Today we will review the new model ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7. As the name implies (Professional Gaming), card is oriented to professional gamers. Let them be not much, but it does not mean that we should forget about them. As for «i7» consoles, then, in my opinion, it represents a modification of the Core i7. This is logical, since all models for Intel LGA 2011-3 platform called Core i7.
Let’s see what we will surprise the company ASRock this time.
This time, packaging is really different from the previously reviewed boards. Now there is a beautiful and colored shell within which lies the usual cardboard box.
The very large package, so equipped with a handle for easy transport.
Registration has changed, and for the better. When I tested ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer / 3.1, very I lamented the fact that the package itself and the design was not very successful. Where the manufacturer has made findings and decided to thoroughly come to registration.
Appearance does not copy anyone or anything. It turned out the original and at the same time quite interesting. I’ve always been a supporter to the front side was concise and informative, and only you can take back the soul, and give details of all the new developments. Actually what happened.
On the front side, we primarily see the X99 label. This chipset name, which is based on this motherboard. In the upper left corner is the Fatal1ty branded badge and logo. The following white letters is the name of the manufacturer. At the center of the specified model name. At the bottom there is a group of icons that indicate support for those or other technical solutions or technologies.
Let’s look at the reverse side.
Now I almost fell in love with ASRock. Before my eyes still flashed the nativity scene that was before, but I understand that it is in the past. Compare for yourself and you’ll understand.
Finally, the manufacturer realized that everything should be structured, lovely, informative and on this wave can carry out its marketing activities. At the top are the emblems, logos, and icons are different, that we could already see the front. In the upper right corner there is a small picture of the motherboard itself.
A little three inserts is below. The first one talks about the presence of the eight copper metallization layers, which helped to raise overclock the memory to DDR4-3300 MHz. Next we are told about the module Wi-Fi, which supports the latest wireless interfaces. Finally, we are told that there are two M.2 ports that take 4 PCI-e Gen3 line directly from the processor. Right in the middle presents four inserts. The very first reports on the protection of slots PCI-e x16 metal frames, to provide additional security. Immediately we show the picture and tell that without this wonderful solution they used to be very easy to break. I told you once again want to remind you that no matter how hard I did not set the graphics card, nothing like this has been observed and this is pure marketing, but let the manufacturer we will protect and soothe themselves.
Then everything will go briefly: two Gigabit LAN controller ports and two USB 3.1 (Type-A + Type-C), Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 3 (Realtek ALC1150), 12 CPU power phases, Sniper KEY, Macro KEY, Gaming Armor, Water Pump Header. At the bottom we see a schematic image of the back of the identification of all interfaces and small spec devices.
Let’s look inside.
Before us is dull black box with a plastic handle.
Dimensions of its almost completely match the colorful outer shell. After opening the box, we see at once supplied.
It is located on top of a cardboard tray of complex shape. This design was needed to round the highest part of the board to where the back panel connectors.
Package is very good. Among the information carriers can be detected as follows.
These are the accessories are supplied.
I recall that in the model ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer / 3.1 just does not have enough wireless module, although its presence in the products of this category is simply necessary.
Before us again a full-size ATX motherboard format. It is difficult to do anything else for that platform, because then you have to obviously have to sacrifice something. Dimensions of the device are 305 x 244 mm.
Again, we see the red and black color palette, but it should be noted that manufacturers are gradually moving away from it. For example the connectors are no longer red. And in general, red is no longer dominant, but only harmoniously complements the overall design.
The board looks much nicer than the ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer. It looks more conservative and this makes it more versatile solution that can be used as a part of the game, and as part of the workstation.
On the back of the elements is not too much, since most of them are located in the front. What is interesting, we can see here? For example, it is noticeable that in the past go LEDs that shine lane delineation audio codec.
Before the board from ASRock all criticized for their excessive flexibility. In this case, the manufacturer reports a vosmisloynoy PCB. It should be noted that this time nothing bends and crunches.
Again in front of us accurate and high-quality execution. All soldered smoothly and cleanly.
Power is supplied to the motherboard through the main and additional ATX power connectors on the scheme 24 + 8.
It is safe to say that such a combination – it’s just the minimum necessary for the platform.
To set the type of DDR4 memory modules are eight black slots. Feeble signature to sockets are present, but not quite obvious sequence of installation, so detailed scheme would not be prevented. On both sides of the latches are here. Here is the top slot PCI-e x1 and so no problems with the replacement of modules with built-in graphics card should not be.
