ASRock B250 Pro4 Review

The ASRock B250 Pro4 motherboard promises to be ASRock’s affordable answer to the popular Skylake and Kaby Lake processors. While we love the 6th and 7th generation Intel CPUs, we can’t help but be worried by the low-feature B250 chipset found on this board.

ASRock B250 Pro4 Review

Is the ASRock B250 Pro4 any good? Can this motherboard reliably perform to our expectations?

In this review, we see if ASRock has turned a new leaf on the sub-par B250 chipset. 

ASRock B250 Pro4 LGA 1151 Intel B250 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX...
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • Memory: 4x DDR4-2400/2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB
  • Slots: 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (one runs at x4), 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots (Flexible PCI-Express), 1x PCI Slot
  • Multi-Graphics: Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX, CrossFireX Technology
  • SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports, Support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug

ASRock B250 Pro4 Motherboard (Our Review) 

ASRock was aiming for a budget-friendly motherboard. They cut costs by installing a B250 chipset with its mediocre features. Yet, they also managed to take this bare chipset and transform it into a capable mid-tier motherboard.

With 4x DDR4 slots, 6x SATA ports, and plenty of expansion slots, ASRock provided gamers with enough features to make this motherboard a competitive and viable option. 

Overall Assessment 

The ASRock B250 Pro4 motherboard will never be able to hold a candle against more dedicated gaming motherboards such as the ASRock Fatal1ty B450 Gaming K4

Yet, this isn’t what ASRock wanted from the B250 Pro4. The priority seems to be budget. In true ASRock style, they’ve managed to achieve this goal. 

When compared to its younger cousin, the capable ASRock Z270 Extreme4, the B250 Pro4 comes in significantly cheaper. Benchmarking tests surprised us by performing comparably to the Z270 Extreme4.

Supported Processors

ASRock included an LGA 1151 socket on this motherboard. With this socket, gamers can install the latest 6th and 7th generation Intel processors. You’ll be pleased to know that this board runs surprisingly well on Skylake and Kaby Lake Core i7, i5, and i3 processors. 

Intel’s Turbo Boost 2.0 technology automatically provides a tiny bit of extra computing power when your system needs it most. However, gamers planning on putting this system under heavy strain will have to install some additional fans to help keep it from overheating.

For fans of AMD, we recommend checking out the great ASRock B450 Pro4 motherboard. It’s a beast to be reckoned with. 

ASRock B250 Pro4 LGA 1151 Intel B250 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX...
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • Memory: 4x DDR4-2400/2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB
  • Slots: 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (one runs at x4), 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots (Flexible PCI-Express), 1x PCI Slot
  • Multi-Graphics: Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX, CrossFireX Technology
  • SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports, Support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug

Memory

Though this motherboard lacks some hardcore gaming features, it impressed us with its 4x DDR4 DIMM slots. The maximum system memory of 64GB is a great, achievable goal for many PC builders.

Peripherals

The ASRock B250 Pro4 comes with only 6x USB slots. Tech-savvy users will be pleased to learn that those USBs are 3.1. The 3rd generation USB ports mean that you can expect data transfer speeds of up to 5Gb a second.

ASRock also included 6x SATA ports and 2x M.2 ports. This was a pleasant surprise as we didn’t expect to see so many options to expand your storage at this price.

There’s also one PS/2 port to help gamers with backward compatibility. The PS/2 port is perfect for anyone still running with an old-school keyboard or mouse.

This board has standard Gigabit LAN managed by a capable Realtek RTL8111GR chip.

Graphics

This motherboard comes with three video output options. Gamers can use the D-Sub port, HDMI port, or even the DVI-D to connect up to three monitors.

ASRock also provided support for AMD CrossFire. If you plan to run multiple graphics cards, there are 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 Slots to use. 

ASRock B250 Pro4 LGA 1151 Intel B250 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX...
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • Memory: 4x DDR4-2400/2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB
  • Slots: 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (one runs at x4), 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots (Flexible PCI-Express), 1x PCI Slot
  • Multi-Graphics: Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX, CrossFireX Technology
  • SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports, Support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug

Audio

The ASRock B250 Pro4 uses the standard Realtek ALC892 codec with its 3 audio ports to provide sound. The quality it delivers is serviceable, if not remarkable. This quality is what we would have expected from a budget gaming board.

Aesthetics

The ASRock B250 Pro4 motherboard comes in a standard black and silver color scheme. It lacks RGB headers and has no essential, distinguishing features. Once again, it proves that ASRock set out to create a motherboard that focuses more on efficiency and price than looks.

This lack of aesthetics doesn’t mean that ASRock is incapable of creating good-looking motherboards. Read through our detailed ASRock Z390 Taichi review to fall in love with some real eye candy.

Conclusion

From the start, it was apparent that ASRock created a motherboard that targets tight-budget users. The ASRock B250 Pro4 offers a fair amount of features packed in an average exterior.

While we thought the lackluster B250 chipset would disappoint us, it didn’t. This chip offers just the right amount of compatibility to make this board better than average. 

This motherboard is an excellent option for gamers on a budget, but if you have some extra cash, we’d recommend something a little beefier, like the ASRock Z370 Pro4 motherboard.

ASRock B250 Pro4 LGA 1151 Intel B250 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX...
  • Chipset: Intel B250
  • Memory: 4x DDR4-2400/2133 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB
  • Slots: 2x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (one runs at x4), 3x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slots (Flexible PCI-Express), 1x PCI Slot
  • Multi-Graphics: Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX, CrossFireX Technology
  • SATA: 6x SATA3 Ports, Support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug

Pros

  • Fantastic value for money
  • 2x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots with AMD CrossFireX support
  • 6x USB 3.1 ports
  • Reliable performance

Cons

  • Standard audio
  • Bland base design

Common questions about ASRock B250 Pro4 motherboard

Is the ASRock B250 Pro4 motherboard any good for gaming?

This motherboard is good enough for gaming. It’s aimed at mid-tier gamers, and it provides capable performance. It’s best paired with a 7th generation Intel Core i7. 

Will the ASRock B250 Pro4 motherboard support my 8th Gen Intel i5 processors?

The ASRock B250 Pro4 motherboard only supports 7th and 6th gen processors, and no newer generation CPUs. The B250 chip on this motherboard limits its capability but keeps it an affordable board for anyone running older processors.

Is the ASRock B250 Pro4 motherboard any good for overclocking?

The ASRock B250 Pro4 motherboard cannot overclock. However, the B250 chipsets come with Intel’s Turbo Boost technology, which adds additional processing power over a limited period. 

Customer Reviews

“I think that the ASRock B450M Pro4 is a great starter motherboard. It was easy to build and came at a great price. The BIOS menu is easy to understand. Overall, this is a great budget board.”

Jon Burt 

5/5 Stars

“This is a decent motherboard. The ASRock B250 Pro4 lacks onboard Wi-Fi, though.”

Adam 

3/5 Stars

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