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

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  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
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  • Anonymous
  • 8/8/2014 9:20:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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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.


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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4 out of 5 eggsGood mid-range board

Pros: This is a solid board with a very accessible price point. Sub $100 gets you a fairly extensive feature set considering. The board does have support for AMD Crossfire (more on this later), all digital power management circuitry, 4 USB 3.0 ports on the back and another 4 2.0, a pretty nice integrated audio system with a built-in headphone amp, and a high-end look with an attractive color scheme.

While I would normally prefer the 90 degree, front facing SATA and 24 pin connectors, these "flat" connectors will lend themselves quite nicely to a smaller mid tower where the others could be difficult to use.

The UEFI BIOS is easy enough to navigate and adjust to your liking and looks very nice with the HD option.

Cons: There were a couple of issues I found that really turned me off from this board.

First off there's this dual-gpu limitation that seems to be on all the H97 boards. The 4th and 5th gen Intel Core series processors all provide 16 PCIe 3.0 lanes. Both the Z and H97 chipsets provide another 8 PCIe 2.0 lanes. This board (and from the looks of it, all other H97 boards) routes all 16 lanes from the CPU to the top GPU slot and then shares the chipset lanes among the rest of the board's features. Ultimately you're left with 4 lanes for the second x16 slot. This is why SLI isn't supported, Nvidia requires 8 lanes per GPU. Benchmarks of x16/x4 Crossfire vs x8/x8 are pretty easy to find and there's a significant penalty to pay for this setup. I'm fairly confident this is a restriction from Intel for this chipset, but it is certainly worth noting if you are considering a dual GPU setup. Another thing to note regarding the PCIe lanes: should you occupy one of the x1 slots, 2 lanes are directed to those slots dropping the x16 further to only 2 lanes.

The other main issue I had was with regards to overclocking. The BIOS provides all the adjustments necessary (multiplier, voltage, etc) and even shows that my 4770k is at 4000MHz on the main page, but when running CPU-Z to validate the speeds it always reports the stock CPU speeds. I waited to see what other reviewers had to say and if their overclock attempts were successful. I know the H series chipset isn't supposed to support overclocking, but with all the options available I wasn't sure what to expect.

The only other issues I'd bother pointing out had to do with board layout. The front panel audio is at the far bottom, rear corner. It could be a real stretch to connect on some cases.

The clear CMOS jumper is right below the top x16 slot as is the BIOS selection jumper so performing either of these tasks will require removing your graphics card (if you have a single-slot card you should be able to get at the selection jumper).

Other Thoughts: Ultimately I had to consider this board and its target market. In the sub-$100 category I think it fits in just fine and is quite comparable to other H97 boards.

I would advise against this board if you are seriously considering a dual GPU system, you really won't be getting the everything you paid for from the cards.

I really like the audio on this board. The headset amp drives my Sennheiser HD558s quite nicely (50 Ohms) and the Realtek 1150 surprised me with its capabilities (along with available software for fine-tuning). I wouldn't bother with one of my beloved Xonars on this board.

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3 out of 5 eggsDecent budget board!

Pros: - quality board (not TOO flimsy), has the same quality level of other more expensive boards

- vertical SATA ports!!!

- 2 SATA cables included (one flat -> angled and another flat -> flat)

- DVI / VGA / HDMI (oh my!)

- Plenty of fan headers: CPU1 and CPU2, Chassis1 and Chassis2, and PowerFan1

- Big heatsinks… it’s claimed to “dramatically take away heat”. While it might actually offer marginally better heat dissipation, it looks cool… glad more manufacturers are going this way.

Cons: - Board layout seems cramped. This isn’t a huge board, so there will be compromises in some spots, but you’re going to need patience to get all of the front panel, USB, audio headers attached to the board. Had to re-route a ton of cables in my mid-ATX case to get them to attach to this board… not super happy about that, but it had to be done. Headers for the front panel / audio are on the EXTREME bottom left side of this board (at the very bottom / back when installed in a case); doesn’t leave much room for cable strain relief.

- initial Windows 7 install did not go at all… tried to install Windows 7 x64 from a USB stick plugged into one of the USB 3.0 ports… Windows install kept asking for Intel SATA Drivers. Eventually got the install to start and complete by moving my Windows 7 install USB stick to one of the USB 2.0 ports. I think I’ve had this issue with one other system install… very few and far between.

- Not a paded rear I/O panel… I know it’s a $99 board, but does it really cost that much to put some foam on the I/O panel?!?! Why hasn’t this become a standard practice for all motherboards?!?!?!?

- This board only supports AMD Quad CrossFireX and CrossFireX… no NVidia SLI??? (Oh wait, this board is red… it kind of makes sense now.)

- Not a ton of included extras… only 2 SATA cables. No Crossfire adapters.

- The BIOS isn’t the prettiest. I found it sort of "clunky" when looking for specific settings.

- F-Stream (the ASRock system tweaking program) is just okay. It’s certainly not pretty and can be a little "clunky" at times.

- After scratching my head and wondering why none of my mice will work in the “Fatal1ty Mouse Port”... come to find out there’s several caveats to actually USING the dedicate mouse port:

"1. Some USB mice may not support 1000 Hz mouse polling rate.
2. The Fatal1ty mouse port does not support USB 2.0 mouse.
3. The Fatal1ty mouse port may not support some wireless USB mice.
4. The Fatal1ty mouse port does not support the USB mouse which is connected to the USB hub."

So it's a nice touch if you have a mouse that qualifies to be used on the dedicated Fatal1ty mouse port... but the rest of us will just skip it.

