ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9 Motherboard Review

System Configuration & BIOS

CPU: Intel Core i9-9900k

Motherboard: ASRock Z390 Phantom Gaming 9

RAM: 16GB Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine 3200Mhz

GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 Founders Edition

SSD: Toshiba RD400 512GB

OS: Windows 10 Professional X64

ASRock starts you out in the ‘EZ Mode’ of the BIOS. You get a quick rundown of everything in the PC, as well as some basic options like turning on RAID or XMP.

Hitting F6 brings you to an advanced mode where all of the settings live. The Main tab is more of a landing page showing basic system specs.

The OC Tweaker page is where most will spend the most time.

Clock speeds, multipliers, voltages, and the works can all be found under here.

The Advanced page lets you dive a little deeper into certain areas like I/O or USB configuration.

Each of the advanced pages offers some important but less often needed settings.

The tools page is an important one and was our first stop to update our system to the latest available BIOS.

One nice thing ASRock does is allow you to connect directly to the Internet from the BIOS and grab the latest one. No web pages, not confusing file names, no headache. A few clicks later you are up to date.

You can also adjust your system lighting right from in here as well, and these settings apply even while the system is turned off.

The hardware monitor is pretty self-explanatory. You can keep tabs on all system voltages, temperatures, fan speeds and everything else related here.

 

Most enthusiasts probably won’t use anything in the security tab, but a BIOS password can be set here as well as turning on the Trusted Platform module if installed.

Here in the Boot tab, you can configure things like boot order, and even turn off the full-screen boot logo if you prefer to see a quick summary instead.

And last but not least the Exit Tab, you can save or discard changes made this session, as well as restore defaults. You can also override boot settings to boot to a different device just this one time.



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