Friday, April 20th 2012

ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Champion Motherboard Detailed

ASRock is readying its second Fatal1ty-branded socket LGA2011 motherboard, the X79 Fatal1ty Champion. The company's first LGA2011 Fatal1ty motherboard is the X79 Fatal1ty Professional, which was launched in February. The new X79 Fatal1ty Champion will be launched on April 27. Those familiar with Creative Sound Blaster Fatal1ty line of sound cards will note Fatal1ty Champion as being a more feature-rich version of Fatal1ty Professional. In this case, the X79 Fatal1ty Champion is based on a completely new PCB, with the design idea of more expansion, and the latest Creative Sound Core3D audio solution.

The X79 Fatal1ty Champion features eight DDR3 DIMM slots (X79 Fatal1ty Professional has four), and a PCIe-only expansion slot layout. The LGA2011 socket is powered by a 12-phase DigiPower VRM, similar to the one on the Professional. The VRM heatsink is assisted by two other secondary heatsinks, to which heat is conveyed by a heat-pipe. One of these is connected to the PCH heatsink. Power is drawn by 24-pin ATX, 8-pin EPS, and one 4-pin Molex (angled, optional). The board features consolidated voltage measurement points, which are socketed to hold your multimeter's leads in place. The board will be augmented by a feature-rich UEFI BIOS setup program, and ASRock-exclusive features such as XFastLAN, XFastUSB, and XFastRAM will be included.

Expansion slots include five PCI-Express 3.0 x16, two of which are electrical x16-capable, two are x8-capable (grab lanes from the x16-capable slots), one is permanently x8-capable. Two PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots make for the rest of the expansion. SATA connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s, four SATA 3 Gb/s, and two eSATA 6 Gb/s. There are as many as eight USB 3.0 ports on board. Other connectivity includes two gigabit Ethernet interfaces (driven by Broadcom BCM57781, supports XFastLAN and teaming), Creative Sound Core3D 8+2 channel audio, and FireWire. In Japan it will be priced over 37,980 JPY (US $465), prices in other markets may vary.Source: PCWatch
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14 Comments on ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Champion Motherboard Detailed

#1
eidairaman1
very nice but Honestly bandwidth splitting is lame for the PCI slots
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#3
xBruce88x
nice PCI-e layout... with the right case you could do 3x triple slot gpus or 4x dual slot gpus.

Core3D is a plus too!
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#4
Kreij
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by: eidairaman1
very nice but Honestly bandwidth splitting is lame for the PCI slots
There's only 40 PCI-e lanes available.
This board would allow you to run 4x GPUS @ x8 and another x8 in the dedicated slot.
.. or 2x GPUs @ x16 (other 2 slots empty) with an x8 in the dedicated slot.
What would you have done, Eidairman?
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#5
bogami
Lowly, SLI chip on ? I biliwe it is and ,Meny options 4wey SLI:). AUDIO card onbord ...PCIe-for SSD , .KILER 2100 ,TV card, or 5th GPU Physx,a.s.o.:respect:
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#6
Delta6326
Very nice looking lots of ram slots:pimp:
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#7
Ikaruga
There is a "nice" yellow wire left to the audio section. Probably the sign of quality and care attached in the very last minute;) Do not want!
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#8
eidairaman1
by: Ikaruga
There is a "nice" yellow wire left to the audio section. Probably the sign of quality and care attached in the very last minute;) Do not want!
your loss dude when the boards overclock further than the one you purchase
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#9
syeef
US $465 ??? Too rich for my blood...
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#10
eidairaman1
by: syeef
US $465 ??? Too rich for my blood...
so we see, i say save up that amt of currency then
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#11
eidairaman1
by: Kreij
There's only 40 PCI-e lanes available.
This board would allow you to run 4x GPUS @ x8 and another x8 in the dedicated slot.
.. or 2x GPUs @ x16 (other 2 slots empty) with an x8 in the dedicated slot.
What would you have done, Eidairman?
What I was getting at is not allowing certain boards to split bandwidth to other slots, example

2x 16x slots, (dont half bandwidth when 8x or 1x slots are occupied)
2x 8x slots, (dont split bandwidth with 16x or 1x slots are occupied)
rest PCI E 1x or PCI Slots without sharing bandwidth between the other slots. (dont split bandwidth with 16x or 8x slots)

Gigabyte,MSI,Asus have done this in the past ive seen
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#12
Ikaruga
by: eidairaman1
your loss dude when the boards overclock further than the one you purchase
Yea, I admit it's my fault that I'm a maximalist and just can't get over myself on "simple" things like that, when I expect the best from a "high-end" product. :shadedshu
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#13
johnnyfiive
by: Ikaruga
There is a "nice" yellow wire left to the audio section. Probably the sign of quality and care attached in the very last minute;) Do not want!
Hopefully that won't be on the board when it releases. :twitch:

Very nice board overall though, but dang, nearly $470! I'm quite happy with the X79 Fat Pro board, definitely wish it had some of the features the Champ has. But, the Fat Pro is only $279.
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#14
Ikaruga
by: johnnyfiive
Hopefully that won't be on the board when it releases. :twitch
I agree, lets hope they will fix it. :)
I have nothing against Asrock btw. They were the worst nightmares 10 years ago, but they are very reliable now in the last few years, especially since Sandy Bridge.
It's just things like that are seriously unacceptable for me even on a mid range board, let alone the high-end ones.
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