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ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Intel Motherboard
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs Updated Review from below 07/04/2014

This review is from: ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Intel Motherboard

Pros: With the help of Asrock tech support, got the motherboard lockup sensitivity under control.

QoS in the NiC driver does something...

Cons: Will not overclock the Pentium G3258 (The 20th yr anniversary edition) despite what the BIOS reports.

Enabling QoS causes stability issues with the Killer NiC depending on traffic type and whether other devices on the network have QoS enabled as well.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'd recommend skipping this board and going with a Z97 board. The level of features vs cost just isn't very compelling to me.

ASRock Fatal1ty H97 Killer LGA 1150 Intel H97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s Intel Motherboard
  • eggxpert iconEggXpert
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: It comes with a Killer NIC, performance is very fast. The build quality is good too, a lot of solid capacitors. Documentation is a notch better than the usual consumer grade board, the NIC comes with documentation of it's own.
6 native SATA 3 ports. An M.2 slot (uses sata ports 4, 5)

Cons: Very sensitive BIOS. (Ver. P1.10) If I made any settings changes, even something as trivial as disabling the serial ports or change the boot order, the motherboard may or may not boot afterward, necessitating 3 reboots to get the system to revert back to default. ATX form factor (Really? 2 PCI slots in this day and age? I would have rather they left it out and shrank it to an M-ATX form factor), Killer NIC has it's own software that installs with the driver that looks like a windows Metro app. M.2 slot (could have been an msata m-pcie instead)

Other Thoughts: Before I start, I will admit I am a fan of Asrock motherboards. I have been using them mostly over the past 2 years and haven't run into any issues with them. However, every now and then I run into one of their boards that make me scratch my head in confusion, this is one of them. This is a rather unusual board, in that it's an H97 chipset board catering to the enthusiast gamer crowd. It has an unusual mix of the latest and some unusually old legacy ports. It has an M.2 port for future upgrades but it also 2 PCI slots.

I tested this with a Pentium G3220 I had lying around so I haven't had the opportunity to fully explore all the features this board supports. The BIOS has a section for changing the clock multiplier on the CPU, strange for an H97 chipset as they don't officially support multiplier overclocking. I don't know if it works or if it's just a holdover from one of the Z97 boards Asrock also produces.

I would have given this board 4 eggs if the BIOS hadn't been so sensitive. If you are an enthusiast and need the PCI slots and M.2, this motherboard is for you. Otherwise, I would recommend something else like a proper Z97 board like the Z97 Pro 4m.

Giada N70E-DR Intel Celeron 1037U Intel HM77 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggs Good for a firewall or a NAS, not for HTPC. 03/29/2014

This review is from: Giada N70E-DR Intel Celeron 1037U Intel HM77 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo

Pros: This board throws every possible feature you could possibly think of that would fit on a mini-itx board.
dual ethernet (Intel 82574L's!), msata, 6 sata ports, 2 USB ports with headers for another 2. Full length PCIE x16 slot (works at x4 speeds)
Build quality is good, all solid caps. very reminiscent of industrial motherboards.

Cons: Where to start...
1. Only 1 memory slot. No dual channel memory means slow 2D performance in windows.
2. Very skimpy documentation. It doesn't even come with a manual. Good luck trying to figure out the front panel pin-outs.
3. Very sparse BIOS, no UEFI? No BIOS updates? No BIOS available on their website at all?
4. A GFI parted Windows 8 install doesn't want to recognize this board, no settings to switch between legacy and UEFI (I'm assuming it's legacy all the way)
5. Wrong LAN drivers on their website

Other Thoughts: It's good for a firewall, or a NAS, not so good for an htpc. Even for all the features it crams in there, it's overpriced at $180. The lack of up-front support is especially troubling.
Giada obviously knows how to build hardware, it's too bad they don't know how to sell to the consumer.


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