Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
Coming in with a price tag of $359.99, the ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion isn't a cheap motherboard, but saying that it comes in at a cheaper price point than we expected it would. While the board clearly has a lot of highlights, I think the one that stands out for us the most is the inclusion of the Creative Sound Core3D quad-core sound and voice processor, which is sure to add to the build price of the motherboard.
Coming in above this price point, we see a couple of motherboard brands offer a typical Realtek audio setup, and this is indeed a real testament to what ASRock is offering. Alongside this we've got a number of just great features that we often see on ASRock boards including XFast technology, Premium Gold Caps, Dual Stock Mosfet and generally speaking a really good BIOS that's extremely easy to use.
Performance on a whole out of the box is fairly standard. It doesn't really stand out in an extremely positive or negative way in any particular area and just on a whole performs exactly as we expected. Overclocking performance was strong and we hit what ultimately seems to be the overclocking wall of our particular CPU.
The X79 platform on a whole isn't as easy to swallow as a purchase these days due to the aggressive price point of the Z77 platform. We've also got a truly massive line up of motherboards with that particular chipsets and a huge feature and price range that means you'll probably find a board for exactly what you want.
Saying that, though, you can't deny the simple fact that if you're building the ultimate system, it's going to be currently powered by the Intel X79 chipset. ASRock have put together not only a board that looks great, but one that performs well, offers a huge amount of features and an overall great bundle.