Thursday, March 26th 2015

ASRock Unveils Fatal1ty 970 Performance Socket AM3+ Motherboard

ASRock unveiled its newest socket AM3+ motherboard for gamers with on a budget, the Fatal1ty 970 Performance. Based on the AMD 970 chipset with SB950 southbridge, this board offers a slick feature-set for its potentially two-figure price. Built in the ATX form-factor, the board draws power from a combination of 24-pin ATX and 8-pin EPS power connectors. An optional 4-pin Molex power connector is required, if you have two cards that rely solely on the expansion slot power. The board features a 10-phase CPU VRM, and supports 220W TDP chips such as the FX-9370 and FX-9590.

Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (x8/x8 when both are populated), a third PCI-Express 2.0 x16, which is electrical x4 and wired to the southbridge, a legacy PCI, and two PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slots. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s ports, and an M.2 slot (electrical PCIe 2.0 x4). Other modern connectivity includes six USB 3.0 ports (four on the rear panel, two by headers), an electrically-reinforced Fatal1ty Mouse port, ASRock Purity Sound 2 on-board audio with a 115 dBA SNR CODEC, audio-grade electrolytic capacitors, headphones amp, and ground-layer isolation, and gigabit Ethernet (Realtek-made controller). The board is driven by UEFI BIOS, and supports Windows 8.1 features such as Secure Boot and Fast Boot. Expect this board to be priced at $99.
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18 Comments on ASRock Unveils Fatal1ty 970 Performance Socket AM3+ Motherboard

#1
Sempron Guy
this one is more beefier than the MSI 970A SLI Krait. A better option for overclocking. Though I'm unsure what vrms ASRock is using and how it fares against MSI. My last ASRock board, a 970 Extreme 3 can't even handle decent overclocks on my FX-6300 w/o throttling.
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#2
john_
What's going on here? Companies remembering that there is an AM3+ platform and putting out, not pathetic and cheap boards with the ancient 760 chipset but with newer 900 series ones? Is it the new Windows 10? USB 3.1? DirectX 12? Whatever it is, it is good to see new boards for this platform.
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#3
Sempron Guy
But this one doesn't even have usb 3.1. DX12 effect maybe?
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#4
The Quim Reaper
john_, post: 3260379, member: 137560"
What's going on here? Companies remembering that there is an AM3+ platform and putting out, not pathetic and cheap boards with the ancient 760 chipset but with newer 900 series ones? Is it the new Windows 10? USB 3.1? DirectX 12? Whatever it is, it is good to see new boards for this platform.
I think they've been told by AMD that there's about another 2yrs worth of sales to be had with AM3+ until ZEN arrives.

These will be quite cheap to manufacture and will no doubt have a good profit margin on them and there are plenty of buyers out there who will want to put a cheap 6 or 8 core (oh, OK 3 or 4 core) CPU in a newer board.
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#5
TheinsanegamerN
If only someone would make a 900 series micro atx board......
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#6
Mindweaver
Moderato®™
The best part about this board is that it's $99, and it has 6x usb3.

EDIT: Plus the M.2 slot.
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#8
Caring1
TheinsanegamerN, post: 3260389, member: 127292"
If only someone would make a 900 series micro atx board......
Not sure if you are being sarcastic or not.
Asrock also has the new 970m Pro3 supports CPU's up to 140W.
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#10
Jorge
This mobo is a steal for the price. IME Asrock has delivered some excellent product in the past several years so if this mobo meets your needs and performs like other Asrock mobos, it should make for a lot of happy campers.
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#11
HossHuge
I don't like having to use the Molex connector. I have the AsRock 970 Extreme4 Mobo, it's kinda weird. Whenever I put my computer to sleep it takes awhile for the mouse to wake and for some reason I have to use AMD Overdrive to O/C cause it won't do it through the bios.
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#12
devguy
I found the whole Fatal1ty branding thing weird and tired years ago. ...It's still around?
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#13
Jorge
HossHuge, post: 3260480, member: 55273"
I don't like having to use the Molex connector. I have the AsRock 970 Extreme4 Mobo, it's kinda weird. Whenever I put my computer to sleep it takes awhile for the mouse to wake and for some reason I have to use AMD Overdrive to O/C cause it won't do it through the bios.
Any changes that you can make in AOD can and should definitely be done directly in the BIOS for best system stability. I can't imagine why a Molex connector would be an issue for anyone. It's only a plug in connector that provides additional power to the mobo.

FWIW, I've never heard of anyone having issues changing BIOS settings on the Asrock mobos so you might want to send an e-mail to Asrock Tech Support. They are one of the very few PC companies that I have ever found in over 25 years, that actually provides decent customer support.
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#14
Jorge
devguy, post: 3260536, member: 36169"
I found the whole Fatal1ty branding thing weird and tired years ago. ...It's still around?
I agree the Fatality "branding" theme was a poor decision. Unfortunately it must have some value for marketing to the 13 year old kids spending Mommy's money... :( Asrock could do better, IMO. At least their products are quality.
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#15
HossHuge
Jorge, post: 3260545, member: 127546"
I can't imagine why a Molex connector would be an issue for anyone. It's only a plug in connector that provides additional power to the mobo.
I can't imagine why it would bother you that I wouldn't like having a Molex connector. Let's just say I appreciate a clean build.
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#16
Caring1
HossHuge, post: 3260604, member: 55273"
I can't imagine why it would bother you that I wouldn't like having a Molex connector. Let's just say I appreciate a clean build.
Damn that 24 pin power connector is way bigger, better leave that one out too :laugh: :pimp:
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#17
Tatsu
Totally surprised to see this to be honest. I don't really see the point from the offset.
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#18
Tatsu
Mindweaver, post: 3260399, member: 69279"
The best part about this board is that it's $99, and it has 6x usb3.

EDIT: Plus the M.2 slot.
Yes it would be nice to have that on an AMD board, but isn't that Intel proprietary?
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