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Google Play warns users it doesn’t carry Fortnite Battle Royale

Google is warning Android users that it doesn’t carry Fortnite Battle Royale in the Play Store. If you search for Fortnite in the Play Store, it will return a notice from Google. “Fortnite Battle Royal by Epic Games, Inc is not available on Google Play,” the sign says, likely as a clarification to users, as first spotted by 9to5Google.

By saying upfront that the Play Store doesn’t have Fortnite, Google is attempting to protect unknowing users who might download some malicious clone of the app.

Epic Games requires users who want to run Fortnite on Android to download an APK of the beta directly from its site. The decision essentially cuts Google out of potential revenue from app purchases, which would have been a 30 percent cut.

Android settings also usually dissuade users from downloading apps from “unknown sources,” likely as another safety mechanism and a way to maintain the importance of the Play Store as the main source for apps.

The Fortnite Android installer pushes a notification when you open the app for the first time telling you to disable the unknown sources option you had to turn on to install it. pic.twitter.com/uxFJOxMCUX

— Michael West ? (@itsmichaelwest) August 9, 2018

Earlier today, Google misspelled Royale as “Royal,” but within a few hours, it corrected the typo.

A spelling suggestion for “fortnite battle royal” remains, but that’s likely due to users misspelling the app name.

The message also doesn’t give instructions on how users can download Fortnite on Android.

Fortnite on Android is not available yet for everyone.

It arrived on recent Samsung devices yesterday; availability for all Android devices that can support graphics-intensive gaming is coming later this month.

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy Watch and Tab S4

Samsung revealed a range of new products at its Unpacked event in New York on Thursday, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 smartphone and the re-designed (and renamed) Samsung Galaxy Watch. We’ve been hands on with the new releases, along with the new flagship Galaxy Tab S4, to bring you our first impressions. The Korean firm also announced the Galaxy Home, Samsung’s new speaker and Bixby smart assistant, but this isn’t due to launch in the UK anytime soon.

Read on to find out more about the latest in the Galaxy range, including what’s actually ‘new’, release dates and prices, and what our experts thought when they got to test drive the new bits of kit. If you missed it, head over to our news story on the full reveal of the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone and Samsung Galaxy Watch[1].

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

As with the Galaxy Note 8[2], there’s no getting away from the size of this phone. With a 6.4-inch screen (which is marginally bigger than the 6.3-inch Note 8), it’s the biggest phone in Samsung’s range.

This is sure to appeal to those that prefer a large display for watch videos, gaming or browsing the web, but it won’t be for everyone. The nearly bezel-less Infinity Display is vibrant and crystal clear, and the rounded edges look good. Small touches that Samsung has made, such as making the camera unit the same colour as the smartphone itself, add to the high-end style of the phone.

One of the big features designed to separate the Galaxy Note 9 from rivals is the storage, but is it all it’s cracked up to be? I’m not completely convinced – mainly because the price made me wince. To remind you of the big claims, the top-of-the-range handset has an incredible 512GB of onboard storage plus the capacity to support a micro-SD card of up to 512GB, taking it up to a potential maximum storage of 1TB.

Now for the catch (you might want to sit down for this bit).

The phone itself will set you back a lofty GBP1,099, while a 512GB micro-SD card will cost an extra GBP300 on top of that. Is the extra storage worth it? That’s for you to decide.

The Note 9’s S Pen stylus

What really sets this smartphone apart from its Note siblings is the S Pen stylus.

I’m not usually a stylus fan (I’d be too worried about losing such a small piece of kit), but the features packed in to the S Pen are pretty impressive. It’s got Bluetooth for remote controlling your shortcuts (which can be customised), and it instantly and smoothly operates the camera on the Galaxy Note 9 too – gone are the days of unflattering group selfies with the S Pen at your side. Creating hand-written notes and doodles using the stylus is simple – these will be the same colour as your pen, so yellow notes for the yellow S Pen and lilac for the lilac version.

It had a great level of responsiveness when scrolling through menu screens too, making it a helpful for people with small hands trying to navigate around this monster phone. The Galaxy Note 9 has a whopping 4,000mAh battery, the largest to ever feature on a Samsung handset. We’ll put this to the test in our labs soon – look out for the full review.

Overall we’re impressed – this is a gorgeous behemoth of a phone. But there’s no escaping the fact that relatively speaking, this is a fairly iterative upgrade. Samsung may have done justice to its Note range with the 9, but we can’t help but feel it’s saving something pretty special for the next generation of its flagship range next year.