The manufacturer claimed the following memory modes DDR4: 2133 / (2400/2666/2800/2933/3300 (overclocking)) MHz with a standard voltage of 1.2 V. overclocker memory kits such as DDR4 usually operate at a voltage of 1.35 V, respectively, that can be set BIOS manually or simply activate XMP profile. According to the specification maximum memory size can be up to 128 GB, and for Xeon processors it is 256 GB, even with ECC error correction.
CPU Power performed on 12-phase scheme. It openly declares himself a manufacturer, but in practice they are obtained by doubling.
Chips doublers are located on the reverse side. This chip companies Intersil ISL6611A, which includes both drivers.
The main PWM controller chip used herein Intersil ISL6379.
For each of the twelve phases there is one transistor type Ultra Dual-N (UDM), manufactured by Fairchild Semiconductor.
Solid capacitors packaged in a gold-plated body. In addition, it uses an inductor type Premium 60A.
To remove heat from the transistors one small radiator is provided.
It is made of aluminum alloy and painted black. As the thermal interface used termorezinka light gray about 1 mm thick. On top of the radiator there is a silver inscription X99 and decorative plate. Fixing is carried out from the back side by means of two spring-loaded screws. Despite this, the radiator does not falter.
Suffice it to be such a modest heat sink to dissipate heat from the transistors, as in the main manufacturers use a combination of the two heatsinks connected with a heat pipe? Reply to this question is clearly difficult, because it takes a long testing in different conditions. However, it is safe to say that in a well-ventilated enclosure and normal operation of the processor problems should arise.
Another heatsink is on the chipset.
It is also made of aluminum alloy and painted black. From above you can also notice a decorative plate with inscriptions ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7. As the thermal interface, we again see termorezinku, but this time a dark gray color. Fixing is effected by means of two spring-loaded bolts from the back side.
By this heat sink is the Intel X99 chipset.
On the Intel Z170 background, he already seems a little outdated because the Z170 has appeared much later and received a large number of PCI-e Gen3 lines.
What about support type 3 SATA drives, there remains the superiority of the Intel X99, as it provides ten SATA ports 3, two of which can be used as SATA Express.
Of course, there is support for the various modes of RAID. Also on the card, you can find two connectors Ultra M.2, to support the relevant standard drives. This means the use of four PCI-e line of the third generation. They provide data rates up to 32 Gbit / s.
Another chipset supports up to six USB 3.0 and eight USB 2.0 ports. Four USB 3.0 connector on the rear panel, but they are represented by a separate controller ASMedia ASM1074.
And there are two pads to connect four devices, which are located near the main connector ATX power supply.
Of course, not without the support of the new USB 3.1 standard. Two of the ports of different types (Type-A and Type-C) are located on the rear panel. Both are implemented by a separate controller ASMedia ASM1142.
In the lower right corner are two pads USB 2.0, to connect four devices and connectors COM, TPM and a dual seven-segment LED POST boot and initialization code.
To the left were placed two connectors for connecting buttons and housing indicators, as well as a speakerphone. Next to them, two BIOS chips are soldered, they switch and jumper ClrCMOS to reset.
On the left side is located the audio codec Realtek ALC1150, operational amplifiers, and special audio capacitors.
The whole sound system is called the Creative Sound Blaster Cinema 3. In order to reach it, remove the decorative plastic cover that covers the left edge, including the rear panel connectors.
Such a decision we have not seen the first time, and it does not look unusual. The only thing that I liked in this case – the use of a screw connection.
Usually these covers are attached with screws. It suffices to dismantle them and once after they are re-mounted and fixed scroll design. Here on the plastic part has a special metal sleeve, and in that the screws are screwed. Therefore, assembly / disassembly can be carried out many times and do not worry about the fastening.
On this motherboard provides all five expansion slots.
It may seem that a little, but in my opinion this is quite enough to install two graphics cards and digital audio adapter. For storage it would be wise to use a couple of M.2 connector.
Of course, does not go beyond the limitations of entry-level processors, which involved a total of 28 PCI-e lines. To understand how they are distributed fairly to visit the manufacturer’s website and look at specification. Please note that all PCI-e x16 slots are framed by a metal frame, which is to protect the connector from damage and destruction.
I / O controller and system monitoring Nuvoton NCT6791D soldered to the back side of the device.
In front on the left edge of the board can be found two Gigabit LAN controllers from from Intel. This Intel I218V and Intel I211-AT.
Now pay attention to the rear panel connectors.
Why do we need an antenna? Apparently wireless module, which is mounted on the board. After removing it, we do not see his body at all is no notation.
Therefore, to get to the bottom, a cover must be removed. And now we can see that this type of card M.2 production of Intel.
This adapter supports the latest wireless standards including dual-band IEEE 802.11ac.
