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ASRock Teams With Fatal1ty For AMD MoBo

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ASRock and Fatal1ty teamed up to offer a gaming motherboard based on AMD's new 990FX chipset.

Friday ASRock said that it teamed up with Johnathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendel to create the first AMD-based gaming motherboard, the Fatal1ty 990FX Professional, featuring support for the AM3+ socket, 8-core CPUs and AMD's 990FX chipset. The board also sports premium gold caps and enables AMD Quad CrossFireX, 3-Way CrossFireX and CrossFireX as well as Nvidia Quad SLI and SLI.

"I wanted a motherboard for AMD CPUs with the same successful features as our award winning, Intel based Fatal1ty P67 Professional" Wendel said. "In addition, ASRock has come up with some new technologies that excited me, such as the XFast LAN which can reduce the latency of on-line games, and allows gamers to play at their highest level and Frag the competition!"

According to ASRock, the premium board uses a Digital PWM design that delivers Vcore voltage to the processor more efficiently than standard motherboards. Coupled with V12+2 phase power, users are assured the most stable overclocking possible. The board also allows gamers to customize their mouse polling rate thanks to the Fatal1ty Mouse Port, offering an adjustable range between 125 Hz and 1000 Hz.

"One of the great aspects of the ASRock - Fatal1ty relationship, is that Johnathan is always pushing for new gaming features, giving our engineers suggestions that help them develop applications like XFast LAN, F-Stream and the Fatal1ty Mouse port," said James Lee, VP of ASRock Sales and Marketing. "The 990FX is the fourth board in our line of Fatal1ty gaming motherboards, so we now offer a full range of products for the serious gamers of the world."

Other highlighted features of the new AMD gaming mobo include:

  • 100-percent Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2100(OC)
  • Dual PCIE GLAN with Teaming function
  • Dr. Debug, Smart Switch Design: Power/Reset/Clear CMOS Switch with LED
  • Supports Fatal1ty XFast USB, XFast LAN technologies, Graphical UEFI
  • Supports Fatal1ty F-Stream, On/Off Play Technology, Turbo UCC
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec), Supports THX TruStudio

The motherboard comes packed with a free bundle including one 3.5mm Audio Cable, one Front USB 3.0 Panel and a trial version of CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5. Pricing and availability wasn't provided although the company said it wouldn't have an "advanced price" to match the advanced features. Stay tuned for more.

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    applegetsmelaid , July 16, 2011 7:07 PM
    I love articles like this. Well done.
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    Anonymous , July 16, 2011 7:16 PM
    Fatality MkII headset is the only thing with his logo I have and it's actually pretty good overall.
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    wolley74 , July 16, 2011 7:30 PM
    hmm, 8 core support? sounds like it'll be ready for bulldozer
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    waethorn , July 16, 2011 7:41 PM
    3 separate orders of 3 trial motherboards with different chipsets, and all 3 of them failed, and we're not ordering Asrock brand boards ever again!
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    dark_lord69 , July 16, 2011 7:55 PM
    Waethorn3 separate orders of 3 trial motherboards with different chipsets, and all 3 of them failed, and we're not ordering Asrock brand boards ever again!

    Yeah, I agree. I've owned 2 ASROCK motherboards and they are total crap. I will never buy ASROCK again for me or anyone else.
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    marmalademan , July 16, 2011 8:09 PM
    I got two of the same asrock boards from newegg. First one fried on install. Second one has been working splendid for the last 18 months.
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    LORD_ORION , July 16, 2011 8:29 PM
    Asrock is pretty hit and miss

    I have a P4 Asrock cheapo board that is still running 7 years later that cost $50.

    I had a medium priced Asrock AM3 board ($85) that lasted 2 years. When it went a month ago, it cooked the CPU too... Asrock support won't even talk to me.

    So, I will not buy Asrock again...

    The only brand I have never really had any bad issues with is Asus. I've had dead Asus boards early on in the warranty period sure (it happens) but I find once they prove to run for awhile, they are probably not going to die.
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    buzznut , July 16, 2011 8:46 PM
    I have three Asrock boards in service and doing well. Although if possible I rely on other brands, Asrock has gotten better in the quality dept over the last two years. That's my experience.

    Foxconn however...
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    carcharocles_theory , July 16, 2011 8:55 PM
    You realize AsRock IS Asus, right? They're Asus' budget brand.
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    Lutfij , July 16, 2011 9:01 PM
    ^ to answer that question ;
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    maxamillionfeettall , July 16, 2011 9:07 PM
    I've owned a few Asrock boards, and they are still running after 6 years. It seems that the quality has diminished a bit since they were first spun off from Asus.....well according to the reviews on newegg. They were known for budget boards so I'm hoping this joint venture will be a good one.
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    christop , July 16, 2011 9:11 PM
    They will add another 150 for the name fatality on the board. Why not throw in that stupid nic card with his name on it too.
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    firo40 , July 16, 2011 9:24 PM
    Asrock has nothing wrong with them. I have an Asrock 880gmh and ive never had issues with it it actually has alot of OC'ing options that i have not seen in other mobo's even the noob friendly 50turbo feature that auto O'C's which i admit dosnt do a great job but if u know what ur doing there a great brand.
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    LORD_ORION , July 16, 2011 10:07 PM
    carcharocles_theory@LORD_ORIONYou realize AsRock IS Asus, right? They're Asus' budget brand.

    Yes, but I wouldn't advocate something like dropping Dewalt because you had a bad experience with Black and Decker. They are pretty distinct divisions.

    But like I said, I've seen hit and miss from Asrock and crap support on the miss, so I am not touching the brand again.
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    simple_inhibition , July 16, 2011 10:19 PM
    heh, look what pairing up with fatal1ty got abit....
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    mikeangs2004 , July 16, 2011 10:54 PM
    heh, look what pairing up with fatal1ty got abit....

    good observation
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    saintjimmy , July 16, 2011 11:38 PM
    Too bad it doesn't have Creative X-Fi Fatal1ty sound onboard, or even include one with it. I'll stick to Gigabyte, Asus and MSI.
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    FloKid , July 16, 2011 11:55 PM
    It's not the motherboard that makes a champion, it's what's inside it that counts : )
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    ProDigit10 , July 17, 2011 12:18 AM
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    ProDigit10 , July 17, 2011 12:24 AM
    Where are intel or AMD with their true "System on a chip"?
    Modem, lan, wifi controller, audio chip, all on die with the cpu, in such a way that they can get rid of all those externa; controllers, sucking up power, and using up valuable latency!

    Audio applications could go so much faster with dedicated hardware built directly into the CPU ring (like VST's could work better). Latencies could be reduced not only from audio, but also networking latencies; which are currently the biggest issue for slow working webpages!

    And although creating a massive chip that will replace 90% of onboard hardware, will result in slightly worse CPU performance, it might increase program response (programs that are depending on internet, audio connections, etc...); plus Intel or AMD could not only create all these chips at 32-20nm, but also powergate them, making them so much more energy efficient!
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