ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer Motherboard Review

Introduction

Intel’s release of the Haswell-E and the corresponding X99 chipset has created quite a buzz. The new design brought many of the features of the previously released Z97 to the Intel Extreme line up. With the new chipset release there has also been another important change, the introduction of DDR4 memory. ASRock has been kind enough to send us one of their recently released X99 chipset motherboards, the Fatal1ty X99M Killer. The Fatal1ty X99M Killer is part of their Fatal1ty gaming line. This line of motherboards has proven to be very popular with gamers worldwide.

The Fatal1ty X99M Killer supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processors. There is 2way AMD CrossFire and Nvidia SLI support. On the networking side, a Killer E2200 network adaptor supplies more advanced features over the standard Intel 1218V network adaptor, though that is also included. Purity Sounds 2 via a Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio controller with Built-in rear audio amplifier supplies your audio needs. ASRock’s Super Alloy construction features an XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink, premium 60A power choke, premium memory choke, , Ultra Dual-N MOSFET (UDM), NexFET™ MOSFET, Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps, Sapphire Black PCB.

ASRock has not been remiss on the software side either. They have revised their UEFI BIOS, which has exclusive ASROCK Fatal1ty features. There is also an application center that allows quite a bit of control over the BIOS, overclocking, and other various features from inside the Windows environment. If that was not enough, this is all wrapped up in a mATX form factor.

ASRock’s take on the Fatal1ty X99M Killer

No Lag, Just Frag

ASRock Killer Series features the Killer™ E2200 Intelligent Networking Platform is built for maximum networking performance for online games and high-quality streaming media. Featuring Advanced Stream Detect™, Killer E2200 automatically detects and accelerates game traffic ahead of other network traffic for smoother, stutter-free in-game performance and the competitive edge. With this exclusive, automatic traffic prioritization, games and real-time chat get priority over low-level system chatter, giving you the lowest latency for game data on the most controllable network hardware available.Delivering faster networking performance for time-sensitive UDP (User Datagram Protocol) based applications, such as online games and high quality media streaming.* Test results may vary depending on the setup, internet environment and time.Use Qualcomm Atheros Killer Network Manager to classify and prioritize online games, HD video and high quality audio for better quality and fewer interruptions in your online experience.See which applications are hogging bandwidth and tune performance for each, so they don’t interfere with your online gameplay or other streams. Monitor and manage the health and performance of your gaming rig with graphical displays, detailed logging and complete redesigned user interface.

XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink Design

The extra-large aluminum alloy heatsinks take away heat dramatically. As the MOSFETs and chipsets areas are well covered by these heatsinks to protect them from overheating, MOSFET and chipsets can perform with lower temperature, and your motherboard and system will be more stable and reliable.

Premium 60A Power Choke

Compared to traditional chokes, ASRock’s new-gen premium power chokes effectively increase up to 3 times better saturation current, providing enhanced and improved Vcore voltage to the motherboard.

Premium Memory Alloy Choke

Specially designed for memory power delivery, the new-gen alloy chokes feature a highly magnetic and heat resistant design, thus delivering more stable and reliable power to the motherboard.

NexFET MOSFETs in memory areas use a special design for protecting them from electrostatic discharge and offer up to 7.5 times the ESD protection levels compared to traditional MOSFETs.

NexFET MOSFET for Memory Power

The next generation NexFET MOSFETs control the power supply to DRAM slots more efficiently. They provide lower RDS(on) 2.9 mΩ, delivering higher efficiency and lower temperature.

Ultra Dual-N MOSFET

Combining with two silicon dies into one MOSFET, Ultra Dual-N MOSFET provides larger die area and lower Rds(on), so the power supply for the CPU Vcore is more efficient.

Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps

Supreme 12K platinum capacitors with lifespans of at least 12,000 hours. Compared to other counterparts on high-end motherboards that merely have lifespans of around 10,000 hours, ASRock applied Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps that offer 20% longer lifespans and provide more stability and reliability.

Sapphire Black PCB

ASRock does not overlook any details, even those tiny ones. With pure black PCB appearance, the new Sapphire Black PCB represents rock-solid quality and gives the motherboard a more mysterious touch.

Supports DDR4 ECC / RDIMM Memory Modules

This motherboard is capable of supporting DDR4 ECC and RDIMM (Registered DIMM) memory modules which deliver server-grade performance and durability for high-powered computing systems.

ASRock APP Shop

ASRock APP Shop is designed for your convenience. We provide various apps and support software for users to download. You can easily optimize your system and keep your motherboard up to date with ASRock APP Shop.

ASRock APP Shop is the only all-in-one software package that delivers you the most practical PC apps and tools, in one integrated interface – from ASRock exclusive tools to the most update-to-date options of the latest technology.

  • Orbweb ME: Get Connected with ASRock Cloud Anytime
  • AnywhereApp Charger: Fast Charge & Charge Anytime
  • Google Chrome: Better Browsing with Google Options
  • XFast LAN: Your Smartest Internet Access Manager

Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4)

The World’s Fastest M.2 Socket – PCIe Gen3 x4. The onboard M.2 socket is a new interface for connecting Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) SSDs or other devices. ASRock is the first in the world to implement PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 socket on motherboards. The ultimate Ultra M.2 interface pushes the speed up to 32Gb/s which is 6X faster compared to other M.2 Gen2 x1 solutions that are limited to 5Gb/s.

Key Master

What good is a weapon if you are unable to wield it proficiently? Key Master consists of two major features, Sniper Key and Macro Key. It can enhance your mouse and keyboard with customizable macros, sniper modes, key repeat rates and repeat delay, turning your boring old keyboard and mouse into lethal weapons. Key Master may be prohibited by some games. We suggest disabling Key Master if it violates the game’s end user license agreement.

  • Sniper Key – Use Sniper Key to shift the mouse speed when you’re in sniper mode, it will greatly sharpen your accuracy.
  • Macro Key – Tired of those repetitive keystrokes? Create your own set of keyboard hotkeys and macros with Macro Key to save the trouble.

 

That is only a short list of the Fatal1ty X99M Killer’s many features. Let us take a look at the product specifications and packaging next.



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