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ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Intel Motherboard

  • Intel H97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Robert B.
  • 9/28/2014 3:31:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easily installed with new psu, ram, mobo. Bios was simple no tuning was needed. It works as expected and with no BSOD

Cons: None as yet!! :-)

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  • Evan G.
  • 9/24/2014 9:54:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNever POSTed

Pros: Has a lot of features for a cheap board. Have an Asrock Extreme4 z77 that to this day is amazing. This one is not. In theory, this will run Xeon's, although perhaps not mine (E3 1231v3) - not sure. I didn't do enough homework on the board and assumed it had compatibility after I saw Xeon proc's listed on their website. By the way, for fun, try looking at the documentation for this device - there's no troubleshooting steps to be found anywhere.

Cons: Powered on without any display, external or otherwise. Was it incompatible memory? Incompatible CPU? Incompatible operator? Who knows... There's no LED's to indicate what the problem might be on the board short of telling me which BIOS it's loading off of. I'm glad it had every novelty in the book, but throw in some sort of POST troubleshooting measures somewhere and I'd justify the cost. People say this is a well made board. Welp, the SATA port came loose during disassembly making this impossible to return. Top notch.

Other Thoughts: Custom builds have historically cost me more money than they're worth. My advice to you: buy a laptop, or better yet, get somebody else to build it and make them pay for RMA's and unfair restocking fees. I don't think people should have to pay these fees if it doesn't do what you paid for it to do.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
To unplug the SATA cable, it must press and hold the lever (metal latches) to disengage SATA cables to avoid damage the SATA ports and affect the limited warranty.
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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  • Sookmi K.
  • 9/22/2014 4:11:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGot RMA

Pros: Works perfect.
Efficent choice when I bought this.

Cons: Received bent cpu pins

Other Thoughts: Although it was Newegg's fault who sent me the open boxed item, AsRock replaced my board at no cost. They usually charge $50, but since I received the broken one and requested RMA really fast. They approved the replacement. Thank you, AsRock.

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5 out of 5 eggsH97 Overclocker

Pros: For a budget board its extremely good looking. The ASRock H97 Performance is a entry level gaming board that has some basic over clocking features. It's perfect for someone just getting into over clocking and building. At sub $100 ASRock delivers the goods. First the BIOS is the basic UEFI and simple to use. No confusing graphics or nomenclature. It will run any of the 1150 CPU line including the new Pentium G3258 that is unlocked. And it will over clock it! Also all 1150 i3, i5, i7 CPUs are supported. It has everything you need and nothing extra. Well thought out package. First its well packed with a closed foam support. SATA cables and manual. Basic I/O plate and that's it. It has nice features: Quality heat sinks, Caps, Chokes, power connectors, PCI-e 16 3.0, 8 Phase, Intel gigabyte lan, 6 SATA 3, Purity sound 2, and supports Crossfire. It also has plenty of connectors. DVI, HDMI, D Sub many USB 3.0 and 2.0 and plenty of fan headers. ASRock puts its money where a PC enthusiasts wants it. In the power phase and the Intel lan. Not in a fancy box or I/O plate. If your having difficulty over clocking a CPU with this board then check out Techpowerup.com for Haswell's over clocking guides.

Cons: But a board at this price has to have its liabilities. It does not support SLI, ram will top out at 1600, (which is not bad), over clocking is limited but ASRock has some tricks up their sleeves and there budget boards have always done this well and this board is no exception. It over clocks the CPU! The front header is in a odd place but the SATA connectors are at the bottom out of the way of the GPU. But they are vertical which will get mixed reviews. Crossfire is limited as the second PCI-E port will run at 4x. There is no M.2 or SATA express found on most of the Z97 boards

Other Thoughts: ASRock is knocking on the big boys doors with this Non Z over clocking gaming Motherboard. With stunning good looks and all the correct features a new PC builder wants without the huge price tag. I'm really impressed with what they deliver in this price range. Sure others have deducted points for no fancy new connectors or Killer nic. But at this price this board deserves 5 stars all day. Did I mention its under $100! I haven't paid less than $100 for a over clocking board in 5 years. Thank you ASRock. This is what you do well.

