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ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance Review

ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance

Introduction:

ASRock’s Fatal1ty branded motherboards have been around for a few generations now but prior to the Intel Z87 chipset; they were mostly bound to the upper segment of the market. However with the Z87 chipset, ASRock has taken a different approach. This time around, they’ve made only two Fatal1ty boards as compared to three in the last generation and also there is no mATX board. Conversely, they’ve made one high-end board and one budget board to cater a wide segment of the market. The two boards are Fatal1ty Z87 Professional and Fatal1ty H87 Performance. Unlike ‘cheaper’ Fatal1ty boards from last generation, the cheap board of this generation is based on the cheaper chipset. This must have helped ASRock in cutting the costs.

ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance

This review is about the cheaper one; the Fatal1ty H87 Professional. Costing around $100, this motherboard obviously sits at the lower side of the price segment. Though, despite being affordable, it has all the features that are found in Fatal1ty boards and that make it a ‘Gaming’ motherboard. It has all the rights things that a gamer needs like Intel’s gigabit Ethernet, Fatal1ty mouse port with adjustable polling rate along with ASRock’s Key Master including the Sniper Key feature and the Macro Key feature. In terms of sound, it comes equipped with Realtek’s latest high-end ALC1150 codec along with some dedicated hardware and EMI shielding which we’ll have a detailed look at later in the review.

First, let’s have a brief look at the specifications of the Fatal1ty H87 Performance before we go any further.

ASRock Fatal1ty H87 Performance Specifications
CPU Support4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processor family for the LGA 1150 Socket
Power DesignCPU Power: 8 Phases
Memory Power: 2 Phases
ChipsetIntel H87
Memory4x DDR3 DIMM, Dual Channel, Max: 32GB, 1066 MHz to 1600 MHz
BIOSDual AMI UEFI BIOS with 2x 64 Mb Flash ROM
Expansion Slots1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
3 x legacy PCI slot
Storage6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z87 PCH)
Connectivity1x Intel Gigabit LAN
I/O6 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at front panel, 4 at rear panel)
8 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at front panel, 3 at rear panel, 1 Fatal1ty Mouse)
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
7.1 channel HD Audio
1 x Optical Digital Audio port
1 x HDMI-in port1 x HDMI-out port
1 x Displayport
1 x VGA port
1 x PS/2 port
AudioRealtek ALC1150 Audio Codec
Fan Header2 x 4-pin PWM
4 x 3-pin
Form FactorATX Form Factor (305 mm x 244 mm)
Unique FeaturesASRock F-Stream
ASRock Instant Flash
ASRock APP Charger
ASRock XFast USB
ASRock XFast LAN
ASRock XFast RAM
ASRock Crashless BIOS
ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)
ASRock Internet Flash
ASRock System Browser
ASRock UEFI Tech Service
ASRock Dehumidifier
ASRock Easy RAID Installer
ASRock Easy Driver Installer
ASRock Interactive UEFI
ASRock Fast Boot
ASRock Restart to UEFI
ASRock USB Key
ASRock Key Master
ASRock Home Cloud
ASRock FAN-Tastic Tuning
Hybrid Booster

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