BIOS Settings menu on all motherboards from ASRock ninth series of approximately similar. Only in the new models a short menu EZ Mode, which has long been used in the shells of ASUS motherboards. There you can carry out the most simple configuration, monitoring, and also get a summary of the system.
Samu BIOS firmware can be studied by looking the attached video.
As has been repeatedly noted, the settings menu is very comfortable and well decorated. With regard to plants, they are all applied correctly. The same applies to the behavior of the motherboard when overclocking. On the subsequent reboot just loaded nominal values.
First, consider the normal mode with the default settings. Operate all power-saving features, and so when there is no load on the processor, its frequency and the voltage across it falls.
Buy a processor, to see such a picture – is unwise. If anyone has something to fork out, you need to account for the fact that he has to work on all of its eight cores and sixteen threads. Even play on it – the top of impracticality. Not until the game can load a CPU in full. Therefore, his destiny – professional tasks.
Let’s see how things are going in the load.
In this case, we only see how the technology Intel Turbo Boost MAX 2.0, and the generation of processors Broadwell-E already support the next generation of this technology, namely the Intel Turbo Boost MAX 3.0. This means that the automatic overclocking function only increases the core frequency is even higher in single-threaded applications. By the way, the temperature under heavy load is not so high. Most hot core reaches only 57 ° C.
Go to overclocking. The manufacturer is not positioning this motherboard for overclocking, but nevertheless in the BIOS settings menu there is an item for automatic overclocking, and I decided to take advantage of them. To do this, run the preset to 4 GHz and the system successfully booted. After that included XMP profile and again to load the operating system.
It appears, however, that the voltage at the nuclei greatly exaggerated – 1.36 V. Therefore, the processor has become overheat and go into throttling. It was necessary to reduce the voltage to 1.3 V.
As you can see, the processor is already on the brink. After I installed the rate to 42, one core beginning to warm up to 100 ° C and demonstrate throttling. However, this is not much bother me, and then I have conducted testing at a frequency of 4200 MHz.
Testing ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 conducted in Corsair Graphite 600T housing with an open side wall, at room temperature of 25 ° C in the following modes:
ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7, Intel Core i7-6900K (3000 MHz), Memory 2133 MHz timings 15-15-15-36-2T, ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 Strix;
ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7, Intel Core i7-6900K @ 4200 MHz (42 x 100), the memory of 3200 MHz timings 14-14-14-34-2T, ASUS ROG GeForce GTX 1080 Strix.
The tests were conducted under the operating system Windows 10 x64, were run five times, then the selected average values.
Audio codec presented chip Realtek ALC1150. Listening was carried out using the headphone Sennheiser HD201, Zalman ZM-RS6F and acoustics Microlab Pro 1.
Despite the grandiose name, the sound of the most common on the board, the same occurs in the lower class solutions. It is clean, smooth and without distortion.
From the beginning, love is surprising name ASRock news. Why? No need to look far for an example, is sufficient to take and compare the results in games with the Core i7-6700K processors, the Intel Core i7 6950X and at the nominal speed without overclocking. It is easy to guess that the Intel Core i7-6700K other things being equal will be faster, and in those cases where performance rests on the card, they will be equal.
It could be argued that Intel s2011-v3 platform allows you to install four video cards, which will work according to the formula x8 + x8 + x8 + x8, benefit from the CPU has 40 PCI-e Gen3 lines. Let’s start with the fact that this motherboard does not allow to do so. However, even assuming that this is possible, the people who will use Quad SLI, not so much. In addition, there are models of motherboards on Intel Z170 chipset, allowing to realize such.
We now estimate the product per se. First of all I would like to note that the considerably improved layout, and indeed the whole package. The manufacturer has made the right move and refused to designate Killer in his product. motherboard design, too, has undergone a number of changes, and if you compare it with its predecessor, it seemed to me that he is definitely a better place. No more slots are already red, and he is gradually disappearing from production-oriented gamers. Fashion is changing, and with it the changing approach to the design of motherboards.
The rest seemed to me that everything is done quite efficiently and intelligently. The result was a kind of reasonable minimalism. Maximum use of the chipset’s capabilities and added a controller USB 3.1, which is logical. Aggregators M.2 already active there, and so the presence of two such connectors will also be superfluous. Throw in as good Wi-Fi and two Gigabit Intel network adapter.
Acceleration in the case of ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 is average, and it is simple, just need to remember that when loading the preset voltage is overestimated and it must be refined, but at the same time enable XMP profile for its memory. Before us is the perfect dress? She does not have the disadvantages? Perhaps that is true, because I have it all arranged and no obvious disadvantages not found. Perhaps the manufacturer just read my article on the ASRock Fatal1ty X99X Killer / 3.1, and draw the right conclusions.