These new processors will be supported by Intel’s new Z390 chipset, and ASRock is the latest to have one of its enthusiast motherboards leaked. In this case, it’s the Z390 Phantom Gaming 9, which will serve as its flagship product for the new 9th generation Core processors.
What we can tell from the leaked retail box shot along with pictures of the motherboard and I/O backplate, we spy three PCIe x16 slots along with three M.2 slots. There is also a total of three Ethernet ports onboard, with one of them supporting 10Gbps transfers (it’s the red one for those wondering). There’s even what appears to be Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port out back.
Among the high-end processor SKUs that Intel has lined up – which would be a perfect fit for ASRock’s monster motherboard – are the following:
- Core i9-9900K: 8 cores / 16 threads, 3.6GHz to 5GHz, 16MB L3 cache, 95W TDP
- Core i7-9700K: 8 cores / 8 threads, 3,6GHz to 4.9GHz, 12MB L3 cache, 95W TDP
- Core i5-9600K: 6 cores / 6 threads, 3.7GHz to 4.6GHz, 9MB L3 cache, 95W TDP
For those that want to go all out, we can imagine popping in the Core i9-9900K, overclocking it to the max, and throwing in dual GeForce RTX 2080 Ti graphics cards for some real-time ray tracing in upcoming blockbuster titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Battlefield V.