ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer
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.