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ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ Motherboard Review

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Motherboard Testing Methodology

Testing a motherboard is difficult. It is hard to provide solid statistics for what performance a motherboard increases or sustains. With more and more sub-components controlled by the CPU, the amount of difference a motherboard makes in performance tests is becoming negligible. That is precisely why manufacturers are beginning to focus on additional features to add value to their motherboards.

For the testing portion of this article, I tested the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX killer using the FX-8370, FX-8370E and FX9590 CPUs. I also tested the Steamroller based Kaveri A10-7850K APU, which I found to be an excellent value earlier this year, using the ASUS A88X Pro motherboard. Finally, I crossed over and used the Biostar HiFi Z78X motherboard, paired with the i5-4670, to round out the testing.

The i5-4670 matches up pretty closely in price to the FX-9590, so the match-up should give us a good indication of how the two compare. That being said, we aren’t really looking at the two CPUs in this article.

FM2+ Test System

  • Motherboards: ASUS A88X Pro
  • Processor: AMD A10-7850K
  • System Memory: 8GB AMD Radeon DDR3 2400MHz
  • Disk Drive: Seagate 1TB SSHD ST1000LM014
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W 80-Plus Certified
  • Video Card: XFX R9-280X
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Intel Test System

  • Motherboard: Biostar HiFi Z87X
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4670
  • System Memory: 8GB AMD Radeon DDR3 2400MHz
  • Disk Drive: Seagate 1TB SSHD ST1000LM014
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W 80-Plus Certified
  • Video Card: XFX R9-280X
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

AMD 990FX Test System

  • Motherboard: ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer
  • Processors: AMD FX-8370; AMD FX-8370E; AMD FX-9590
  • System Memory: 8GB AMD Radeon DDR3 2400MHz
  • Disk Drive: Seagate 1TB SSHD ST1000LM014
  • PSU: Corsair CMPSU-850TX 850W 80-Plus Certified
  • Video Card: XFX R9-280X
  • Operating System: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Compute Benchmarks

  • AIDA 64
  • SiSoftware Sandra 2014
  • Cinebench R15

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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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