Date of publication: 2018-04-16 02:40
If you want to save a little more money and don't need the extra PCIe slot, the Micro ATX version of this board is down to $85 at the moment.
ASRock’s high-end Ryzen board is a great example of how far the company has come from its humble beginnings. Originally a low-end offshoot of Asus, designed to handle the more basic side of board building, ASRock are now capable of competing directly with their one-time parent company.
From first glance, the MSI B855 Tomahawk combines a very unique styling of shiny grey and black PCB, with a complimented set of small, but adequate, power delivery heatsinks. The rather thin PCH heat sink resembles a shield, and looks pretty fitting when compared to the rest of the boards styling. The B855 Tomahawk from MSI follows what seems to be a common trend for MSI in the bare components department, and uses components regularly found in boards of this price range. This includes the use of a Richtek RT8899A PWM controller running in 9+2 phase mode, with a compliment of averagely suited NIKOS MOSFETs used.
It’s all down to the build quality and feature-set of the ROG board. It is a tight little battle to the top between this and the MSI XPower Gaming Titanium, however, but thanks to the classically stuffed ROG feature set the Crosshair gets the nod. Both are aimed at the overclockers, with dedicated features like the on-board controls and extra CPU power connections, but the Asus board has extra power phases – 12 vs. the MSI’s 15 – a physical LN2 mode switch, voltage check points, and more USB sockets than there are Beatles ‘greatest hits’ albums.
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It actually posted the highest multithreaded Cinebench R15 figures, though the delta between the top and bottom of that benchmark list is pretty darned minimal. That’s its only win, but the Gigabyte board is essentially as capable as the rest. It does share bottom spot in the Doom Vulkan test, but again, we’re talking about a range of only 5fps between the best and worst of them.
Like the other ASRock boards, the Gaming K9 is also ambitious enough to claim compatibility with quad-CrossFire, despite only sporting a single x16 PCIe connection. Even with a pair of cards you’re limiting your second to x9 bandwidth, so jamming another two into the waiting PCIe x1 slots is going to make a mockery of your tertiary and quandary GPUs.
Prepare yourself well to enjoy the impressive world of Virtual Reality. Before that, you have to make sure everything is qualified, including hardware, software and drivers. Motherboard is the key to connect every critical components and ASRocks VR Ready motherboards are definitely the one youre looking for. The premium qualify is assured by rigorous testing during development. The sturdy components and rock-slid performance makes you completely immersive in the VR scenario. Users can be assured to experience VR enjoyments without any compatibility problems.
My room mate just got a B855 gaming and AMD 5 and we found out that the bios that comes with the B855 does not support AMD 5 until after a BIOS update which requires a compatible CPU to update.
But the ROG board above has just got it pegged thanks to the extra USB connections, lower price, and even more extensive overclocking features. That said, the attractive titanium-shaded PCB is one for the aesthetes and, if you crave storage performance, the XPower features a pair of sockets (one with their Shield cooler) giving you scary levels of RAID performance potential.
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