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

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Robert R.
  • 8/28/2015 1:42:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI love this motherboard

Pros: Dual BIOS
Lots of SATA & USB connections
Dual LAN
Feature Rich

Cons: Memory slots a little close to CPU for large air cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO). Not a big deal, I just put the fan on the other side.

Other Thoughts: This is an all around great board. I'm running a 4790K and it's fantastic. BIOS menus are intuitive and having a backup BIOS available is great.

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  • Shelly B.
  • 8/27/2015 2:54:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsVery Disappointed

Pros: Most things on this board work great and its a nice board with rich features but see below.

Cons: This is my second ASRock fatality board but will be my last and only because the Sound Blaster chipset is absolutely horrendous with a mic plugged into the jacks. I have tried everything and posted on ASRock forums and Sound Blaster forums but no one has given me the time of day with this issue.

When a mic is plugged into the rear jacks, one of which is mislabeled on the I/O plate, the mic sounds like garbage. Voice fluctuates from low to high and sounds very boxy. I use a high quality Logitech G330 gaming headset which sounds awesome through any other chipset I have used.

Someone on the SB forums privately emailed me and said this chipset is know for my issue.

I have to use my mic through a USB port , which stinks because I switch between headphones and speakers a lot and now I have to shut down my game every time I do that to have sound in my games.

My issue is ASRock touts the SB chipset as being awesome, which on the sound output side is nice, but in this day and age having a high quality mic that you can't plug in using their drivers does not cut it.

Other Thoughts: I would definitely not have purchased this board had I have known about these issues. To some it may not be a big deal but to me , its a hugh deal. I use a Nvidia driver to get good mic input sound on an SB audio chipset, that should say it all.

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  • Frank P.
  • 7/27/2015 12:27:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsFinal Follow up

Pros: Great price, advanced settings and reliability. Aesthetically appealing too.

Cons: QUICK TIMING RAM NOT SO MUCH! Last update said 2 sticks good, after a littler time and a few reboots for loading items same problem with 2-sticks. So I tried the obvious, even though I know the Tracers were fine I put in 4 sticks of some Corsair(no not a corsair plug its what I had available to experiment and 2 different pairs both ddr-1600 both 9-9-9-24) BINGO NO PROBLEMS, and why ddr-1600 "8-8-8-24" tracers...corsair ddr-1600 9-9-9-24

Other Thoughts: So after another phone call with Asrock support, which by the way was awesome! We both decided to blame the memory. So I tried different ram as discussed above. Then I called Crucial, they were just about to RMA me, cuz they think its the timings too and I decided to keep the sticks, and ordered new sticks with 9-9-9-24 timings.

Let me be clear, Board was fine it just does not like ram with timings under 9-9-9-24(in the crucial config anyways)
Also Crucial tech was great, and the ram in question is in 8gig configs, in 2- i5 z77 setup, work putters running great, and bringing some bling to them as well.
Some old story, new tech, sometimes doesn't like 3+ year old parts(ram).

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  • Frank P.
  • 7/22/2015 8:06:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFollow UP

Pros: Price and reliably. .typically! Received the RMA replacement...Bad news same issue. However, this time I had more time to try and figure out what is going on. After a few hours of trying different scenarios, its obvious this board(and I mean this series) does not like 4 sticks of memory, because 2 sticks works great, mixed the sticks up to make sure there is not a bad stick, no matter what 2 sticks I put in it was fine. Never saw the memory as DDR1600, and I had to manually set the ram, and upon boot, the machine would not return to UFEI, without an additional reset(which is odd). Also a ran windows 7 memory test on 2 sticks and with four sticks, no issue no errors. I just don't get it, this memory ran great in a ASROCK P67 Fatalt1y Pro. It starts as soon as you go onto bios, the system browser does not see the memory(unless there is only 2 sticks then it sees them fine) Yes with 4 sticks, I was able to load windows 7 ultimate 64 bit, the problems all start when configuring. Oh and the F-stream utility that's very buggy with 4 sticks, but not with 2. Buggy as in system browser error windows keep replicating over and over, until I alt/ctrl to stop program. Strange thing though in F-stream I did the update, and even though net framework was up to date it needed an update(why not) so after that it seemed to be fine with 4 sticks...UNTIL I rebooted same thing again. System specs 4790k Intel cpu, 850 watt Silverstone PSU, Asus mars gtx760 video card, win7 ultm. 64 bit, and 4x 4gig Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (with Red/Green Light) Model BLT2KIT4G3D1608DT2TXRG .

SO NOW WHAT??? cant wait to see what Asrock has go to say..

Cons: Replacement board is in...Same issue

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

Thank you for purchase and review.
Please update the latest BIOS to test.
Load the XMP profile to test.
If problem still persist, please load the BIOS default again, then adjust the DRAM frequency only to 1600 to test.

For the memory issue, mainboard supports most of the memory on the market.
To avoid compitable issue, please refer to memory QVL list at link below.
Memory support list link: http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Fatal1ty%20Z97%20Professional/?cat=Memory

If you have any technical support inquiry, 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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  • Frank P.
  • 7/21/2015 10:13:31 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsReally my replacement is Used!

Pros: Price, features, TYPICALLY ease of use, and reliability.

Cons: First board would not see my memory(Crucial Ballistix Tracers LED) Board functioned with several hiccups. Asrock tech support decided my memory controller was faulty, sent me new board after I paid 20 bucs to ship OLD(yeah right 1 week out of box) board back. It was less than 10 days to swap. Received replacement board today, have not tested it yet, will post when I do. My complaint is I bought a new board, and was sent a used board back, judging from the small scratches on the heatsinks (barely noticeable), smudges of some kind on the battery, and killer E2200 chip very noticeable. MY POINT even if it works I paid with the replacement shipping fee 20 bucs more than a new board cost for a used board.

