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ASRock B550 Phantom Gaming-ITX/AX Review

M.2 PCIe Performance

We test M.2 PCIe performance using an Aorus PCIe Gen 4 2TB SSD. This SSD uses a Phison-based PCIe Gen 4 controller.


The usual 5GBps transfer speed was achieved on the cooled and PCIe Gen 4 M.2 SSD connection. Of course, any M.2 SSD installed in the chipset-connected slot will be limited to PCIe Gen 3 x4 bandwidth and any CPU-to-chipset link speed restrictions.

Thermal performance from ASRock’s thin metal strip heatsink was adequate with our back-to-back write-intensive benchmarks.

SATA 6Gbps Performance

For SATA 6Gbps testing we use a Crucial MX300 750GB SSD.

SATA 6Gbps performance from the B550 chipset ports is as expected.

Audio

Rightmark Audio Analyser is a freeware benchmarking utility designed to objectively test the performance characteristics of audio solutions. We setup a line-in line-out loop and execute the record/playback test before generating the results report you see below. A sampling mode of 24-bit, 192 kHz was tested.

Built around the Realtek ALC1220 codec, Rightmark Audio Analyser scored the ASRock motherboard’s system as ‘Very Good’ overall.

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