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ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000+(OC)/2933(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Jonathan B.
  • 8/18/2014 1:05:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASRock

Pros: Z97 all the way. Bios is real easy to configure, can use a mouse if you really want to. Board is a beautiful Red/Black scheme goes along with everything else i have. Awesome Awesome on board sound(7.1 surround compatible)

Cons: Didn't see proper memory speed; easy settings change took 5 seconds...

Other Thoughts: If your looking for Price:Performance this is it. Got it on sale for $135 easily compares to $200+ boards. Keep in mind only setup for one graphics card, not a problem for me only need one good one anyways...

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  • Adam D.
  • 8/15/2014 10:55:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsInitial Board Bad

Pros: Looks like a great board, well laid out and with all the bells and whistles you could want for your new Z97 Haswell processor

Cons: The board was a failure right out of the box. There was some kind of residue all along the bottom edges that caused it to short immediately under power which I discovered after exhaustive troubleshooting. Running my finger along the edge of the underside actually caused the enamel to peel off in a ribbon. I've never seen anything like it.

Other Thoughts: I think I managed to score the weird 1/million defect here. My best guess is the enamel didn't cure and adhere properly during factory application causing runover into circuit channels etc and wa-laa a short. I'll re-rate once the new board has arrived from my RMA.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
ASRock mainboards are fully tested to assure the quality. Unfortunately, due to nature of electronic product, it can happen.
Please update the replacement mainboard's working fine.
If you have any technical support inquiry or warranty question, 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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  • anthony g.
  • 8/3/2014 8:49:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Raid works good, transferred existing raid 5 with 4 SSD's. Went from Gigabyte P55A-UD4P with i7-860 and 8gb 2k mhz ram to this board with i5-4690K and 8gb 2400mhz, all from NE. G-Skill ram has CL10 and no problem to change to XMP. Installed bios v1.30 from mobo site before the desktop oc utility would work right. It is so nice to easily download and install latest bios. (Used Windows method), It even loads ASRock Crashless Bios at install, but make sure and have flash drive 2.0 in port formatted Fat 32/16 in case power goes out it will load bios on flash drive then finnish upgrade when the pc power comes back on. Have cpu set at 4.3ghz with Auto Voltage. No problems so far. This mobo has good quality and a good price.

Cons: No Cons, it is what it is.

Other Thoughts: My vid card covered up the M.2 header. All 6 sata slots were used by 4 ssd's and two dvd/rw drives so no other place to connect other drives. Another small note: the cpu graphics are not as strong as vid card however if you use main vid output it also has an HDMI port. Have been building pcs for 14 yrs but am still an amateur overclocker. CPUZ and Real Temp 370 are important to this process. The temp throttles up and down with the cpu throttle, but stays at 32C at idle and 44C at full gaming. Used a new Zalman CNPS9700 110mm and good distance from ram sticks. Also from NE. I highly recommend this board for the money.

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  • Mason B.
  • 8/3/2014 10:46:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer motherboard

Pros: The ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer motherboard/intel is an amazing motherboard.. the black and red look says it all...

Cons: N/A

Other Thoughts: the only thing to take note of is computer case that will allow you to loop your cords threw the left side so you can access your plugs with out having any trouble...

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  • Christopher S.
  • 7/21/2014 2:31:42 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer

Pros: - Easy to use BIOS
- Easy installation
- Plenty of features

Cons: - Had some parts compatibility issues, due to physical restrains. (will go into depth in comments)

Other Thoughts: This was my first build, so it is possible that the problems I incurred were my own doing. My build was as follows:

-Intel Core i7-4790K
-Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
-EVGA 03G-P4-2888-KR GeForce GTX 780 Ti Dual Classified
-ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer
-CORSAIR Dominator Platinum 16GB (2 x 8GB)
-Rosewill THOR V2
-Crucial M550

-The Cooler Master CPU cooler fan blocked my RAM port closest to the CPU. If I choose to add RAM later, I will have to replace the cooler, or move the fan up about 1cm.
-My EVGA GTX 780 Ti video card didn't match up exactly with the mounting screw hole on the case. Not sure if this was Fatal1ty's fault or the Thor V2 Case's fault, so not going to place blame, just identifying it. A little maneuvering and I was able to get it work, but having that constant tension on it makes me nervous.

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  • Thomas P.
  • 7/19/2014 2:40:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAbsolutely Wonderful

Pros: I had this motherboard at a discount price with great trust in Asrock mobo since I had one Asrock mobo for my last built computer.

