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ASRock X299 Killer SLI/ac Review

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Introduction


We've taken a look at the middle and the high-end, and today, we get a look at the entry-level (although not perfectly entry-level) X299 motherboard from ASRock, the ASRock X299 Killer SLI/ac. That name might give the wrong impression; there are no KillerNIC controllers present on THIS motherboard; rather, we've got a tasty Intel i219V LAN controller on this board.

So, of course, that leaves me a bit confused... what makes this board "Killer' then? Is it the VRM design, the slot layout, the connectivity features? The bundled Wi-Fi? To be completely honest, I'm not entirely sure. That makes this board very interesting to me, especially given that name, which to me does imply that there is a KillerNIC LAN controller here. Yet there is not one. Not even anything remotely close.

So we've got to investigate this now, don't we? With the lowest retail pricing right now out of any of the ASRock X299 motherboards, the ASRock X299 Killer SLI/ac offers a considerable feature set, including that bundled Wi-Fi many other boards in the same price category lack, making it stand out among the crowd of "affordable" Intel X299 motherboards. Perhaps it is ready to kill the competition? Perhaps, so... let's take a look!



Specifications

Specifications
CPU Support: Supports Intel Core X-Series Processor Family for the LGA 2066 Socket
Power Design: CPU Power: 11 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:Intel X299
Integrated Graphics:N/A
Memory:8x DIMM, Support Quad Channel DDR4-4400 (OC)+
BIOS:AMI UEFI BIOS
Expansion Slots: 4x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (connectivity varies based on CPU)
1x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot
Storage: 8x SATA 6 Gb/s port (Intel X299)
3x M.2 port (PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
Networking:1x Intel I219-V
Rear Ports: 1x Clear CMOS button
1x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
2x USB 2.0 Type-A ports
4x USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports
1x LAN (RJ45) port
2x WiFi antennas
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port
5x Audio jacks
1x Optical S/PDIF OUT connector
Audio:Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec
Fan Headers:5x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.3 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
  • Premium 60A Power Choke
  • Nichicon 12K Black Caps
  • Dr. MOS
  • I/O Armor
  • ASRock 802.11ac WiFi
  • ASRock Steel Slots
  • ASRock Triple Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN Ports)
  • ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
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