Today we test the motherboard in the Hardware Kitchen ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4† It’s a Mini-ITX format motherboard that’s meant to be relatively high-end as we’re on the Intel Z690 chipset with connectivity meant to be complete. In this test, let’s see what this card is from ASRock has in the abdomen.
Summary, our test of the ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4 motherboard
Let’s attack the hard and talk about the technical features. So we are on a Mini-ITX format and this card is based on the Intel LGA1700 socket with the Z690 chipset. It will therefore be compatible with the 12th generation Intel Core Alder Lake processors such as the i9-12900K, i7-12700K, etc. This motherboard format is particularly suitable for small format boxes such as the MasterBox NR200P from Cooler Master or even in the Phanteks Evolv SHIFT XT . For memory, here we have compatibility with DDR5 type memory up to a frequency of 6400 MHz in OC. Note that we only have two memory slots, so we can handle a maximum of 64 GB of RAM. Ask PCIe 5.0, we have the only PCIe 5.0 compatible x16 slot, the two slots for SSD in M.2 format remain in PCIe 4.0 and the second is also SATA compatible. Obviously, these M.2 slots have a heat sink to avoid thermal throttling.
For the power stage we find a configuration of 10+1+1 Renesas RAA22010540 SPS supply phases of 105A. Everything is controlled via a Renesas RAA229131 controller configured in 10+1. For the iGPU we have the Renesas ISL99360 reference of 60A. Note that the VRM cooling system is active on this motherboard as we have a fan under the rear connector cover.
On the rear connector we find an HDMI port to connect a screen without having to go through a dedicated graphics card, as well as a DisplayPort pot. We only have six USB ports in total, one of which is Type-C. Four are USB 3.2 Gen2 and the fifth is USB 3.2 Gen1. As for USB Type-C, it is also Thunderbolt 4 compatible. We will also have a header for USB 3.2 Gen 2 × 2 Type-C in the front panel of an enclosure, as well as a header for USB 3.2 Gen1 in Type-A .
For the network part, this card offers a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port and WiFi 6E 2×2 802.11ax. Bluetooth 5.2 is also included. The audio part is managed by a Realtek ALC1220 chip.
To talk about prices, this motherboard is on offer for a price of 489.95 euros on LDLC† 479.99 euros at Top Buy or from 401 euros on Amazon† Finally, we’ll see what we think of this price compared to the performance of this motherboard. We also find it for the price of 389 euros on the website Alternate.fr†
Box and bundle
In terms of packaging, Mini-ITX size requires that the cardboard is also very small. On the front, we have presented the reference, the logo and the main technologies in the form of a logo at the bottom. On the back we will have a photo of the motherboard, as well as details about the built-in technologies and the connectors.
At the bundle level, the following are:
- Quick Start Guide
- Set up software guide
- Support CD:
- 2 x SATA cables
- 1 x ASRock WiFi 2.4/5/6GHz Antenna
- 2 x Screws for M.2 sockets
- 1 x Phantom Gaming Key Cover
- 1x postcard
- 2 x Velcro
Visual appearance: ASRock Z690 Phantom Gaming-ITX/TB4
In terms of design requires mini size, everything is compressed around the socket. As usual, we now have a color-in-black theme, but here we have a few red accents. Of course we have heat sinks to cool the components of the output stage. On the back of the card we have a backplate and directly at the bottom we notice the presence of an M.2 SSD slot.
Speaking of the connector cover, let’s first specify that it actually covers a small fan that will help cool the VRMs. For the rest we find the Phantom Gaming logo badge and the mention Z690 PHANTOM GAMING ITX/TB4. Everything is accompanied by red accents. Also note that the heat sinks are generally brushed aluminum.
On the right side of the card we find the 24 pin power supply of the card. Below the latter we have the header from the front panel and then the header for the USB Type-A from the front panel of the case. Still below we pass the SATA ports and then we finally have the header for the USB Type-C in the front panel.
At the bottom of the board we see the heatsink for the M.2 SSD slot. This takes on the look of brushed aluminum with the brand logo and red accents. We also have the inscription “FAST/MYSTERIOUS/UNBEATABLE”.
Power to the wall outlet is through a single 8-pin EPS port. On the right we have an ARGB 5V header (3 pin) accompanied by three PWM headers for the CPU_FAN and the Chassis_FAN.
Now let’s move on to the technical characteristics and features of this motherboard.
Technical features and characteristics
|Trade name||ROG STRIX Z690-I GAMING WIFI|
|Wall outlet||Intel LGA 1700|
|Supported Processors||Support for 12th Generation Intel Core™ processors (LGA1700)|
|Number of strips||2|
|Frequency supported||Non-ECC, unbuffered DDR5 support up to 6400+(OC)|
|PCI-E||1 x PCIe 5.0 x16 slot|
|SATA 3.0||3 x SATA 6Gb/s ports|
*Requires additional M.2 NVMe expansion cards to support RAID 5 mode
- 1 x Intrusion Detection Connector and Speaker Connector
- 1 x RGB LED Connector
- 1 x Addressable LED Connector
- 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4 Pin)
- 1 x CPU Fan/Water Pump Connector (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)
- 1 x Chassis Fan Connector (4 Pin)
- 1 x ATX 24 Pin Power Connector (High Density Power Connector)
- 1 x 8 Pin 12V Power Connector (High Density Power Connector)
- 1 x audio connector on the front panel (audio or 15μ connector)
- 1 x USB 2.0 port connector (Supports 2 USB 2.0 ports) (Electrostatic discharge protection)
- 1 x connector for USB 3.2 Gen1 (supports 2 USB 3.2 Gen1) (protection against electrostatic discharge)
- 1 x Front Panel Type C USB 3.2 Gen2x2 Header (20 Gb/s) (Electrostatic Discharge Protection)
Connections on the back
- 2 x ports for antennas
- 1x HDMI
- 1x DisplayPort 1.4
- 1 x SPDIF Optical Output
- 4 x USB 3.2 Gen2 Type-A (10Gb/s) ports (protected against electrostatic discharge)
- 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 Port (Electrostatic Discharge Protection)
- 1 x USB 4.0 Thunderbolt™ 4 Type-C port (40 Gb/s for USB 4.0 protocol; 40 Gb/s for Thunderbolt™ protocol) (Electrostatic discharge protection)*
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- 1 x Clear CMOS Button
- 1 x BIOS Flashback Switch
- HD audio jacks: rear speaker / center speaker / bass / line in / front speaker / microphone (gold audio jacks)
Now let’s take a look at the BIOS before we get started.
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