ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4SR

One of the most fascinating Z490 models is the ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4SR, which is also the first Z490 motherboard to feature the ATX12VO standard. This removes the clunkier ATX12V power connector and opts for a smaller ATX12VO connector which supplies just 12 V into the motherboard, with a lot of 5 V and 3.3 V standards which are rarely used nowadays. On top of this, the Z490 Phantom Gaming 4SR includes a single PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot, four SATA ports, and two full-length PCIe 3.0 slots, with an Intel Gigabit Ethernet port too.

The ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4SR is basic in design, with silver heatsinks on a black PCB, and is advertised as featuring a 10-phase power delivery. The lower portion of the board includes two full-length PCIe 3.0 slots which run at x16/+4, with three PCIe 3.0 x1 slots, and has a solitary PCIe 3.0 x4 M.2 slot. There are also four SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10 arrays, with four memory slots with support for up to 128 GB of DDR4-4000. Providing power to the board is an ATX12VO set of connectors including a 10-pin, 8-pin, and 6-pin power input trio, with a single 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU input providing power to the processor.

On the rear panel is a single USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, one USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, two USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Powering the three 3.5 mm audio connectors is a Realtek ALC1200 HD audio codec, while a single HDMI video output and PS/2 combo port add additional connectivity. The ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming 4SR also features a Wi-Fi 5 wireless interface with support for BT 4.2 devices.

Pricing on the ASRock Z490 Phantom Gaming isn't currently known, but it's not likely to be expensive. It also marks the introduction of ATX12VO onto a mainstream socket. Current availability isn't known at this time, but it could be a case of waiting for power supply vendors to respond with consumer options.

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  • DanNeely - Thursday, April 30, 2020 - link

    I really hate when new articles are inserted below the lead spot because it's hit or miss if I ever notice them. I missed this one during several visits to the site and only found it when Google suggested it in response to a search I made. Reply
  • Jedibeeftrix - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    agreed, i found this by accident, and check AT twice or more a day. Reply
  • sunshinerevans55 - Sunday, May 3, 2020 - link

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  • YB1064 - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    This must have taken some writing. Kudos to the author(s). A good one stop article for anybody planning on going the Intel route. Intel seem to be adept at packaging old milk (not wine) in a new bottle. At least increase the number of PCIe lanes... Reply
  • boozed - Monday, May 4, 2020 - link

    I recommend using the RSS feed, then you get everything and you get it chronologically. Reply
  • Exodite - Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - link

    +1 on RSS!

    The "magazine layout" that plagues many sites and makes it impossible to distinguish between old articles, new articles and commercials can thankfully still be avoided through RSS.
  • Wardrop - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    Funny that ASRock are the only manufacturers to have a mATX X570 motherboard for AMD's platform, yet for Intel they're the only one's NOT to have a mATX motherboard. Reply
  • Beaver M. - Saturday, May 2, 2020 - link

    You mean they are relevant again, because they have fixed their stereotypical USB issues? Reply
  • Marlin1975 - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    So in other words a re-spin of previous chipset with little to no real useful extra features but will require a new board. Classic intel. This is one of many reasons my last system was Intel and my new system is AMD now.

    Unless you are a intel fanboy why keep supporting this?
  • regsEx - Friday, May 1, 2020 - link

    New networking controllers, support for PCIe 4 CPUs (RKL-S that will be released in future).
    Some boards also have USB Gen 2x2 support with external ASMedia controller. I know no any X570 board with USB Gen 2x2 support. Only Gen 2x1.

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