Packaging and Overview
ASRock has totally changed box art for the new motherboard, and it looks a lot more aggressive. The box and packaging are very good quality and will protect the motherboard with ease.
The accessory package includes four SATA6Gb/s cables, two WIFI antenna, IO shield, three M.2 screws, 3-way SLI bridge, 2-way SLI HB Bridge, driver DVD, and manuals.
ASRock put five fan headers on the Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 XE, all of them are PWM/DC mode headers, but the CPU header circled in red is default PWM and offers 1A of current. The other four headers circled in blue offer up to 1.5A of current each. The motherboard's color scheme is direct and simple; a mixture of gray and black produces an easy to match color theme. There are many components on the back of the motherboard; they are there to make the PCB cleaner on the topside.
The IO shield offers two PS/2 keyboard/mouse, two USB 2.0 ports, WIFI antenna, BIOS Flash Back button, Clear CMOS button, four USB 3.0 ports, two Intel Gbit LAN ports, one 10Gbit Aquantia LAN port (red), USB 3.1 type-A, USB 3.1 type-C, and 7.1 gold-plated audio outputs with S/PDIF out.
PCI-E slots (x16) from top to bottom are PCI-E 1/2/3/4. A 44 lane CPU will run them at a maximum distribution of x8/x8/x16/x8, a 28 lane CPU will run them at x8/x0/x8/x8 at maximum, and a 16 lane CPU will run at x8/x0/x4/x0. Of course, those are maximum's and other configurations allows you to run the top slot at x16 and other slots are different speeds, so check the manual. The PCI-E x1 slot is routed to the PCH through a hub and operates at PCI-E 2.0. The motherboard has three x4 PCI-E M.2 slots, and all of them share bandwidth with the SATA6Gb/s ports.
The motherboard has a USB 3.1 type-C internal header and a USB 3.0 internal header. The type-C header has some special sauce; it offers up to 3A and up to 12v (USB Power Delivery 2.0). The motherboard has ten SATA6Gb/s ports, two of them are from an ASMedia controller, the other eight are from the PCH, but some of them share bandwidth with the M.2 slots. There is also a USB 3.0 right angled header.
The motherboard features two 8-pin CPU power connectors, an improvement over the motherboard's predecessor. The motherboard has an RGB LED header at the top of the motherboard as well as one at the bottom.
We get a POST code display, power button, reset button, and a bunch of system headers in the bottom right corner of the motherboard. The motherboard also features two USB 2.0 internal headers and a Thunderbolt GPIO header.
We also get a VROC header, a clear CMOS jumper, RGB LED header, and HD audio header in the bottom left corner of the motherboard. The motherboard also got some beefy heat sinks to better cool the VRMs, and let me say; it is beefy.
PRICING: You can find the product discussed for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon`s website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK`s website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada`s website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 XE Overview]
- Page 3 [ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 XE Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [ASRock Fatal1ty X299 Professional Gaming i9 XE Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [VRM and System Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Resident Evil 2 Remake, zero plans for Nintendo Switch debut
- PUBG's new Sanhok map, Fortnite-like 'Event Pass' launching
- Join the 'Vikings' war in our latest Blu-ray giveaway!
- Intel's new 8C/16T chip spotted, could be the Core i7-8900K
- Bithumb hacked, over $30 million in cryptocurrency stolen
- Samsung 970 EVO 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD Review
- Asus X401A Laptop will not boot despite several replaced components -- Second attempt
- DDR4-3400 - Ryzen 7 1800x & Ryzen 7 2700x - X370 & X470
- LaCie DJI Co-Pilot 2TB Review
- Dumb question regarding moderator approval
- Micron Launches Industry's First Enterprise SATA Solid State Drives Built on Leading 64-layer 3D NAND Technology
- Micron, Rambus, Northwest Logic and Avery Design to Deliver a Comprehensive GDDR6 Solution for Next-Generation Applications
- Toshiba Memory America Unveils UFS Devices Utilizing 64-Layer, 3D Flash Memory
- ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Series Gaming Graphics Cards
- ASUS Announces ASUS Hangouts Meet Hardware Kit