ASRock unveiled the first Fatal1ty-branded AMD platform product, a premium motherboard based on the AMD 990FX chipset, ready for AMD FX series processors in the AM3+ package. The board sports the signature Fatal1ty color scheme of black and red, and is geared for high-end gaming PCs. The AM3+ socket is powered by a 14-phase digital PWM power design, which is ready for even 140W chips. It is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots supporting dual-channel DDR3 with speeds of over 2000 MHz by overclocking.
Two of the unique selling points here is ASRock Fatal1ty XFast USB, a pair of low-latency and high-polling USB ports to plug in your gaming mouse and keyboard; and XFast LAN, which is a software layer that works to lower latency and prioritize internet bandwidth to applications. To top it off, there’s a Fatal1ty-themed UEFI setup program that features some extra advanced settings.
Expansion slots include three PCI-Express x16, of which two are PCI-Express 2.0 x16 wired to the 990FX northbridge, while the third one is electrical PCI-Express 2.0 x4 wired to the SB950 southbridge. AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI are supported. Other slots include two each of PCI-E 2.0 x1 and PCI. Storage connectivity includes six SATA 6 Gb/s with RAID 0, 1, 0+1, 5, 10 support; and two eSATA 6 Gb/s. There are six USB 3.0 ports, two on the rear panel, four by headers. ASRock bundles a nifty 3.5″ front-panel that extends two USB 3.0 ports to the front of the case, and also doubles up as a 2.5″ drive tray to install SSDs on. Other connectivity includes 8-channel HD audio driven by Realtek ALC892 featuring THX TruStudio, two gigabit Ethernet controllers featuring XFast LAN, two XFast USB 2.0 ports (red), and FireWire. ASRock did not give out pricing or availability information.