Intel recently launched their latest Z77 chipset for LGA 1155 processors. It was actually launched to accompany Intel’s 3rd generation Core series ‘Ivy Bridge’ processors but Intel released it a couple of weeks before the Ivy Bridge launch probably to make people realize that it’s not just for Ivy Bridge, it’ll work with Sandy Bridge too. All Intel partners had their Z77 based motherboards in market well before Ivy Bridge launch.
ASRock also launched their Intel Z77 based motherboards as all other motherboard vendors. We had a detailed look at their top-end Fatal1ty Z77 Professional motherboard a couple of days before Ivy Bridge debuted. Even though we had an Ivy Bridge processor at hand but we were not at liberty to use it so we tested the Fatal1ty Z77 Professional with Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge processor. Now that Intel has launched Ivy Bridge processors so we thought that we should test ASRock’s top-gun once again but this time with Intel Core i7-3770K ‘Ivy Bridge’ processor.
We wouldn’t be looking at the physical aspects, BIOS/bundled software and Storage/Audio performance this time but before we go any further let’s see what this motherboard and ASRock’s Fatal1ty series is all about.
ASRock partnered up with the famous gamer, Johnathan ‘Fatal1ty’ Wendel, in the start of 2011 and debuted their first Fatal1ty branded motherboard based on Intel P67 chipset. ASRock Fatal1ty motherboards are primarily designed for gamers. With Intel Z77 chipset, ASRock launched three Fatal1ty series motherboards; 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.