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ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer, The Thriller With The Killer

We aren’t strangers when it comes to ASRock products. For many years ASRock has represented high quality lower cost computer products that refuse to skimp on quality or performance. In our experience with ASRock you pick up one of their higher end boards and get looking at all the features included and wonder how they fit all that on a board at that price. Everything X99 is expensive, probably artificially inflated a bit by the “Enthusiast” label placed on it by Intel. ASRock deflates the prices a bit without letting quality or features slip. Performance wise ASRock gives no quarter to its competitors and will stand up against and compete head to head with any manufacturer out there.

ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer, The Thriller With The Killer

ASRock Inc. is established in 2002, specialized in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With the 3C design concept, “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”, the company explores the limit of motherboards manufacturing while paying attention on the eco issue at the same time, developing products with the consideration of eco-friendly concept.

ASRock has been growing fast and become world third largest motherboard brand with headquarter in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. The young and vibrant company targets from mainstream to enthusiast MB segments for different kinds of users, owning reputation around the world market with its reliability and proficiency.



As noted above ASRock is one of the Top Three motherboard manufacturers in the world today. Back when ASRock was a well-kept secret I was using ASRock Motherboard/CPU combos to make extra money during slack periods. Pop a set of memory on one toss it in a no frills chassis that included a 425w power supply and sell them all day long at 400 and pocket a hundred for my time. After a few years of doing that I noticed none of the motherboards were failing and were slowly gaining OCing features. Having watched them since the Athlon XP 2400 single core AMD CPU was popular I know how far they have come and ASRock has been a staple in my computer building adventures for as long as they have been in existence.

Now looking at how far ASRock has moved in becoming one of the top three manufacturers worldwide and holding the ASRock Fatal1ty in my hands I can see that they have come far enough to surprise a seasoned hardware veteran like me. From the XXL Aluminum Ally heatsinks to the heat pipe passively evening the heat loads to the Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps everything on this board screams two things, Quality and Overclock. Just a small spoiler, just for fun as soon as I got the board installed and the dual Radiator Thermaltake Water 2.0 hooked up I fired up the board and as soon as the OS was loaded I kicked on F-Stream Easy OC and one reboot later I was already at 4.2GHz stable and running. We are talking about a 900MHz OC with no effort other than clicking a button. If that doesn’t send you into Nerd Love you need to burn your Official Nerd Card and sprinkle the ashes over your neglected computer.



Asrock Fatal1ty X99 Killer
Chipset Intel X99 Express Chipset
CPU Support – Supports Intel® Core™ i7 and Xeon® 18-Core Processors Family for the LGA 2011-3 Socket
– Digi Power design– 12 Phase CPU Power design (Supports up to 1300w)
– Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology– Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
Memory – Quad Channel DDR4 Memory Technology
– 8 x DDR4 DIMM Slots
– Supports DDR4 3000+(OC)*/2933+(OC)/2800(OC)/2400(OC)/2133/1866/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
– Supports non-ECC RDIMM (Registered DIMM)
– Supports DDR4 ECC, un-buffered memory/RDIMM with Intel® Xeon® processors E5 series in the LGA 2011-3 Socket
– Max. capacity of system memory: 128GB
– Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 2.0
BIOS – 2 x 128Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with multilingual GUI support (1 x Main BIOS and 1 x Backup BIOS)
– Supports Secure Backup UEFI Technology
– ACPI 1.1 Compliant wake up events
– SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
– CPU, DRAM, PCH 1.05V, PCH 1.5V, VPPM Voltage Multi-adjustment
Audio – 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec)
– Premium Blu-ray Audio support
– Supports Surge Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection)
– Supports Purity Sound™ 2
– Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Caps
– 115dB SNR DAC with differential amplifier
– TI® NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier (Supports up to 600 ohm headsets)
– Direct Drive Technology
– EMI shielding cover
– PCB isolate shielding
– Supports DTS Connect
– 1 x Intel® I218V (Gigabit LAN PHY 10/100/1000 Mb/s)
– 1 x Qualcomm® Atheros® Killer™ E2200 Series (PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s)
– Supports Qualcomm® Atheros® Security Wake On Internet Technology (on Qualcomm® Atheros®Killer™ E2200 Series)
– Supports Wake-On-LAN
– Supports Lightning/ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection)
– Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
– Supports PXE

