++++ The ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X motherboard is available for about 349 Euro (08/2019) and is therefore in the upper price segment of the Intel LGA 1151 v2 motherboards.
The ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X Intel LGA 1151-2 DDR4 ATX motherboard scores with an extraordinary extensive basic equipment, is enormously high durability as well as overclockable and is therefore a first-class motherboard for current high-end processors of the Intel LGA1151 v2 Coffee Lake Gen8 as well as the current Coffee Lake Refresh Gen9 series.
As basic equipment, the Z390 Phantom Gaming X motherboard offers a total of five PCI Express slots, eight SATA3 ports, three fast Ultra M.2 32Gb/s slots, one front panel USB 3.2 Gen2 type-C, one USB 3.2 Gen2 type-C, three USB 3.2 Gen2 type-A, up to eight possible USB 3.2 Gen1 ports, up to three possible USB 2.0 ports, Intel 2T2R Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth v5.0, two Gigabit LAN ports, one 2.5 Gigabit LAN port, 7.1 Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 5 with content protection, analog sound output via five jack sockets, digital sound output via optical S/PDIF, four DDR4 slots, ASRock Phantom Gaming Tuning software for overclocking and fan control in Windows, addressable ASRock RGB LED lighting as well as Polychrome RGB for addressable RGB LEDs and much more.
All in all, the new ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X motherboard offers an incredibly good basic equipment and thanks to the Intel Z390 chipset and its own Hyper BCLK Engine II IC, it is also excellently well-suited for overclockers. Furthermore, the new ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X motherboard features addressable RGB LED control via UEFI and software in Windows as well as effective RGB lighting under the chipset cooler, on the I/O cover and on the backplate. So if you are looking for a strong high-end motherboard for Windows 10 for the new Intel LGA1151 v2 CPUs of the 8th and 9th generation and would like to overclock properly, this motherboard is the perfect solution.
Special thanks to ASRock for their support.
* All Intel LGA1151 v2 motherboard reviews since 01.07.2018 are based on an Intel Core i7-8700K and Intel Core i9-9900K CPU, MSI Radeon R9 280 Twin Frozr Gaming 3GB PCI Express 3.0 video card, 4x 16GB Ballistix Sport DDR4-2666 memory modules, Cooler Master Silent Pro M 600W power supply unit and the following software configuration: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, SiSoftware Sandra, Futuremark PCMark10, 3DMark and 3DMark06 (OC software is available in the Links & Downloads section). All benchmark results only offer a comparison among themselves for a rough motherboard performance comparison.