Other Thoughts: DON'T buy it:
It's an entry level budget "gaming" board. The bios, utilities, drivers, even the ASRock website doesn't really have the refinement or sheen of other tech companies out there. This board ONLY supports AMD Quad CrossFireX and CrossFireX... which may not be a huge deal for those with only one GPU (after all, the board is red... get it? AMD?) My two cents: Spend a little extra and get a board with a "Z" series chipset (ie. Z97)... that way you've got full overclock support if you want to go that route and you'll future-proof your build. Most "Z" series boards I've seen come with more extras and are generally a higher level of quality.

DO buy it:
For what it is; It is affordable. It's not super flimsy like other budget boards. It has vertical SATA ports! It has plenty of fan headers. It has big, attractive-looking heat sinks. This would be a great board if you wanted to build your first PC. You'll learn it's strengths and weaknesses and be able to plan for your next PC build.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review.
For the SLI and/or CrossFireX, due to H97 chipset limitation, it cannot be split up PCIE lanes to support SLI and CrossFireX.
However, our engineer team has made it happen for CrossFireX.
As always, we appreciate your purchase and constructive reviews are welcome.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact us at We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

Tech Support Email:

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4 out of 5 eggsMust say good MB

Pros: Great affordable price point, had no issues during installation, Build quality out of package and close inspection was very surprising in a good way, Have tried AsRock Mother boards on 2 other occasions and have had to RMA the 2 of them, but that was a few years back , but as a PC builder, things like that stay in your mined when purchasing again for a new build, But I must say I am impressed with this hardware. Parried MB up with a GTX 770 & 16GB ram, & i5 cpu, and SSD, running games great, Watchdogs, BF4, and the benchmark for me still Crysis lol

Cons: 1. Made in China (a shame but what is not these days)

2. Just a choice of mine but for a duel GPU setup if you choose that rout AMD Xfire support only no Nvidia SLI option

3.As another review states the driver CD pushing me to install Google Chrome and Google Toolbar I can not stand when developer's push software

Other Thoughts: Good buy for price to build game rig
You have to love when you slap all your parts together install an OS and everything works first try always gives me a smile

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4 out of 5 eggsExcellent UEFI BIOS, highly configurable, completely stable board with feature-rich software

Pros: This motherboard was completely stable over five days of testing. There were no problems installing Windows 7 or Debian Linux. I tested this board under load with Memtest86+ v5.01 (24 hours), BOINC on Linux (48 hours), and both Steam and BOINC on Windows 7 (48 hours). There was nothing unusual in the system logs under Linux or Windows. There were no problems with the gigabit LAN connection under either OS, and no problems going into or coming out of sleep and hibernate under Windows 7. I looked hard for any sign of instability or flakiness, and couldn't find anything.

Excellent sound quality on Windows 7, although I could swear there is extra treble when using the front audio header as compared to the correctly neutral-sounding rear audio jack. (See “Other thoughts” regarding sound quality in Linux.)

The UEFI BIOS is excellent, especially at 1920x1080. The user-friendly GUI makes it easy to navigate around this highly configurable motherboard. The fan controller in particular is superb, with four independent pair of temperature vs. fan level settings for each CPU fan.

The ability to update the BIOS over the internet from within the BIOS itself is nice. You don't even have to download the BIOS update to a USB stick.

The System Browser (available in the UEFI BIOS and the “F-Stream” software for Windows) is a neat feature. It shows a picture of the motherboard and allows you to see what devices or memory are connected to which slot or port.

The ASRock F-Stream software lets you change many BIOS settings from within Windows. It includes a “Live Update” function that checks your driver versions against those on the ASRock web site and updates them for you.

The board is securely packaged within a dense foam square cable-tied to the board's mounting holes. That inspires more confidence than the usual “board in a bag in a box” type packaging.

Cons: My first impression of the board was how flimsy it felt compared to other ATX or even EATX motherboards I've handled. While holding the board by its edges and lifting it out of the packaging to place it into the case, it was bending in the middle under its own weight. I was worried that this flexing would affect the stability or reliability of the board, but there didn't seem to be any ill effects.

The location of the “Fatal1ty mouse port” is incorrect in the printed manual and on the stamped metal rear I/O panel. The sticker on the motherboard and the “System Browser” software show the correct location; it's above the PS/2 keyboard/mouse port.

The “Live Update” of motherboard drivers from within Windows is nice, but the sudden reboot without warning was an unpleasant surprise. In addition, the update process doesn't seem to handle errors correctly (if at all). In my case, the Intel RST driver was shown as needing an update over and over again. It turned out that the automated driver installation was failing due to .NET 4.5 not being installed, but the Live Update software didn't pass on the error.

Under Windows 7 the system kept waking up from sleep, hibernate, and even from power-off. Eventually I found that the supplied Intel NIC drivers installed with all the “Wake on ...” features enabled by default. To fix this, go to Control Panel -> System -> Device Manager, right-click the network interface, go to Properties -> Power and disable all the “Wake on ...” entries.

Both the BIOS and F-Stream software could use a couple of very minor corrections regarding English spelling and grammar.

Other Thoughts: The default boot delay is only 1 second. It takes my monitor longer than that to recognize an HDMI signal! Just hold down DEL or F2 and change that to 5 or 10 seconds if you're like me and prefer ease of use over a few seconds of boot time.

I didn't appreciate the driver CD pushing me to install Google Chrome and Google Toolbar.

Out of the box, the sound is distorted under Debian Linux. I expect that it needs the Realtek HD Audio driver to be installed. This is available from the Realtek web site under “Quick Links” for both the 2.6 and 3.0 kernels.

Overall I was impressed. I hadn't used an ASRock board before and tend to only look at brands I've come to know and trust. Going forward I will definitely consider ASRock motherboards for my builds.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review.
For the Fatal1ty mouse port incorrect, please download and update both BIOS and F-Stream Tuning utility at link below.
If you have any technical issues please contact us at We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

Tech Support Email:

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