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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I love articles like this. Well done.Reply
Fatality MkII headset is the only thing with his logo I have and it's actually pretty good overall.Reply
hmm, 8 core support? sounds like it'll be ready for bulldozerReply
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!Reply
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.Reply
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.Reply
Asrock is pretty hit and missReply
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.
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.Reply
You realize AsRock IS Asus, right? They're Asus' budget brand.
^ to answer that question ; http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/104463-30-does-asrock-asusReply