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ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance
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.