– 3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots (PCIE1 @ x16 mode; PCIE3 @ x16 mode; PCIE5 @ x8 mode)*
– 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slots
– 1 x mini-PCI Express Slot
– Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™, 3-Way CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
– Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI™, 3-Way SLI™ and SLI™***

*If you install CPU with 28 lanes, PCIE1/PCIE3/PCIE5 will run at x16/x8/x4.
**If M.2 PCI Express module is installed, PCIE5 slot will be disabled.
***If you install CPU with 28 lanes, 3-Way SLI™ is not supported.

Storage – 10 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10 and Intel® Rapid Storage 13), NCQ, AHCI, Hot Plug and ASRock HDD Saver Technology
– 1 x eSATA Connector, supports NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
– 1 x Ultra M.2 Socket, supports M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen3 x4 (32 Gb/s)
Audio • Realtek® ALC1150 Codec– 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio– Supports S/PDIF output
Onboard Connections / Rear IO – 1 x COM Port Header
– 1 x TPM Header
– 1 x Power LED Header
– 2 x CPU Fan Connectors (1 x 4-pin, 1 x 3-pin)
– 3 x Chassis Fan Connectors (1 x 4-pin, 2 x 3-pin) (Smart Fan Speed Control)
– 1 x Power Fan Connector (3-pin)
– 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
– 1 x 8 pin 12V Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector)
– 1 x 4 pin 12V Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector)
– 1 x HDD Saver Connector
– 1 x PCIe Power Connector
– 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector
– 1 x Thunderbolt™ AIC Connector
– 2 x USB 2.0 Headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
– 1 x Vertical Type A USB 3.0
– 2 x USB 3.0 Headers (Support 4 USB 3.0 ports) (ASMedia ASM1074 hub) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
– 1 x Dr. Debug with LED
– 1 x Power Switch with LED
– 1 x Reset Switch with LED
– V-Probe™: 7-set of onboard voltage measurement points laid
– Rapid OC Buttons: +/- buttons to adjust OC frequency
– 1 x Menu Button
– 1 x PCIe ON/OFF Switch
– 1 x Slow Mode Switch
– 1 x LN2 Mode Switch
– 1 x BIOS Selection Switch
– 1 x Direct Key ButtonRear I/O– 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
– 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
– 1 x eSATA Connector
– 1 x USB 2.0 Port (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
– 1 x Fatal1ty Mouse Port (USB 2.0) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
– 4 x USB 3.0 Ports (ASMedia ASM1074 hub) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
– 2 x USB 3.0 Ports (ASMedia ASM1042) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
– 2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
– 1 x Clear CMOS Switch
– HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
Accessories – 2 x ASRock SLI_Bridge Cards
– 1 x ASRock SLI_Bridge_3S Card
– 1 x ASRock 3-Way SLI™ Bridge Card
– Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
– 4 x SATA Data Cables
– 1 x HDD Saver Cable
– 2 x Screws for M.2 Sockets
– 1 x Screw for mini-PCIe Slot
Form Factor – EATX Form Factor
– 8 Layer PCB
– 4 x 2oz copper
– High Density Glass Fabric PCB
Hardware Monitoring – CPU/Chassis temperature sensing
– CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
– CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Auto adjust chassis fan speed by CPU temperature)
– CPU/Chassis Fan multi-speed control
– Voltage monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Input Voltage, CPU Internal Voltages
– Multi Thermal Sensor



Here’s a peek at the bundle:

  • 1 x ASRock SLI_Bridge_3S Card
  • 1 x ASRock 3-Way SLI™ Bridge Card
  • 1 Quick Installation Guide
  • Support CD
  • I/O Shield
  • 4 x SATA Data Cables
  • 1 x HDD Saver Cable
  • 2 x Screws for M.2 Sockets
  • 1 x Screw for mini-PCIe Slot
  • 1 x Case Badge

As you can see the accessories included are enough for the average end-user to get started with and considering the $284 Dollar (NewEgg) price tag quite generous.

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