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  • Sebok J.
  • 9/5/2014 1:13:18 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggsOpen box

Pros: Newegg has the lowest price. Only $10 more expensive than B85 Pro 4

Cons: The package has dents and was already opened. No seal or sticker that proves it is new. Even the guide and driver CD case inside are damaged. Motherboard looks fine, but I noticed that few of the ram socket buttons are not locked.

Other Thoughts: Going to update my review and raise the rate depends on the mother board's performance after installation

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Sorry to hear the item was received by damaged condition. Please contact the vendor for further assistant.
If you have any technical inquiry or warranty questions 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
  • 8/8/2014 9:20:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBang for the buck

Pros: Very easy installation, simply works and looks awesome!

Cons: None so far

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  • Doug J.
  • 7/31/2014 9:21:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome board!

Pros: Tons of connectivity! Ports up the wazoo. Easy driver install with ASRock software.

Cons: Only two 8X PCIe slots, the second of which drops to 2X speeds if any PCIe cards are added to the 1X slots.

Other Thoughts: I love this board. The only issue that caused me a problem is that all of the SATA ports all go through the Intel controller, which if set to RAID mode, can prevent the Samsung Magician software from detecting supported drives, and I assume other similar utilities and drivers. I got around it by using an add-in PCIe SATA controller.

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4 out of 5 eggsSolid Motherboard For A Budget Gamer

Pros: You really can't ask for much more than this motherboard offers. There's really only one step up in terms of onboard audio options, and personally I've had better experiences with Realtek drivers vs Creative. I'm happy with the Pure Sound 2.

I also prefer the Intel LAN chipset to the Killer option. Killer's whole brand image is too gimmicky for me, and there's a lot of info out there showing that their chipset isn't really much more effective than a tweaked stock one. The intel chipset is very comparable, and probably has lower licensing fees.

The USB mouse port is an interesting feature. I like the idea of prioritizing that port over others to reduce lag, but I'm hesitant to believe it makes that significant a difference. I'd rather have it than not, though.

The rest of the motherboard is fairly standard, but very good quality and pretty stylish. The expectation is an i3-i7 that has little to no expectation of being overclocked, and a single high end video card or two low end cards for graphics. The potential doesn't sound overly exciting, but honestly, that's what I run. I'm very happy with it, and this is a well priced, good looking board.

The BIOS takes a little getting used to, but it's fairly easy to navigate and is really very easy to use. I've used other major brand UEFI's that were far more difficult to navigate.

Cons: 2015 needs to be the year of the death of shoddy I/O plates.

WHY? WHY IS THIS STILL HAPPENING?

Okay, maybe some $50 basic motherboards that are bare-bones can still have them, but this?

This is budget gamer territory. This is not that area.

You spend all this time and money making 95% of the motherboard look awesome, and you RUIN it with the back plate. Shame on you, literally every manufacturer.

Other Thoughts: It's also worth noting that for about $20-25 more, you can upgrade to a version that not only has a few more perks (i.e. sexy I/O plate), but also upgrades the chipset to z97. Honestly, the upgrade is so worth it that it almost negates the existence of this model.

That being said, if you want to build a decent gaming quality PC, but have no intention of tweaking it, this is the motherboard for you. I would use this for non tech savvy family members who want good quality with minimal fuss, especially if they're aiming to game.

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4 out of 5 eggsASRock H97 Performance Fatal1ty

Pros: +
Excellent features for a sub $100 board.
Black PCB with red trim.
Connectors feel sturdy.
CrossFire ready.
4 USB 3.0 and 4 USB 2.0 ports; front panel USB 3.0 and 2.0 headers.
6 SATA 3 6Gb/s connectors.
Plenty of fan headers.
Fatal1ty Gaming Mouse port.

Cons: -
Overclocking results were not discernible inside the Windows 7 environment: bumping up the multiplier in the BIOS showed speed results in the BIOS, but I could not see a difference with CPU-Z or with the Windows Computer property panel. I believe this is likely related to the CPU that I paired with this board: an i7 4790k which is a new to market processor.

During my overclocking test I started out with a bump up to 4.40 GHz, jumped into Windows and there was no way to tell inside the environment if the CPU had higher clocks, both CPU-Z and Windows Computer properties panel reported the default speed of the processor. However; when I went back into the BIOS, and bumped the multiplier up to 4.80 GHz. Windows would then hang or blue-screen before it could fully load, a sign that the CPU was in fact overclocking as the multiplier I applied resulted in an unstable environment. The BIOS was updated to latest available version.

