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ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional Socket 1155 Motherboard

asrock p67 fatal1tyYes, the ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional has a few features that we have not seen in a motherboard before, the most unique of which would be the Fatal1ty Mouse Port. What it does is allow you to adjust the designated USB port to whatever polling rate you wish, from 125 Hz to 1000Hz, which means you could even use the same polling of 500Hz that Fatal1ty uses. As this is just one of the many aspects of the motherboard, follow along and we will give you the full skinny on this new and exciting ASRock review.

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asrock p67 fatal1tyYes, the ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional has a few features that we have not seen in a motherboard before, the most unique of which would be the Fatal1ty Mouse Port. What it does is allow you to adjust the designated USB port to whatever polling rate you wish, from 125 Hz to 1000Hz, which means you could even use the same polling of 500Hz that Fatal1ty uses. As this is just one of the many aspects of the motherboard, follow along and we will give you the full skinny on this new and exciting ASRock review.

Introduction to the ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional

Johnathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel is no stranger to having his name on a motherboard. When ABIT was still a company, his name was plastered on their F-I90HD, FP-IN9 SLI, AN9 32X and the AA8XE. All of which were great boards and overclocked very well, plus they look good with their black and red themes. It was more than the Fatal1ty name on the motherboards that made them great sellers, it was the quality that ABIT was known for; however, now that BIT is no more, who do we turn to for the Fatal1ty branded motherboards?

ASRock made a big splash around the scene when they announced an upcoming Socket 1155 P67 board, one that was being spearheaded by Johnathan Wendel himself. Being the gamer that Fatal1ty is known for, this new Professional Series P67 motherboard offers the user all the gaming advantages he or she needs to frag with the best of them. Perhaps enough for you to get a couple of wins against Johnathan himself.

Yes, the ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional has a lot of features that we have not seen in a motherboard before, the most unique of which would be the Fatal1ty Mouse Port. What it does is allow you to adjust the designated USB port to whatever polling rate you wish, from 125 Hz to 1000Hz, which means you could even use the same polling of 500Hz that Fatal1ty uses. As this is just one of the many aspects of the motherboard, follow along and we will give you the full skinny on this new and exciting ASRock review.

Specifications

CPU– Supports 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 in LGA1155 Package
– Advanced V16 + 2 Power Phase Design
– Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
– Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPU
– Supports Hyper-Threading Technology

Chipset

– Intel® P67

Memory

– Dual Channel DDR3 memory technology
– 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots
– Supports DDR3 2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
– Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB*
– Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
*Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.

BIOS

– 64Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
– Supports “Plug and Play”
– ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
– Supports jumperfree
– SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
– DRAM, PCH, CPU PLL, VTT, VCCSA Voltage Multi-adjustment
 Audio, Video and Networking

Graphics

– n/a

Audio

– 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
– Premium Blu-ray audio support
– Supports THX TruStudio PRO™

LAN

– PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
– Realtek RTL8111E
– Supports Wake-On-LAN
– Supports LAN Cable Detection
– Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
– Supports Dual LAN with Teaming function
 Expansion / Connectivity

Slots

– 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 or dual at x8/x8 mode; PCIE5: x4 mode)
– 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
– 2 x PCI slots
– Supports ATI™ Quad CrossFireX™, 3-Way CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
– Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ and SLI™

SATA3

– 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5 and Intel® Rapid Storage), NCQ, AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions
– 4 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors by Marvell SE9120, support NCQ, AHCI and “Hot Plug” functions (SATA3_M4 connector is shared with eSATA3 port)

USB 3.0

– 4 x Rear USB 3.0 ports by Etron EJ168A, support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
– 1 x Front USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) by Etron EJ168A, supports USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s

Connector

– 4 x SATA2 3.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5 and Intel® Rapid Storage), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug functions
– 6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors
– 1 x ATA133 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)
– 1 x Floppy connector
– 1 x IR header
– 1 x COM port header
– 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
– 1 x IEEE 1394 header
– 1 x Power LED header
– CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
– 24 pin ATX power connector
– 8 pin 12V power connector
– CD in header
– Front panel audio connector
– 4 x USB 2.0 headers (support 8 USB 2.0 ports)
– 1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports)
– 1 x Dr. Debug with LED

