Pricing, Availability and Final Thoughts
This is a really interesting board to talk about when it comes to our overall thoughts of it. Coming in at $104.99 at the time of writing, the ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance is really just an awesomely priced motherboard that offers some great performance for the price. Out of the box performance for the most part is pretty typical, it lags sometimes compared to the Z87 offerings, but at this price point, we really can't complain.
What makes the board for us is the fact that we're able to get 4.9GHz out of our 4770K CPU at this price point. Of course, the general feature set is good, the color scheme is also nice for a board at this price point. But the excellent out of the box overclocking performance at this price point is what makes the board really shine for us.
The issue is that in June, Intel issued a statement saying they intended to lock down the ability to use multiplier overclocking on the chipset. Remove the ability to get 4.9GHz from the board and we end up with a model that instead of offering amazing value for money, instead just offers good value for money.
If the removal of this feature is done via a BIOS update, then we could simply just choose to not update the BIOS and we would continue to have the feature. The other option could be a "stability update" through Windows Update. Again if ignored, you could simply continue to have this feature. If you're going to be overclocking, we for the most part feel that you're going to be more comfortable with what's going on. Because of that, we feel that we can score the board based on the fact that it's $104.99 and offers fantastic overclocking features.
If you're able to dodge the update that will lock down the multiplier changing ability (if it even comes out from Intel) and want a system with just one video card, this is ultimately an awesome motherboard. Its performance out of the box is strong and becomes even better when overclocking is thrown into the mix. The overall look of the board is strong and a strong feature set which includes Intel Gigabit networking, plenty of SATA III ports and some Fatalit1y specific feature make for an outstanding board at $104.99.
This is a board we wouldn't hesitate in recommending. We would always feel the need to warn people, though, that you could lose these overclocking abilities if you're not paying too much attention to your updates. As of now, though, we're able to enjoy some great overclocking at a fantastic price point with this product from ASRock.