Callum Tennent – Which? smartphones expert Could our exclusive Best Buy mobile phones[3] club soon have a new member?

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Watch

The biggest changes to the Galaxy Watch, aside from the name, are the design and battery life. These are both reactions to feedback on the design and battery life of previous iterations of Samsung smartwatches, the giant Gear S3[4] and the weird circular-but-also-square bezel of the Gear Sport[5] (both of which claimed between three and four days of battery per charge).

There’s nothing groundbreaking, but a few noticeable improvements. As for the name, I asked Samsung the reason behind the change away from the Gear moniker, but no-one seemed to know. Firstly, let’s talk design.

Samsung claims that the Galaxy Watch is made to look like a traditional watch, but it’s still fairly obvious (even without the Super AMOLED display activated) that this watch has more under the surface than clockwork. It’s available in 46mm and 42mm versions, and I’m glad to see a choice of sizes. Don’t get me wrong, the 42mm version is still larger than your average lady’s wristwatch and I found that it protruded more too, but it’s surprisingly lightweight and didn’t feel bulky or heavy on my wrist.

It’s a smartwatch that I could realistically see myself wearing, which I certainly wouldn’t have said about the sizable Gear S3. There’s the stylish rose gold option (the version I’d go for), and a sportier black option too.

The 46mm watch is only available with a silver bezel for now. The larger size was comically too big for my wrist, but it would be a stylish smartwatch for those that suit a bigger timepiece.

The Super AMOLED display is clear and bright, and the touchscreen is as responsive as a high-end smartphone. For those that want to personalise their smartwatch, there’s a range of watch faces available on the watch itself and more can be installed via the app.

Galaxy Watch battery life

Now to the, slightly convoluted, battery life claims. The Galaxy Watch has an all-new battery, designed specifically for smartwatches, and it claims that this will last for up to seven days – around double its predecessors.

But this differs for the two sizes – the 46mm watch has a larger 472mAh battery, which should last up to seven days based on low usage. The smaller watch, with its 270mAH battery, is claimed to last five days based on low usage. I’m interested to see how these perform in our battery life tests, which are based on an average usage scenario, as I’m not convinced there will be a particularly significant improvement in battery life for those that plan to wear and use their watch all day, everyday.

As we’ve come to expect from a lot of the big wearable launches, there’s a strong health and lifestyle focus for the Galaxy Watch, although nothing that’s ‘new’. Fitness features include built-in GPS, a heart-rate monitor, stress tracking and detailed sleep analysis. I didn’t get to try out the daily briefing feature, which will give you a personalised watch face with your schedule for the day on, but it sounds like it could be useful.

For the verdict on the fitness sensors, keep an eye out for our full first look review of the Samsung Galaxy Watch. Connectivity wise, there aren’t any suprises. There’s Bluetooth and NFC for Samsung Pay.

A 4G version, which can be used to make and receive phone calls, will launch in the UK later this year and this will be supported by EE. This is no longer the jaw dropping feature it once was, and I’m still not entirely convinced I’d walk along talking to my watch. It’s also sure to have an impact on battery life, and we’ll put the 4G battery life to the test soon.

Hannah Walsh – Which? wearables expert The Galaxy Watch has its work cut out if it’s going to make our list of Best Buy smartwatches[6].

Hands on with the Galaxy Tab S4

It’s hard for any company to usurp the dominance of Apple but, in the last few years at least, Samsung has proven that it has the mettle to take on Cupertino’s finest with desirable and genuinely innovative smartphone tech. With the Tab S4, it’s clear that Samsung is now serious about beating Apple at the tablet game.

It’ll be tough challenge – the term iPad is practically synonymous with the entire tablet market (some unnamed relatives claim to own a ‘Samsung iPad’, for example). But the Tab S4 has some unique features – and a competitive price – that should make anybody considering buying an iPad Pro at least think twice.

Samsung Dex

At its launch event, the feature Samsung was most keen to show off was its DeX software. DeX turns Android into a Windows-like experience with drag-and-drop functionality and multiple windows you can drag around, letting you switch between programs more quickly and get things done faster.

In theory, this is a winner, but having used DeX a year ago and again today, I don’t feel like an awful lot has changed. Samsung’s own branded apps such as the web browser, file explorer and email work just fine. But others, such as games, feel buggy and sometimes jump around the screen.

You’ll have to be selective about which apps you use while you’re in DeX mode. Ignoring the bugs, everything feels snappy and fast on this tablet and it can even run the smash-hit game Fortnite without a hitch and without getting hot, which is no mean feat.

