ASRock Introduces Fatal1ty Z170 Professional Series Gaming i7 Motherboard

ASRock introduces their newest motherboard as the “highest performance gaming motherboard available” and it surely is packed full of great features. The ASRock-Fatal1ty Z170 Professional Series Gaming i7 is built with Intel’s latest chipset, the Z170, and supports the 6th generation Intel Core processors as well as the fastest DDR4 modules around. It has 12 power phases, three native graphic output options, and four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots for triple CrossFireX or Quad SLI setups.

The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming i7 doesn’t lack any sort of connectivity. It is equipped with Dual gigabit Intel LAN, three Ultra M.2 slots, ten SATA3, and three SATA Express ports. There are plenty of USB connectors with a total of up to eight USB 2.0, eight USB 3.0, and two USB 3.1 Type-A and Type-C ports. Naturally, it also features a Fatal1ty mouse port with extra low latency. The audio is covered by a 7.1 Channel HD Audio codec (Realtek ALC1150) that supports Purity Sound 3 & DTS Connect.

Both the PCI Express slots and the memory slots have gold-plated connectors for optimal connection and the caps are Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps, creating a stable platform for your gaming experiences. The external base clock generator provides a wider range of frequencies and a more precise clock that helps overclockers with more control over their system. All in all, this motherboard has it all.

ASRock Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac offers native 4K 60Hz Video Out

ASRock has come a very long way over the last years, moving from a budget company to a force that shouldn’t be dismissed, and that is proven again by the quite impressive Fata1ty branded Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac mini-ITX motherboard. Despite its size, it packs amazing features and a solid build quality.

The first feature to stand out on this little marvel is the native 4K 60Hz video output capabilities thanks to the HDMI 2.0 port. HDMI 2.0 was introduced quite a while ago, but its adoption has been more than sluggish. That also means that this is the first 100-series chipset mITX motherboard with just that feature.

Moving on and you’ll find anything else that you’ll want from a Gaming motherboard. ASRock added the Fatal1ty mouse port, Intel-based Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, and an 802.11ac wireless network card.

The Gaming-ITX motherboard features plenty of USB connections, ranging from USB 2.0 to USB 3.1, SATA3 ports, a single SATA-Express port. Other connections include a PS2 dual-port, onboard audio, a PCIe x16 Gen3 slot, and more. Hidden on the rear of the motherboard you’ll also find an ultra M.2 slot.

The motherboard is built on an 8-layer PCB and adopts an eight power phase design. IUt’s further built with Super Alloy and Gaming Armor design, such as the Premium 60A Power Chokes, Dual-Stack MOSFET, Nichicon 12K Platinum Capacitors, Hi-Density Power Connector, 15μ gold contacts and Digi Power.

ASRock didn’t reveal a global availability or MSRP price, but it can already be had in some regions such as Germany where it retails starting from €193.04. It surely isn’t the cheapest, but it’s also quite impressive on its feature list.

ASRock Reveals X99M Killer mATX Motherboard

A couple of days ago ASRock showed us their X99X Killer motherboard, and today they’re showing us it’s little brother. They being in the mood to share is great for us and we’re getting a sneak peak at the ASRock X99M Killer mATX board. The minimized size has cost the board half its memory slots compared to the big brother, but it doesn’t let down on features in other areas. And lets face it, four RAM slots is more then enough for most people.

As the name suggests, we’re of course seeing the X99 chipset as well as the LGA2011 Socket. With three PCI Express x16 slots and 10 SATA 6Gbps ports, this little brother has nothing to be ashamed off. One Ultra M.2 connector, two Gigabit Ethernet controller (Intel and KillerNIC) and a Purity Sound 2 7.1 Audio chip are also found on this board. The double-digit error displays for quick bug-fixing is always a nice thing to see on any motherboard.

The IO area offers two USB 2.0 Fatal1ty mouse ports, four normal USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA and two Gigabit RJ45 ports and a dual PS2 mouse and keyboard port. Of course there’s also the five 3.5 mm and optical audio ports. Another four USB 2.0 and two USB 3.0 ports can be connected to the on-board headers.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of TechPowerUp.

ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer (LGA 1150) Motherboard Review

Introduction, Specifications and Packaging


We’ve covered an absolute ton of Intel Z97 based motherboards since the chipset launched back on June 11th, a couple of weeks ago, but in that time we’ve yet to see an offering from ASRock. Today, and over the coming weeks, we will be rectifying that by having a look at a lot more motherboards from ASRock’s Z97 series. Up first we have their Fatal1ty Z97X Killer motherboard which is part of their Fatal1ty gaming motherboard product series. Interestingly this motherboard will compete with MSI’s Gaming 7 and Gigabyte’s Gaming 7 in that hugely competitive sub-£140/$190 price point and it actually comes in a fair amount cheaper than the competition at just £125/$160. ASRock are equipping all their usual features with this motherboard such as their Purity Sound audio implementation, their Fatal1ty USB gaming port, their Super Alloy power components and a Killer E2200 gaming NIC. This motherboard has fairly similar specifications and features to other motherboards at this price point although this board does have the advantage of offering SATA Express and M.2 whereas a lot of the gaming motherboards at this price point offer only M.2. Full specifications of this motherboard can be seen directly below:

Packaging and Accessories

The packaging lets the Fatal1ty branding take centre stage while offering an overwhelming number of logos on the front that denote features, brands, software and so on.

