It has never been a more exciting time to build a new gaming PC these days. Lots of new games are coming out – including the flavor of the month Overwatch – and NVIDIA’s Pascal graphics cards are going to push the boundaries of graphics as we know it. But that new build wouldn’t be complete without moving onto the new Skylake architecture, and for consumers looking for the right amount of gaming features with the least amount of fuss, ASRock’s Fatal1ty B150 Gaming K4 motherboard might just be for them. A lesser expensive model to the Z170 Gaming K4 we reviewed last month, the B150 eschewes from the overclocking side to provide a more affordable board for the simpler man / gamer. And affordable it is: priced at about US$100 or PHP 5,500, should you be considering this Taiwanese board for your next system? Find out on our video review above or our findings below!
ASRock Fatal1ty B150 Gaming K4 – Est. US$ 99 / PHP 5,500
Like the AsRock Z170 Gaming K4, the B150 looks and performs great and comes with nice gaming features. While it does lose out on Ultra M.2, overclocking, and NVIDIA SLI, most one-and-done builders wouldn’t really notice. This might even be the preferred choice for net cafes and non-tinkerers, as a system built on it wouldn’t need as much maintenance. That means if you’re looking for a gaming oriented board but don’t want the fuss of going overclockable, the AsRock Fatal1ty B150 Gaming K4 is a great choice and we give a our Good Value award.
The ASRock Fatal1ty B150 Gaming K4 provides good value for gamers who are looking into building a Skylake system but aren't planning to tinker with overclocking or upgrading into newer components later on. Not having SLI support is less of an issue here, and you're getting the same performance out of the box as higher motherboards.
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