ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer

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The gam­ing com­pe­ti­tion for AMD 990FX chipsets isn’t just be­tween MSI and Gi­ga­byte: ASRock re­leased its Fatal1ty 990FX Killer nearly a year be­fore the afore­men­tioned man­u­fac­tur­ers. But is it any good?

From its Fatal1ty gam­ing mother­board range, the 990FX Killer offers the sys­tem builder four DDR3 DIMM slots, five SATA 6Gbps ports, a sin­gle M. 2 port, three PCIe 2.0 x16 slots and two PCIe x1 slots.

On the rear I/ O back­plate you’ll find a two PS/ 2 mouse and key­board ports, five USB 2.0 ports, a sin­gle USB 2.0 Fatal1ty mouse port, four USB 3.0 ports, one eSATA con­nec­tor, gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net, op­ti­cal S/ PDIF out and a five­port au­dio block. Once again, you won’t find any video out­put ports.

Nat­u­rally, the 990FX Killer is de­signed to ac­com­mo­date mul­ti­ple graph­ics cards, and due to its de­sign there’s enough room be­tween the PCIe slots to fit the big­ger cards with­out too much trou­ble or re­duc­tion in sys­tem air­flow. The de­sign of the mother­board is cer­tainly good else­where, with a red- and- black colour theme along with Fatal1ty and Killer em­bla­zoned on the var­i­ous heatsinks. One thing we did no­tice is that the last mem­ory slot is a lit­tle close to the CPU socket. While the av­er­age and stock cooler should cause too much of an is­sue, big­ger and more ag­gres­sive CPU cool­ers may end up in­ter­fer­ing with the mem­ory mod­ule.

The ad­di­tion of the M. 2 port is ben­e­fi­cial, as with the Gi­ga­byte 990FX and does the mother­board jus­tice. In case you’re in­ter­ested, by the way, the ‘ Killer’ por­tion of the mother­board’s name comes from the use of the Killer E2200 Eth­er­net port, whereas the Fatal1ty part is due to ASRock sign­ing on the fa­mous e- sports per­son­al­ity.

Other than that, there’s very lit­tle left to add be­yond the pre­vi­ously reviewed MSI and Gi­ga­byte motherboards. The ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer’s use of high- den­sity power con­nec­tors, 15μ gold com­po­nents and an ad­di­tional SLI/ Cross­Fire power con­nec­tor are worth men­tion­ing, to be fair. And as with the other motherboards in this guide, the 990FX Killer has solid caps and var­i­ous de­grees of hu­mid­ity and elec­tri­cal dis­charge pro­tec­tion.

The ASRock UEFI BIOS is very sim­i­lar to that of MSI’s ver­sion, in that it’s easy to nav­i­gate and set a wealth of over­clock­ing op­tions. Again, though, as with the MSI ex­am­ple, it’s not quite as friendly as the Gi­ga­byte UEFI BIOS – from the point of view of some­one who doesn’t want ex­treme over­clock­ing, just per­haps a small amount from time to time to keep up with the in­stalled soft­ware and games.

The ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer mother­board doesn’t re­ally bring any­thing new to the ta­ble that we haven’t al­ready seen. It’s good and the same price as the MSI and Gi­ga­byte mod­els, so it’s re­ally down to a com­pany pref­er­ence in the end.

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