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ASRock ASRock Fatal1ty Gaming Fatal1ty 990FX Killer AM3+/AM3 AMD 990FX + AMD SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Gaming Motherboard

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  • AMD 990FX + AMD SB950
  • AM3+ processors AM3 processors: AMD Phenom II X6 / X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 / Sempron
  • DDR3 2450*(O.C.)/ 2100*/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066

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4/ 5
I really wanted to give it 5-eggs but the power delivery is 140 Watts 1/3/2019 8:45:43 PM

Pros: One of mos feature-packed AM3+ Mobos out there. Come on...it actually comes with M.2 when very few of of it's era did.
It's nice looking and built well
Holds it's own even in 2019...but maybe not for much longer

Cons: It's advertised as 8+2 Power Phase...buy it's not. The power management on this mobo is really a glorified 4+1. It's not bad though. However, if you want a true 8+2 for big overclocks, then you want an ASUS Sabertooth.
Firmware updates stopped cold. If you want updates to run the latest SSDs, you got to find modded versions online.
Later official firmware updates de-listed some of more powerful FX 8-cores as this mobo can't handle them. The 9370 and 9590 will NOT run on this board with the latest factory bios. I run the 9590 and it works just fine after undervolting.
Heatsinks for VRMs and Northbridge are junk. You will need to find a way to keep these cool. I have a 140MM fan flowing directly at it.

Overall Review: If this were a true 8+2 with a 220 Watt or more TDP, it would have been a very desirable AM3+ Mobo and given the ASUS Sabertooth a run for it's money. ASRock more or less did this with the ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Professional but it was a day late and a dollar short.
Lastly, instead of locking out the more powerful 8-core FX, the firmware should have simply down-clocked. Because at the end of the day, an overclocked 6300 will pull more than 140 watts. All de-listing CPUs did was anger lot of people and resolved basically nothing.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Good Board 4/15/2018 3:54:50 PM

Pros: good apps, good updates, good product

Cons: one of the tabs for graphics card broke. Not a big deal, but they should be made out of stronger materials.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
This Motherboard failed 6 months ago - NEED INFO 2/21/2018 3:14:42 PM

Pros: Good MB otherwise

Cons: Only CON is that it only lasted 6-8 months.

Overall Review: I need to find out where I can send this ASROCK Fatal1ty for repairs since no-one is selling these any longer.

My problem is that I did not know what was causing problems. I figures since the MB was relatively new that the problems were elsewhere. I ended up buying another CPU, which did not help, and another video card, which did not help, them more memory, which did not help, another power supply, which did not help. So guess what. The only thing left is the MB. And NO, all those other purchases do not make me happy.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear James,

Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
We will be more than happy to assist you.
Please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

Thank you

ASRock Support
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp
Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
not so great 2/11/2018 8:43:45 AM

Pros: not alot of pro`s

Cons: on board sound is no longer working, 3 years later,

Overall Review: would not buy again
need better cooling solution for the north bridge chipset

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear John,

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,
• Clear the CMOS.
• Load the BIOS setting default.
• Download and install the HD audio drivers link below
• Check and test with another known good speaker.
Drivers download link: http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/Fatal1ty%20990FX%20Killer/index.us.asp#Download

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
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great board for beginner 9/3/2017 1:23:06 AM

Pros: Easy to work with for a first time builder.
Everything clearly labeled and had no problems getting it going.

Cons: None.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Old technology. Still, decent bang for the buck. 8/23/2017 7:38:32 AM

Pros: This is the best FX-compatible motherboard I've used. This plus a top-end AMD AM3+ CPU makes for a reasonably fast machine at a fraction of the cost of Ryzen or latest gen Intel. For the price a new Ryzen motherboard, you could get this AM3+ motherboard AND and ounce of pot. So yeah. Just let that sink in.

Cons: Your hipster friends will laugh at you for buying such an old board.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Reliable Motherboard 7/20/2017 5:22:58 AM

Pros: -Fairly big. It's able to fit in my Mid Tower case perfectly.
-Comes with an SLI Bridge
-Has lasted me about 2 years now
-Enough Ports for 2 large sized GPU's

Cons: - Not enough fan ports. There are only 3 chassis fan ports. I had to resort to using one of the 2 CPU fan ports (I don't know why there's 2)
-No Wifi connector (or whatever you call it)
-4-Pin Power connector is at the bottom of the motherboard making it difficult to connect to the PSU.

