ASRock Z370 Fatal1ty Gaming K6 Motherboard Review



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ASRock Z370 Fatal1ty Gaming K6 Motherboard Review

ASRock Z370 Fatal1ty Gaming K6

The new Z370 chipset motherboards may not be what everyone wanted when it comes to the new Coffee Lake CPUs. However, our reviews of the i5-8400 and the i7-8700K really surprised us at just how fast the new Intel hardware really is. Sure, Z370 offers no innovation over Z270, but with the new 6-core CPUs installed, they’re some of the fastest gaming hardware on the market today. With that in mind, we’ve got yet another premium gaming motherboard to test today, the ASRock Z370 Fatal1ty Gaming K6!

Equipped with the upgraded 1151 socket for 8th Gen Intel Coffee Lake, the K6 is packed full of high-end features. It supports quad-SLI and 3-way CrossFireX for extreme gaming builds. You’ll also find very high-quality sound hardware, negating the need for external sound processing. There’s a huge amount of storage options, including M.2 and Optane support. If that wasn’t enough, there’s dual LAN too, which certainly couldn’t hurt if you’re a serious online gamer.

Features

  • Supports 8th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors (Socket 1151)
  • Digital PWM, 12 Power Phase
  • Supports DDR4 4333+(OC)
  • 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 3 PCIe 3.0 x1, 1 M.2 (Key E)
  • NVIDIA® Quad SLI™, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™
  • Graphics Output Options : HDMI, DVI-D, D-Sub
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec)
    Supports Purity Sound™ 4 & Creative Sound Blaster™ Cinema 3
  • 8 SATA3, 2 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • 2 USB 3.1 Gen2 10Gb/s (1 Type-A + 1 Type-C)
    9 USB 3.1 Gen1 (1 Front Type-C, 4 Front Type-A, 3 Rear, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
  • Dual Intel® Gigabit LAN
  • ASRock RGB LED
  • Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready
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Motherboard Overview

Other nice features include the powerful 12 Phase design, with high-performance chokes, MOSFET and caps, allowing you to hit high overclocks with increased stability and reliability.

Product Trailer

Check out the video from ASRock below, showing off some of the cool features on this motherboard. Bonus, they’ve got a video showing off their cool RGB LED lighting features too!

RGB LED Lighting

What’s in the Box?

In the box, you’ll find all the usual documentation, a motherboard backplate, hard SLI bridge, M.2 screws, and four SATA cables. That’s not a lot, but it’s pretty much everything you’re likely to need.


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4 Responses to “ASRock Z370 Fatal1ty Gaming K6 Motherboard Review”
  1. Jake Feimster says:

    Why didn’t you put on a pair of headphones, plug them into the rear panel of the motherboard, and LISTEN to the sound? You would’ve noticed significant electronic interfernce–which, I assume is a major hardware fault. I’m on my second Z370 K6 and they both do it–so I assume they all do it.

    “There’s also the audio performance, and with an ALC1120 codec, as well as Purity Sound, and Sound Blaster Cinema 3, it’s got as good or better sound processing that anything else out there right now. That means you’re unlikely to need additional hardware to get the best sound from your speakers, or your headsets.”

    Guess not, huh? You’re one of the only reviews of this mobo available and I took your word for it.

    • Peter Donnell says:

      Hardware faults happen, but if two motherboards did it, to my mind that would point to an outside source or another component that was faulty. I hope you get the problem solved though, poor sound would drive me mental. However, it seems pretty rude of you to blame the fault on us and our review, based on the fact that ours wasn’t faulty.

      • Jake Feimster says:

        Sorry, I was/am “mental” as you say. As I still haven’t gotten it fixed, but as I wasn’t willing to wait any more time without the system, I am currently “dealing with it”… Certainly not your fault, of course. I was/am just frustrated to buy a board partly for sound quality and receive… this… twice… after waiting for Intel’s slow launch to begin with… Maybe we will RMA again, with ASRock this time…

  2. Ron Perillo says:

    It happens once in a while, especially with ones from similar batches. It happened with me and MSI’s Z97 Gaming 9. Got two different boards with problematic audio until I got a third one from the US that worked fine.

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