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ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 Motherboard Review

We will be outlining the ASRock Fatal1ty AB350-Gaming K4 motherboard’s performance with the Ryzen 7 1800X CPU and 16GB of 3200MHz G.Skill Flare X DDR4 memory.


Voltage readings using CPU-Z are incorrect for the ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4. HWINFO64 displayed results that looked to be accurate during our overclocking testing. This was using the latest P2.50 BIOS.

AM4 Motherboard Test System:

  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 1800X (3.6-4.0GHz + 4.1GHz XFR).
  • Memory: 16GB (2x8GB) G.Skill Flare X 3200MHz 14-14-14-34 DDR4 @ 1.35V.
  • Graphics Card: Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti Founder’s Edition (custom fan curve to eliminate thermal throttling).
  • System Drive: 525GB Crucial MX300 SATA 6Gbps SSD.
  • Games Drive: 960GB SK Hynix SE3010 SATA 6Gbps SSD.
  • CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15.
  • Power Supply: Seasonic Platinum 760W.
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit (Creators’ Edition).

Comparison AM4 Motherboards:

Software:

  • ASRock Fatal1ty AB350-Gaming K4 BIOS P2.50 (latest).
  • GeForce 381.89 VGA drivers.

Tests:

  • Cinebench R15 – All-core CPU benchmark (CPU)
  • HandBrake 1.0.7 – Convert 6.27GB 4K video recording using the Normal Profile setting and MP4 container (CPU)
  • SiSoft Sandra 2017 – Processor Arithmetic Test (CPU).
  • AIDA64 Engineer 5.90 – Memory read, write, copy, and latency tests (Memory)
  • 7-Zip 16.04 – Built-in 7-Zip benchmark test (CPU & Memory)
  • 3DMark Time Spy – CPU score (Gaming)
  • Ashes of the Singularity Escalation – Built-in benchmark tool CPU-Focused test, 1920 x 1080, Extreme quality preset, DX12 version (Gaming)
  • Metro: Last Light Redux – Built-in benchmark tool, 1920 x 1080, Very High quality, SSAA, AF 16X, Tessellation: High (Gaming)
  • ATTO – M.2, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, and SATA 6Gbps transfer rates (Motherboard)
  • RightMark Audio Analyzer – Record and playback test using a line-in to line-out loopback with a 3.5mm audio cable (Motherboard)

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