As all other motherboard manufacturers, ASRock is also unveiling their new Intel X99 motherboards as the official launch nears. A few hours ago, we reported the details about their overclocking champion; the X99 OC Formula. Now, we have got some details about their top-of-the-line gaming motherboard; the Fatal1ty X99 Professional. It shares the same PCB as the X99 OC Formula but it comes with some extra features which make it fit for gamers.
ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional:
As expected, the ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional features the upcoming Intel X99 chipset along with an LGA 2011-3 socket. It has a total of eight memory slots which support up to 128GB of DDR4 memory with speeds of up to 3000 MHz. The CPU gets its power from a 12-phase power delivery system combined with an 8-pin EPS and 4-pin power connectors. According to ASRock, the Fatal1ty X99 Professional, as well as the X99 OC Formula, can provide up to 1300W of power to the CPU. That’s a lot of power and ASRock is the first one to offer this much. Prior to this, overclockers have been able to pull the CPU up to 700W using LN2.
PCI expansion capabilities of the Fatal1ty X99 Professional are exactly the same as its sibling. It has five PCIe x16 slots; four of which can be used for NVIDIA SLI or AMD Crossfire using dual slot graphics cards. Furthermore, it has not one but two Ultra M.2 slots and a miniPCIe slot as well. Other storage connectivity options include ten SATA III ports and a number of USB 2.0/3.0 headers and ports.
Naturally, the Fatal1ty X99 Professional motherboard stays true to its name and comes with a load of gaming features like Fatal1ty USB mouse port, Killer E2200 NIC and Purity Sound 2. And despite being a gaming motherboard, it has a number of overclocking features as well like on-board voltage check points, on-board overclocking buttons, diagnostic LED and PCIe on/off switches.
The Fatal1ty X99 Professional also comes with a very sophisticated cooling system including three large heatsink. Two of them are for CPU VRM cooling which are also connected together via a heatpipe and one is for Intel X99 PCH.
ASRock has not revealed the pricing information of this motherboard yet but we expect to know more on August 29, 2014 when Intel will officially announce the Haswell-E processors along with X99 chipset.