 4. I personally find it very strange to see the number “4” in the name, because the Chinese associate this number with death, and therefore in China they try to skip “4” whenever possible: many hotels do not have fourth floors, after the third – immediately the fifth (although physically it is the fourth). Why Gaming 9 and why Gaming 4 is probably known only to the founders of the company 🙂
And again … It is known that Intel B365 is a mid-level (if not junior) chipset, definitely not a top-end one, designed to simply ensure the operation of modern Intel Core processors of the 8th and 9th generations on mainboards in the budget segment. The chipset lacks many “tricks” related to overclocking, etc. Therefore, the Phantom Gaming series can hardly be combined with the B365. However, this is just my opinion, the manufacturer knows better.
So, ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 is a motherboard based on Intel B365 chipset for Intel Core 8000 and 9000 series processors. The board is very interesting, it belongs to the cheapest, but the most modern. After all, Intel released the B365 chipset at the end of 2018 precisely for broader support for new processors – relatively cheap ones, which also needed corresponding motherboards.
The board comes in a small and stylish box. https://jiji.com.gh/adabraka/computer-hardware/4th-generation-motherboard-ilCfy9NAZ9SBSiPU9bX6w8IE.html
It is clear that the scope of delivery is modest and corresponds to the positioning of the product.
In addition to the user’s manual and the CD with the software, the bundle contains traditional SATA cables, screws for attaching M.2 drives, and a “dummy” for the rear panel with connectors.
Motherboard ASRock B365M Phantom Gaming 4 is made in microATX form factor, measures 244 Г— 242 mm and 6 mounting holes for installation in the case.
On the reverse side there is a plate of the socket structure and a row of LEDs along the near edge.
There is practically nothing else on the reverse side. The board is processed with high quality, sharp ends are cut at all soldering points. The attachments are fixed with screws.
Despite belonging to the budget segment, the board is still assigned to the Phantom series, so the PCB has a “premium” textolite with a higher density.
The design of the board is interesting. In general, ASRock differs in that each of its motherboards has an individual color scheme for the front side of the PCB. While in the Taichi series we saw some abstractions on the theme of gears and concentric circles, in the Phantom series we saw sharp straight lines on the diagonal, combined with red and white. In this case, the figure covers not only the printed circuit board itself, but also the radiators and other elements attached to it.
Notice the LED-lit line on the near edge of the board, as well as the cutout near the SATA port group and the beveled corners. The near edge of the board is not attached in any way (there are only 6 mounting holes), however, it does not sag, like some microATX boards, because the corners formed by the cutouts in the PCB fit neatly on the supports in the case (fortunately, on the reverse side, there is just an empty PCB in these places) … In a word, you can insert memory modules and plug in the power connector without fear of breaking the board.
Traditional table of functional features.