Asrock X370 Gaming K4 User Manual

Posted : admin On 12/26/2021
  • Power
    - Hi-Density Power Connectors (24 pin and 8 pin)
    Memory
    - 15μ Gold Contact in DIMM Slots
    VGA Card
    - 15μ Gold Contact in VGA PCIe Slot (PCIE2)
    Internet
    - AQUANTIA® 5G LAN
    - Intel® LAN
    Cooling
    - XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
    - Heat Pipe Design
    Audio
    - Creative Sound Blaster™ Cinema 3
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2
    - ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s)
    - ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
    ASRock Super Alloy
    - XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
    - Premium 60A Power Choke
    - Premium Memory Alloy Choke (Reduces 70% core loss compared to iron powder choke)
    - Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM)
    - Nichicon 12K Black Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
    - I/O Armor
    - Matte Black PCB
    - High Density Glass Fabric PCB
    - 2oz Copper PCB
    AQUANTIA® 5G LAN
    Intel® 802.11ac WiFi
    ASRock Steel Slots
    ASRock Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
    ASRock Ultra USB Power
    ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN Ports)
    ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
  • - Supports AMD Socket AM4 Ryzen Series CPUs (Matisse, Picasso, Summit Ridge, Raven Ridge and Pinnacle Ridge)
    - IR Digital PWM
    - 16 Power Phase design
    - Capable of providing extra 300W for CPU
    - Supports ASRock Hyper BCLK Engine II
  • - AMD Promontory X370
  • - Dual Channel DDR4 Memory Technology
    - 4 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
    - AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Matisse) support DDR4 3200/2933/2667/2400/2133 ECC & non-ECC, un-buffered memory*
    - AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Pinnacle Ridge) support DDR4 3200+(OC)/2933(OC)/2667/2400/2133 ECC & non-ECC, un-buffered memory*
    - AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Picasso) support DDR4 2933/2667/2400/2133 non-ECC, un-buffered memory*
    - AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Summit Ridge) support DDR4 3200+(OC)/2933(OC)/2667/2400/2133 ECC & non-ECC, un-buffered memory*
    - AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Raven Ridge) support DDR4 3200+(OC)/2933/2667/2400/2133 non-ECC, un-buffered memory*
    - Max. capacity of system memory: 64GB**
    - 15μ Gold Contact in DIMM Slots
    *For Ryzen Series CPUs (Picasso and Raven Ridge), ECC is only supported with PRO CPUs.
    Please refer to below table for DDR4 UDIMM maximum frequency support.
    Ryzen Series CPUs (Pinnacle Ridge):
    Ryzen Series CPUs (Summit Ridge):
    Ryzen Series CPUs (Raven Ridge):
    SR: Single rank DIMM, 1Rx4 or 1Rx8 on DIMM module label
    DR: Dual rank DIMM, 2Rx4 or 2Rx8 on DIMM module label
    **Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
  • - 128Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
    - Supports 'Plug and Play'
    - ACPI 5.1 compliance wake up events
    - Supports jumperfree
    - SMBIOS 2.3 support
    - CPU, VCORE_NB, DRAM, VPPM, PCH 1.05V, +1.8V, VDDP, PROM 2.5V, Voltage Multi-adjustment
  • - n/a
  • - 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
    - Premium Blu-ray Audio support
    - Supports Surge Protection
    - Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Caps
    - 120dB SNR DAC with Differential Amplifier
    - TI® NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier for Front Panel Audio Connector (Supports up to 600 Ohm headsets)
    - Pure Power-In
    - Direct Drive Technology
    - PCB Isolate Shielding
    - Impedance Sensing on Rear Out port
    - Individual PCB Layers for R/L Audio Channel
    - RGB LED
    - Gold Audio Jacks
    - 15μ Gold Audio Connector
    - Supports Creative Sound Blaster™ Cinema 3
  • 1 x 5 Gigabit LAN 100/1000/2500/5000 Mb/s (AQUANTIA® AQC108):
    - Supports Wake-On-LAN
    - Supports Lightning/ESD Protection
    - Supports PXE
    1 x Intel® Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s (1 x Intel® I211AT):
    - Supports Wake-On-LAN
    - Supports Lightning/ESD Protection
    - Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
    - Supports PXE
  • - Intel® 802.11ac WiFi Module (Free Bundle)
    - Supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
    - Supports Dual-Band (2.4/5 GHz)
    - Supports high speed wireless connections up to 433Mbps
    - Supports Bluetooth 4.2 / 3.0 + High speed class II
  • AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Matisse, Summit Ridge and Pinnacle Ridge)
    - 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots (single at x16 (PCIE2); dual at x8 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE3))*
    AMD Ryzen series CPUs (Picasso, Raven Ridge)
    - 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (single at x8 (PCIE2))*
    AMD Athlon series CPUs
    - 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slot (single at x4 (PCIE2))*
    - 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE5 @ x4 mode)
    - 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slots
    - Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™**
    - Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ and SLI™***
