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Asrock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer Motherboard Review: The Last of Its Kind?

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Test System and Testing Procedures

Processor AMD FX-8370E
CPU Cooler
Noctua NH-U14S
Power Supply
Corsair HX850W 80 Plus Gold PSU
Memory Patriot Viper 3 “Black Mamba” 2x8GB DDR3 2100 MHz CL11
Storage OCZ Agility 4 256GB SSD (OS), OCZ Vertex 4 256GB SSD (test drive), Vantec NexStar (USB 3.0 enclosure).
Graphics Gigabyte GeForce GTX 770 WindForce OC
Drivers AMD all-in-one driver ver:8.70a, NVIDIA 335.23 WHQL drivers.
Motherboard(s) Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 Rev 4 (F2 BIOS), Asrock 990FX Fatal1ty Killer (P1.10)
Router Cisco E3200 stock firmware with 2x 6ft Cat5E cables for network testing
Operating System Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP-1 with latest patches and updates

Latest working BIOS, updates and drivers were used at the time of the review. Each test was conducted at least three times for accuracy.

System Benchmarks

  1. wPrime 32M
  2. Aida64 Engineer 4.30.2900
  3. CineBench R15
  4. PCMark 8 v2.0.228
  5. WinRAR 5.01
  6. Handbrake 0.9.9
  7. x264 FHD 1.0.1

Subsystem Testing

  1. CrystalDisk Mark for SATA and USB tests
  2. DPC Latency
  3. Rightmark Audio Analyzer 6.4.0
  4. Passmark Performance Test 8.0 – Network Speed Graph
  5. JPerf 2.0.2
  6. LAN Speed Test 3.4

Gaming Benchmarks

  1. 3DMark (Firestrike test) v1.2.362 – Default Preset
  2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Fraps Benchmark, Ultra Preset + FXAA on 1920×1080


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