Socket type: AM4
CPU type supported: MD Socket AM4 A-Series APUs (Bristol Ridge) and Ryzen Series CPUs (Summit Ridge)
Max memory supported: 64 GB
ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming K4 AM4 Reviews:
Newegg: 4/5 stars
Would we buy it: The only scary thing that we continually read about ASRock mainboards is if you want it to work with a 2000 series Ryzen CPU.
We often read reviews and complaints from ASrock buyers, that say that the mainboard does not have an updated BIOS when it arrives to them. Because of this, you have to buy a 1000 series Ryzen to update the BIOS, and you can’t get the board to POST without updating it.
So, if you buy the ASRock Fatal1ty AB350 Gaming board with a 2000 series Ryzen, chances are it won’t work out of the box and you’ll be SOL unless you want to invest in a 1000 series CPU simply to update the BIOS. Which is a complete waste of time and money.
This becomes a catch 22 problem if you actually want to run an up to date processor (why would anyone want to do that)?
Because of this reason, we would not purchase this board. That being said, it does have better reviews than other ASrock boards, but some reviewers also report that the board dies in less than a year.
Also, there have been some reports of this board not working properly with a Geforce GTX 1060 3 GB card – so if you have that card, you may want to look at other boards. Finally, the PCIe slots are also tricky on this board. Be sure to read the PCIe details below to see what we mean.
Oh – and did we mention you can’t run an M.2 hard drive and SATA drive at the same time on this board?
Number of memory slots: 4 slots, 288 pin
Memory supported: AMD Ryzen series CPUs support DDR4 3200+(OC)/ 2933(OC)/ 2667/ 2400/ 2133 *
AMD 7th Gen A-Series APUs support DDR4 2400/ 2133 *
PCIe slots: The PCI slots work differently depending upon which CPU you use on the board. If you are using an AMD Ryzen CPU, you can utilize 2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. If you use a single slot it operates at x16, if you use dual slots
it still operates at 16x. However if you use an AMD 7th A-series APU, this drops down to one slot at x8, and dual at x8. Thus it makes more sense to use a Ryzen CPU on this board. It’s somewhat misleading of ASrock to say it’s a x16 slot, but if you don’t use a Ryzen CPU it does not even operate at 16x.
SATA ports: 4 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s Connectors, support RAID, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug*
2 x SATA3 6.0Gb/s Connectors by ASMedia ASM1061, support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
*M2_2 and SATA3_3 share bandwidth / lanes. If you use SATA 3, you can’t use M.2 and vica versa.
That means you can’t run an M.2 and sata drive at the same time. That’s a bummer!
If M2 is used, the PCIe x 4 slots will also be disabled
SATA RAID supported: 0/1/10
LAN: Gigabit Realtek LAN
Standard video ports: 1 x HDMI, 1 x DVI-D