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ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ Motherboard Review

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Fatal1ty 990FX Killer Specifications

*Specifications taken from ASRock website.

General
A-Style – ASRock Cloud
– Purity Soun
CPU – Supports Socket AM3+ processors
– Supports Socket AM3 processors: AMD Phenom II X6 / X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 / Sempron processors
– Supports 8-Core CPU
– Supports UCC feature (Unlock CPU Core)
– Digi Power design
– 8 + 2 Power Phase design
– Supports CPU up to 140W
– Supports AMD’s Cool ‘n’ Quiet Technology
– FSB 2600 MHz (5.2 GT/s)
– Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
– Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology
Chipset – Northbridge: AMD 990FX
– Southbridge: AMD SB950
Memory – Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology
– 4 x DDR3 DIMM Slots
– Supports DDR3 2450(OC)/2100(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
– Max. capacity of system memory: 64GB*
– Supports Intel Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 1.3 / 1.2
– Supports AMD Memory Profile (AMP)*Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows 32-bit OS. For Windows 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
BIOS – 32Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
– Supports “Plug and Play”
– ACPI 1.1 Compliant wake up events
– Supports jumperfree
– SMBIOS 2.3.1 support
– CPU, DRAM, NB, HT, CPU VDDA, PCIE VDDA, CPU NB Voltage multi-adjustment
 Audio, Video and Networking
Graphics – n/a
Audio – 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec)
– Premium Blu-ray Audio support
– Supports Purity Sound
– 115dB SNR DAC with differential amplifier
– TI NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier (Supports up to 600 ohm headsets)
– Direct Drive Technology
– EMI shielding cover
– PCB isolate shielding
– Supports DTS Connect
LAN – PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
– Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2200 Series
– Supports Wake-On-LAN
– Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
– Supports PXE
 Expansion / Connectivity
Slots – 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slots (PCIE2/PCIE3 @ x16 mode; PCIE5 @ x4 mode)
– 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slots
– Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX, 3-Way CrossFireX and CrossFireX
– Supports NVIDIA Quad SLI and SLI
Storage – 5 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1, JBOD and RAID 5), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug
– 1 x M.2_SSD (NGFF) Socket 3, supports M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to Gen2 x2 (10 Gb/s)*M.2_SSD (NGFF) Socket 3 is shared with the eSATA3 connector.
Connector – 1 x IR Header
– 1 x COM Port Header
– 1 x TPM Header
– 1 x Power LED Header
– 2 x CPU Fan Connectors (1 x 4-pin, 1 x 3-pin)
– 3 x Chassis Fan Connectors (1 x 4-pin, 2 x 3-pin)
– 1 x Power Fan Connector (3-pin)
– 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
– 1 x 8 pin 12V Power Connector (Hi-Density Power Connector)
– 1 x SLI/XFire Power Connector
– 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector
– 1 x SPDIF Out Connector
– 2 x USB 2.0 Headers (Support 4 USB 2.0 ports)
– 1 x Vertical Type A USB 3.0
– 1 x USB 3.0 Header by Etron EJ188 (Supports 2 USB 3.0 ports)
Rear Panel I/O – 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
– 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
– 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
– 5 x USB 2.0 Ports
– 1 x Fatal1ty Mouse Port (USB 2.0)
– 4 x USB 3.0 Ports (ASMedia Hub)
– 1 x eSATA3 Connector
– 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
– HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
 Other Features / Miscellaneous
Unique Feature – F-Stream
– ASRock Instant Boot
– ASRock Instant Flash
– ASRock APP Charger
– ASRock XFast RAM
– ASRock Crashless BIOS
– ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)
– ASRock Internet Flash
– ASRock UEFI System Browser
– ASRock UEFI Tech Service
– ASRock Dehumidifier Function
– ASRock Easy RAID Installer
– ASRock Easy Driver Installer
– ASRock Fast Boot
– ASRock X-Boost
– ASRock Restart to UEFI
– Hybrid Booster:
– CPU Frequency Stepless Control
– ASRock U-COP
– Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
– Turbo 50 / Turbo 60 Overclocking
– Good Night LED
Support CD – Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), Google Chrome Browser and Toolbar, Start8 (30 days trial), XSplit, Killer Network Manager
Accessories – 1 x ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
– Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
– 4 x SATA Data Cables
– 1 x M.2_SSD (NGFF) Socket 3 Screw
Hardware Monitor – CPU/Chassis temperature sensing
– CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
– CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Auto adjust fan speed by CPU temperature)
– CPU/Chassis Fan multi-speed control
– Voltage monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore Voltage
Form Factor – ATX Form Factor
– Premium Gold Capacitor design (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
OS – Microsoft Windows 8.1 32-bit / 8.1 64-bit / 8 32-bit / 8 64-bit / 7 32-bit / 7 64-bit
Certifications – FCC, CE, WHQL
– ErP/EuP ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)

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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 ?

  6. INTESTINAL

    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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