Ryzen processor is in the spotlight.
How not, the processor performs surprisingly with a performance that can compete with Intel processors are equivalent but priced at a cheaper price.
The presence of Ryzen also invited the producers to represent motherboard upscale for AMD.
ASRock is one of them.
Taiwanese motherboard manufacturer has a product called Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4. As the name implies, this is a gaming motherboard designed to support up to Ryzen 7 1800X processor using AM4 socket.
Similar to the Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 that we use when testing Ryzen 5, this motherboard is also still coated with a distinctive black-red shades.
As one of the top class motherboards for Ryzen that use X370 chipset, Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 comes with features that can be said to be very complete.
In addition to the PCIe slot and its RAM is coated with a special protector, this motherboard has also come up with two M.2 slots for super fast storage. For those of you who still use SATA, Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 also has 6 SATA3 6Gbps port.
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 is a motherboard with 12 Power Phase design, allowing for a more stable overclocking.
For power, this motherboard utilizes two 24 pin power connectors and 8 pins the same as most other X370 motherboards.
In view Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 is somewhat less conspicuous when compared with other brands of X370 motherboards.
It has only one area equipped with RGB LED. Fortunately, ASRock provides two LED headers that allow you to install additional LEDs. Even through a special software, you can control the color and mode of the LED display.
ASRock also instills a lot of USB ports on the back panel of this motherboard. Looks a total of 8 ports and one of them is USB Type-C.
While for visual output only provided via HDMI. But this is reasonable because most likely people who buy this motherboard will use a Ryzen processor that does not have an integrated GPU.
Interestingly again, ASRock also provides a special socket so you can embed the WiFi module into this motherboard. Even in the back panel you can see the special hole provided to install WiFi antenna.
What about the performance?
Combined with Ryzen 7 1800X processor and MSI GeForce GTX 1080 GAMING 8G graphics card, Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 is able to deliver performance in line with our expectations.
Yes, the motherboard successfully performed with high performance. However, he still can not beat one of its competitors, the ASUS Crosshair VI Hero who still holds a performance record on our AM4 motherboard test list.
Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 is able to score 5350 points on PCMark 8. While using Cinebench R15, it can generate 1579 points for multithreading and 144 points for single-threading.
Performance is already very qualified to run various applications, including the latest games.
Of course, the performance of gaming will also depend on the graphics card used.
So far, the three test games we use are Ashes of The Singularity, Ghost Recon Wildlands, and The Witcher 3 all running with an average framerate of 60 fps.
Just like his other brother, Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 still has the same “DNA”.
ASRock still uses a strategy that offers more features with lower performance than its competitors. However, this motherboard is very superior in the price tag which includes affordable for the premium class, which is $ 130. Surely it becomes a very attractive consideration for gamers.
ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 Advantages & Disadvantages
Can install WiFi module
The display is inconspicuous
Performance is slightly lower than competitors