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ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Professional Motherboard
Author: Gabriel Torres 28,558 views
Type: First Look Last Updated: February 27, 2012
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Introduction

ASRock has released eight motherboard models for the new socket LGA2011 platform, heavily betting that this platform will become more mainstream after Intel releases cheaper LGA2011 processors during this year. This time we will take a look at the X79 Fatal1ty Professional, with four PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, six SATA-600 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, and a special USB port with high polling rate for gaming mice.

To better understand the differences between the several socket LGA2011 motherboards released by ASRock, we compiled the table below. Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this article, except for the X79 Fatal1ty Professional, which is the suggested price announced by the manufacturer. “Game Blaster” is a PCI Express x1 add-on sound card featuring a Creative Sound Core3D audio chip and a Broadcom networking chip.       

 

X79 Fatal1ty

X79 Extreme
9

X79 Extreme
7

X79 Extreme
6/GB

X79 Extreme
6

X79 Extreme
4-M

X79 Extreme
4

X79 Extreme
3

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

microATX

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

8

8

6

8

8

4

4

4

PCI Express x16

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)

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

1

1

1

0

2

1

Standard PCI

2

0

0

2

2

1

2

2

SATA-300

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

SATA-600

6

8

7

5

5

3

5

3

eSATA-600

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

USB 2.0

12

10

10

10

10

10

12

12

USB 3.0

8

8

6

6

6

4

4

4

FireWire

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

0

Gigabit Ethernet

1

1+1

2

1+1

1

1

1

1

Audio

ALC898

Game Blaster

ALC898

Game Blaster

ALC898

ALC898

ALC898

ALC898

Voltage Regulator

16+2

16+2

12+2

12+2

12+2

6+2

6+2

5+1

Price

USD 280

USD 345

USD 260

USD 280

USD 250

USD 219

USD 215

USD 215

In Figure 1, you see the ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Professional motherboard.

ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Professional motherboard
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Figure 1: ASRock X79 Fatal1ty Professional motherboard

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