The following system was used to test the motherboard:
– CPU: Intel 9900K @ 4.7 GHz
– RAM: Ballistix Tactical Tracer 16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz
– GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Founder’s Edition
– HDD: WD 1TB Blue
– SSD: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB
– PSU: Seasonic Snow Silent 750W Platinum
– CPU Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid 240
– Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe
– OS: Windows 10 64-Bit (After May Update)
The processor was used with the stock frequency of 3.6 GHz and the factory turbo frequency of 4.7 GHz allowed by the Intel B365 chipset.
Software used for testing the motherboard:
– 3D Mark – FireStrike, CloudGate, IceStorm.
– CineBench r11.5
– SuperPi mod 1.5
– Metro Exodus
– Shadow of the Tomb Raider
– Grand Theft Auto V
– The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
SuperPi mod 1.5
Grand Theft Auto V
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider
The ASRock B365 Pro4 is an affordable motherboard that uses the mid-range Intel B365 chipset and is priced at around 96 US Dollar or Euro. This model is packed with features that are often found on high-end motherboards and at a premium in terms of pricing.
The B365 Pro4 model offers two M.2 SSD slots and a third one that is dedicated for a Wi-fi network card that can be added later on. One of the SSD Slots also has its own metallic heatsink that will provide passive cooling for the SSD. There are also six SATA 6 ports available, placed in convenient locations, and thus, helping to a degree the cable management.
The overall performance of this motherboard is good, and it is what makes this model a good choice for a mid-range gaming system. While all the testing was done using an Intel i9 9900K CPU, a mid-range CPU is recommended with this type of motherboards. This is not only because the Intel B365 chipset does not allow for CPU overclocking, but also because the VRM components were not designed for a high-power CPU.
This is showcased by the high VRM temperatures when the CPU was being used by a benchmark. The MOSFETs would reach a temperature of 100 ºC, at which point, the CPU would start thermal throttling. During gaming, the 9900K would heat up the MOSFETs to approximately 78ºC.
In conclusion, the ASRock B365 Pro4 is an affordable motherboard with a good design that will match any modern gaming system. The performance in both games and synthetic benchmarks is good and the system was stable throughout the entire testing period.