ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer/3.1 AMD SATA RAID Driver
ASROCK FATAL1TY FX KILLER Socket AM3+/ AMD FX/ DDR3/ Quad and NVIDIA Quad SLI, SLI Technology; SATA: 5x SATA3 Ports, Support RAID 0. Motherboard - AMD FX / SB, 2x PCIe x16, DDR3 , SATA III RAID, USB 4xPCIe x16, 5x SATA III RAID, M.2, 3x USB , USB (type C), USB , ASROCK Fatal1ty Performance - Motherboard ASROCK FX Killer. Fatal1ty FX Killer/ ASRock USB Gen2/A+C (10 Gb/s) Supports Socket AM3 processors: AMD Phenom™ II X6 / X4 / X3 / X2 (except / ) / Athlon II X4 / X3 5 x SATA3 Gb/s Connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, JBOD and RAID 5), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug 4 x SATA Data Cables.
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ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer/3.1 AMD SATA RAID Driver
Unlike some manufacturers Asrock don't believe in cherry picking, the board I have is from the production line it is one hundred percent representative of what you will also pick up, which is a good thing.
Let's see if the good folks at Asrock will be the ones to restore my excitement and vigour for AMDs AM4 platform and Zen as other X boards I've looked at from other competitors in what I'm now going to coin as "the peoples review" have ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer/3.1 AMD SATA RAID from downright poor to average at best. You see, almost all of the hardware I review for you guys I pay for out of my own pocket so aside from having principles and standards I will not abandon I will always be honest in my opinions, showing you what I consider to be good points and the bad.
It's how I roll.
Asrock Fatal1ty FX Killer Motherboard Review: The Last of Its Kind? — Modders-Inc
This review took longer than initially planned for various reasons including me deciding to ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer/3.1 AMD SATA RAID review G. Skills RipjawsV MHz DDR4 kit alongside the K4 but here we are today at long last to look at the K4 itself so without further delay, can Asrock single handed turn my frowny face upside down as bad X encounters take their toll on even my optimistic nature?
Will the Fatal1ty Gaming K4 be a hit, or another fatality?
Picture Time Let's start with a three for one shot today; Get off that box chimp it's not a climbing frame! First glance then, I'm happy to See Asrock keep the marketing to a minimum and focus on telling you about the features of the board.
People want specs not marketing in order to make an informed purchase and I'm sure anyone like me is actually put off by masses of marketing on a product, so I'm glad to see Asrock don't plaster the box with marketing exclusive material and focus more on the hardware and specs. Up close and personal now we get to see some of the goodies this Gaming K4 has, quite large Mosfet heatsinks so a good start there, no heatpipe though to help spread thermal load which is a bit disappointing.
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Asrock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer Motherboard Review: The Last of Its Kind?
The heatsink ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer/3.1 AMD SATA RAID the Southbridge looks like it might be deceptively good despite a lack of fins because it is a rather thick lump like the Mosfet heatsinks but the lack of fins on any heatsink always bothers me as it's not thermodynamically optimal. There is even a slot on this board to plug in a little wifi card too which is great, this board is packing a lot more hardware than what initially meets the eye with even the inclusion of a couple ports down to the bottom right for LED strips, that's pretty nifty and certainly better than building a smorgasbord of LED lights in to the PCB, this way we benefit from being able to replace the LEDs once they have dimmed too much.
I'll give special mention to the DIMM banks, they don't look like anything much at first but you will notice there are only clips at the top of the banks to open in order to take modules out or insert them. I for one appreciate and applaud whoever had the good sense to do this. Here we have something I picked out to help emphasise how good the components are I'm ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer/3.1 AMD SATA RAID on this board. They are right up there in terms of quality with the likes of Nippon Chemi-con and Rubycon.
Looks like if you have an aging sound card you just might be able to abandon it in favour of this ALC solution.
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Now for a sneaky up close peek of the socket area, as you would expect the area has been kept clear and everything is neat and tidy. I'm sure there are some that will appreciate that latter touch but personally I'd rather have a few more USB ports.
At the very left are where the antenna ports for the wifi would be, in case you are wondering. The bundle the board comes with, functional but bare metal.
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One thing I do find is an odd omission is that no LED strip has been included to help show off the LED header feature which I assume Asrock intend as a highlight to make the board unique as they even advertise it on the back of the box. You can't fault the accessories much for the pounds ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer/3.1 AMD SATA RAID point of the Gaming K4 but it ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer/3.1 AMD SATA RAID unfortunate no LED strip is included.
Tearing the board down Ah there you are Mr. PCB, let's see what you have been hiding under all of those heatsinks and shrouding. Not many Xs have a clock generator so I can't say I'm surprised at not finding one but it would be nice to see more X boards with a clock generator. There is also only one ROM chip. I commented on this back when I did a peoples review on the intel Asrock boards.
Having only one ROM chip with no backup creates a precarious circumstance, in the event of a bad flash the user cannot simply flip a switch to recover the "bad" ROM chip, add to this the ROM chips are now soldered so you can't even remove the chip and re-flash it with a programmer and you have a real recipe of risk.
A backup or removable ROM chip saves considerable inconvenience in the event of a bad flash on the users end.
You won't have to deal with as many RMAs by adding a backup chip either Asrock so come on, let? Moving to the fan header placements, they are all generally well placed and quite plentiful although a fan header could do with moving or one simply being added to the left side of the board.
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Don't forget about the people who use AIO liquid coolers and dual fans on the radiator Asrock. It's a nice place to put a few LEDs, but a long graphics card with a dual slot cooler will block a good portion of the LED glow.
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Now we get to the real meat, the Mosfets. These are Sinopower SMs, their operating range is between minus 55c to c as best as I can tell, they seem to be good quality. I have not seen anything during the tear down ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer/3.1 AMD SATA RAID suggest Asrock have used anything but very good quality components for the construction of the X Gaming K4 and in fact even the solder work on the back of the board I would consider to be flawless with not even any flux residue and everything in general very neatly done.
Don't let the chart fool you, the difference in Cinebench between MHz and MHz memory speed is not significant, but there is a small bump in this test when switching to faster memory Cinebench is just not bandwidth limited but all about raw CPU speed which is why the faster memory only has a small impact here. That is one hell of a difference in Cloudgate simply switching to MHz memory speed you really see how sensitive to bandwidth and latency ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer/3.1 AMD SATA RAID is here.
The CCX just loves the extra speed it can run at with faster memory.
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Above are the settings that were used. This is some interesting results really highlighting how you can potentially cripple Zen gaming performance if you use slow memory. Average performance changes very little but those minimum frame rates increase by