ASRock Z77 Fatal1ty Professional
Ivy Bridge finally arrived not long ago. Reviews have been a bit mixed so far as it has not shown the increase in performance most were hoping for, not to mention Ivy runs much hotter than its older sibling Sandy Bridge. Intel traditionally has used a different socket with new introductions but that is not the case with Ivy Bridge. Socket 1155 stays around for the time being, and the Z77 chipset supports both Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge and that is welcome by all. The Z77 chipset evolves from the Z68 chipset and we see new and improved features such as PCIe 3.0 and USB 3.0 stepping into today’s millennium.
The battle intensifies between all the motherboard manufacturers for market share with the onslaught of Z77 motherboards and we have been working overtime to check so many out. We have seen a robust number but surprisingly, all the manufacturers are stepping up their game as far as looks and innovative features beyond our expectations. ASUS, ASRock and Gigabyte have always been the names the vast market congregates around but Biostar, Sapphire and EliteGroup all have also made strong showings with the Z77 motherboards. Many questions arise as to which manufacturer and what model is best for the end user.
ASRock, a full line motherboard company and a fan favorite of ours, has released the Z77 Fatal1ty motherboard series. The Fatal1ty branding is ASRock’s gaming series whose spokesperson is Jonathan Wendel, a world known pro gamer. ASRock has a little trick up their sleeve for the Fatal1ty series this round with a three tier product in the Fatal1ty Z77 motherboards; The Fatal1ty Performance, The Fatal1ty Professional M and The Fatal1ty Professional. Looks like ASRock has a good/ better/ best strategy which would really give a rounded choice for gamers.
Let’s not waste any more time and get the ASRock Fatal1ty Professional to the test bench and see what it has in store.