DeX automatically starts as soon as you connect the tablet to the keyboard cover (GBP119 extra). The keyboard itself is excellent, with a responsive button press and most of the buttons in the right place.

I hate the tiny backspace key as it’s very hard to hit, but this is something you’ll get used to. The keyboard cover doubles as a stand, too, and it’s pitched perfectly for desk use, but a bit steep for on-lap use. It’s usable when it’s resting on your knees and it feels stable, but there is a temptation to lean it back a bit, which then makes it feel more likely to tip over onto the floor.

I expected this tablet to be unwieldy when using it handheld, but it actually feels far smaller and far lighter than I would have expected from a 10.5-inch tablet. The screen, too, is fantastic, with extraordinarily bright whites and vibrant colours that feel about as close to an iPad as you can get. The speakers, too, seem loud enough to enjoy a bit of Netflix at home on the couch without having to resort to headphones.

Taking notes on the S-Pen stylus is a pleasure; Samsung has had the stylus concept nailed for a few years and it feels natural – and comfortable – to write and sketch onto the screen.

At GBP599 for the tablet and S-Pen alone and GBP719 with the keyboard, we’re well into laptop pricing territory for an experience that, in many ways, is inferior to a laptop. But those who know they need a small tablet for taking notes and getting work done already know they don’t want a laptop, and as a result, this feels like a very tempting piece of kit. And it certainly isn’t unhelpful that altogether this is GBP200 less than a kitted-out 10.5-inch iPad Pro.

Michael Passingham – Which? tablets expert

To see what the Tab 4 is up against, browse all our Best Buy tablets[7].

References

  1. ^ Galaxy Note 9 smartphone and Samsung Galaxy Watch (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Galaxy Note 8 (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ Best Buy mobile phones (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Gear S3 (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ Gear Sport (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ Best Buy smartwatches (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ Best Buy tablets (www.which.co.uk)

ASRock Fatal1ty B360 Gaming K4 ATX Motherboard Review: Stepping Down From H370

How far can you go when cutting costs, while still appealing to budget-conscious enthusiasts? Intel’s B360 chipset, a couple steps down from the Z370 flagship, walks that line well in terms of features. It nixes overclocking and multi-card graphics support, but adds integrated SM© USB 3.1 Gen2 abilities while–in theory at least–making for more-affordable motherboards.

The ASRock Fatal1ty B360 Gaming K4 we’re looking at here, however, falls flat primarily because of pricing. For just £5 more, the ASRock Fatal1ty H370 Performance offers better connectivity and more PCIe bandwidth for graphics and speedy NVMe storage. And for this B360 board’s £115 asking price, you can even find a few alternatives with the flagship Z370 chipset, giving you all the features that B360 takes away.

Pros

  • Slightly cheaper than ASRock’s H370 version
  • Quality audio components
  • Comprehensive connectors for RGB light strips

Cons

  • Fewer features than ASRock H370 model, but only £5 cheaper
  • Integrated Wi-Fi antenna bracket, but no antenna or Wi-Fi module included

Verdict

Potential B360 Gaming K4 buyers who can scrape up an extra £5 will find equal or better value than this board in ASRock’s Fatal1ty H370 Performance, which uses the same PCB but a higher-end chipset.

Specifications

Socket

LGA 1151

Chipset

Intel B360

Form Factor

ATX

Voltage Regulator

10 Phases

Video Ports

VGA, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 1.4

USB Ports

10Gbps: (1) Type-C, (1) Type A5Gb/s: (2) Type A; (2) SM© USB 2.0

Network Jacks

Gigabit Ethernet

Audio Jacks

(5) Analog, (1) Digital Out

Legacy Ports/Jacks

(1) PS/2

Other Ports/Jack

?

PCIe x16

(2) v3.0 (x16/x4*)(*Shared with PCIe 5, 6)

PCIe x8

?

PCIe x4

?

PCIe x1

(4) v3.0 (Shares lanes with four-lane x16, M.2 Key-E)

CrossFire/SLI

2x / ?

DIMM slots

(4) DDR4

M.2 slots

(2) PCIe 3.0 x4^ / SATA*, (1) Key-E/CNVi(Consumes *SATA ports 1, 2; ^SATA port 0)

U.2 Ports

?

