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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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990FX Chipset

The 990FX looks very similar to its predecessor, the 890FX. There are no new innovations to the chipset to speak of but if you look closely, the a HyperTransport 3.0 processor link with previous 5.2 GT/s of peak interconnect bandwidth from the 890FX gets upgraded to version 3.1 and 6.4 GT/s of bandwidth on the 990FX. There are no changes to the silicon but perhaps the Hypertransport speed may be improved with the additional bandwidth. The Northbridge is a PCI Express 2.0 switch with 42 lanes of connectivity and the 990FX now supports Nvidia GeForce cards (though not all motherboard models will feature this). This is a welcome sight, seeing AMD users were pretty much stuck with AMD/ATI graphic cards for some time.

The SB950 offers additional PCI express lanes and all 6 of the serial ATA ports use 6Gbps of connectivity. The USB ports still feature USB 2.0 as the next generation has not been embraced, seeing as the I/O blocks have not changed either. Folks, there really is no cutting edge differences on both the 990FX and SB950.

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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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