ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X KILLER (Intel LGA 1150) Review 26

ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X KILLER (Intel LGA 1150) Review

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Sometimes coming out with great stuff, but often not, I have no idea where to begin with ASRock. Their products have been hit or miss.

A whole new generation of gamers is about to be sprung on us. A LOT of kids play video games. A couple billion exist, and if not now, soon. How many will even know who Fatal1ty is? I understand the legacy behind ASRock's branding, but its relevance in the marketplace is questionable at best. Yet with nearly every brand now very obviously focusing on gaming like never before, I cannot fault ASRock that much for hanging on to the original "pro gamer" and the start of an industry that many benefit from today. Never mind that my favorite X79-based motherboard is a Fatal1ty product because it overclocks like mad and has perfect spacing for three air-cooled GPUs. ASRock has proven to me with that past X79 board and their OC Formula line that they can do great things, but I cannot say I favor every product of theirs, so I am always wary, hoping for much but expecting very little.

ASRock sent me their Fatal1ty Z97X KILLER motherboard. I literally got an email that read, "I sent you a review sample. Let me know what you think." So let us not prolong ASRock's wish any further. I present you the ASRock Z97X Fatal1ty KILLER.


CPU SUPPORT:4th and 5th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processor family for the LGA 1150 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 8 Phases
Memory Power: 2 Phase
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1333 to DDR3 3200+(OC)
BIOS:Dual AMI UEFI BIOS with 2x 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (x16 or x8/x8 or x8/x4/x4
3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slot
1 x M.2_SSD(NGFF)
1 x SATA Express
NETWORKING:1 x Killer E2200 Series Gigabit LAN
PORTS:8 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at front panel, 6 at rear panel)
6 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at front panel, 2 at rear panel)
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
2 x HDMI port
1 x DVI port
1 x D-Sub port
1 x PS/2 port
5 x Audio jacks
1 x Optical audio port
AUDIO:Realtek ALC1150 High Definition Audio CODEC
FAN HEADERS:2 x 4-pin
4 x 3-pin
  • ASRock Super Alloy:
  • XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
  • Premium Alloy Choke (Reduces 70% core loss compared to iron powder choke)
  • Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM)
  • 12K Platinum Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
  • Sapphire Black PCB
  • ASRock Gaming Armor:
  • Hi-Density Power Connector
  • 15μ Gold Contact in DIMM Slots
  • 15μ Gold Contact in VGA PCIe Slot (PCIE2), PCIe Power Connector
  • Qualcomm Atheros Killer LAN
  • Purity Sound 2
  • ASRock HDD Saver Technology
  • Full Spike Protection
  • ASRock Cloud
  • APP Shop
  • F-Stream
  • Key Master
  • Full HD UEFI
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