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ASRock X99X Killer Fatal1ty (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Shawn Baker | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 29, 2014 4:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: ASRock

Close up with the ASRock X99X Killer




Taking a look at the motherboard, you can see the red and black color theme that you'd expect from a Killer based motherboard. The black PCB against the red highlights looks nice, and you can see that ASRock has got a pretty fat looking heat sink design across the top of the motherboard, and on the bottom ride hand side.




Moving in closer, you can see we've got two PCIe x1 slots and three PCIe x16 slots. Depending on if you're using a 40 lane or 28 lane CPU will depend on the setup. If you're using a 40 lane CPU, you'll see an x16 / x16 / x8 setup. If using a 28 lane CPU, you'll see an x16 / x8 / x4 setup. This is one of the biggest differences when it comes to purchasing your CPU with the i7 5820K having a reduced number of lanes down to 28 lanes.


Along with the standard run of PCIe slots, you can see a Molex power connector above the highest slot PCIe x16 slot for added power for your video card setup, while below that you can see an Ultra M.2 slot for the latest in storage technology. Outside of that, though, you can see between the bottoms two PCIe x15 slots, we have a Mini PCIe slot.




Moving across the bottom of the board, you can see a lot of the standard connectors here including the COM1, USB 2.0, fan headers, along with the main front panel connector. Towards the middle of the board, you can see a small toggle switch that lets you switch between the two BIOSes that are installed, while on the right hand side, we've got a power and reset button, along with the HDD Saver connector above that, which is used in conjunction with the power cable that is included in the bundle.




Turning the corner, you can see we've got total of 10 SATA ports on offer. If you had a chance to read our review on the i7 5960X EE, you would know that all of these are SATA III and all of them run off the Intel X99 chipset. Along with these, you can see a LED Debug reader on the far left that helps you solve any problems that you may run into when it comes to booting.






Heading up to the north end of the board, you can see the standard 24-Pin ATX power connector. Next to that, you can see instead of just the one standard USB 3.0 header, there are two. Along with this, you can see on the top end a vertical USB 2.0 port, which is something for people who are maybe using the board in an open platform. If we turn the corner slightly, you can see two fan headers, along with the main 8-Pin CPU power connector. As for the positioning of this, you can see it's much further away from the I/O panel than we normally see.




Steeping back and looking at the CPU area and what's around it, you can see like the X79, we've got a massive eight DIMM slots on offer with four on each side. Here we have support for an impressive 128GB of DDR4 memory that runs in quad-channel mode. As for speeds, they start at 1066MHz and go all the way up to 3000MHz+ via overclocking - we're looking really forward to diving deeper into DDR4 and its performance soon. Overall, though, you can see everything looks pretty clean and the socket design is similar to other LGA 2011 boards we've seen for a long time.




Heading into the I/O department, you can see there's nothing too unusual. Starting from the left, you can see we've got a pair of USB 2.0 connectors and a combo PS/2 port to start with. Next to that, we have a small clear CMOS button to make resetting the BIOS easy, followed by two of the total six USB 3.0 connectors that are on offer, four of which run off the ASMedia ASM1074 hub and two off the ASM 1042 hub.


Moving on, we have a single eSATA connector and two Gigabit networking ports - one runs off the Killer E2200 controller and the other runs off the Intel I218V controller. Looking above, you can see that ASRock has done a great job of labelling which one is which. Finally, we finish up with five auxiliary connectors and an optical out port, all of which run off the Realtek ALC1150 codec.

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