SATA Ports

(6) 6Gb/s (Port 0-2 shared w/M.2)

USB Headers

(1) v3.0, (2) v2.0

Fan Headers

(5) 4-Pin

Legacy Interfaces

Serial COM Port

Other Interfaces

FP-Audio, TPM, (2) RGB LED, D-LED, TB-Header

Diagnostics Panel

?

Internal Button/Switch

? / ?

SATA Controllers

Integrated

Ethernet Controllers

WGI219V PHY

Wi-Fi / Bluetooth

? / ?

USB Controllers

Integrated

HD Audio Codec

ALC1220

Warranty ?

The B360 Gaming K4 uses the same circuit board as the company’s H370 Performance motherboard. Shared features start with the I/O panel’s two SM© USB 2.0 and single PS/2 ports, three graphics outputs (VGA, DisplayPort and HMDI) for the CPU’s integrated GPU, two SM© USB 3.1 Gen1 (5Gb/s) ports, Type A and Type-C SM© USB 3.1 Gen2 ports (10Gb/s), a network port wired to Intel’s i219 Gigabit Ethernet hardware, five analog audio jacks fed by Realtek’s ALC1220 codec and a digital optical audio output.

Panning out we see an M.2 storage slot behind the top PCIe x1 slot, an M.2 Key-E slot (typically used for Wi-Fi/Bluetooth) behind the second PCIe x1 slot, and another storage slot near the front edge of the board that points towards the bottom two PCIe x1 slots. Sharing starts here, as the second PCIe x1 slot steals a lane from the Key-E slot, which disables its PCIe mode without impacting CNVi availability.

The bottom two x1 slots steal lanes from the four-pathway slot above them, kicking it down to x2 mode. The lower M.2 storage slot has only two lanes to start, and steals one of its HSIO (Intel’s flexible High-Speed I/O) pathways from a SATA port, disabling that port while leaving the other five enabled.

The shared circuit board answers any HSIO resource exclusions not fully addressed in our H370 Performance review, since the only things we see missing from the B360 Gaming K4 are two of the second M.2 slot’s PCIe pathways and the second SM© USB 3.0 front-panel header. Missing features that we can’t see so easily are attributed to the change in chipset, as the B360 loses RAID mode, and the second M.2 slot isn’t addressed by Intel RST.

Starting from the top and center of the picture above and going counterclockwise, there’s a 5-pin header for addressing a four-lane Thunderbolt add-in card (not included), one of the four PCIe x1 slots, which is open-ended to receive longer (x4, etc) cards, the front-panel HD-Audio cable header, a TPM header, a legacy Serial Communications port, a 4-pin fan header, Addressable and standard RGB light strip headers, two dual-port SM© USB 2.0 headers, two more 4-pin fan headers, a PC (Beep Code) speaker and 3-pin Power-LED header, a standard Intel power/reset/activity LED header. Moving up the front edge are the second M.2 storage connector, six SATA ports, and the corner of the board’s dual-port SATA 3.0 header. Four of the motherboard’s five fan headers are switchable between pulse width modulation and voltage-based RPM control, and the same four feature 2.0 amp capacity (boosted from 1A on the PWM-only CPU fan header).

The B360 Gaming K4 has only two SATA ports, which makes sense in the era of M.2 SSDs, but might not work for some builders who are attempting to transfer multiple drives from an older system. An I/O shield, driver disc and printed documentation make up the board’s modest in-box accessories.

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Software & Firmware

The B360 Gaming K4 is ASRock’s first Fatal1ty-series motherboard not to include its F-Stream software, which is the Fatal1ty-branded version of ASRock’s overclocking-focused A-Tuning software. An F-Stream icon is in the root folder of the driver disc, but the software itself is missing from both the disc and the motherboard’s download web page.

This makes sense though, given that overclocking isn’t an option with this board. In addition to driver and firmware updates, ASRock Live Update includes downloads for some junkware, as well as the XFast LAN custom-interfaced version of cFOS network optimization, ASRock’s Key Master and Fatalt1ty Mouse Port applications. The latter apps add macros, automatic repeat (for rapid firing), mouse poling rate control and a game designed to hone your keyboard/mouse gaming speed and accuracy.

ASRock has constantly trailed its rivals in RGB program complexity, but the Polychrome program included with this board works flawlessly. The B360 Gaming K4 has separate zones for its I/O and audio codec covers, PCH heatsink, both RGB outputs and its Addressable LED header.

Several memory companies also claim ASRock Polychrome compatibility for their RGB DIMMs. Firmware The B360 Gaming K4’s firmware opens to ASRock’s EZ Mode interface, which is good enough for most users since the chipset blocks most overclocking options.

