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Bit-Tech Award Winner - MBASR-X99MKILLER
www.bit-tech.net/hardware - 09/10/2014 13:39:04
We're actually quite taken with the ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer. It looks fantastic and despite its small size, it's more than up for some lofty overclocking. It's not overloaded with features, but includes the necessities plus a few more that you'll likely find useful too. The only glaring thing it's missing hardware-wise is SATA Express and perhaps WiFi, but M.2 is arguably the more important next-gen storage interface to support at the moment and it is here in full unlike with the EVGA X99 Micro.

Performance at both stock and overclocked settings was very good, with the 4.3GHz overclock being the equal best we've seen and it shows that despite its small size, the ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer lacks nothing when it comes to overclocking prowess. The only other gripe is that in order for two-way GPU setups to benefit from two full bandwidth PCI-E slots, you'll need to use the top two, which means dual-slot cooler equipped graphics cards can suffer if they're air-cooled.

Other larger boards have managed to get round this by using the third slot as the second full speed slot, but as it stands, you'd be well advised to either use a single powerful GPU with the ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer or water-cool a two-way setup. If going micro-ATX is a must, the ASRock Fatal1ty X99M Killer is a much better option than EVGA's X99 Micro in pretty much every way - it's easier to overclock, better at overclocking, better looking and has more features, all for the same price. If you also have the option of a full-size board, though, then there are other options. MSI's X99S SLI Plus is cheaper and just as good at overclocking, but for micro-ATX case owners, ASRock's Fatal1ty X99M Killer is the board to buy.
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