Before having this mobo, I want to tried different brands first that have Z97 chipset: MSI, GIGABITE but experienced different issues in time-response and incompatibility.

I decided to go back to Asrock with this budget model and it has been so wonderful experience for me. Everything works nicely. I have no issue with one 3.0x16 video card since I am using only one card now and have no need to pair.

BIOS settings are intuitive, updated to the latest BIOS without any issues. My newly built computer is now sailing smoothly. Thank you Asrock!

Cons: - Only one 3.0x16 slot for graphic card

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5 out of 5 eggsASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: Very good looking board with a good color scheme
very solid company to deal with
Very competitive price for a budget to mid range build
Every port you could want even M.2. card support and has Killer NIC

Cons: Not really a con but does not have SLI support... at this price point most people are not looking to SLI anyway.
If I was nit picking I would have to mention the fan header placement like other have mentioned but it wasn't a problem for me because I use a fan controller

Other Thoughts: So my first thoughts of this board is it feels very solid for what I thought was going to be a budget board. My second thoughts were it looks pretty sweet especially if you are looking to do the very popular red and black theme. I have always trusted Asrock and had the Z77 Fatal1ty with a 2600k for about 2 years and was happy with it. This board reminds me of that one just a little newer with a smoother bios. Over clocking is easy and I OCed a 4770k to 4.6 GHz stable with this board. I also put a GTX 780 Classified and I was maxing out BF4 @ 1440p. Most people that buy this board probably aren't in the price range of the hardware I put in it but it was a very good test of what this board can do. You throw a 200 dollar CPU and a 300 dollar GPU and 8GB of memory in this board and you are gaming like a champ. I did test an HD 7950 and a R9 290x separately with this board and they both worked flawlessly. The onboard sound is about average as most are and everything else just worked. So bottom line is if your are building a low to mid range single GPU rig this motherboard is definitely worth a look. In fact you would be hard pressed to find a better board for the price.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/29/2014 5:30:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsbudget gamage

Pros: Sleek design and color scheme. Cool looking heatsinks. Dual bios. Upgraded capacitators and shielding for higher quality sound. High quality fit and finish. Easy to use bios.

Variety, multitude of ports and reasonable price.

This motherboard is always ready to be upgraded later when the need or desire is there. Slip it into a case with a clear window for dishing out eye candy fatalities. M.2 supported and ready for SLI/Crossfire.

Best bet for budget gamer who wants a killer look but not have his/her budget decimated. Perfect for lan case with led lighting and clear side window.

Cons: No reset switch on the board for overclocking tweakers.

Higher power consumption. About 30%. Yikes

Other Thoughts: For peeps who want to spend less than $150.

Need to do quite a bit of self tuning to get things running efficiently.

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5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Low-Cost Z97 Gaming Board

Pros: This Z97 Killer Fatal1ty board from ASRock makes a great backbone to any single GPU based gaming build. It's low price point, rich feature set, and nice build quality make it a great choice for those looking to build a powerful gaming system, but don't want to blow the budget on the motherboard.

Just becasue this is a low cost board, does not in any way mean it's "cheap". The board still features the Killer E2200 NIC, Purity Sound 2, an M.2 Socket, and a host of other high quality components that add greatly to the boards robustness and value.

It's has a couple features I like to see on a motherboard. Such as plenty of fan connectors, including 2 for the CPU. This is great for push/pull or closed loop water cooling options. M.2 card support up to 110mm, this is nice to see even on a less expensive board.

The board is also aesthetically pleasing with the red and black color scheme and nice large heatsinks.

Having all the SATA connectors in the lower right/back of the board is also nice to see, keeping them out of the way of the primary PCIe expansion slots.

The Killer E2200 NIC is nice to have, as it gives you a great deal of control over your network and traffic options. When it comes to actual gameplay, on modern high-end hardware, I really don't see any gameplay or latency differences between it and a quality NIC. Still, I enjoy the Killer NIC just for the level of control it offers.

Cons: None really, but a couple things to point out.

The board only has a single PCIe 3.0 X16 lane and a secondary 2.0 X4 lane. This is why the board has no SLI support, only Crossfire. This would only be a hindrance if you plan on running a dual-GPU setup. However, a single dual-GPU card would still work.

One of the 4-pin fan headers is (chassis) is wedged right in with the 6 SATA headers, which are split into two banks, one of 4 header, the other six, with the 4-pin fan and SATA Express headers in between.

