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ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1 (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 24, 2015 9:37 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASRock

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1.

 

What's Hot

 

Great Overclocking Potential: The Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1 has excellent CPU, Uncore, and Memory overclocking potential. It was on par with ASRock's X99 OC Formula/3.1, and the Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1 has all the same OC features as the OC Formula. I liked how the board was able to keep up a 4.5GHz CPU and cache overclock, while maintaining the 3200MHz memory overclock. It was very easy to overclock this motherboard, and I achieved my overclocking goals the first time I aimed for them.

 

USB 3.1 Support: This board comes with two USB 3.1 controllers, one soldered on the PCB which supports the backpanel Type-C port, and another soldered onto the removable PCI-E card for two Type-A ports. If you want USB 3.1 on an X99 motherboard, ASRock has given you the ability to add or remove the number of ports you desire, and even perhaps move the card to another system when you move on from X99.

 

 

Solid Performance: The board performed very well compared to the rest of the herd, especially in gaming benchmarks.

 

Large variety of features: With Ultra M.2, M.2, mPCIe, 4-Way SLI, USB 3.1, Intel NIC, Killer NIC, 12 phase VRM, OC Features, 10 USB 3.0 ports, SATA Express, and more unique ASRock features, the Fatal1ty X99 Professional is one of the most loaded Intel X99-based motherboards on the market.

 

X Series OC Socket and Mounting: ASRock's OC socket really helped increase the board's cache and memory overclocks. The board also has open holes where the CPU heat sink screws in so that the PCB won't be damaged if you over tighten.

 

What's Not

 

CMOS Battery and USB 3.1 Card Placement: Placed right below the first PCI-E 16x slot the battery is in a bad position if you need to remove it during extreme overclocking. The ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1 has no PCI-E 2.0 slots, only PCI-E 3.0 slots from the CPU. This makes it a bit hard to find a good location for the USB 3.1 A+A card, other than the middle black PCI-E slot, and that is already shared with the Ultra M.2 connector.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

I was quite impressed with ASRock's Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1 because it improved upon its predecessor while not compromising any features or quality. This board is ASRock's flagship gaming series motherboard, and as such, I expected a lot and the Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1 didn't disappoint.

 

However, I didn't expect the board to overclock as well as it did. Since auto rules are different on all the boards I test, sometimes I am not able to hit that 4.5GHz cache overclock, but ASRock has heavily optimized auto rules in the UEFI to increase the proper voltages in the background and I hit 4.5GHz. Not only that, memory overclocking was also quite simple.

 

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The price of the board at $359.99 might be a problem for many, but the board comes loaded with features to justify the price, it's also not the most expensive X99 motherboard either.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (including Overclocking)94%
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features92%
Bundle and Packaging89%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: Whether you are looking for a feature-packed motherboard, a gaming motherboard, or an overclocking motherboard, the Fatal1ty X99 Professional/3.1 can fill any of those roles with ease. It, simply put, is a solid high-end motherboard that is built to impress.

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