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ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Performance LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel H97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 7/25/2015 7:31:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsWorst technical support on the market

Pros: Cheap, A lot of features

Cons: Didn't work out of the box - computer didn't turn on properly or at all. Flashing bios through uefi worked. Although technical support email has been sent for over a week, no sign of help appeared to this day. Rating 1 for the worst support ever..

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review. We always do our best to Support customers. Unfortunately, it does not meet your needs.
However, we do reply both email and phone promptly except on week-end and holidays.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact us at 909-590-8308 or
We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/10/2015 8:33:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsAsrock has some quality control issues

Pros: Didn't get to use it. Looks cool, I guess?

Cons: Mobo failed to POST like other reviews stated. You will most likely have to RMA the thing. I should have looked at the other reviews BEFORE I bought from Asrock.

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, remove all components from mainboard.
• Remove the mainboard from chassis, place it on mainboard’s box.
• Clear the CMOS.
• Reseat the CPU and heatsink fan.
• Test with single memory module.
• Test with onboard video (Connect the monitor).
• Plug the 24 + 8 or 4 pins ATX power.
• Connect the chassis power switch to mainboard, and try again.

If you have any technical Support inquiry, please contact us at We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock Support
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  • Mark G.
  • 2/27/2015 3:19:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood quality motherboard with a few short commings

Pros: This motherboard has very good component quality for the price. Has big heatsinks and is one of the cheapest boards to use ALC 1150 sound. The one board monitoring tools work well. Have not tried to do any overclocking with it.

Cons: This is a short board which means that the edge closest to the front is not supported from underneath. When plugging in the 24 pin power connector I had to stick my fingers under the board to support it, which makes me nervous.
It also has a very oddly place 4-pin molex connector in the middle of the board that is difficult to route a cable to.
The SATA connectors all face up which makes cable routing less elegant.

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1 out of 5 eggsAddendum to previous review with RMA experience

Pros: NewEgg tried to make it right when ASRock didn't.

Cons: Earlier review: Does not POST with G3258 or i7 4790K

ASRock flat out refuses to provide an RMA exchange for this product.
I contacted them using their Support Request form at

Board does not POST

»Problem Description
I received this product as a NewEgg EggXpert reviewer.
The board does not POST.
I have tried 2 different CPU's; a Pentium G3258 and a Core i7 4790K.
I've tried 2 different sticks of RAM; a Samsung 4GB DDR3 1600 dimm, and a Crucial 8GB DDR3 1600 dimm.
Parts are tested working in my primary computer.
No matter what I try, this board does not POST.
Fans spin up, no video, no sound.
Have tried resetting CMOS, switching to BIOS 2. No change.
Board appears to be DOA.

I would like to get a replacement.


I was emailed by Eric at ASRock America and was given a [canned] reply asking me to check several things, most of which I've already checked, swapped, and re-checked (and even mentioned doing so in my initial support request to them). I replied stating that I'd checked these things, and then was told:


That seems like mainboard issue. Please contact seller for mainboard exchange."

Given that the board is past the 30 day return policy offered by 99% of retailers including NewEgg, this is not an acceptable answer, nor does it offer a resolution to my problem.

I have a dud of a board, and ASRock support has in kind also been a dud. This is why I've always stuck with Gigabyte and Asus products, and stayed away from ASRock.

Other Thoughts: NewEgg (to their credit), offered to send me another board to review since ASRock is not stepping up to the plate and doing what's right - however, NewEgg does not have an 1150 board to send me (and I'm not upset about that, because this isn't their issue to fix, it's ASRock's).

I've always received excellent support through NewEgg, and even as an EggXpert that trend has continued. Kudos to NewEgg for going above and beyond where they didn't have to.

ASRock on the other hand, thanks for nothing. You have just further cemented my belief to avoid your products. Very, very disappointing. All I wanted was a replacement. This board has been out of the box and out of the anti-static bag for roughly 2 hours total, has no damage, and practically has no use. Now, it REALLY has no use.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued 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.
For the returning mainboard, please check the warranty for product detail under Newegg return policy and manufacturer Warranty.
However, Newegg has 30 days return policy, if past the 30 days, contact us for replacement and we will be more than happy to assist you.

If you have any technical inquiry or warranty question in the future, please contact us at

Thank you

Tech Support Email:

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  • Patrick M.
  • 2/18/2015 9:03:59 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat entry-level gaming mobo

Pros: It's as cheap of a gaming board as you'll ever find, but in price only. This board looks awesome, especially sitting in my Corsair SPEC-01 case with red fans. Good audio codec, LAN, and lots of SATA and USB ports. Also has overclocking capabilities, which is great for those who don't want to have to shell out $30-$50 more for a Z board.

Cons: Doesn't let you do SLI. Crossfire is only supported in PCIe 2.0; however, it's fine if you're only using 1 video card. Not enough to dock an egg.
No DP on integrated graphics so it won't do 4k @ 60hz, which is to be expected at this price point.
The software doesn't always work properly, in particular the "fatality mouse port." Even when I plug my mouse into the proper port, it won't detect it as being there.