The H97 chipset has a few issues.
The memory standard is capped at 1600 MHz, meaning if you have faster rated RAM it will not clock higher than 1600 MHz with no way to bump it up to the higher rated speed.
Another limitation of this chipset is that NVIDIA SLI is not supported.
(These are cons of the H97 chipset solely, so I really cannot fault this to the motherboard).

Other Thoughts: ~
ASRock includes a handful of useful tools geared towards gamers such as a macro key manager, overclocking panel, gaming mouse tuning and fan speed controls.
The driver installer disc includes several bundled optional trial-ware softwares, which become subscription based if you would like to continue the services once the trials expire.
These include: ASRock Cloud storage, streaming and remote access service (1 year), and XSplit broadcasting software for twitch (3 Month). I didn't have a use for these applications so I did not test them.
Overall this is an excellent sub $100 board with many features I was surprised to see on a board at this price point, everything looks like it was well thought out in the design and component selection. The PCB has a nice thickness to it and feels rigid with minimal flex. This board even features a Night Light: a back facing amber toned LED. There is plenty of space for a giant CPU air cooler with good clearance of the RAM and the PCI-e slots are nicely spaced out.
Aside from the wonky experience I had with overclocking and the H97 limited reach of 1600MHz RAM, I would recommend this board for mid tier builds at this price.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood feature set for price

Pros: Packed well. I really like that this main board was surrounded by foam. That will keep it much safer during shipping. Good manual, easy to understand if you are new to the world of computer building... Came with a 3 month FREE subscription card for Xsplit a "livestreaming" service. Don't know if I would use it, but I'm sure others that pick up this board might, so that is nice. BIOS was easy to navigate and this board didn't have any issues with the i3 that I used. For those that are new to the UEFI BIOS, it's very slick and not scary looking, i.e., days of old. Point and click with a mouse, easy to mess with. This board looks robust and the layout is nice. I also like that it came with legacy PCI slots, you never know... I like that it has a tried and true Intel network interface. The other board had the "Killer NIC" which I think was / is hype. ....and looking at my notes, I didn't see any differences in speed / transfers on my 1000BaseT LAN. For the price this seems to be built well, good caps, good looking PCB (see cons though) and nice bridge heat sinks... Audio sounds really decent, might be attributed to the "Purity Sound 2" onboard. Generally great performance from this board (in my test environment). Windows 7 installed in around 15 minutes. Good board for any type or user; gamer, video editor, general user, etc. The price point I feel is really good. Also, after spending quite a bit of time with this board, the HDMI was really nice to have. I was able to play 1080p MP4 video without issue and other day to day tasks didn't make this board whimper at all. I think ASRock might be on to something here...

Cons: No Qualcomm Killer NIC if you really want it (you don't, trust me)... Unlike the "Killer" version of this mother board, this one does not have the fancy labeled I/O bracket, I really think that they could have included one. It would look cool and help for port location if you didn't know what goes where... Depending on what SATA ports you use, the board can lock. I had to manually set speed for my DDR3 (GSkill), which I thought was weird, but this can happen some times, not a big deal. (FYI, the board did a POST fine, I just happened to notice that the speed was off) No M.2 for SSD, most people might not use it, but it would have been nice to have... The only other thing that I wanted to make a note of is the quality OF the PCB, while I didn't have any issues with feeling that the board was going to snap in half or installation issues, the layering of this board isn't as good as say an Asus or GigaByte board. I feel that the price reflects that.

Other Thoughts: I feel that most of these H97 platform boards will all be pretty competitive and similar it really depends on if you are shopping by price or by allegiance. I myself am a Gigabyte fan, I've used LOTS of their boards and their failure rate is VERY low. I've used some AsRock in the past 5 years and have had some issues. Having said that, this board was not DOA and was able to POST without issue. Just remember, get decent RAM, not the super cheap stuff. I also feel that ASRock is stepping up the quality control and their packaging is the best that I've seen. Other MFGs. should take note, surrounding the board in foam like they do is a BRILLIANT idea!
Even with me being a EggExpert reviewer, I want people to know what is going to work, how intuitive a product is and that it is a value, because at the end of the day that is all one can ask for! I look forward to continued good service out of this product and feel that it is a great deal!

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