Other Thoughts: Maybe its time to revisit ASUS, have stayed away since Asrock has been ROCKING IT for less, but his is not right.

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  • Stephanie A.
  • 7/9/2015 9:46:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MoBo

Pros: A lot of bang for the buck here. Very nice feature set. Rebate sweetens the deal. SoundBlaster built-in. This motherboard was easy to work with. Installation went smoothly and the BIOS requires only a little time to get used to before one can jet through settings quickly. First ASRock I have owned, but seems to be stellar so far.

Cons: SoundBlaster 3Di driver installation (see "Other Thoughts"...).

RAM slots a little close to CPU/CPU cooling fan area for some cooling solutions. If using the "Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO CPU Cooler" and CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10R" beware that the RAM's tall cooling fins will conflict with the EVO's fan. Not a big deal though. I just used the next set of paired slots and there was enough clearance between RAM and CPU cooler. It seems that you could also choose to mount the EVO's fan on the other side of the cooling stack too (no idea on how this affects CPU cooling, if it does at all).

Other Thoughts: Biggest problem I had with this build, apart from Microsoft's draconian Windows 7 activation scheme, was getting the SoundBlaster Recon 3Di driver installed. After mucking around with this for nearly 2 hours the best thing I can recommend is disabling whatever Windows might have automatically installed as well as anything Nvidia has installed soundwise. I did discover that having a Seagate external USB hard drive plugged in was causing Windows Update to fail on installing an "optional" update for the Recond 3Di. After disconnecting the external drive as well as disabling any sound related items in Device Manager the windows update was able to properly install the Recon 3Di update. I was then able to install SoundBlaster's official drivers and the 3Di control panel software. I notice other people having varying degrees of trouble with the Recon 3Di, so maybe this will help out a bit. It does work, just takes extra fiddling around with in some cases.

ASRock needs to spend more time on their documentation. The Mobo manual is a bit difficult to read due to the smallish font and somewhat blurred printing. Also I see no need to have a seperate booklet explaining the BIOS settings. One book & more info on the hardware end of things would be great.

Don't bother trying to install XP on a SSD with this motherboard. There was nothing I could find that would get me past a certain point where the Windows XP installation process always hangs (I'm not running XP anymore, but was hoping to troubleshoot Windows 7 activation FUBARness). Has something to do with XP not playing nice with AHCI/SSD settings that seemed to have progressed beyond XP's ability to handle. Depending on the age/type of SSD your mileage may vary.

Get a good SSD. It is amazing how fast boot-up and desktop loading is.

Current Build:
MSI GTX 970 GAMING 100ME GeForce GTX 970 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5

Intel i7-4790K Devil’s Canyon Quad-Core 4.0GHz LGA 1150 BX80646I74790K

Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan w/ Noctua NT-H1 Thermal Compound

ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Professional LGA 1150

CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10R

Crucial MX200 CT250MX200SSD1 2.5" 250GB SATA 6Gbps (SATA III) (SSD)

Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 Bit

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  • Peter M.
  • 6/19/2015 9:51:02 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: Lots of features. Dual ethernet, m.2, 12 Power Phase design, dual bios. Great pricepoint for all these features.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Great board, really nice layout to the UEFI. Dual Bios saved me from my own ineptitude.

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  • Joseph F.
  • 6/12/2015 6:23:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsz97 professional

Pros: Excellent board,tremendous features,easy acess to all sata ports,sound is great.Overall a great board!

Cons: Why a usb harddrive download for raid drivers? -1 EGG

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  • Vaidyanathan B.
  • 6/2/2015 7:20:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard supports Xeon CPUs

Pros: - Excellent layout
- Plenty of Ports
- Supports newer Xeon CPUs
- Saves significant cost by letting Xeon run using non-ECC memory (DDR3 as well)
- Simplest installation
- Great UEFI interface

Cons: none noted now

Other Thoughts: I also have another ASRock Z97 Pro motherboard (not fatality series) that has i7 4790 installed. That has been running for over 9 months without any issue.

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  • Chad E.
  • 3/16/2015 6:03:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsEpic Motherboard!!

Pros: Fantastic BIOS software and friendliness, made with pure performance and gaming in mind, not a single struggle to account for in any part of the setup, just an all around for the comp builders' love Motherboard!!!!!

I put a 4790k I7 Haswell into this baby with a 980gtx vid card and Trident ddr3-2400 RAM, and I cannot get the FPS to dip below 60 w/ everything set to ultra in FC4 and ACU!! This motherboard completely blows away any Z97 build reviews and expectations I've scrutinized and it isn't even OC'd!!

Cons: None, just none! This mobo is a Z97 dreamhouse!!

Other Thoughts: This should be common knowledge to anyone that builds their comps but I'm still gonna post it here for good measure. The Gskill Trident ddr3-2400 RAM specs had to be manually adjusted via the BIOS to 1600mhz @ 7-9-9-24 RAS, which is the stock RAM frequency for the 4790k cpu. I bought the ddr3-2400 frequency to OC in the future.

Full Specs:

-4790k cpu w/ Zalman 9700 cpu cooler
-Asrock Fatality Pro motherboard
-16gb ( 8x2 ) Gskill Trident ddr3-2400 ram
-EVGA Geforce 980gtx SC edition
-OCZ 700w modulus PSU
-Samsung 60gb SSD / 1tb Sata HDD

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