On the back we can see these explained in more detail with the usual motherboard marketing page we’ve come to expect from all motherboard brands.

Included in terms of documentation is a a couple of user guides for the board and its software, an explanatory brochure for the ASRock Cloud feature, a driver DVD and case badge and a 3 month premium license to XSplit Broadcaster (note this is not the same as the XSplit Gamecaster Premium license a rival vendor includes with their products).

Other accessories included are four SATA cables, a colour coded rear I/O, 2-way SLI bridge, SATA power cable for the HDD saver feature and a screw for the M.2 SSD port.

ASRock Just Announced The Full Fatal1ty Killer Gaming Motherboard Series

ASRock just unveiled the mew Killer Series motherboards, having exactly as the name states, killer design and performance. The series is made up of the Z87, B85, 990FX and FM2A88X+, all Killer!

Apart from the ludicrously fast Killer LAN that speeds up networking performances up to 5 times faster, this time ASRock has also added more surprising elements into the game, 990FX Killer is the world’s first motherboard to have a PCIe Gen2 x2/SATA M.2 socket.

The onboard M.2 socket is a new interface for connecting Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) solid state drives or other devices. ASRock’s 990FX Killer supports M.2 SATA3 6.0Gb/s modules and M.2 PCI Express modules up to Gen2 x2 10Gb/s , which is 2X faster compared to other M.2 Gen2 x1 solutions that are limited to 5 Gb/s. It increases the NGFF SSDs performance while reducing the load time and boosting overall performance.

Other features that are included in the Killer gaming motherboard series include Premium Gold Capacitors, Digi Power, Purity Sound 115dB SNR, Gaming Armor, Key Master, F-Stream and XSplit 3 month premium license which is worth $24.95.


Motherboard full specs:

1 – ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer!

  • A-Style : Purity Sound, HDMI-In
  • Gaming Armor
  • » CPU Power – Hi-Density Power Connector
  • » VGA Card – 15μ Gold Finger, SLI/CrossFireX Power Connector
  • » Internet – Qualcomm Atheros Killer LAN
  • » Audio – Purity Sound
  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1150 Package
  • Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power, 8 Power Phase Design
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 3050+(OC)
  • 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 4 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX, NVIDIA® Quad SLI
  • VGA Output/Input Options : D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI-Out, HDMI-In
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
  • Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 Series Gigabit LAN
  • Supports A-Style, F-Stream, Key Master, Easy Driver Installer, FAN-Tastic Tuning, USB Key
  • 6 SATA3, 6 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear), 8 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 3 Rear, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
  • Free Bundle : XSplit 3 Months Premium License

2 – ASRock Fatal1ty B85 Killer!

  • A-Style : Purity Sound
  • Gaming Armor
  • » CPU Power – Hi-Density Power Connector
  • » VGA Card – 15μ Gold Finger
  • » Internet – Qualcomm Atheros Killer LAN
  • » Audio – Purity Sound
  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1150 Package
  • Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 1600
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1, 3 PCI
  • Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX, CrossFireX
  • VGA Output Options : D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
  • Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 Series Gigabit LAN
  • Supports A-Style, F-Stream, Key Master, Easy Driver Installer, FAN-Tastic Tuning, USB Key
  • 4 SATA3, 2 SATA2, 4 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 2 Rear), 8 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 3 Rear, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
  • Free Bundle : XSplit 3 Months Premium License

3 – ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer!

  • A-Style : Purity Sound
  • Gaming Armor
  • » CPU Power – Hi-Density Power Connector
  • » VGA Card – 15μ Gold Finger, SLI/CrossFireX Power Connector
  • » Internet – Qualcomm Atheros Killer LAN
  • » Audio – Purity Sound
  • Supports Socket AM3+ / AM3 processors
  • Supports 8-Core CPUs
  • Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power, 8 + 2 Power Phase Design
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2450(OC)
  • 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1
  • Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX, NVIDIA® Quad SLI
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
  • Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 Series Gigabit LAN
  • Supports A-Style, F-Stream, Key Master, X-Boost, XFast RAM, Easy Driver Installer
  • 5 SATA3, 1 M.2 (NGFF) Socket, 1 eSATA3
  • 7 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear, 1 Vertical Type A), 10 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 5 Rear, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
  • Free Bundle : XSplit 3 Months Premium License

4 – ASRock Fatal1ty FM2A88X+ Killer!

  • A-Style : Purity Sound
  • Gaming Armor
  • » CPU Power – Hi-Density Power Connector
  • » VGA Card – 15μ Gold Finger, SLI/CrossFireX Power Connector
  • » Internet – Qualcomm Atheros Killer LAN
  • » Audio – Purity Sound
  • Supports Socket FM2+ 95W / FM2 100W processors
  • Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2600+(OC)
  • 1 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1, 3 PCI
  • Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX, CrossFireX and Dual Graphics
  • Graphics Output Options : D-Sub, DVI-D, HDMI
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
  • Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 Series Gigabit LAN
  • Supports A-Style, Key Master, F-Stream, X-Boost, XFast RAM, Easy Driver Installer, USB Key
  • 8 SATA3, 6 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear), 10 USB 2.0 (6 Front, 3 Rear, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse Port)
  • Free Bundle : XSplit 3 Months Premium License

For more information please refer to the ASRock Fatal1ty website.

Thank you ASRock for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of ASRock