Overall Review: -I would definitely recommend it for people with an AMD FX CPU and with a Full Tower or big Mid Tower case.
-Good for CrossFire or SLI and Overclocking your CPU

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Awesome board! Works perfectly. 7/13/2017 11:12:07 PM

Pros: -Booted right up after everything was installed and has performed perfectly since. BIOS was even up to date so no need to flash! Loaded the XMP profile for the 1600 MHZ RAM and selected the proper speed and it runs to spec.
-Plenty of Sata connections.
-Plenty of USB connections, Front USB 3.0 header.
-M.2 slot (Haven't used yet, but it's there and works via PCI-e 2.0 lanes).
-Purity sound is superior to any other AM3+ on-board sound cards I've heard yet.
-8+2 power phases can help with overclocking stability and more phases usually run cooler than less. Most mainstream AM3+ 990FX boards tend to use 6+2 phase designs.
-2 CPU fan headers. Nice for single fan AIO coolers like the Corsair H60
-Nice looking board!
-Ample BIOS customization options.
-This was my first ASRock board, and I am very happy with it!

Cons: -Fan Headers! There are only 3 chassis fan headers, and one is in the middle of the board under the CPU. The one on the lower portion of the board is closer to the front, but still too far away for most standard length fan connectors to reach from the front of the case (ATX Mid). The one on the upper portion is right in the upper left and easily reaches the exhaust fan there. If you use exhaust fans on the top of your case, there are no headers for them.
-Not really a con, but the UEFI will take some getting used to. Especially if your more familiar with Asus boards.
-M.2 slot below the top PCI-e slot. This could cause thermal issues with your M.2 SSD thermals if using a hot running GPU. I don't use any M.2 SSD currently so I'm not really that familiar with them. Just something I noticed.
-The bottom of the board touches my PSU and it took some finagling to get it to sit properly in there, but this could be the case at fault.

Overall Review: Overall the cons are really only minor. I got around the chassis fan header issues with some fan cable splitters and extensions. I currently run 2 120mm intake fans in front and 1 120mm exhaust at the rear. The front ones plug into the lower chassis fan header through a splitter with an extension and work fine that way. One could also buy a fan controller as those use Molex from the PSU and can usually accommodate several fans. If it had the fan header layout of my Asus M5a99FX Pro R2.0, it would be perfect.

I definitely recommend this board to anyone looking for a good AM3+ board. I can directly compare this board with another AM3+ 990FX board I run, the Asus M5a99FX Pro R2.0. IMO the ASRock is superior in almost every way. The sound quality destroys the M5. The M5 has no M.2 slot. The ASRock looks better. The ASRock also seems snappier when accessing the HDD (Both use a WD Blue 1TB for mass storage and a 120GB SSD for boot.) and boots faster. The M5 has better fan header positioning and more of them and an easier to use UEFI. I have not tried overclocking with this board yet, but I wouldn't be afraid to. This should OC just as well as most other higher end AM3+ 990FX boards do.

All that said, I would only buy this (Or any AM3+ board for that matter) if refreshing an old build. This is why I got it, as AM3+ is quite outdated and a dead end for upgrading. The old build used an AM3 board from 2010 that was failing. Instead of making a whole new PC, I just got a new board, case, and SSD. I use this board with a Phenom II 965 BE (125 Watt), an MSI HD 7850 2GB, and 8GB DDR3 CL9 1600 MHZ RAM. It works perfectly well with this combination and can still play modern games on medium to high settings using a 1600x900 monitor.

My personal AM3+ build (The M5a99FX Pro R2.0) is finally going to be retired when I finish putting my Ryzen build together. When I do this, I will plug my old FX 8320 and 1866 MHZ RAM into this ASRock board and do some overclocking! I managed to hit 4.2 GHZ @1.28v using the M5 board with a Corsair H60 as a daily driver OC, so we'll see how this one stacks up to that result. I will update the review in this section after the OC results to share how that went.

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