Other Thoughts: Despite some minor quirks, this is a very solid gaming board for those on a budget. If you're looking for an entry-level gaming board that doesn't compromise on quality, look no further.

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1 out of 5 eggsDoes not POST with G3258 or i7 4790K

Pros: +Good look to the board, good color combination. Looks sharp.
+Good price especially with rebates.
+Supposedly allows you some overclocking wiggle room despite not being a Z97 series board.
+Board layout is pretty well thought out, EXCEPT for the front panel connectors (see 'Cons' below).
+Dual bios, selectable by jumper - and also the bios chips appear to be user replaceable which is great.

Cons: -Board does not post. Very disappointed.
Decided to use this board as a budget gaming build, and also the first PC my 10 year old daughter has built. (She's always watched me build and been interested, so I let her go 'hands on' with this build.)
Bought a G3258 specifically to pair up with this board.
Get everything installed, including 2 sticks of 4GB Samsung DDR3 1600 RAM and a few other spare parts (Antec VP450, old CM case, old Seagate 250GB HDD). BIOS 1 lights up on board, press power, fans spin up - and.....nothing. No post, no boot, nothing. Clear CMOS, remove CMOS battery, try switching to BIOS 2 using the jumpers - no change. Still no post.

Look at their site, which has conflicting information about the G3258. If you look at the 'Supported CPU list', G3258 is supported as of bios version 1.10. Go back to the bios downloads page, find out 1.10 is the initial release. Ok then, G3258 is supported out of the box. Scroll page up, (on bios page) and see that G3258 support was added with 1.40 which was released 7/31. Which is it though - 1.10 or 1.40?

So then I start thinking, OK, maybe I got an old bios rev board, that's the issue. After all, fans spin up; it's not DOA.

I take down my primary PC and remove my (working) i7 4790K out of my Gigabyte Z97X-SLI. Check the H97 Performance CPU support page again, see i7 4790K also listed as being supported as of 1.10. Hook up my CM 212+ Evo, turn on - same exact symptoms. No video, no sound, no post. Nothing.

Change out the RAM, put in my Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB kit (2x8GB). No change.

Seeing the other reviewer say the same thing happened to him = very disappointing. I went ahead and put the G3258 in my Z97X-SLI for grins just to make sure it worked, and it did.

I tried running nothing but power and CPU and 1 stick of RAM - still no luck.

-That's bad enough, but let me call out the other elephant in the room - the location of the front panel wiring (for the power switch, reset switch, and LED's). Whoever thought it was a good idea to put it near the back of the board, near the FP Audio jack, is out of their minds. Your wiring with this board is going to be less than ideal. HORRIBLE idea.

-I don't like the vertical SATA ports; that makes cable management (after the FP wiring flaw) even MORE less ideal.

-The board itself also feels a little thin compared to my Z97X-SLI. I assume ASRock is still using a slightly thinner PCB to save on costs (keeping their prices down). I 'get that', I understand why....may not bother most people, but it's something I don't like. I'd rather pay a little extra (to ASRock or a competitor) and get a better-built motherboard.

Other Thoughts: I will put in an RMA request to get this board replaced. I realize that things happen, but I think I'm more disappointed by a non-DOA-yet-not-working product than a DOA one. (DOA one would be a little easier to 'take'.)

I will submit a supplemental review once the replacement board arrives and the system works.

As of now, I don't recommend this board (for obvious reasons). If it worked, I'd probably give it a solid 3-4 eggs based on value and features, despite my dislikes on build quality and board layout. Again, I will post a 2nd review once my RMA arrives and I can get a working system with this board.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
BIOS 1.10 supports CPU G3258. However, the BIOS 1.40 has enhanced some features for CPU.

For the POST issue, please trouble shoot the mainboard whether the issue is resolved.
Remove the mainboard from chassis, place it on mainboard’s box.
Clear the CMOS.
Reseat the CPU and heatsink fan.
Test with single memory module (non-ECC, un-buffered).
Test with onboard VGA.
Plug the 24 + 8 or 4 pins ATX power.
Connect the chassis power switch to mainboard, and try again.
If you have any technical support inquiry, please contact us at We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

Tech Support Email:

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5 out of 5 eggsGood H97 Board

Pros: Great UEFI BIOS
Nice System Browser (though needs more work)
Thunderbolt ready
Japan high quality CAP’s
Nice look of MOBO color scheme
Dual bios
PCI-e 3.0
4 USB 3.0 on back

Cons: No eSATA on the back
lack of display port
Only 2x 4 pin fan headers, rest are 3 pin
No push buttons on MOBO
No LED error display
H97 limited to 1600 memory

Other Thoughts: First impressions, when I got the box, it looks like most of the MOBO (Motherboard) boxes on the outside. What surprised me was on the inside, the packaging of the motherboard was great! I have seen some creative packaging for higher end MOBO’s but this was unexpected in a sub $100 MOBO. The extra foam to support the MOBO was nice, though I think the zip ties were a little overkill.

