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ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional

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Posted November 21, 2011 by James Baranski (Drdeath) in CPU & Motherboards

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by James Baranski (Drdeath)
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ASRock is now known as a top notch, full line motherboard company. As of recent, they have been on the rise; with both the Fatal1ty and Extreme series, they compete with companies such as ASUS and Gigabyte head to head.

From an aesthetic perspective, the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional is one of the most handsome motherboards on the market. The red/black colour scheme looks outstanding and with dual or tri graphics card coupled with a watercooling system, this motherboard would look great in any classy case and breathtakingly, a muscle system.

ASRock’s UEFI BIOS interface is very well done, easy to understand and navigate. The BIOS did not allow individual cores to be disabled but the bios does allow users to choose from 8,6,4,2 and 1 core per module respectively. The F-Stream overclocking utility is good and also easy to navigate. Performance was a bit mixed as far as overclocking. On our custom water run, we achieved a high overclock of 4.6GHz which is 400MHz off the high of our FX-8150 8 core processor. Our dry ice run was terrific as we clocked 6.1GHz which is only 100MHz off the high. Features like the intensive amount of I/O ports, 6 x 6G Sata ports, front and back USB headers makes this a gamers paradise but the 2 x 16X and 1 x 4X PCIE slots let us down. Those looking to tri- fire or SLI three graphics cards will take a hit in performance on the graphics side with a third card. Are these deal breakers? No.

Costing about $189, we think this is an outstanding price for a flagship motherboard that can handle some serious overclocking. Other manufacturer’s flagship often cost significantly more at $250. Although we would have liked to have seen a bit more out of the board, the features, performance and price makes the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional a great buy at a fantastic price.

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2 Comments


  1.  
    Viking2121

    Only 1 core enabled? Not a vary effective way to OC. Now it were all 8, I’d be more impressed.




    •  
      Sandy Bruce

      Most extreme overclocking is done on a single core for stability. Sometimes there will be 2 cores enabled. The record for the FX8150 was 9Ghz with only 2 cores enabled. If you can beat the 6ghz that was done in this review, I will be impressed.





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