Its raining X99 motherboards, it seems like MSI has started a trend. It all began with the first glimpse of MSI’s X99S SLI Plus motherboard, then came GIGABYTE’s X99 Gaming G1 and MSI’s X99S Gaming 9 moving to MSI’s X99S XPower AC and now ASRock’s X99X Killer FATAL1TY. Each motherboard comes with its own set of exclusive features and Intel’s latest X99 chipset. ASRock’s X99X Killer FATAL1TY series motherboard is design for gamers and shines in its traditional red and black color scheme.
ASRock X99X Killer FATAL1TY Motherboard
ASRock’s X99x Killer is the mid-range motherboard featuring the latest X99 chipset and supports Intel’s new LGA 2011-3 socketed HEDT Core i7 processors. Haswell-E platform supports DDR4 memory and X99X Killer features 8 DIMMs in quad-channel configuration. In terms of expandibility, the X99X Killer is equipped with three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and two PCIe 3.0 x1 slots.
There is a bit of disappointment when it comes to storage as the motherboard does not feature any SATA Express ports instead 10 SATA 6 GB/s ports can be seen in the image above. There are two USB 3.0 headers just above the the SATA ports and a M.2 slot between the PCIe slots. A Debug LED is located at the bottom right along with a full-szied USB port at the top right of ASRock X99X Killer.
ASRock’s X99X Killer features the exclusive Purity Sound technology and Killer’s E2200 gaming grade LAN port for lag-free gaming. The I/O shield comprises of six USB 3.0 ports, 8 channel audio jacks, Killer E2200 LAN port, Intel Gigabit LAN port, two USB 2.0 ports, one PS2 port, a clear CMOS button and a HDMI port.
The motherboard comes with the traditional FATAL1TY red and black color scheme. ASRock X99X Killer has three separate heatsinks with two of them cooling off the VRMs and the third one keeps the X99 within acceptable temperature. All three heatsinks are painted red while the PCB is black instead of the the ugly brown found in Extreme series boards.
ASRock did not reveal the price and availability of X99X Killer but according to our understanding all X99 motherboards will be launched on August 26th, 2014 a week before the launch of Haswell-E HEDT processors.