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ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+ AMD 990FX 5 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard

  • AMD 990FX
  • AMD Phenom II X6 / X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 / Sempron
  • DDR3 2450(OC)/2100(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Emmett J.
  • 7/4/2015 12:36:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsThis MOBO

Pros: I was able to install and run with minimal effort. When it was on, it ran pretty well and the BIOS was very user friendly.

Cons: North Bridge gets so freaking hot, I am guessing this is why one of the spring tension screws on the NB heat sink snapped. Seriously, I run an AMD FX 8120 with a liquid cooler and this heat sink screw failed within two days, I am thinking that maybe I got a bad board but who knows.

Other Thoughts: I would not recommend this board to anyone but, it is your choice. It just left a very bad impression on me. I will stick with Gigabyte like I have been.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

Thank you for purchase and review.
Due to power design, AMD platform generates more heat.
Please allow better air circulation inside the chassis and VRM area if using water/liquid cooler due to there is no fan on top of the CPU.

If you have any technical inquiry or warranty question in the future please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/10/2015 9:31:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Value

Pros: Runs like glass. FX-8350 auto over clocked to 4.8 for almost a year never any blue screens or issues. Quad 240gb ssd raid 0 works perfect. This is the best board I have ever owned.

Cons: Wish their were more Santa ports.

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  • Stanley R.
  • 6/8/2015 1:43:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad Board

Pros: When it works it works great. USB 3.0. On sale when I bought it.

Cons: Took a lot of work to get it set up. Had to move RAM around the slots. Had to put the GPU in a lower PCIe slot. Kept not detecting Kingston SSD in SATA_1 so boot issues.

Other Thoughts: Two weeks after getting it all set up and running good I came home from work to my fans lit up and running but no output to the monitor, keyboard, or mouse. Swapped RAM around. Moved GPU back to the lower PCIe, but still nothing. It sat for a few months because I was busy at work and never had time to mess with it. Finally got time in April and it started working, but still didn't like SATA_1 so I moved it to SATA_5 and had no issues.......for about two weeks. Came home from work to lit and running fans, but no output to monitor, mouse, or keyboard. Found reviews online that many, many people had problems with their first board, but the second was fine. I have since lost the box along with many others in a flood so don't even know if I can RMA this paperweight. Do not believe I will be purchasing ASRock in future.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard whether the issue is resolved.

• Unplug the ATX power.
• Clear the CMOS.
• Test with single memory module.
• Reseat video card firmly and 6+6 PCIE power (if applied).
• Connect the monitor.
• Plug the 24 + 8 or 4 pins ATX power.
• Turn on the power to check if it post.

If you have any technical Support inquiry, please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock Support
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

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  • Gilbert O.
  • 6/3/2015 5:16:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDo not purchase if planning to RAID

Pros: Nice Looking, great support for Crossfire

Cons: Tried installing 2 of my three drives in RAID 0 using UEFI, UEFI was a major headache, seeing as it was only a 2TB RAID set up I went with the Legacy ROM. Windows Install would only recognize 32 bit drivers as the 64 bit drivers were all unsigned.

Other Thoughts: The board is starting to feel like a downgrade from my old ASUS M4A87TD EVO

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Due to MBR limitation (Windows 7), if the total capacity (RAID0) is larger than 2TB required UEFI installation, Windows 8/8.1 supports UEFI installation by native.
For the RAID driver, please download it from link below or its come with ASRock driver DVD disc

Driver Download link: http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/Fatal1ty%20990FX%20Killer/?cat=Download

If you have any technical Support inquiry, please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock Support Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

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  • Steven S.
  • 6/3/2015 10:49:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood but Ouch

Pros: Performs well, the overclocking actually did better on this board than the Sabertooth I was "sidegrading" from, was able to push my CPU passed the 4.4GHz cap I had been hitting all the way to 4.7(take this with a grain of salt though, even the same skus from the same manufacturer not all boards are created equal).

The ins and outs of this board are basically what I want when I eventually upgrade to a different platform. Enough for 2 GPUs, a sound card and a RAID card, with M.2 support with 2 PCIe lanes. I can build my rig around this until I'm ready to make that jump.

Cons: The memory modules on this board seem like they're a few mm higher than on my sabertooth. This prevents me from stuffing my radiator in there with a push pull, but that's fine since I'm getting a new case soon with fan space on top.

Be warned, the board looks sharp, and is also literally sharp! I cut my finger on the heat sink while installing the waterblock! Really, really deep too. Did not stop bleeding for a couple hours. That edge should be rounded out a bit, because that really hurt...

