ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ Motherboard Review
By Hank Tolman
Full Disclosure: AMD provided the product sample used in this article.
The AMD 990FX Chipset has been around for a while now, but it has recently come back into the spotlight with the release of a few new CPUs from AMD’s FX series. With that release we were pleased to receive a 990FX motherboard that we hadn’t previously looked at. In this article, Benchmark Reviews takes a look at the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer motherboard; a 990FX motherboard focused on gaming performance. Motherboards manufacturers are all about differentiating themselves by including features that make them stand out. The ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer motherboard is definitely a motherboard that stands apart.
ASRock categorizes their high-end motherboards into three series; Extreme, Overclocking, and Gaming. The three different series of motherboards are easily distinguished by their color schemes. The Gaming motherboards have red highlights on the PCIe and RAM slots while the Overclocking motherboard’s highlights are yellow. The Extreme series motherboards are all black. The ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer motherboard, with its red highlights, definitely fits into the gaming category. Of course, ASRock isn’t the only manufacturer to release a line of 990FX motherboards. There is a lot of competition out there. Manufacturers can’t just rely on the chipset features to sell motherboards. Each company adds their specific features, thermal management systems, tweaks, and perks. Let’s get down to business and explore the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer motherboard to find out what sets it apart.