Rear Panel I/O

I/O Panel
– 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
– 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
– 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
– 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
– 3 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
– 1 x Fatal1ty Mouse Port (USB 2.0)
– 1 x eSATA3 Connector
– 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
– 2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
– 1 x IEEE 1394 Port
– 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
– HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker / Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
 Other Features / Miscellaneous

Unique Feature

– F-Stream
– Instant Boot
– Instant Flash
– AIWI
– APP Charger
– SmartView
Hybrid Booster
– CPU Frequency Stepless Control
– ASRock U-COP
– Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
– Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.)
– Good Night LED

Smart Switch

– 1 x Power Switch with LED
– 1 x Reset Switch with LED
– 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED

Support CD

– Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite – OEM and Trial)

Accessories

– 1 x SLI_Bridge_2S Card
– Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
– Floppy/ATA 133 Cables
– 6 x SATA Data Cables (optional)
– 2 x SATA 1 to 1 Power Cables (optional)
– 1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel
– 4 x HDD Screws
– 6 x Chassis Screws
– 1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket

Hardware Monitor

– CPU Temperature Sensing
– Chassis Temperature Sensing
– CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
– CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Allow Chassis Fan Speed Auto-Adjust by CPU or MB Temperature)
– CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
– Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore

Form Factor

– ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
– All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors)

OS

– Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit compliant

Certifications

– FCC, CE, WHQL
– ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
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Caution: Please realize that there is a certain risk involved with overclocking, including adjusting the setting in the BIOS or using the third-party overclocking tools. Overclocking may affect your system stability, or even cause damage to the components and devices of your system. It should be done at your own risk and expense. We are not responsible for possible damage caused by overclocking.

The specification is subject to change without notice in advance. The brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Any configuration other than original product specification is not guaranteed.

Features

  • Premium Gold Caps (2.5 x longer life time), 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
  • Digi Power, Advanced V16 + 2 Power Phase Design
  • Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPU
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2133(OC)
  • Supports ATI™ Quad¹ CrossFireX™, 3-Way CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
  • Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ and SLI™
  • Dual PCIE GLAN with Teaming function
  • 1 x Fatal1ty Mouse Port, 2 x Front USB 3.0 ports, 4 x Rear USB 3.0 ports, 6 x SATA3 connectors, 1 x eSATA3 connector, 2 x IEEE 1394 ports
  • Dr. Debug, Smart Switch Design: Power/Reset/Clear CMOS Switch with LED
  • Supports Fatal1ty F-Stream, XFast USB, UEFI, Instant Boot, Instant Flash, Good Night LED, APP Charger, SmartView
  • Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.)
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), THX TruStudio PRO™ and Premium Blu-ray audio support
  • Free Bundle : 1 x SLI_Bridge_2S (2 Slot) Card , 1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel, 1 x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
    ¹ Quad refers to  number of GPUs only as there are only three physical full-length PCIe slots available.

Closer look

The Fatal1ty P67 Professional, or just Fatal1ty as we’ll call it from here on, is based on the P67 chipset manufactured by Intel.  As this board uses the new Socket 1155, that means you can only use the new second generation Core i3/i5/i7 processors in the motherboard. The P67 chipset brought to us more than just support for a new CPU, but sixteen 5GT/s PCIe 2.0 lanes directly integrated in the processor, support for SATA 6Gb/s and better memory bandwidth support.  All are great advantages over the previous P55 chipset, but not quite on par with the aged X58.

Getting back to the Fatal1ty we see that it used the same black and red color theme that we have seen on all other products bearing the its name. The Fatal1ty is one of the better looking motherboards out there. It uses a single heat pipe that interconnects all the heatsinks that cool the PCH (or “the chip formerly known as southbridge“) and power MOSFETs around the motherboard. This allows for all three heatsinks to essentially function as one, providing more heat dissipating surface area.

The Fatal1ty uses a 16+2 power phase configuration for improved power delivery to the CPU and memory controller, meaning better system stability when it comes to operating at higher clock speeds. ASRock also promises better performance and lower operating temperatures as a result of this power configuration. High quality Japanese-made gold solid aluminum electrolytic capacitors have also been use throughout the whole motherboard for increased service life.

