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Conclusions

The ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer is a good mid-range motherboard, targeted to the user who is building a computer using a “Haswell” CPU (fourth-generation Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processors) and wants it to be compatible with the “Devil’s Canyon” (enhanced fourth-generation) and “Broadwell” (fifth-generation) “Core i” processors, but do not intend to install more than one video card.

The highlights of this motherboard include the high-end audio interface, high-end network interface, and the support for M.2 modules and SATA Express devices.

The biggest limitation of this motherboard is its basic slot configuration. There is only one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. It supports CrossFireX configuration, but the second video card will work with a low bandwidth, which makes this motherboard recommended only if you will use a single video card.

But the real problem with this motherboard is its cost/benefit ratio: there are more complete motherboards available at the same price range, such as the ASRock Z97 Extreme4 we analyzed recently, or even the Fatal1ty Z87 Killer, which is still a good option.

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