ASRock B150M Pro4 Review – Small In Size, Big In Value!

June 24 17:12 2016 Print This Article

Welcome back to another Motherboard review from ASRock! This time, we’re taking a look at their B150M Pro4 Skylake DDR4 rig – meaning its a MicroATX form factor that is a.) more affordable, and b.) can be built into smaller cases. Priced at PHP 4,300 Est. or US$75, this guy is a pretty nice deal for a budget Skylake build. It’ll still retain most of the features of an ATX B150, with a few expansion slots cut off. But will it be good enough to work on (or game on)? Check out in our full video review embedded above or more of our findings below!

B150M Pro4(L3)

ASRock B150M Pro 4 – Est. PHP 4,300 / US$75

  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Supports 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors (Socket 1151)
  • Digi Power
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR4 2133
  • 2 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 3.0 x1
  • AMD Quad CrossFireX™
  • Graphics Output Options: D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), ELNA Audio Caps
  • 6 SATA3
  • 6 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  • Supports Full Spike Protection, ASRock Live Update & APP Shop

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Test Build

  • Case: NZXT S340
  • PSU: Seasonic G-650 650W
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 6700 + Stock Cooler
  • Motherboard: ASRock B150M Pro4
  • GPU: Palit GeForce GTX 760 JetStream 2GB
  • RAM: Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400mhz 2x8GB (16GB)
  • Storage: Samsung 850 Evo 120GB SSD
  • OS: Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation 64-Bit

Benchmarks:

  • 3DMark Fire Strike: 6,242
  • Cinebench R15: 133.14 FPS (OpenGL) / 810 cb (CPU)
  • Overwatch High Settings 1080p: 76-100+ FPS

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Pros:

  • Decent MicroATX board
  • Mostly same performance as gamer boards
  • AMD Crossfire support
  • Affordable price

Cons:

  • Less premium materials & less pro features
  • Slightly less future proof with no Ultra M.2, USB Type C, etc.
  • No NVIDIA SLI support and no overclocking

To be completely honest, the ASRock B150M Pro4 is a decent board that fits a particular set of users that won’t ask for anything more than that. MicroATX builders are either gamers on a stricter budget because the boards are cheaper or consumers who want a smaller form factor PC. Hardcore system builders will likely go for a larger rig with more features, so that means they probably won’t consider getting MATX anyway. So for the most part, the B150M Pro 4 is a good buy for the specific market they’re targeting. Its more affordable than competitors, and performs about the same.

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Review Summary

3.5 out of 5
Design
4 out of 5
Performance
3.5 out of 5
Features
5 out of 5
Value

Wether or not it you're going to use it for gaming, the ASRock B150M Pro4 will still perform about the same as the gaming-branded counterparts. So if your priority is price or MATX form factor, you can't go wrong with this board.

4 Good 4 out of 5
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