( 4.1 Average / 8 Ratings )
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I'm a little torn on the motherboard. I got it at a nice price and overclocking my CPU was a breeze in the BIOS. My problem was that it was not compatible with the 2nd Gen CPU's out the box. It supported the new APU's but I would have sent in the board to get it updated if I bought the 2700 as I was tempted to. I decided I didn't want to wait because school finals were coming up and I really needed my PC built. Overall, I'm pretty happy with it.
I put a lot of thought into my motherboard requirements. What I decided I really wanted was an ATX sized AM4 board, an X370 chipset for my Ryzen 7, an ultra M.2 slot for a high-speed NVMe PCIe solid state drive, the ability to support 3200-speed RAM, and enough general I/O options and other features to make it worth it. The ASRock X370 Pro4 is the cheapest mobo that ticks all those boxes out there. I noticed that it has no reviews on PCPartPicker, but after researching it thoroughly I decided it was right for me.
To be honest, the visual aesthetics of the mobo were never important to me, but the X370 Pro4 still looks pretty cool. The basic black and white scheme works for me and would work with pretty much any components you could put on it. More importantly, it's one of the cheapest X370 chipset boards out there (which allows me to overclock the Ryzen 7 down the line) and its got an ultra M.2 slot that can unlock even more speed from any NVMe SSD you plug in there. It's even got a spare M.2 slot that isn't as fast, in case you end up replacing your first SSD. Plugging into the second M.2 slot will block one of your smaller PCIe lanes, however.
One thing I wish this mobo had was some lights on it that would indicate its working or doing something. At one point in my build, the PC wouldn't boot, and it took me a long time to figure out how to diagnose the problem. Everything was plugged into the mobo and power supply, and still nothing would happen. No lights, no sounds, no nothing. Of course, even if the mobo had lights on it might not have turned on, but if it did, I would at least be able to eliminate the mobo as possibly being the problem. I ended up getting a friend to lend me a motherboard speaker (why aren't these things included with motherboards, anyway?), and eventually we figured out my RAM wasn't seated properly. After removing all the components and installing all over again it worked fine.
The only other thing I wish this mobo had was a more in-depth BIOS. I would have enjoyed more options.
Right now I've got a 250GB Samsung 960 EVO NVMe SSD in the ultra M.2 slot and it boots windows and any other programs in a flash. I intentionally chose these two products together in order to see how fast M.2 NVMe storage was, and it's no joke. I can't even turn on my computer and look away from the screen for longer than 5 seconds before the thing is booted and ready to go.
I got the ASRock X370 Pro4 for $89.99 after a $10 mail-in-rebate, making it the only motherboard that does basically everything I want it to do for less than $100. I was very happy with this find, especially considering there were no reviews on PCPartPicker to make it stand out.
Ryzen 2000 ready!! That's the only things i was worried about with this build at the time. Nice features and looks wonderful even though you still can't see the main white part with where I put my graphics card.
I have had nothing but good experiences with ASRock so I grabbed this as a low cost overclocking board. The OC options are a little lacking but it has all the essentials and just worked. Since it's a late model 370 it also didn't need any BIOS update which just saved me some time/hassle.
Pretty decent price for an ATX board. Looks sharp, super easy installation, though it took me a minute to figure out that you only needed to open one clamp for the DIMM slots, but everything was otherwise smooth. Took a star off because pretty much all of the case fan headers are at the bottom of the board, which led me to have to abandon installing a 4th case fan in the top of my case. Had to go into the BIOS and change drive priority to be able to default to the drive I wanted to boot from, which was annoying. Overall, I like it, and my wallet does, too.
UPDATE: Pulled another star because I am currently in the process of making a warranty claim because of two problems. First off, the Ethernet jack has stopped receiving an IPv4 address, which is crippling my ability to play games and surf the internet. Second, when I am trying to set a default drive to boot from, it doesn't recognize the drive I need. However, when manually selecting a hard drive on boot-up, it recognizes it no problem. This was no longer an issue when I swapped the motherboard.
Decent motherboard, had no problems overclocking and the BIOS is nice. Has dual M.2, 4 Dimms and its Crossfire compatible all for $50 (Newegg rebate).
The tacky logo is also covered by the GPU so that's nice
The RGB header is in the worst place imaginable however
Great deal with quite a typical MIR ... and then on sale!
It was easy to access and look at the BIOS, but there are a few problems. I cannot XMP the RAM at all, and the RGB software isn’t very reliable, but I can OC my chip fairly well, and I also like the color of the PCB. The VRMs are also pretty good on this board as I have heard. 60$ is a pretty good bargain, but I would spend money elsewhere on a different X370 or even a B350 or B450, as they have a probably a bit more feature rich BIOS.