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ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 Motherboard Review

Rating: 8.0.

Retailing for around £100, the ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 is targeting budget gamers who do not require multi-GPU capability. In doing so, ASRock offers up several tempting features, such as dual M.2 ports, RGB LED capability, and a 6+3-phase power delivery solution.

Aggressively targeting a £100 price point, ASRock’s Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 has managed to retain an impressive number of features associated with higher-end models. You get two M.2 slots, the second of which is intended for SATA devices but supports reduced speed PCIe operation, onboard red LED lighting, and USB Type-C (albeit at 3.0 5Gbps bandwidth).

A steel-reinforced PCIe slot sits alongside six SATA 6Gbps ports and four DIMM slots, so ample hardware expansion should be covered. How will the ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 perform in our testing? Can it handle the strenuous demands of AMD’s more power-hungry multi-core Ryzen processors?

ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4
Form Factor Narrow-ATX, 30.5 cm x 22.4 cm
CPU Socket AMD AM4, 6+3 phase VRM
Chipset AMD B350
Memory DDR4 Dual channel, 4 DIMMs, up to 64GB, up to 3200MHz+ with OC (with a Ryzen CPU)
Onboard Graphics VGA, DVI-D, and HDMI ports for use with AM4 APUs
Expansion Slots 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 for Ryzen, wired to the CPU), 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode, wired to the CPU and shared with M.2 slot 1), 4x PCIe 2.0 x1 (wired to the chipset)
Storage 4x SATA 6Gbps (via B350 chipset)
2x SATA 6Gbps (via ASMedia ASM1061 chipset)
1x M.2 SATA 6Gbps or NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 (with Ryzen CPUs) or PCIe 3.0 x2 (with AM4 APUs)
1x M.2 SATA 6Gbps or NVMe PCIe (at reduced bandwidth) (wired to the chipset)
USB 6x USB 2.0 (4 Internal, 2 Rear, via B350)
7x USB 3.0 (2 Internal via AMD, 5 Rear via AMD)
1x USB 3.0 Type-C (1 Rear, via AMD)
Networking 1x Realtek RTL8111GR Gigabit LAN
Audio Realtek ALC892-based 7.1 channel HD audio
Fan Headers 4, all support 3/4pin fans (1x CPU, 3x CHA)
RGB Headers 2, 4-pin RGB
Rear I/O 1x PS/2 mouse & keyboard combo port
2x USB 2.0 ports
1x VGA
1x DVI-D
5x USB 3.0 Type-A port
1x USB 3.0 Type-C port
1x LAN (RJ45) port
3x OFC audio jacks
ASRock Fatal1ty UEFI

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