ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ Motherboard Review


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ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ Motherboard Review

By Hank Tolman

Manufacturer: ASRock Inc.
Product Name: ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ Motherboard
Model Number: Fatal1ty 990FX Killer
UPC: 4717677322637
Price As Tested: $104.79 (Newegg / Amazon)

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_990FX_Fatal1ty_01 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.


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  1. Tom J

    The FX-9590 results in AIDA might be because of throttling – I think that Fatal1ty board is only rated for the 125W CPUs, not sure if it does any downclocking or anything for the 220W FX CPUs (the 9590 and 9370 aren’t officially supported on that board). It’d be interesting to hear what the temperatures were on that 9590 during those tests.

  2. johnniedoo

    Excellent review, my thoughts were similar to TomJ on using the 9 series AMD in this board. Being a high density glass board, maybe less susceptible to the temp warping, but doubt it- not being an engineer or even close. I knew there was a board made by ASRock that was certified for the 220W processors though. that and only the Gigabyte UD7, I think.
    Seeing that the 9590 was included in the testing did catch my eye though. and for just over $100 new is an even greater eye catcher. Am needing to upgrade a couple of AM3 boards since I can not find any new Phenom II 4 or 6cores retailing anymore. Not even sure how long this AM3+ will last for my FX processors . thanks again for a great review.

  3. TourDeForce

    Interesting review, but it seemed to quickly morph into a processor comparison rather than the motherboard review indicated.

  4. Rich

    No benchmarks with an m.2 SSD installed??!! Like, what are the boot times, program load times compared to other systems with an SSD connected to SATA This is one of the few AMD boards with m.2…. come on guys!

    1. Olin Coles

      While you’re at it, rant about how car review magazines never test all the different tires available for that model. The M.2 slot on this board supports SATA 6 Gb/s M.2 cards, so it would perform pretty much the same as other SATA 6Gb/s SSDs. The only difference would be if a M.2 PCI Express Gen2 x2 card is used, which could reach 10 Gb/s. Of course, the sky is the limit for what is tested, and then it becomes an SSD review. See here: http://benchmarkreviews.com/category/comprehensive-product-reviews/computer-hardware-reviews/pc-storage/

  5. WAEL

    They are, of course, PCIe 3.0 slots???? mine is 2.0 and on ASROCK site they wrote : 3 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1 . maybe you got a new Rev ?


    Fatal1ty Killer,supports processor TDP 220W? As demonstrated in the test FX9590

  7. Kennith Jay Rosenthal

    They actually are NOT, of course, PCIE Gen 3.0 slots.

  8. DJ Estioco

    I’ve been reading around and I thought the 990FX Killer isn’t compatible with the 9590 FX? I’ve bought both and it said the CPU isn’t on the Mobo Support List? Am I doing something wrong?

  9. Gemma

    Great review, great board! I like the look of the gaming series motherboards, they look better than the extreme or overclocking series.

  10. Caring1

    Still a nice board, and I happen to like the inclusion of PS2 ports on the rear for the keyboard, if you’re whining about lack of USB ports when there is that many, you are doing it wrong.

  11. Michael

    It’s not pcie 3.0 it’s only 2.0

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