A GEN­UINE SUR­PRISE

ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Per­for­mance

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Alex Wong

In our pre­vi­ous is­sue, we took a look at ASRock's Fatal1ty Z97X Killer moth­er­board, which im­pressed us with its fea­tures. This month, we take a closer look at the lat­est H97 chipset moth­er­board from ASRock, the Fatal1ty H97 Per­for­mance. De­spite be­ing equipped with a H97 chipset, the moth­er­board is built with an 8 Power Phase de­sign. Could this be the next moth­er­board on your wish list?

De­spite the at­trac­tive price tag, ASRock didn't aban­don the qual­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity on the H97 Per­for­mance. It's equipped with Nichicon 12K Plat­inum Caps that has been stress tested to the point that ASRock them­selves claim that these caps will have a life­span of at least 12,000 hours. Ad­di­tion­ally, it has a pure black PCB ap­pear­ance that rep­re­sents the rock-solid qual­ity of all ASRock moth­er­boards. ASRock has also been us­ing new gen­er­a­tion al­loy chokes, which ef­fec­tively in­crease the sat­u­ra­tion cur­rent by up to 90 per­cent, and fea­ture a highly mag­netic and heat- re­sis­tant de­sign, which in turn makes the moth­er­board more ef­fi­cient, sta­ble and re­li­able.

One of the more prom­i­nent fea­tures of the board is the Key Mas­ter. It con­sists of two ma­jor fea­tures, the Sniper Key and Macro Key, both hav­ing been de­signed to en­hance your mouse and key­board with cus­tomiz­able macros, sniper modes, and even key re­peat rates. Sim­ply put, these fea­tures ef­fec­tively turn your bor­ing old key­board and mouse into lethal weapons on the dig­i­tal bat­tle­field. The Sniper Key ba­si­cally works like a DPI lim­iter, dra­mat­i­cally re­duc­ing the mouse speed when you're in sniper mode (i.e. zoom­ing in down the scope of a ri­fle), which greatly im­proves your ac­cu­racy.

Con­trary to the be­lief that H97 chipset moth­er­boards can­not be over­clocked, we ac­tu­ally did man­aged to over­clock the com­po­nent. We used In­tel's new Core i7-4790K Devil's Canyon pro­ces­sor to test the moth­er­board and man­aged to over­clock it to 4.6GHz on a 1.2 V core from 4GHz. On PCMark 8, the board achieved a score of 5,055, which is very im­pres­sive con­sid­er­ing that it's a moth­er­board that sup­pos­edly isn't de­signed for hard­core over­clock­ing.

Of­fer­ing full-on gam­ing fea­tures and sta­bil­ity, the ASRock Fa­ta1ty H97 Per­for­mance comes highly rec­om­mended for gamers that want a gam­ing moth­er­board that doesn't break the bank. You can be­come one of the best com­men­ta­tors by us­ing XS­plit pro­vided from ASRock to host your live stream now. In short, this moth­er­board is a bang-for-your-buck piece of hard­ware.

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