When it comes down to the expansion slots, the Fatal1ty is not lacking by any means. There are a total of two standard PCI slots, controlled by an Asmedia ASM1083 PCIe x1-to-PCI bridge, and two PCIe x1 slots. What the gamers are going to like is the three full length PCIe slots, giving the Fatal1ty support for 3-Way and quad GPU setups. The first full length PCIe slot runs at x16 when no other is populated, but if the first two full length slots are used then they are ran in x8/x8 mode. The last full length slot (number 5) runs at x4 regardless.

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Fatal1ty has a total of six SATA III ports (in red): two of them running off the Intel Rapid Storage controller, and the remaining four being controlled by a Marvel SE9120 chip. Sadly, only the Intel ports actually support RAID capability. The remaining four SATA ports (in black) are of the SATA II standard and as well are controlled by the Intel PCH.

[Editor’s Note: As everyone has likely become aware of by now, the B2 revision of the P67’s PCH has been found to contain a flaw, which affects every motherboard manufacturer equally. Yet what some of you may not be aware of is what the flaw is in regards to; the SATA ports, more specifically the SATA II ports. Over time their performance can degrade, which would be quite a pain for anyone utilizing them for hard drives! Aside from the obvious exhange that is being offered with the new revision (which should start shipping to manufacturers very soon), there is a work around that the user can utilize in the interim. Simply put, as only the SATA II ports are afflicted by this that means you still have the SATA III ports, which is one thing that makes the Fatal1ty a great board. With the two offered by the Intel PCH, and the addition four from the Marvel controller, that gives a lot of expansion room for folks. The other recommendation is to use the SATA II ports for just the optical drives, as that will get very little use and even then not be affected by the eventual degraded performance (save for maybe Blu-Ray with it’s 3.5x higher transfer rate).

ASRock added an LED POST code diagnostics display should any boot issues occur, and a set of round push buttons for power and reset. Along the bottom of the motherboard are a series of headers for USB, FireWire, IR and legacy com ports. There is even an ancient floppy drive controller.

The Fatal1ty sports four DDR3 DIMM slots, capable of speeds up to 1600MHz without overclocking, and up to 2133MHz with overclocking. The Fatal1ty also uses a locking mechanism similar to that of ASUS, where the bottom row are permanently locked, to ensure the memory is in securely. On the edge of the motherboard is a 3pin fan header, the ATX power connector, as well as another legacy connection; IDE.

The P67 has all the standard exterior plugs on the rear I/O panel but the ones that really stands out are the two Gigabit LAN ports on a Realtek RTL8111E controller. The two LAN ports give the user the option of running in Teaming or Bonding mode [Editor: us old school computer folks also know it as “Shotgunning”], which allows both ports to work in tandem for twice the bandwidth. There are eight USB ports on the rear of the panel: three USB 2.0, four USB 3.0 and the Fatal1ty USB port that operates at USB 2.0 speeds (indicated by the Fatal1ty logo above red ports). Also present are the digital and analog audio connections, provided by the Realtek ALC892, with THX Pro Studio support. Finally, the overclocker’s favorite friend, the “clr CMOS” button.

BIOS

Initial screen when entering the BIOS. Here you have access to other areas of the UEFI interface.

CPU Controls.

CPU OC Setting.

DRAM Speed Settings.

DIMM Timings

Voltage Settings.

Advanced CPU Configuration.

Fan Controls.

Boot Options.

Key Features

XFast USB

This feature is one that we have seen before from another product. The XFast application boost the performance of the USB ports, but we saw more of a performance increase through the USB 2.0 as apposed than the USB 3.0 ones. This is not necessarily a bad thing as most of our storage devices were USB 2.0.

F-Stream Tuning

This application is where it all begins when you want to overclock within Windows, a one stop shop if you will. You have the advantages of dialing in voltages, BCLK (yeah, right) and CPU ratio, which that is just from the overclocking section. There are sections were you can also control the system’s fans and monitor the system’s temperatures as well.

Fatal1ty Mouse Port

The Fatal1ty Mouse port allows the mouse plugged in to run between 125Hz and 1000Hz, provided that the mouse plugged in is capable of it (as mine is not).

Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K
Ram: Patriot Sector 5 4GB Dual Channel (9-9-9-24) @ 1333MHz
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: N/A
Cooling: Scythe Yasya
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Overclocking the ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional

Granted, overclocking the P67 Sandy Bridge and Cougar Point chipset is not as adventurous as it was with previous chipsets, but the end result is much better, yielding higher overclocks than before. Sure, a lot of the overclocking success you will gain from the new technology is based on your luck with getting the right processor. Even still We have a couple of retail box second generation i5 2500Ks and each did well in this motherboard hitting between 4.7 and 4.8GHz. By dialing in 1.45 volts in the BIOS and adjusting the Turbo ratio, we were able to hit a best of 4.8GHz with the Fatal1ty.

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Testing

SiSoftware Sandra Lite 2011c
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AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50
FinalWire Ltd. today announced the immediate availability of AIDA64 Extreme Edition 1.50 software, a streamlined diagnostic and benchmarking tool for home users; and the immediate availability of AIDA64 Business Edition 1.50 software, an essential network management solution for small and medium scale enterprises.
The new AIDA64 update implements AVX-optimized benchmarks for the upcoming Intel Sandy Bridge processors, adds a brand new video encoding benchmark, and supports the latest AMD and nVIDIA graphics processors.

Maxon Cinebench
CINEBENCH is a real-world test suite that assesses your computer’s performance capabilities. MAXON CINEBENCH is based on MAXON’s award-winning animation software CINEMA 4D, which is used extensively by studios and production houses worldwide for 3D content creation. MAXON software has been used in blockbuster movies such as Spider-Man, Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia and many more.

Super PI Modded 1.5

In August 1995, the calculation of pi up to 4,294,960,000 decimal digits was succeeded by using a supercomputer at the University of Tokyo. The program was written by D.Takahashi in collaboration with Dr. Y.Kanada at the computer center. This record should be the current world record. (Details are shown in the windows help.) This record-breaking program was ported to personal computer environment such as Windows NT and Windows 95. In order to calculate 33.55 million digits, it takes within 3 days with a Pentium 90 MHz, 40 MB main memory and 340 MB available storage.

Tech ARP x264 HD 3.15
Simply put, it is a reproducible measure of fast your machine can encode a short HD-quality video clip into a high quality x264 video file. It’s nice because everyone running it will use the same video clip and software. The video encoder (x264.exe) reports a fairly accurate internal benchmark (in frames per second) for each pass of the video encode and it also uses multi-core processors very efficiently. All these factors make this an ideal benchmark to compare different processors and systems to each other.

Square Enix Final Fantasy XiV
FINAL FANTASY XIV takes the first intrepid steps into an unknown realm, and in doing soa new place for adventurers of all creeds to call home is born — Eorzea.
In the world of Hydaelyn, the term Eorzea denotes the geographical region comprised of the continent of ldenard and its surrounding islands, as well as the civilization which spawned there. Calling the area home are several independent city-states,the most notable being Limsa Lominsa, bustling port and pirate hub;Ul’dah, a desert city rich in mineral wealth; Gridania, nested deep within an ageless wood; and Ishgard, bastion atop the mountains.

Conclusion

For the longest time ASRock was known to be the budget motherboard of choice. Yes, you will still save a buck by going with them, but you are now getting much more for the money, as well as a far superior product than in the past. In the case of the Fatal1ty P67 Professional you get plenty of extras for the money spent: the a new UEFI BIOS, Fatal1ty mouse port, dual Gigabit LAN to do Teaming with and many more options that we don’t see in a lot of competitor’s main boards.

The layout of the motherboard is just awesome. The whole black and red theme goes along with what many are looking for, especially with black interior cases being the mainstream. The advance phase power and the gold capacitors are another way ASRock is boasting their name when it comes to overclocking. The power delivery is right on par with many other high end gaming motherboards, showing just how far ASRock has came over the years.

There are a few things that could have been eliminated from the ASRock for one reason or another. The UEFI BIOS option is a great way to navigate through the options of the board but the background photo was a little distracting, even bothersome at times. The Fatal1ty logo would have been a better option to us. (Sorry Johnathan!)

With all this being said we really like the performance of the motherboard and its overclocking capabilities. ASRock has really impressed us over the last year with their wanting to be known for more than OEM-grade or budget priced motherboards. They are continually integrating new features and improvements with every new chipset that comes out, that pretty soon they will be hitting the levels of the ROG and UD7 motherboards before to long.

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