ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Professional Review

Author: Matt Lefebvre
Date: October 27, 2013
Product Name: ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Professional
Part Number: 90-MXGPF0-A0UAYZ
Warranty: 3 Years
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Packaging and Accessories

Much like the motherboard hidden inside this rather eye catching case, ASRock has opted to not change the color scheme from the previous Fatal1ty Z77. Instead they designed an iconoclastic shipping container which – thanks to the rather old glamour shot of Mr. Fatal1ty himself on the front - is instantly recognizable. Unfortunately, on just a quick glance many consumers will have a tough time telling this new model form the past and only on closer examination will they be able to tell them apart.

Inside, the Fatal1ty Z87 Professional is packaged much like any high end motherboard. It is nestled into a foam protector and both are encased in an anti-static bag. Over this, ASRock has included a cardboard divider where the accessories and various manuals are housed. The foam protector is a nice touch and should keep this motherboard from becoming a shipping ‘fatality’.

The included accessory bundle is also fairly standard with very few notable standout inclusions. In total you get a IO Shield, two Molex to SATA power adapters, eight black SATA 6Gb/s cables, a user manual, a DVD with software and drives, an SLI bridge, a dual USB 3.0 front port adapter with PCI bracket adapter rear instead of the front installation and a redeemable coupon for a three month trial of XSplit broadcasting software.

It is odd that ASRock only included eight SATA cables since their motherboard houses ten ports, though eight should satisfy most PC gaming enthusiasts. More noticeable by its absence was wireless abilities or any additional hardware features to help this rather expensive model stand out in the mid two hundred dollar range. Also on the puzzling side our particular sample shipped with seven SATA cables instead of eight, but came with three Molex to SATA power adapters. This does cast some doubts on ASRocks quality control, but we doubt many will complain about being down a single cable.

This is nearly the exact same – with the exception of the 3 month trial – accessory bundle which ships with the $75 less expensive Extreme 6 model. However, ASRock did included accessories which the Extreme 6 does not have, but instead of being bundled separately they are attached directly to the motherboard itself.

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