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ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Pro Gaming i7 Motherboard Review (Page 11)

By Steven Bassiri | Aug 9, 2016 11:48 am CDT
Rating: 91%Manufacturer: ASRock

Here are key points about the ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7.

What's Hot

Strong VRM: The VRM of the Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 is very strong and will allow you to overclock your power hungry Haswell-E or Broadwell-E processor as far as it will go.

Dual M.2 Slots: Since most of the newer high-performance drives coming out are based on x4 PCI-E 3.0 M.2, it makes sense for many to have two M.2 slots rather than one M.2 slot and a U.2 port. The slots support up to 32Gb/s of bandwidth each, and ASRock made sure to also include an SATA link so that you can use SATA based M.2 drives in them instead of PCI-E drives.

Great 2-Way Multi-GPU Spacing with 40-Lane CPUs: With a 40-lane CPU, you get excellent spacing for two GPUs running at x16 each.

Dual Intel NICs: Many users covet Intel networking controllers, and for those people, ASRock has delivered.

OC Features: I was happy to find a POST code display and other OC features such as a BIOS selector switch and UEFI overclocking profiles.

What's Not

Need to use rear USB 2.0 for USB OS Installation: On page 9 of the manual, there is a small notification letting users know they have to use the USB 2.0 ports on the IO panel if they want to install an OS with a USB drive. USB 2.0 is of course much slower than USB 3.0, but hopefully you aren't installing an OS that often.

3-Way PCI-E Spacing: 3-way SLI/CrossFireX is possible with both 40 and 28 lane CPUs, but putting a card in the last slot will cover up many of the headers at the bottom of the motherboard.

WIFI is Not the Fastest: While the Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 does have wireless AC, it's not the fastest out there. In fact, I wasn't able to get it to perform much better than most wireless N controllers.

Final Thoughts

The Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 is a stronger X99 Taichi, with more mainstream gaming looks and even features. While the Taichi is great value for its price, the X99 Professional Gaming i7 might seem a little overpriced considering the limited nature of the upgrades. Of course, you will get OC features and some extra connectivity with the Fatal1ty X99 Gaming Professional i7. The Fatal1ty X99 Gaming Professional i7 is a solid motherboard; it has a ton of great features, solid performance, and great red and black aesthetics.

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At right above $250, it's a great motherboard for someone looking to buy a feature-rich product with a lot of value. I was surprised that ASRock did not use any LEDs to spruce up the motherboard, but considering the price, I am happy they decided to forgo the LEDs. If you aren't impressed with the X99 Taichi and want something a little better and more robust, give the Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 a look.

Performance (including Overclocking)89%
Quality including Design and Build90%
General Features94%
Bundle and Packaging87%
Value for Money93%
Overall Rating91%

The Bottom Line: ASRock's Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 is a solid all around motherboard and great for a gamer or anyone who needs a workhorse with the latest features.

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