ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming X Motherboard Review

Testing – SATA, USB & Network
To test SATA, M.2, and USB speeds we make use of CrystalDiskMark hard drive benchmarking tool. First up is our SATA drive which is the Kingston UV400 drive.

For the M.2 test we will be using the Western Digital WD Black NVMe drive.

For the USB 3.1 tests we also use CrystalDiskMark. We actually decided to use a the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD.

There are actually three Ethernet connections on this board plus WiFi. So first we’ll test the WiFi, which is 802.11ax or WiFi 6. Sadly, we do not have the proper router to test WiFi 6, but we will test both 5GHz and 2.4 GHz. First up is 5GHz.

Next is 2.4 GHz.

Now for the Ethernet connections. This board does have 2.5g LAN, but again our router does not support speeds that fast. Here are the three Ethernet results starting with the 2.5g port.

Power consumption for a system is of course very important. To measure power consumption I used a killawatt meter. The idle test is taken on the Windows 10 desktop and the load test is taken while running AIDA64’s system stability test with GPU’s enabled. Remember these values are for the entire system.

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