    - 1 x Vertical M.2 Socket (Key E) with the bundled WiFi-802.11ac module (on the rear I/O)
    - 15μ Gold Contact in VGA PCIe Slot (PCIE2)
    *Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks
    If PCIE5 slot is occupied, M2_2 will be disabled
    **This feature is only supported with Ryzen Series CPUs (Matisse, Summit Ridge, Pinnacle Ridge, Picasso and Raven Ridge).
    *** This feature is only supported with Ryzen Series CPUs (Matisse, Summit Ridge and Pinnacle Ridge).
  • - 8 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 10), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
    - 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors by ASMedia ASM1061, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
    - 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (M2_1), supports M Key type 2242/2260/2280 M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s) (with Matisse, Picasso, Summit Ridge, Raven Ridge and Pinnacle Ridge) or Gen3 x2 (16 Gb/s) (with Athlon 2xxGE series APU)*
    - 1 x M.2 Socket (M2_2), supports M Key type 2230/2242/2260/2280 M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen2 x4 (20 Gb/s)*
    *If M2_2 is occupied, PCIE5 slot will be disabled
    Supports NVMe SSD as boot disks
    Supports ASRock U.2 Kit
  • - 1 x COM Port Header
    - 1 x TPM Header
    - 1 x Power LED and Speaker Header
    - 1 x AMD Fan LED Header*
    - 2 x RGB LED Headers*
    - 1 x CPU Fan Connector (4-pin)**
    - 1 x CPU Optional/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)***
    - 2 x Chassis Fan Connectors (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)
    - 1 x Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fan Connector (4-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)****
    - 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector)
    - 1 x 8 pin 12V Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector)
    - 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector (15μ Gold Audio Connector)
    - 1 x AMD LED Fan USB Header
    - 2 x USB 2.0 Headers (Support 4 USB 2.0 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
    - 2 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Headers (Support 4 USB 3.1 Gen1 ports) (Supports ESD Protection)
    - 1 x Dr. Debug with LED
    - 1 x Power Switch with LED
    - 1 x Reset Switch with LED
    *Supports in total up to 12V/3A, 36W LED Strip
    The AMD Fan LED Header supports LED strips of maximum load of 3A (36W) and length up to 2.5M.
    **The CPU Fan Connector supports the CPU fan of maximum 1A (12W) fan power.
    ***The CPU Optional/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 1.5A (18W) fan power.
    ****The Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fan supports the water cooler fan of maximum 1.5A (18W) fan power.
    CPU_FAN1, CHA_FAN1, CHA_FAN2 can auto detect if 3-pin or 4-pin fan is in use.
  • - 2 x Antenna Ports
    - 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
    - 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
    - 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)
    - 1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) (Supports ESD Protection)*
    - 6 x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)**
    - 2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
    - 1 x Clear CMOS Switch
    - HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone (Gold Audio Jacks)
    *Ultra USB Power is supported on USB3_5_6 ports.
    ACPI wake-up function is not supported on USB3_5_6 ports.
    **1 x Fatal1ty Mouse Port (USB 3.1 Gen1) is included
  • Software
    - ASRock F-Stream
    - ASRock RGB LED
    - ASRock Key Master
    - ASRock APP Charger
    - ASRock XFast LAN
    UEFI
    - ASRock Full HD UEFI
    - ASRock Instant Flash
    - ASRock Easy RAID Installer
    *These utilities can be downloaded from ASRock Live Update & APP Shop.
  • - Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), Google Chrome Browser and Toolbar
  • - Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
    - 4 x SATA Data Cables
    - 1 x ASRock SLI_HB_Bridge_2S Card
    - 2 x ASRock WiFi 2.4/5 GHz Antennas
    - 2 x Screws for M.2 Sockets
  • - Temperature Sensing: CPU, CPU Optional/Water Pump, Chassis, Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fans
    - Fan Tachometer: CPU, CPU Optional/Water Pump, Chassis, Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fans
    - Quiet Fan (Auto adjust chassis fan speed by CPU temperature): CPU, CPU Optional/Water Pump, Chassis, Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fans
    - Fan Multi-Speed Control: CPU, CPU Optional/Water Pump, Chassis, Chassis Optional/Water Pump Fans
    - Voltage monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore, VCORE_NB, DRAM, PCH 1.05V, +1.8V, VDDP
  • - ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
  • - Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit
  • - FCC, CE
    - ErP/EuP ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)

Introduction


It has been quite some time since I covered an AMD Ryzen motherboard. With all the furor about AGESA updates and memory issues possibly being resolved, along with perhaps more performance, it seemed prudent to hold off a bit on reviewing AMD board products until the true picture of what the platform has on offer was in plain sight. Well, I can't hold it off any longer.

