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ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer's Native PCIe SSD Performance Preview - Final Thoughts

ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer's Native PCIe SSD Performance Preview
We introduced you to SATA Express on a prototype product. Today Chris tests the first desktop motherboard with native PCIe two lane m.2 storage.
By: | PCIe in Storage | Posted: Jan 5, 2014 8:31 pm

Final Thoughts




We've reviewed the SanDisk A110 previously, and Shawn should have a Fatal1ty 990FX Killer on the test bench soon. Today, we really just wanted to see what the Next Generation Form Factor has to offer in final retail form. I'm definitely not disappointed, and I can't say I'm surprised. Then again, I've ran the SanDisk A110 in a number of PCIe adapters already, and the performance is pretty close to what we've published before.


It's not a big secret that AMD chipsets lag behind Intel's a bit when it comes to SATA III performance. Moving to PCIe based storage evens the playing field, and improves AMD's storage stance. It's difficult to screw up PCI Express, but this is one area where AMD does have an advantage.


AMD offers more PCIe lanes for system builders to work with over Intel's consumer chipsets, but they are only PCIe 2.0 instead of PCIe 3.0. When it comes to the storage side, PCIe 3.0 and PCIe 2.0 are nearly irrelevant because the first m.2 and SATA Express drives are PCIe 2.0.


ASRock not only managed to kick out the first desktop motherboard with full m.2 support, but they also did it in style. The Fatal1ty 990FX Killer packs a lot of really nice features. I think a lot of hardcore enthusiasts will pass on the board since it's AMD based, but for those willing to take a chance, the FX-9590 is a powerful CPU as long as you can handle the high TDP.

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