ASRock is gaining popularity very rapidly. One of the major factors behind this is the number of features they offer at a price point as compared to their competition. This made them one of the big players in the motherboard business.
ASRock launched their Fatal1ty gaming motherboards back in P67 days at the start of 2011. These motherboards are designed in collaboration with Johnathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel, the famous gamer. Fatal1ty motherboards are specifically designed for gamers. Recently, Intel released their latest Z77 chipset and ASRock prepared three Fatal1ty motherboards based on this chipset. To begin with, the Z77 Fatal1ty Performance is the cheapest one, then comes the m-ATX Z77 Fatal1ty Professional-M and Z77 Fatal1ty Professional is the last and most expensive one.
Today, we’ll be having a look at the best of these three, the Z77 Fatal1ty Professional. As the name tells, it’s based on the Intel’s latest Z77 chipset and boasts an LGA1155 socket. It’s compatible with all current Sandy Bridge LGA1155 CPUs and upcoming Ivy Bridge ones. Other features include the native USB 3.0 support which comes from the chipset and PCI Express 3.0 support which will come with the Ivy Bridge CPUs. Before we have a detailed look into the motherboard, let’s look at its specification and Intel Z77 chipset.
NOTE (13/05/2012): Click here for the follow-up review of ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional with Intel Core i7-3770K ‘Ivy Bridge’ processor.