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One of the highlights of this motherboard is the presence of two ports of the new USB 3.1 standard, implemented through a PCI Express x4 card, shown in Figure 7. This card uses an ASMedia ASM1142 chip and uses two PCI Express lanes.

USB 3.1 ports have a maximum theoretical bandwidth of 10 Gbps (1 GB/s), which is twice the bandwidth offered by USB 3.0 ports.

ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer/3.1Figure 7: USB 3.1 card

As you can see in Figure 8, this card has one USB 3.1 type C (at the left) and one type A (at the right) ports. The new type C connector is amazing because, besides being reversible (you can plug it in any position), it is compatible with video connections and charge plugs (it supports up to 100 W of power). Thus, it should become a universal connector standard in the near future.

ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer/3.1Figure 8: USB 3.1 type C (left) and type A (right) ports

This motherboard comes with two BIOS chips, selectable on a jumper, as shown in Figure 9. It also supports TPM (Trusted Platform Module), which stores criptographic keys and improves the system security (connector also shown in Figure 9).

ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer/3.1Figure 9: BIOS chips and jumper

In Figure 8, you can see the accessories that come with the ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer/3.1.

ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer/3.1Figure 10: accessories