Introduction of the ASRock Z97X Killer
The other day, we got a chance to check out the brand new Devils Canyon processor from Intel, the i7-4790K. Being the new top 1150 LGA processor from the company, it has, of course, made its way into our testbed to replace our much loved i7-4770K that has served us extremely well since its introduction. The first board that will be making use of the new processor will be the ASRock Z97X Killer, which was the motherboard we used in our initial review of the processor.
While the Z97 chipset and the i7-4790K hasn't blown us away due to the fact that it hasn't brought a ton of new features or performance to the table, the fact that the motherboards and the processor hit at a similar price point as what they're replacing means there's simply no reason to not be looking at these items over the previous generation.
What the Z97 chipset has brought with it, though, is a ton of new motherboards and some cool new features from companies expanding on already popular motherboard line-ups. The particular ASRock Z97X Killer motherboard we're looking at today falls under the Fatal1ty series from the company. This series has always been a bit of a mixed bag for me as I'm not 100 percent sure what Fatal1ty is bringing to the table. I really do find myself quite surprised that ASRock continues to pay the money associated with this branding.
We must admit, though, the Fatal1ty series hasn't brought with it a huge premium in price over recent releases unless it was one of the top versions. So, with that all said and done, let's see just what the new ASRock Z97X Killer is bringing to the table and if it's something that you should be looking at.
Package - What comes inside the box
Taking a look at the front of the box, you can see the model and brand clearly along with a ton of the main features that are being offered. At the top right corner, you can see mention of the Super Alloy feature, while across the bottom, you've got some ASRock features like APP Shop, Purity Sound2, HDD Saver, and ASRock Cloud. You can also see other features like Killer E2200 networking along with a copy of XSplit being included.
Turning the box over, you can see we have an absolute ton of information being shown. Starting from the top, you can see the improvements that the Killer networking chip brings to the table. Working down the list, you can see the Super Allow features, which include XXL Aluminum Heatsink Design, Sapphire Black PCB, Premium Alloy Choke, and 12k Platinum caps, to name some of the main features. In the bottom corner, you've got a mention about the Gaming Armor features, which bring Purity Sound 2, Killer networking, and a few other features. As for the other side, you can see mention about ASRock Cloud, SATA Express, and the M.2 Socket along with HDD Saver, APP Store, XSplit, and the Fatal1ty mouse port.
Diving inside the box, we don't have a ton going on with the normal manual and driver CD being present. We've got a small SLI bridge along with four SATA cables, a SATA power connector, and our standard I/O back plate. ASRock doesn't do a lot with the bundle here and really does choose to simply let the motherboard do all the talking with its long list of features. Of course, it's worth remembering that we do get that ASRock Cloud storage along with a copy of XSplit on the CD.
PRICING: You can find the ASRock Z97X Killer Motherboard for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The ASRock Z97X Killer Motherboard retails for $185.85 at Amazon.
New Zealand: The ASRock Z97X Killer Motherboard retails for $289.99 NZD at Mighty Ape NZ.