Test setup used 4790K chip, and tested with some old but still good 1600 G.Skill RipJaw XMP 2x4 sticks, had no issue posting, and switched to XMP and 1600, ran just fine from first try. Tested CPU OC and it worked, not sure about issues others have. Of course OC is limited but it does work as far as cpu goes. The BIOS is really nice, I wish all MOBO’s had the system browser; pretty much a live view of your MOBO with ability to roll over with your mouse and see the description and on some what is connected. I was disappointed a little that they did not put all of the I/O descriptions, doing so would have made it that you can always boot into BIOS and go and view it without a manual.

I do not understand the VGA connector, to me that is a total waste, why not a display port or an eSATA connection? Those are still great, as usb 3.0 is not as fast as eSATA at least in my tests with NAS system, which gave me solid 100MBps, wiles usb 3.0 did about 60-80MBps. I would have loved to see more 4 pin fan headers, as the fan controller settings in the bios are limited to 2 user defined fan % and cpu temp, one for cpu and other for chassis.

I think manufactures should focus on essential things, especially for entry gamer, otherwise they risk losing such customers. Honestly all that cloud and internet features are worthless to a lot of entry and hard core OCers. Push buttons, LED error display and eSATA, more 4 pin headers etc… would have far more value than some of the other “fluff” features. With such features I would have given this board a 5+ star, but as it is with the price point and being a H97 board, it does well for 4.7/5.

This board I would recommend if the user is on a budget, single GPU card, mild OC/tweaking, I would say even those who want a chipset switch, if you are an AMD user, you can take your DDR3 ram and place it easy into this board get a nice intel CPU chip, and carry over your video card, this board can be a nice transition if you are waiting to save up, or minor upgrade that will not hit your wallet hard. Also this board has great components that should last, it will also be a great hand down MOBO, and will take all of the new 1150 i-series cpu’s and new Pentiums.

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5 out of 5 eggsFeature Packed

Pros: Solidly Built.
Massive Heatsinks.
Awesome Looking Motherboard.
Every bell and whistle for a very reasonable price.
G.Skill Ripjaws X RAM matches perfectly
Superb CPU Overclocking Capability

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: My review never posted apparently, so I am going off of memory from a few months back.

This is an H series board, so the RAM can't run outside of normal speeds which limits you to 1600MHz.

The looks and feel of this board surprised me. I have owned a couple ASRock motherboards, but never a Fata1ty board...and it's nice.

Don't let the H97 trick you into thinking you can't get a good CPU overclock.

I got my 4790k to 4.7GHz with ease in this board! I could have gone higher but my 240mm AIO couldn't keep the temps low enough.

The BIOS didn't take long to figure out. Before long I was pushing my 4790k to very good speeds.

If you don't mind 1600MHz RAM speeds, then you really shouldn't look anywhere else considering everything you get in this one!

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  • James S.
  • 11/15/2014 10:01:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsH97 Performance

Pros: Just like the first reviewer, the first motherboard came in DOA. I had to eat the cost of shipping back to Newegg and by the time I received the second motherboard and tested it, the time has run out to get the promised rebate.
ASROCK has shown a total lack of regard for the buyer by not allowing enough time for a problem with their defective products before the 30 days filing time expires.

Cons: What is the quality control on these motherboards. I would have given them higher marks except for the first reviewers and my motherboards being received DOA.

Other Thoughts: It is too bad that the first reviewer was not aware of the clips on the SATA cables. His description of how the motherboard did not respond was exactly as my DOA motherboard did not respond.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear AsRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. AsRock mainboards are fully tested to assure that they're working before shipped. Unfortunately, due to nature of electronic product, it can happen. It's very rare issue that both mainboards are defective. However, customers could contact us at 909-590-8308 prior to make sure that other components (CPU,Memory,VGA,PSU) issues. As always, we appreciate your purchase and review.

Thank you

Tech Support Email:

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3 out of 5 eggsFollow up

Pros: After ruing this with many different configurations I though a follow up would be good. Still a good looking board and it has had two BIOS updates now allowing for auto over-clocking of K chips and support for the Pentium G3258. Plenty of options to play with.

Cons: Its a solid board but there are some problems. Control over the voltage is limited. Set VCore voltage does not always transfer into a windows environment. I could not get the VCore above 1.25v which limited overclocking. Also the memory controller struggles with clocks. Out of three sets of DDR3 none would run at 1600. Two had XMP profiles and still would not make it past 1400. The third was 1866 and it would only run at 1400. I tried both 1.1 and 1.4 BIOS. I would however run with tighter timing and 1T command rate

Other Thoughts: Really its not a bad board. It ran a G3258 at 4.4Ghz 1.19v with Prime95, Intel Extreme Tuning and OCCT for days without an issue. But the memory would not do 1600. Remember the H97 is not really an over-clocking board.

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