The following system was used to test the motherboard:
– CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2950X @ 4.4GHz
– RAM: Ballistix Sport LT 16GB @ 3000MHz
– 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: Noctua NH-U14S TR-SP3
– Case: Phanteks Enthoo Luxe
– OS: Windows 10 64-Bit (After April Update)
The processor was used with the stock Max Boost Clock frequency of around 4.4GHz. The RAM memory was used at its default frequency of 3000MHz. Note, in our CPU-Z screenshots the CPU is registering a speed of 3GHz, this is recorded at idle after the SuperPi benchmark was completed.
Software used for testing the motherboard:
– 3D Mark – FireStrike, CloudGate, IceStorm.
– CineBench r11.5
– SuperPi mod 1.5
– Grand Theft Auto V
– Deus Ex Mankind Divided
– The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
SuperPi mod 1.5
Grand Theft Auto V
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Deus Ex Mankind Divided
The ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 is an affordable X399 socket equipped motherboard, that integrates all the needed features for both performance and overclocking. The power delivery system uses quality components and its cooling is provided by two heatsinks connected by a heatpipe.
This motherboard is one of the select few models that has options and components meant for performance and not design & looks. There are no plastic shrouds and covers installed and the overall design is simple.
In terms of options and features, the X399 Phantom Gaming 6 offers three SATA M.2 slots for high speed storage and up to eight (8) SATA 3 6GB connectors that support RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10. In addition, ASRock integrated a dedicated M.2 slot for a Wi-Fi card, this completely removes the need for a PCIe adapter if a Wi-Fi solution is needed.
The overall performance of this motherboard is very good, and it is best showcased in benchmarks that will fully utilize the installed CPU, such as Cinebench R15. The gaming experience is good; however, many games still do not fully utilize the CPU cores offered by a ThreadRipper platform.
In conclusion, the ASRock X399 Phantom Gaming 6 is one of the cheapest X399 motherboards available at the time of writing this review, but is packed with the features only needed for performance and overclocking, such as on-board buttons (Power/Reset/CMOS clear). And a good power delivery system with quality components.