ASRock have unveiled their latest X99 creation which will provide support for upcoming Intel Haswell-E Extreme Edition processors and DDR4 memory. The X99X Killer motherboard is part of ASRock’s gaming-orientated Fatal1ty series of motherboards. Like most X99 motherboards it offers support for 8 DDR4 slots for a maximum of 128GB of RAM, three PCI Express X16 slots and a whopping 10 SATA III ports – meaning they are all 6 Gbps. ASRock are also using their Ultra M.2 port which basically makes use of a PCIe Gen 3 X4 slot that can offer up to 32 Gbps – much more than the normal 10 Gbps designated for M.2. Of course there are not any M.2 drives that can currently saturate beyond 10Gbps but in the future that may change.
Being a Gaming-focused motherboard the usual audio and networking package is a priority. ASRock have equipped dual Gigabit ports: one makes use of an Intel NIC (probably the I217V) and the other makes use of a Killer E2200 NIC. The audio is provided by ASRock’s 7.1 Channel Purity Sound 2 package with PCB separation, EMI shielding and high quality audio capacitors, the codec used is most likely to be ALC 1150 from Realtek. To top the gaming features off around the back ASRock provide two of its Fatal1ty USB ports which are intended to enhance the responsive of gaming peripherals like mice and keyboards. The X99X Killer should be made available when X99 and Haswell-E launch later this month.
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