ASRock has picked up the pace as well and revealed its third X99 motherboard. The X99M Killer is the micro-ATX variant of the famous FATAL1TY gaming series motherboard. One might argue that FATAL1TY series motherboards are not in the same league as ASUS’s Republic of Gamers but they do provide a really nice price to performance ratio. X99M Killer features identical color scheme and heatsink design to its elder sibling the X99X Killer which was revealed earlier this week.
ASRock X99M Killer; 10 SATA 6 GB/s ports, 3 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots & dual LAN
ASRock X99M Killer packs quite a lot of features given its small size. Compared to its big brother there is hardly any feature which is missing on this compact motherboard. X99M Killer supports quad-channel DDR4 memory on four DIMM slots surrounding the LGA 2011-3 socket. The motherboard features three PCIe 3.0 x16 and one M.2 slots for expansion. Users have the option of multi-GPU configuration up to two graphics cards.
Unfortunately there are no SATA Express ports available but X99M Killer features ten SATA 6 GB/s ports which are plenty for all your storage needs. Killer E2200 gaming grade LAN is common in ASRock’s FATAL1TY motherboards and it is available on X99M Killer as well coupled with Intel’s Gigabit Ethernet. It also features ASRock’s exlcusive Purity Sound technology outputting 8-channel audio.
On the CPU side of the things, I see a massive 12 phase VRM design which should be capable of delivering smooth and reliable power to the CPU even on extreme overclocks. Debug LED, on/off and reset buttons are also embedded on the PCB. The I/O shield consists of 2 x FATAL1TY gaming USB 2.0 ports, one FATAL1TY PS2 port, two more USB 2.0 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, dual LAN ports, eSATA port and 8-channel audio jacks.
ASRock X99M Killer will be launched on August 29th, 2014 alongside Intel Haswell-E HEDT CPUs and X99 chipset. Pricing of the board is not yet revealed by the company.