The board does have a few standard (not solid cap) capacitors. However I don't anticipate these being an issue. Just an FYI.

Other Thoughts: For the purposes of testing the board out, I paired it with an i5-4670K and my Sapphire R9 290 Tri-X OC. As well as 16GB of A-Data DDR3 1866 RAM. I then proceeded to get in some stress testing and gaming under Windows 7 Ultimate 64.

There were no problems running the RAM at it's rated speed, or overclocking the CPU. I was easily able to hit 4.4GHz without any voltage adjustments, and my target of 4.5GHz with a slight voltage bump. I know this chip to be stable up to 4.6GHz at 1.26V based on overclocking it on other boards. I ran it at 4.5GHz for the entire time, the same clock I run it at in it's home system. This seems to be a common sweet spot for these chips.

For the purposes of testing, I played several different games and ran some hardware benchmarks to see if I ran into any issues. All of the hardware I used on this board was pulled from a tested, working, stable system to try and eliminate it as a problem source, should there be any.

I used this system, backed by this board, for the past 5 days. Always on.

For the gaming, I played games like Diablo III, Battlefield 4, BF Hardline Beta, Crysis 3, and DayZ. In each and every case, the games played fantastically and as expected based on the hardware. No stability issues or performance problems what so ever.

For the sake of stress testing via benchmarks, I ran several of them for quite a long time overall. Star Swarm, Furmark, 3DMark, PCMark 8, AIDA64 Stability Test, AIDA64 Cache and Memory Benchmark, and CrystalDiskMark. In every case, again, no problems what so ever. The system was perfectly stable.

All in all this ASRock Z97 Killer board is a fantastic deal for anyone looking for an inexpensive board to build a powerful single GPU gaming system around. It's got a lot a high-end features at a nice low price point. I would, and will, easily recommend it.

Now that I have returned all of the hardware I used to test this board back to it's system. I am going to use this board in a new mid-range gaming build based around the new Intel Haswell Pentium G3258 Anniversary Edition Unlocked dual-core processor and see how far I can push it on this board. Since it would be a perfect companion to a board like this for someone looking for a low-cost mid-range gaming build on a budget. As well as giving them a great upgrade path should they choose.

Once that day comes, I will do a full followup review.

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5 out of 5 eggsHigh Quality and Features at a Great Price

Pros: ASRock has been making solid Intel boards at competitive pricepoints for a few generations under their "Extreme" moniker, but this Fatal1ty edition is geared more towards gamers. The quality of the board I found to be excellent, much better than the Extreme boards with a sturdy PCB and very beefy looking cooling solution. Very aesthetically pleasing as well with a nice red/black color scheme.

I tested this board with one of my Intel 4770K CPUs and didn't have any problems at all. No BIOS update needed, set UEFI to default/legacy and no problems at all installing Win7 either.

One thing I have noticed however on these new Intel chipsets after Z87 however, is that you will want to disconnect all RAID drives first, then set the SATA controller to RAID to avoid potential data loss. Older host controllers would give you a bluescreen or prevent the OS from loading, but the new chipsets will load and actually break the MBR.

I didn't extensively test overclocking with this board in the limited amount of time I've had it, but the BIOS options offer what you would expect from any of the major board makers.

The box also includes 6 SATA cables with metal clips which I found to be a nice touch, as some boardmakers will skimp on these in the low-end price ranged boards.

I didn't find any problems with the Killer NIC but also didn't test the claims about better gaming performance. Diablo 3 ran fine, no noticeable lag improvements over the onboard Intel NIC on my other boards.

Onboard audio is also respectable as well, although I still prefer my X-Fi soundcard.

Cons: This motherboard does not support SLI, I didn't take eggs off for it because it does not advertise as being SLI capable, just something to be aware of if you are looking for a board with SLI support.

This is more a physical limitation of the board as this board does x16/x4 for PCIe lanes, while SLI capable boards will be x16 with 1 card or x8/x8 with 2 cards. From what I have read, Nvidia will not certify less than x8 PCIe slots as SLI capable.

Other Thoughts: I think overall the Z97 chipsets are priced about $30 lower than their Z87 counterparts with similar features. I suppose this is due to Intel and boardmakers pricing it lower because this is more of a refresh chipset.

Next week, Devil's Canyon and the 4690K and 4790K will launch, and this would be a great choice for anyone looking for a solid gaming board and doesn't need SLI support.

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