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  • Edward H.
  • 5/27/2015 6:33:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsmaybe the best board for the $

Pros: Very low latency between SSD and Graphics card makes gas flow model runs very quick (relatively). running Flownex to model temperatures of a pure H2/O2 combustion in a gas turbine to project potential overheating issues in the metal walls and blades of the engine. 20 minute time takes 22 hours to model in double precision computation. Times using nonM2 boards have been in the 23 1/2 to 25 hour range using a 295X2 and AMD 8320. Memory is OCZ3P1600 LVAM4K and OCS3P1333LVAM4K @1333 set for 16 k page files. Intel does not fully support 16K page files so their times are in the high 25 hour range even with memory set a 2166. .

Cons: Do have to watch heat. Fans for 295X2 are mounted externally to the case.

Other Thoughts: I am trying to do some computations on a budget that others do using Cray or IBM machines at places like LBNL or ORNL. This makes it possible to consider the option.

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  • john b.
  • 5/7/2015 9:25:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Board

Pros: Awesome board smooth install and very easy to overclock. It comes with 3 preconfigured overclock settings with the highest being a 30% overclock, of course you can still do your own overclock as well. The board boots fast and performs well . With a 35% overclock the board still runs cool with now problems under stress test with prim95, Furmark, as well as 3dmark and crystal for benchmarking, . The looks of the board are great as well as long as you are doing a red and black theme.

Cons: No cons yet hopfully this board has good longevity in it.

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  • Robert K.
  • 5/4/2015 9:30:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood but with issues

Pros: - Looks good
- Works well and has solved the base issues I was having with my previous board
- Audio is separated from the motherboard

Cons: - Lots of complaints over the Killer NIC made me get different drivers for it before I ran into issues
- Lots of issues with memory compatibility, from what I have experienced and read online
- Not thrilled with the UEFI Bios, or how it ties my CPU overclock directly to the RAM, which neither myself or a friend of mine had ever seen

Other Thoughts: Bottom line is that the board works and is stable, so I decided to keep it instead of spending the money to return it ($15 shipping + $20 restocking fee + the $25 I paid for shipping to get it) and get the motherboard I should have gotten in the first place.

My only real complaint comes down to the memory compatibility. I run an AMD FX-8320 and had been using 16gb of Patriot Viper Xtreme Series Div 2 DDR3-1600 Ram. When I attempted to overclock my CPU with the new board to 4.0Ghz, I noticed it dropped my Ram speed from 1600 to 1333, no matter what profile I selected, XMP or otherwise.

The UEFI gave me Drop down list options for Ram speeds, either 1333 or over 1600, which my memory could not handle because it doesn't OC at all. I tried manually setting the speeds, but despite multiple attempts and internet searches, I either couldn't figure out how to do it correctly or the Bios just wouldn't allow it.

More searching online led me to other people also having issues with memory, and I found on the ASRock website the fine print saying that this board does not cooperate well with DDR3-1600 Ram with any CPU overclock.

I found a review that had someone saying an ASRock tech told him to use ONLY Corsair Vengeance or G.Skill Ripjaw memory for use with the board. Since I didn't want to be out $60 from shipping and restocking fees and then have to wait for another more expensive board to come in, I decided to upgrade my RAM to some G.Skill Ripjaws X DDR3-2133.

I plugged the RAM in and without an overclock it was detected fine, (although I think the timings are off), but as soon as I bumped my CPU up to 4.0Ghz it dropped my Ram to 1333 again. I was able to manually select 1840 from the drop-down list, but if I tried to select the next closest value to the actual speed, which was about 2150, my computer would not POST.

I tried a few things to remedy this, but for now just have my Ram set at 1840. I know Ram speed isn't that big of a deal, but it doesn't thrill me that I am having all of these issues with this board that I've never had with any other board. If I could have done it all again I'd have gone with one of my other more expensive options for motherboard choice.

That's what being in a hurry to buy a replacement board for a broken one gets me. Live and learn.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
The mainboard has overclocking function. However, overclocking could damage the components as well as mainboard which depend on user’s knowledge, experience and adopted components.
Please try only multiplier setting, if its adjusting other setting in the BIOS.

If you have any technical Support inquiry, please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock Support
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

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  • JORDAN B.
  • 5/2/2015 6:08:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsSWEET BOARD FOR THE PRICE POINT

Pros: I got this and a 8350 to bridge the gap till I go intell in August .
I would have gone with an asus board , except they no longer believe in customer service and like a huge amount of others , I've been through heck with trying to deal with them . So since I've had a few great asrock boards and this one had everything I wanted . So far it's been a great oc board .

Cons: Came with no sli bridges .

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/30/2015 8:44:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGood Board

Pros: Good looks, built-in killer nic, and excellent performance with my 8350.

Cons: If you get random blue screens under light loads then you must reinstall windows. I went from ASRock 970 extreme3 to this board and because of the different chipset I had to reinstall windows 8.1. Some of the drivers were the same however a clean install is the only way I could get it to stop blue screening.

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