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ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Champion Motherboard
Author: Gabriel Torres 23,081 views
Type: First Look Last Updated: June 1, 2012
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Introduction

The newly released X79 Fatal1ty Champion is the most high-end motherboard from ASRock for the LGA2011 platform. It comes with five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, six SATA-600 ports, 12 USB 3.0 ports, an on-board, professional-grade sound controller (Creative Sound Core3D), two Gigabit Ethernet ports, and more.

To better understand the differences between the several socket LGA2011 motherboards released by ASRock, we compiled the tables below. Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this article. “Game Blaster” is a PCI Express x1 add-on sound card featuring a Creative Sound Core3D audio chip and a Broadcom networking chip. The “Fatal1ty” motherboards have a special USB port with a higher polling rate for gaming mice.

Feature

X79 Fatal1ty Champion

X79 Fatal1ty Professional

X79 Extreme9

X79 Extreme7

Form Factor

CEB

ATX

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

8

8

8

6

PCI Express x16

5 (x16/x16 or x16/x8/x8/x8)

4 (x16/x8/x16/x0 or x16/x8/x8/x8)

5 (x16/x0/x16/x0/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8/x8)

5 (x16/x0/x16/x0/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8/x8)

PCI Express x1

2

1

1

1

Standard PCI

0

2

0

0

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SLI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SATA-300

4

4

4

4

SATA-600

6

6

8

7

eSATA-600

2

2

2

1

USB 2.0

8

12

10

10

USB 3.0

12

8

8

6

FireWire

2

2

2

2

Gigabit Ethernet

2

1

1+1

2

Audio

Creative Sound Core3D

ALC898

Game Blaster

ALC898

Voltage Regulator

12+2

16+2

16+2

12+2

Price

USD 400

USD 280

USD 345

USD 260


Feature

X79 Extreme6/GB

X79 Extreme6

X79 Extreme4-M

X79 Extreme4

X79 Extreme3

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

microATX

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

8

8

4

4

4

PCI Express x16

3 (x16/x16/x8)

3 (x16/x16/x8)

3 (x16/x16/x8)

3 (x16/x16/x8)

3 (x16/x16/x8)

PCI Express x1

1

1

0

2

1

Standard PCI

2

2

1

2

2

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SLI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SATA-300

4

4

4

4

4

SATA-600

5

5

3

5

3

eSATA-600

1

1

1

1

1

USB 2.0

10

10

10

12

12

USB 3.0

6

6

4

4

4

FireWire

2

2

2

2

0

Gigabit Ethernet

1+1

1

1

1

1

Audio

Game Blaster

ALC898

ALC898

ALC898

ALC898

Voltage Regulator

12+2

12+2

6+2

6+2

5+1

Price

USD 270

USD 250

USD 215

USD 225

USD 210

In Figure 1, you see the ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Champion motherboard. In order to accommodate so many extra features, this motherboard uses the CEB form factor, which has the same length as the ATX form factor (12” or 305 mm), but has a higher width (10.5” or 267 mm vs. 9.6” or 244 mm).

ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Champion motherboard
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Figure 1: ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Champion motherboard

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