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Introduction

The ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer is a mid-range microATX motherboard for the new Intel high-end “Haswell-E” processors, based on the new LGA2011-v3 socket. It includes two PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, ten SATA-600 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, and high-end audio and Ethernet controllers. Let’s take a good look at this board.

The new Intel X99 platform supports the new socket LGA2011-v3 processors. However, it is not compatible with former socket LGA2011 CPUs, which require motherboards based on the Intel X79 chipset. The main difference between the two platforms is that LGA2011 processors are compatible with DDR3 memories, while LGA2011-v3 CPUs can use the new DDR4 standard.

The main differences between the X99 and the X79 chipsets, besides the CPU support as mentioned above, are the number of USB 3.0 and SATA-600 ports: the X99 offers ten SATA-600 and six USB 3.0 ports, while the X79 supports only two SATA-600 ports and has no native support for USB 3.0 ports.

In Figure 1, you see the ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer motherboard. It uses the microATX form factor (9.6 x 9.6 inches or 244 x 244 mm).

ASRock Fatal1ty X99M KillerFigure 1: ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer motherboard

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Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master’s degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.