ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX TB3: The Small Motherboard with a Side of Everythingby Gavin Bonshor on June 18, 2019 4:00 PM EST
During Computex 2019, ASRock announced its upcoming X570 range ready for the launch of AMD's Ryzen 3000 series processors. One of the motherboard highlights of the show was the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX TB3, which includes a very solid feature set including Thunderbolt 3 Type-C, a solid looking 10-phase power delivery, and a Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface.
The ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX TB3 joins a small handful of small form factor X570 models at launch but looks to stand-out from the crowd with a major feature; a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C connector on the rear panel. Following in line with the rest of its premium X570 product stack, ASRock has equipped the board with a hefty looking 10-phase power delivery, and official support for DDR4-4400 memory across two available slots. A single full-length PCIe 4.0 x16 slot is located at the bottom of the board, with a single PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slot, and just four SATA ports. The networking is handled by an Intel Gigabit port, while the Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface is controlled by the Killer AX1650 interface with support for BT 5 devices.
On the rear panel alongside the single Thunderbolt 3 Type-C connector which is the highlight of the board, the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX TB3 also includes a single USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, a single USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, and two USB 3.1 G1 Type-A ports. On the display model at Computex, there is a clear CMOS button, a DisplayPort input and HDMI video output, with a PS/2 combo port, and five 3.5 mm color coded audio jacks with a S/PDIF optical output due to the use of a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec.
The specifications listed at Computex differ from what's actually featured physically on the rear panel. ASRock told us there were last minute changes.
The availability and pricing of the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming-ITX TB3 mini-ITX motherboard are currently unknown, but we expect it to launch with the rest of ASRock's announced X570 models on 7/7.
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danielfranklin - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - linkThis seems completely wrong.
Do you have some sort of reference for this?
Irata - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - linkNot sure why it wouldn't since the x16 PCIe lanes for the graphics card are coming from the CPU (plus the M2 lanes), so in theory we should still have all "direct CPU" PCIe 4 lanes, with the chipset only supporting PCIe 3).
This would imho actually be a good compromise.
Death666Angel - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - linkRumors. Nothing more. And probably false ones. Ryzen 3 has PCIe 4.0 lanes from the CPU, why should it only use 4/24th of those for M.2 storage and not 24/24th for GPU/M.2/chipset and just the chipset doesn't use 4.0 but rather 3.0 (vs 2.0 right now)? That rumor makes little sense.
Xajel - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - linkNothing is confirmed yet, the thing is ASMedia isn't done yet with their PCIe 4.0, so they need more time. This was the main reason AMD went for an in-house X570.
As for B550 and even other lower end chipset we might see partial PCIe 4.0 implementation like only M.2 or first PCIe slot or both. The reason of "might" is cost. PCIe routing/tracing requires PCIe reclockers chips which add cost. Not to mention the additional design and certification required for the actual motherboard. So even if the non-X570 chipset doesn't support PCIe 4.0 having partial support might be optional even for individual parts, ie PCIe 4 M.2 but not PCIe slot. Or only the first graphics slot, so when doing 8x+8x things will go PCIe 3.0 or a mixed bag dependingon AMD and it's partners like a lower end B550 could feature less PCIe 4.0 than a higher end B550 motherboard.
liu_d - Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - linkIs it using 115x heatsink mounting points?
jtd871 - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - linkYes it is. Damn!
The_Assimilator - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - linkAsrock, why would you make such a nice board, then ruin it by providing a meagre 4 rear USB ports?
The_Assimilator - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - link"A side of everything" except USB ports.
Irata - Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - linkThat's what I thought - USB ports are a bit like power outlets - the more the better (and you are usually one short).
But four is really way too few.
JHBoricua - Thursday, June 20, 2019 - linkAt least they kept the PS/2 keyboard/mouse port. What would I do without it?