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

  • Intel Z97
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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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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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent Single Card Motherboard

Pros: This motherboard easily gets a 5 egg rating for users needing to run a single video card setup. Users needing more than one video card should look at other motherboards providing full speed PCI-Express slots.

Since most motherboards' performance/speeds are usually within 2 percent of each other, this review will concentrate on the features that the end-user should consider prior to buying this motherboard.

+ Plentiful overclocking options are provided for compatible processors

+ Ability to use full length M.2 cards up to 110mm in length (Support for 30mm, 42mm, 60mm, and 80mm cards as well)

+ Fully configurable (1) 4-pin CPU header, (1) 3-pin CPU header, (3) 3-pin Chassis Fan headers, and (1) 4-pin Chassis Fan header (See Other Thoughts)

+ Push-Pull heatsink fan configuration can utilized due to two CPU fan headers

+ No speed control over fan power connector, allowing a connected water cooling pump to operate at full speed without worry about any speed control

+ Effective PCI-Express & PCI slot layout in order to minimize chances of blocking slots. The M.2 connector is directly below the first PCI-Express in an area where a video card's heatsink/fan would overhang

+ 4 RAM slots allowing a maximum of 32GB RAM

+ The BIOS has ability to save 3 individual BIOS configuration profiles

Cons: - Only one PCI-Express graphics slot is at full x16 speed, with second only at x4 speed

- Partial use of non-solid capacitors on the motherboard

- 5-pin Intel Thunderbolt motherboard connector is provided, but no add-in card is provided

- Even though the chipset heatsink is oversized already, ridges/fins should have been utilized to maximize cooling potential

- Questionable dehumidifier function that "will power on the computer to automatically dehumidify the system after entering S4/S5 state"

Other Thoughts: The more notable features of the motherboard are the extensive fan control options. Speed control of the CPU and Chassis fans can be set individually to preset Silent, Standard, Performance, or Full Speed profiles, as well as a fully customized option.

In the customized fan option the end user is able to set 4 individual set points based on CPU/Motherboard temperature and Fan speed at that particular temperature. Both temperature and fan speed set points are adjusted in 1 degree / percent increments. At any set point, the end user can also select a fan speed of 0, effectively having the fans turned off until a certain temperature threshold is reached.

If a passive CPU cooler was used, such as Xigmatek's Thor (NewEgg Item# N82E16835233032), the end user could have an attached heatsink fan and set it to be off until the CPU hit a certain temperature. In the same scenario, Chassis fans could be set to off until the CPU / Motherboard temperatures reached a certain point.

As a quick side note, if looking to color coordinate various components with the motherboard, G.Skill Ripjaws line of RAM modules will compliment the motherboard.

Also to recap, the Asrock motherboard is an excellent choice for those who wont utilize more than one video card on the motherboard. The features are plentiful at an attractive price point.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood mid-level board

Pros: The ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer (Model Z97 Killer/A/ASRK) is a great mid-level board. The box contains the board, aluminum back panel insert for your case, 4 SATA 6Gb/s locking cables (2 with 90 degree connectors on one side and 2 with straight connectors on each side) measuring approx. 19.5” length, a driver CD, Quick Setup Manual, Software Manual, ASRock Cloud guide, Stickers, and a 3-month XSplit Premium license. The XSplit Premium license allows you to unlock features of the XSplit Broadcaster software which can be used to stream or record your favorite games.
The board is not a standard ATX size though it will fit fine in any ATX case. It is not as wide and does not use the last row of screws you would normally need for an ATX board. That said it still leaves room to have 4 slots of memory and add 2 crossfire linked video cards on board. There is onboard video and a couple relatively new connectors the M.2 port which can be used to install an onboard SSD. (Example http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820167168&cm_re=M.2_SSD-_-20-167-168-_-Product), and the SATA Express port which I have read does 10Gb/s transfer speed. There are also 4 standard 6Gb/s SATA ports. You can use the SATA Express port as 2 individual SATA 6Gb/s ports if you would like which is why the system specs on NewEgg state there are 6 SATA ports in total.
The install was easy. The BIOS gives you lots of overclocking options as well as ways to just keep it simple. In my case there was a BIOS update available right out of the box.
I had no problem installing or running Win 8.1 and my system was very stable.

Cons: With this board not being full sized ATX the missing row of screws for support make pressing the ram and 24 PIN connector in a little worrisome as it does slightly flex the board. I countered this by holding the edge of the board with my spare hand while pressing the items into place.

Other Thoughts: I did not have the hardware to test the Crossfire ability nor did I have a chance to run performance counters such as 3DFX but overall my windows install ran smooth and quick and this board seems like a very solid choice for a mid-level gamer or just someone that wants a nice home desktop build.
As always if I run into any issues in the future I will update or write another review at that time.

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  • Shawn S.
  • 6/2/2014 1:07:27 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as expected

Pros: Price
Easy to overclock
Looks great!

Cons: Lots of software to sift through on the driver disk.
Updating the bios from Windows restarts my PC, but doesn't update the bios. (will attempt this via USB drive once I get time)

Other Thoughts: I am very pleased with the board. Rock solid construction that is pleasing to the eye and performed exactly as I expected while overclocking my new 4670k.

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  • Larry V.
  • 5/30/2014 11:06:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWell laid-out

Pros: Mobo is well-laid out.
Plenty of SATA headers.
Everything is nice and flat, which makes CPU and cooler installation easier. No heat pipes or sharp cooling fins in the way.
Worked perfectly on first power-up.

Cons: Front panel audio header is at the very back, bottom of the mobo. Had to get out my cable stretcher to make it reach. I installed this in a cavernous, hangar-like full tower case, so your results may vary.

Detected my 2133 memory at 1600. Not sure if default behavior or my memory sticks didn't report correctly. Not a big deal, easy enough to correct in BIOS.

Driver installation CD could be a little more user-friendly, but it gets the job done.

Other Thoughts: 16gb g.skill ripjaw
i5-4570
SSD Intel 530 180gb m.2 format for O/S
Western Digital Blue 1tb for data/programs
PNY GTX-760

Not a full-sized ATX board. Make sure your case supports different standoff locations.

If you want to take advantage of "ultra fast boot" option, make sure you get a video card that supports UEFI GOP bios.

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