ASRock Z370 Fatal1ty Gaming K6 Motherboard Review

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A Closer Look

This is a high-end gaming motherboard, and that means it’s going to have to deliver high-end performance. However, the gaming market is very big on aesthetics too, so as much as the hardware on this board is practical, it also look stunning too.

The VRM cooling around the CPU is incredibly robust and features a hefty chunk of metal, as well as a large heat pipe between the two heatsinks. This should help move a lot of heat away from the motherboard, and help you maintain your overclocks under heavy system loads.

to keep things looking neat and tidy, there’s an oversized rear I/O guard. What I like is that it’s overstepping the VRM cooler, merging the two and giving the board a unique look in the process.

There are four DIMM slots on this motherboard, nothing too fancy or armoured, unfortunately, but they’ll get the job done just fine.

Onboard Controls!

One thing I am excited to see is the onboard power and reset buttons. Firstly, this is the only Z370 (out of seven) that I’ve got that even has them! And secondly, they’re easily some of the best looking onboard buttons I’ve ever seen.

Much like the rear I/O guard, the chipset heatsink is also oversized. Sure, that’s partly for the unique aesthetics, but it’s increased surface area is going to help keep all that vital hardware cool too.

There are 8 x SATA 6 Gbps ports on this motherboard, which is a nice upgrade, as most of the Z370 range are set with just six of them. This is good news if you’re running a lot of drives in RAID.

Connectivity just keeps getting better and better too. There’s a pair of USB 3.0 headers here, as well as a Type-C front panel header behind those.

Then you’ve got a plethora of USB 2.0 on top of all that. Another nice treat, this is the first Z370 board we’ve tested so far that also has a BIOS Debug LED, which is a real time saver when you’re overclocking.

Powerful Audio

The Realtek ALC1220 Audio hardware with Purity Sound 4 & Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 3 is a welcome addition to this motherboard. Hi-Res audio with low latency that’s sure to be a perfect match for gaming, movies, music and more.

There are three full-size PCIe slots on the board, all fitted with durable armour to help them take the strain of modern graphics cards.

There are two M.2 drives on the motherboard, offering support for the latest high-speed NVMe storage dries, as well as Intel’s super fast Optane drives.

The rear I/O is well equipped. There’s PS2, all kinds of USB ports to suit your needs and HD audio jacks with gold plated connectors. For some gamers though, it’s the inclusion of a VGA port that may be amusing, crack out your old CRT monitor and get some Counter Strike on!

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8 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…

    • Brian says:

      That buzzing is caused by an improper grounding in the audio section specifically! make sure you have ALL screws tightened fully, especially around the Audio Components!

      The ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming K6 is by FAR – the BEST Motherboard for the money, because in terms of RAW PERFORMANCE, it is tied with the best – and has cooler VRM temps than ANY other brand – due to severely overbuilding their CPU VRMs! With 12 phases for the CPU alone, each phase capable of ~44 to 60 Amps at 100 C (which they will NEVER hit in a well ventilated case) combined with TOP QUALITY 60 Amp Chokes, and top of the line Black 12k Nichicon Capacitors – there is nothing this board lacks when it comes to Overclocking!

      And overall, it really does not lack ANYTHING that ANY other Z370 offers – unless you really want built in 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 3+ M.2 Slots (K6 has 2), a FEW more USB ports – or already built in Wifi. If none of that matters to you, as it does not to myself, then there is literally NO other motherboard that is even CLOSE to as good as this one! If you really want some or all of those other features, then I would buy either the ASRock Taichi, or the top of the line Fatal1ty Professional Gaming i7, which while more expensive, are still not AS expensive as the Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, or other equivalents!
      I have been using ASRock Motherboards in ALL of my builds over the last 7 years, they are not only top notch, and less expensive than the competition – but their service is also top notch! From what I have read, if this audio problem persists, ASRock will RMA you. I know they have for me before when I got a partially broken board for another person’s build – that was likely caused in shipping.