Boot priority and fan control modes can be set here, and there are shortcuts for Instant Flash firmware updating, Internet Flash firmware downloading and FAN-Tastic Tuning fan-map creating utilities. Striking the keyboard’s F6 key brings users to its Advanced Mode GUI.

ASRock’s OC Tweaker menu looks functional, but the submenus it links to don’t support CPU overclocking due to chipset limitations. XMP memory mode (Intel’s RAM overclocking preset tech) doesn’t work on B360, though DRAM frequency adjustments are available within the chipset-imposed DDR4-2666 limit. The limitations are not within the chipset, but imposed upon other components by the chipset.

Memory frequencies limited to DDR4-2666 won’t prevent serious memory tweakers from chasing optimized timings to reduce latency. The B360 Gaming K4 enables this and even has a menu to display the memory’s programming.

The B360 Gaming K4 supports over-voltage configurations, which isn’t helpful with most non-overclocked hardware, but it also supports voltage reduction, which could be useful for builders chasing the highest possible efficiency. Users can also choose their default firmware GUI from Advanced mode, under its Advanced menu.

The Tools menu includes an email-sending utility for support messages, a firmware update utility, a firmware download utility, and a configuration menu to enable the function of the firmware download utility on advanced networks. The Hardware Monitor menu leads to CPU fan control, where four of the five fan headers can be switched from PWM to voltage-based RPM control, and all five can be assigned custom profiles. ASRock also includes its fan-tuning algorithm, which determines minimum operational fan RPM and adjusts automatic fan maps accordingly.

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How We Test

We picked our primary components (the CPU, graphics, and DRAM) based primarily upon a balance of performance and price. Intel’s Core i3-8350K offers four cores at 4GHz, and the fact that it’s unlocked hasn’t escaped us. It’s unlikely anyone will crack one of these locked platforms, but stranger things have happened.

And we’d hate to be stuck with a locked processor if clock speed adjustments suddenly became available. We also chose the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti for its performance-to-price ratio. The two-fan cooler of MSI’s Gaming X version gives us reduced noise while still fitting within two slots.

As for memory, we decided to stick with RAM we had on-hand. G.Skill’s Ripjaws V 3200 barely carries any price premium over budget sticks, and it could allow overclocking if anyone were to unlock the platform. Our CPU supports DDR4-2400 at both 9x 133MHz and 12x 100MHz settings, and if anyone ever figures out how to fool the board into using the higher 12x multiplier with the higher 133MHz base clock, the resulting 1600MHz frequency would get us to DDR4-3200.

The Core i3-8350k doesn’t include a cooler, so we used a Noctua NH-U12 because it was handily close to our test bench.

Sound

Integrated HD Audio

Network

Integrated Gigabit Networking

Graphics Driver

GeForce 382.53

Comparison Products

Loading… The closest competitor to ASRock’s Fatal1ty B360 Gaming K4 is its own Fatal1ty H370 Performance. Gigabyte’s higher-model H370 Aorus Gaming 3 brings some brand variety into the mix, and MSI’s B360M Mortar presents the B360 chipset at a far lower price.

Benchmark Settings

Synthetic Benchmarks & Settings

PCMark 8

Version 2.7.613Home, Creative, Work, Storage, Applications (Adobe & Microsoft)

3DMark 13

Version 4.47.597.0Skydiver, Firestrike, Firestrike Extreme Default Presets

SiSoftware Sandra

Version 2016.03.22.21CPU Arithmetic, Multimedia, Cryptography, Memory Bandwidth

DiskSPD

4K Random Read, 4K Random Write128k Sequential Read, 128k Sequential Write

Cinebench R15

Build RC83328DEMOOpenGL Benchmark

CompuBench

Version 1.5.8Face Detection, Optical Flow, Ocean Surface, Ray Tracing

Application Tests & Settings

LAME MP3

Version 3.98.3Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 –nores (160 Kb/s)

HandBrake CLI

Version: 0.9.9Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4k mkv to x265 mp4

Blender

Version 2.68aBMW 27 CPU Render Benchmark, BMW 27 GPU Render Benchmark

7-Zip

Version 16.02THG-Workload (7.6GB) to .7z, command-line switches “a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=9”

Adobe After Effects CC

Release 2015.3.0, Version 13.8.0.144PCMark-driven routine

Adobe Photoshop CC

Release 2015.5.0.

