ASRock P67 FATAL1TY mainboard review – Introduction
Bluetooth 24 Dec 2010 (updated 2nd Jan 2011)
Over the years, we have seen ASRock grow up, from a young start up company that does entry level motherboards and slowly evolving to mid range and high end motherboards. If you remember, the then defunct ABIT was the only manufacturer that has very unique looking boards with the FATAL1TY branding. ASRock has the top gamer to be the board’s spokesman with the introduction of the first on FATAL1TY series – the ASRock P67 FATAL1TY Intel P67 mainboard.
The P67 Motherboard belongs to the PROFESS1ONAL Series and it has some interesting features, some inherited over from the regular P67 Deluxe series.
Based on the INTEL P67 Chipset, this mainboard supports the LGA1155 socket type CPUs. It also supports up to DDR3-2133 dual channel memory. The mainboard looks elegant with it’s red/black blended colour design. Even the capacitors are ‘gold’ plated to give a sense of superemecy. On top of that, the V16+2 CPU Power phase and Digital PWM design ensures a rock stable board even at high clock speeds. Inherited from the ASRock tradition, the board has two sets of holes. ASRock calls it C.C.O, allowing you to use your older heatsink on this mainboard.
The P67 FATAL1TY supports both AMD and NVIDIA multi GPU solutions. It supporst QUad CrossFireX, 3 way CrossFireX and CrossFireX. For NVIDIA< it supports quad SLI and SLI.
In terms of connectivity, the board supports Dual PCIe GbE with Teaming function, 1 eSATA3 port, 1 x FATAL1TY mouse port, 1 1394 port, 4 USB 3.0 ports, 6 SATA3 ports, 1 Frotn USB 3.0 header support front USB 3.0 panel. One thing i particular like about the free bundle – front usb panel provides 2 USB 3.0 ports and a 2.5″ SSD/HDD rack for mounting your drive there. ASRock P67 choose to use EtronTech USB 3.0 controller over USB 3.0, it claims that the USB 3.0 speed is 37.6% faster in CrystalDiskMark3.0 (Read Sequential) and 97.7% faster in ATTO disk benchmark 8M write when compared to the NEC solution.
Other features on this board include a UEFI BIOS, providing GUI interface to access the BIOS functions with a mouse. There is also F-Stream, a all in 1 utility that supports overclocking, hardware tuning incluiding fan speed, mouse port configuration etc. There are also two PCIe GbE on board which can be TEAMED to double the bandwidth.
For gamers and video buffs, the board supports THX Trustudio pro so that you hear the best audio quality. In addition, it also comes with SmartView, a smart start page for the browser combines your most visited websites, history, real time Facebook feeds. If you have an iPhone, you can turn it into a remote control usnig the AIWI software bundle that comes with the package.