Introduction of the ASRock X99X Killer
Taking a look at the Intel i7 5960X EE which was also posted just minutes ago on TweakTown, we found ourselves extremely impressed with what Intel was offering from its prestigious Extreme Edition line of processors. Like any time you look at a single item that pretty much tips $1,000, you find yourself knowing that it's out of reach for so many people or just something that people can't justify.
It's all fair enough in the end. The Core i7 5960X EE is a hugely expensive processor, but with that said, it's at the exact price point you would expect it to be. The good news is that below that, the i7 5930K and i7 5820K processors look like impressive options for people who want to jump on the X99 bandwagon, but not pay the price that is associated with the Extreme Edition line of CPUs.
If want to read more about the CPUs and the new X99 chipset, then I highly recommend you head on over to our Intel i7 5960X EE review where we cover both items in detail. Now we're moving onto the motherboard that was behind everything in that review.
The Killer Fatal1ty series of motherboards aren't new to us and we've had a chance to test both the Z87 and Z97 versions of the board in the past. We've been happy with what ASRock is offering, and expect that the trend will continue with the highest-end version of the board yet, the X99X Killer. It's the first offering of a bunch of Intel X99 boards we've got to look at over the coming weeks and months. Today, though, is all about the ASRock version, as we spend the time to focus on benchmarks that make use of our motherboard to see just how it compares to a list of Z97 motherboards we've tested lately.
Package - What comes inside the box
Taking a look at the front of the box, you can see that the overall design is very similar to other Killer based boards we've seen from ASRock. We've got the ASRock, Fatal1ty and Super Alloy logos across the top, while the model number sits in the middle. Across the bottom, you can see a bunch of the main features that are included. Looking here, you can see we've got CrossFire and SLI support. Support for up to 128GB of DDR4 ECC and RDIMM memory across eight slots, along with Killer E2200 networking and a few ASRock bonuses including the APP Shop, Purity Sound 2, X Split and Ultra M.2 storage support.
Turning the box over, we've got an absolute ton of information being shown. Starting across the top, we've got a run down on the Killer E2200 networking support, which brings lower latency and Automatic Gaming Traffic Prioritization. Moving down from there, we have the Super Alloy feature on the left, which brings a ton of extras to help improve the quality of the board. These include the XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink Design, Ultra Dual-N MOSFET, Premium 60A Power Choke Sapphire Black PCB, Premium Memory Alloy Choke and Nichicon 12K Platinum caps to round things off. All features that when come together help create a more stable and longer lasting motherboard.
Moving to the right of Super Allow, we've got a bit about the ASRock Cloud technology and the main specifications of the board. Moving down, we've got information on the new PCIe Gen3 Ultra M.2 slot offering fast performance with compatible drives. On the bottom left side, we've got a run down on what the Gaming Armor feature brings. Some of the main ones here include the Hi-Density Power Connector, Purity Sound 2, PCIe Power Connector, 2oz Copper PCB and the overall heat pipe design. Finally, we finish up on the bottom right side covering some of those main ASRock features, which include HDD Saver, ASRock APP Shop, the inclusion of X Split and those few Fatal1ty features which cover Key Master, Fatal1ty Mouse Port and F-Stream software.
For a board that has so many features, you can see moving inside we don't have a ton going on with the package. We've got the normal array of manuals, along with the driver CD. Below that, you can see a Gift Certificate for X Split Broadcasting software, something that comes in extremely handy if you're interested in streaming your games. Moving through the rest of the bundle, it's all a pretty standard affair. We've got two SLI connectors, one for a dual card setup and the other for a 3-way setup. The main rear I/O back plate, four SATA cables, and a SATA power cable connector to round things off.