ASRock recently sent over their X399 Phantom Gaming 6 motherboard for our Phantom Gaming based build. It’s one of the cheaper X399 motherboards bringing the Phantom Gaming range to HEDT. We are keen to see how it performs so let’s take a closer look at the base of our latest system.
ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 Overview
When putting together a TR4 based system the processor alone can cost more than a traditional gaming build and there has been some criticism of the entry cost to this platform. At £250 ASRock have not skimped on features though, packing in support for up to 16 core processors, 2.5 gigabit Ethernet, an abundance of M.2 slots and three PCIe x16 slots to take advantage of all those available lanes.
This is ASRocks entry level board with a total of four on offer including the X399 Fatal1ty Professional Gaming, X399 Taichi and X399M Taichi. I think “value” suits the labelling of the X399 Phantom Gaming 6 better than “entry-level” though, M.2 Wifi capability, dual networking ports and eight DIMM slots add additional benefits to this board.
One way ASrock have managed to keep the cost down is by limiting the number of CPUs supported. By only allowing the use of Threadripper CPUs up to 180W reduces the cost but also makes great sense. Given that this is the entry point to Threadripper we cannot see anyone wanting to plant a higher rated TDP CPU into a system at this level (more on that later).
For those still rocking SLI or Crossfire setups, there are three full 16x PCIe lanes to choose from but no additional PCIe x1 slots. With three on-board M.2 slots that support NVME boot and eight SATA ports supporting RAID 0, 1 and 10, so there are plenty of storage options available.