20160603.r.88 x64PCMark-driven routine (light and heavy)

Adobe InDesign CC

Release 2015.4, Build 11.4.0.90 x64PCMark-driven routine

Adobe Illustrator

Release 2015.3.0, Version 20.0.0 (64-bit)PCMark-driven routine

Game Tests & Settings

Ashes of the Singularity

Version 1.31.21360High Preset – 1920×1080, Mid Shadow Quality, 1x MSAACrazy Preset – 1920×1080, High Shadow Quality, 2x MSAA

F1 2015

2015 Season, Abu Dhabi Track, RainMedium Preset, No AFUltra High Preset, 16x AF

Metro Last Light Redux

Version 3.00 x64High Quality, 1920×1080, High Tesselation, 16x AFVery High Quality, 1920×1080, Very High Tesselation, 16x AF

The Talos Principle

Version 267252Medium Preset, High Quality, High Tesselation, 4x AFUltra Preset, Very High Quality, Very High Tesselation, 16x AF

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Benchmark Results & Final Analysis

Synthetic benchmarks are a great way to look for configuration problems. We shouldn’t need to watch out for secretive overclocks on this non-overclockable platform.

Synthetic Benchmarks

A perfect set of synthetic benchmarks would show all boards purely equal, and we’re very close to that in our B360 and H370 sample set. Manufacturers can still mess around with advanced memory timings to get a slight advantage without overclocking, but we don’t see the impact on these motherboard models.

3D Games

The B360 Gaming K4 has a slight bump in our highest-quality Talos test, but it’s small enough to be coincidental.

Other gaming tests show even less variation.

Timed Applications

Timed applications again show no appreciable performance advantages for any specific motherboard model, which means we get to rate boards based solely on efficiency and features-per-dollar.

Power, Heat & Efficiency

The B360 Gaming K4 draws slightly more power than average at full load, placing it behind the scale in our efficiency chart. Fortunately, that lower efficiency was not reflected in higher temperatures. Our percent-based charts are based on our entire H370/B360 review series, including a product that wasn’t quite up to speed, making the average for today’s group around half a percent better-performing than our average for the series.

Final Analysis

Performance per dollar makes the most sense when comparing boards with identical features, and the competing H370 boards offer that chipset’s integrated advantages for a few dollars more.

The H370 Performance uses the same PCB design to host the same slots and controllers as the B360 Gaming K4, but for £5 more includes the H370’s extra PCIe/HSIO pathways and Intel RST with RAID. Since two of the H370’s extra lanes are fed to the second M.2 slot, people who want to mount a pair of fast NVMe drives should take note of that difference regardless of whether RAID is a factor in their buying decision.

ASRock’s implementation of the same supporting hardware for both its H370 and B360 motherboards leaves little question about the minuscule price difference between these models. On the other hand, if we look a little farther afield, we find MSI’s same-chipset B360M Mortar for £20 less than ASRock’s offering. The Mortar has a cheaper audio codec, and while MSI figured out a way to make its second M.2 slot PCIe x4-capable, it did so by making its use an either/or choice against the board’s second x16-length slot.

Whether the competing board is a better bargain depends on whether you need two M.2 storage slots and an x16/x4 PCIe slot configuration active simultaneously. Those are the kinds of questions that, well, shouldn’t keep us up at night given the small difference in price. If you need a feature, there’s no reason not to throw a few dollars at it.

The next step up in the price, the H370 Aorus Gaming 3 WiFi, is fully decked out with Intel’s 1.73Gb/s Wi-Fi controller, a front-panel SM© USB 3.1 Gen2 connector, less resource sharing, and Gigabyte’s board even has RGB DIMM slots. It costs £20 more than the B360 Gaming K4, and it just might be worth that to non-overclocking, non-SLI-building PC enthusiasts. The Fatal1ty B360 Gaming K4 is in an odd position where builders need to determine if its missing features, compared to ASRock’s own H370 model, are worth saving just £5.

The H370 model’s feature-to-price ratio wasn’t all that appealing. Given this model cuts a bit more while only knocking £5 off the price makes it tough to recommend.

Pros

  • Slightly cheaper than ASRock’s H370 version
  • Quality audio components
  • Comprehensive connectors for RGB light strips

Cons

  • Fewer features than ASRock H370 model, but only £5 cheaper
  • Integrated Wi-Fi antenna bracket, but no antenna or Wi-Fi module included

Verdict

Potential B360 Gaming K4 buyers who can scrape up an extra £5 will find equal or better value than this board in ASRock’s Fatal1ty H370 Performance, which uses the same PCB but a higher-end chipset.

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