ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer Review

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Conclusion

Now that we have seen how the ASRock Fatality 990FX Killer performs and what it comes with; does it live up to the expectations that come along with its £110 price tag? Let’s find out!

Performance wise this board has everything you could want in an AM3+ socket. It supports 4-way Crossfire or 4-way SLI via 3PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, with an extra 4pin molex input to insure you are getting the power needed.  It can handle up to 64GB of ram running at 2450MHz(OC). It also comes equipped with a vertical USB3 and m.2 SATA expansion slots. When you put all of this together with the likes of Solid Gold Caps and 8 + 2 power phasing you get wonderful results in benchmarks or any task you may undertake. Overclocking is a simple as going into the bios and choosing a pre-set or manually changing your core clock and voltage.

It is also worth a mention that this board works flawlessly with AMD’s Radeon R9 2133MHZ Gamer Series Ram. Just pop your 2 sticks in, select the AMP profile and you are of to go. One thing I did notice is when selecting the AMP profile it actually may run at 2143MHz instead of the rated 2133MHz. Either way, the AMD R9 Gamer Series ram is a great addition to an AM3+ 990FX build.

Aesthetically, the board is very pleasing. It has a black PCB to go along with its overall red and black theme and while I am not a fan of gold, I cannot help but admit the addition of all gold caps goes over well in terms of overall design. The heatsinks on the board are a nice black brushed aluminium and while they contain branding, it isn’t over done.  Overall the board is very pleasing to look at and should go well in a black / red themed rig.

For the price of £110 you are getting a truly amazing value in the ASRock Fatal1ty 990fx Killer. You will be hard pressed to find a better AM3+ offering, especially at this price point. The features and performance of this board are on par with those costing almost twice as much.  This board offers unique features in the fact is has an on-board vertical USB3 port and a m.2 socket, something to which I have not seen on any other AM3+ offering. The ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer offers great performance and value in an aesthetically pleasing package.

I would like to thank ASRock for supplying me with this board to review on behalf of Play3r and would like to give it our Performance, Editor’s Choice and Gold Awards. I look forward to hopefully seeing more from ASRock’s Fatal1ty Killer range in the future.

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Summary

With Intel’s Haswell refresh around the corner and AMD mainly focusing on APUs at the moment ASRock is trying to prove the AM3+ 990FX chipset may still be a viable options for enthusiasts and gamers. If you are looking for a new AM3+ Motherboard the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer should definitely be on the top of your list for consideration.

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  1. I have the same ram mentioned above. But I’m having problems the ram won’t work by itself but if I add a stock of my dad’s corsair vengeance it registers all the sticks. If I don’t have this plugged in my computer won’t even start. I’ve tried single channel with each stick but neither work by themselves. Any idea on how to fix this?
    R934g2130u1s. I’ve been trying to fix this for over a month.

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