ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6

ASRock also includes a TPM header, twin USB 2.0 headers, a USB 3.1 G1 header, Clear CMOS button, Power and Reset buttons, handy for benching. Rear panel I/O also provides 1xPS/2, 1x Optical, 1x USB 3.1 Type-A, 1x USB 3.1 Type C, 8x USB 3.1 G1, 2x RJ45 and HD Audio Jacks.

Unboxing

The ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 comes with the usual bundle of parts in the box. These include the software CD, installation guide, I/O Shield, four SATA cables, two way SLI HB Bridge, Wifi bracket and four M.2 screws

BIOS

Given that this is our first ASRock motherboard review, we have nothing to compare it to. Having said that, the BIOS is easy to navigate and there are plenty of prompts to hand if needed.A black and red GUI bred from the Phantom Gaming theme greet us upon entry to the BIOS. It’s well organised and intuitive yet lacks an easy and advanced mode.

ASRock provides eight menu options to choose from and includes their OC Tweaker that will help to get the most out of your chip. XMP can also be enabled here to get DRAM up to speed, limited to DDR4 4000.

More advanced options are also available for networking ports, audio, hot plugging and more. Fan headers can be controlled via the ASRock Fantastic utility, assigned to CPU, AIO or system fan from within, custom fan profiles can also be set giving you flexible control over the cooling of your system. Again at “entry-level”, there are more than enough options to new and experienced overclockers and system tweakers.

We were going to mention software and drivers separately but honestly, given this day in age that CDs are no longer in fashion we would simply recommend visiting the ASRock product page to grab everything you need. It’s such a simple yet effective way to ensure that everything is up to date and given its 2019, we cant see why manufacturers are still providing CD support. Driver and utilities can all be found and we recommend trying out the Polychrome Sync utility for on bard RGB lighting.