We've been deluged with X99 motherboard teases, and now we can add ASRock's upcoming X99X Killer mainboard to the list. At first blush, this motherboard appears to follow a fairly standard X99 recipe, although there are several small details that set the X99 Killer apart from the crowd (in a good way).
Let's start with the basics, though: In the center we find the LGA2011-3 socket, which is flanked by eight DDR4 memory slots for quad-channel memory. For PCI-Express expansion, there are three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots along with two PCI-Express 1x slots. The motherboard also comes with 10 SATA3 (6 Gb/s) ports, and ASRock has omitted SATA-Express connectivity.
We can't really be mad about the missing SATA-Express connectivity, though, because the board does have an Ultra M.2 port. The M.2 port is driven by four PCI-Express 3.0 lanes as opposed to the two PCI-Express 2.0 lanes we see on most boards. In short, this gives the port a staggering 32 Gb/s. We've seen this implementation before in our review of ASRock's Z97 Exteme 6 motherboard.
We also find two USB 3.0 headers, a single internal USB 2.0 port and dedicated audio in the form of Purity Sound 2. On the rear I/O panel there is a single PS/2 port, two Fatal1ty USB 2.0 ports for gaming peripherals, six USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, Intel Gigabit Ethernet, another Gigabit Ethernet port powered off the Killer E2200 NIC, and the 8-channel HD audio, along with an optical Toslink output.
All things considered, these features point to the X99 Killer being a solid motherboard, but what sets this apart more than anything fastest-possible storage capabilities via the Ultra M.2 port.
There's no word on pricing or availability yet, but we expect this one to be available sometime around mid-September, when we expect the Haswell-E CPUs to arrive.
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I. I am die-hard ASRock fan
II. I am a super sucker for red and black
And even on the basis on those two - this is one hideous board. ASrock Fatality line is something it should have never existed. It always looked bad, felt bad, performed bad. Even after buys so many boards from them and being amazingly happy with each purchase - sorry ASRock, but Fatality is something that is bringing only bad to your image.
I kind of agree with this, I don't like the red and black of this board, but i think it's because there's too much White and also there's is too much red. The red should have been more accented, like the heatsinks and PCI lanes should have been black, with red text and clips.
ASRock Z68 Extreme 7 and the inheritant Z77 Extreme 4/6 and up and the X79 Extreme line - very good looking. Even with the brown PCB again. Very sleek boards.
ASRock Z87 Extreme - nice looking again.
H77, H87 still looking good.
Since forever the Fatality line is awful. The whole 97 line - well that is a disaster. Fatality 97 looks descent because the whole 97 line is looking bad and all other fatality is even worse. Am I sorry ASRock. Your die hard fan has to hand it to you. With the 90s chipset you really dropped the ball in the design department.