Thank you for purchasing ASRock Fatal1ty X370 Gaming K4 Series motherboard, a reliable motherboard produced under ASRock’s consistently stringent quality control. It delivers excellent performance with robust design conforming to ASRock’s commitment to quality and endurance. In this documentation, Chapter 1 and 2 contains the introduction.


ASRock has some very compelling board designs right now, most notably their Taichi boards, which present a completely different design focus than most other motherboards on the market today. ASRock's X370 Taichi board was so solid and good even before the launch that I awarded it with a perfect score; the only perfect score I've ever given after doing reviews for many years here on TPU. With all the BIOS updates and such that have happened since the launch, the ASRock X370 Taichi has only gotten better, but that difference is truly marginal. Yet ASRock has many other AMD X370-based motherboards, and the Taichi isn't ASRock's top-dog offering, either - neither is the board we will be looking at today to investigate the platform's progression, the ASRock Fatal1ty X370 GAMING K4.

Asrock X370 Gaming K4 User Manual Download

Asrock X370 Gaming K4 User ManualAsrock X370 Gaming K4 User Manual The ASRock Fatal1ty X370 GAMING K4 is right in the middle of ASRock's AMD X370 product stack and is clearly focused on gaming; I mean, it's in the name, right? Yet with a very modest price of roughly US$150, this isn't a board for a person wanting to clock the crap out of their CPU and RAM. It's not meant to be the best there is; rather, it's an affordable option with the majority of features present, but not all. For example, memory support for this board stops at 2933 MHz, and the QVL says that 3000 MHz modules will be downclocked to 2933 MHz. No 3200 MHz memory support here; at least not when the platform launched. Did the AGESA update change that? Or was ASRock right on the money since day one as they were with the X370 Taichi? Let's find out!

Asrock X370 Gaming X

Before we do though, there's something I should mention: this isn't a great motherboard. In fact, part of the reason it was acceptable to me NOT to review it right away (I've had this board since before the platform launched) is because it wasn't up to par for what I expect for AMD's Ryzen. Don't get me wrong; as an entry-level board priced at $150, it offers considerable value, but things like a lack of 'official' 3200 MHz memory support are glaring omissions when Ryzen's Infinity Fabric is clocked in conjunction with memory speeds. Without that support, this is clearly not a board intended for enthusiasts who want to overclock every part of their system. That made it the perfect candidate for this testing - could a potentially 'inferior' board product (compared to the more expensive X370 Taichi) become a very decent option because of BIOS updates? Or is that all just hype? I have those answers now, and as you read on, so will you.

Specifications

Specifications
CPU Support:AMD AM4 Socket Ryzen Series (Summit Ridge) Processors
Power Design: CPU Power: 12 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:AMD X370
Integrated Graphics:Not applicable
Memory:4x DIMM, Max. 64 GB; supports 2933 MHz+(OC)
BIOS:AMI UEFI BIOS
Expansion Slots: 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16 or x8/x8)
4x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
1x Ultra M.2 slot (32 Gb/s)
1x M.2 slot (10 Gb/s)
Storage: 6x SATA 6 Gb/s port (AMD X370)
Networking:1x GigaLAN Intel I211AT
Rear Ports: 1x PS/2 mouse / keyboard port
2x Antenna Port
1x HDMI Port
6x USB 3.0 port
1x USB 3.1 Type-A port
1x USB 3.1 Type-C port
2x USB 2.0 ports
1x LAN port
1x Optical Audio port
6x Audio jacks
Audio:Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec
Fan Headers:5x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
  • XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
  • Premium 45A Power Choke
  • I/O Armor
  • 2oz Copper PCB
  • ASRock Steel Slots
  • ASRock Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN Ports)
  • ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
  • ASRock A-Tuning
  • ASRock RGB LED
  • ASRock APP Charger
  • ASRock XFast LAN
  • ASRock Full HD UEFI
  • ASRock Instant Flash
  • ASRock Internet Flash
  • ASRock Crashless BIOS
  • ASRock Easy RAID Installer