      I for one, have had 2 ASRock Fatal1ty Z370 Gaming K6 motherboards, as I accidentally bricked one by breaking a CPU pin, see story below**… Neither board had this audio issue for me at all, but then I also use a powered screwdriver, and I put a screw into every hole in the Motherboard, the powered screwdriver does shut off after too much torque, but it tightens it farther than I likely would by hand. When removing a screw it is obvious to see the scuff marks where the screw fully contacted the little metal contacts around said screw hole. These are VERY important at times!

      **NEVER use cheap Liquid Electric Tape to re-seal your CPU after delidding, after 24 hours of sitting clamped down in the kit, I picked my CPU up by the IHS, and right as I was hovering over the socket to place it in, the IHS fell off, the CPU then fell at just the wrong angle and badly bent 4 pins which i tried to repair, but one broke as I was slowly coaxing it back into place… There is a REALLY good reason Rockit Cool sells a very good Gel Superglue on their website along with the Rockit 88 – luckily I had some of this exact Loctite Brand Gel Superglue with its really easy applicator, unfortunately I only used that AFTER I tried Liquid Electric Tape on the recommendation of several Forum users, who claim that is what Silicon Lottery uses, as well as a FEW Forum users who said to never ever use superglue – well they were wrong. Because their arguments were incorrect: A) Superglue does NOT eat through PCBs – at least not the type I used, and B) It actually CAN be delidded again should I feel the need, and it is not a major hindrance, as I used just 4 very small dabs of said glue, one in each corner.

      Luckily I do NOT ever need to Delid again! Running 5 GHZ on all cores and Ring Bus, 0 AVX offset, 100% stable, and VERY COOL! Hottest it gets, is with Prime95 AVX Small FFT Torture test, and even then it only hits 81 C! I COULD easily go to 5.3+ GHZ with this chip and this AMAZING Motherboard – but honestly, beyond even just 4.3 GHZ on all cores, the gain is VERY minimal overall in my primary use – gaming. But I AM a heavy Overclocking junky, and there is something REALLY satisfying about seeing CPU-X read 5000 MHz on all cores whenever under a sustained load! And what makes it FAR MORE satisfying still, is the fact that I now have the same temps in AIDA64 as I did while GAMING before the Delid – and that was 4.8 GHZ cores, 4.6 Ring Bus at a good deal lower Vcore! I actually would hit about 75 C in gaming before the delid, now I hit 77 in AIDA64, and gaming BARELY ever hits 60 C!

  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.

  3. Alex says:

    Sounds I found MB to buy. Looking forward to replace my old rig with new 8700k cpu for my wedding photography / videography editing.
    Still it is not clear why results have such a big difference if they use same CPU and Z370 chip.

  4. Brian says:

    It would APPEAR that however this testing was done, that not ALL 5 GHZ overclocks were the same. I would like to know the memory and Cache speeds for each, some motherboards lock them by default – others will keep cache at around 3.7 to 4.4 GHZ unless you manually enter the number yourself

    I run my cache at 5 GHZ, and my Memory at 3100 MHZ, my Cinebench is 1660 by 221, my AIDA64 Cache and memory test shows 49.6ns Memory latency, and 9.8ns L3 Cache Latency, with 401 GB/sec read, 290 Write, and 340 copy.

    This Motherboard is BY FAR the BEST for the money! And overall one of the best, period!

  5. Zeanon says:

    For me the interferences were caused by Windows, which used wrong Audio presets (my mic port was also deactivated, why ever?), activating the mic port and switching the standart device fixed it for me(I think that was the fix cause I never changed anything hardwarewise)

    So the Problem might not necessarily be hardware caused, sometimes its just some software issue
    (Im using a Sennheiser Game One, which is pretty sensitive to poor audio quality and i am as well, so in my case the problem is definitly fixed)

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