ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1155 by stefan @ 2012-05-21

The latest Fatal1ty Z77 Professional board from ASRock does not disappoint regarding overall performance and continues to sport the same catchy black/red theme, along with a redesigned UEFI interface, plenty of connectivity ports and software for enhancing and fine-tuning performance from inside Windows OS.

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Product Features Part II

4 x DDR3 2800+(OC)



This motherboard unlocks maximum memory performance, coming with 4 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory, supporting up to DDR3 2800+ (OC) MHz!


Dual LAN – Teaming



Dual LAN with Teaming function enabled on this motherboard allows two single connections to act as one single connection for twice the transmission bandwidth, making data transmission more effective.


Fatal1ty Mouse Port



Fatal1ty Mouse Port is a customizable technology for PC gamers that is a part of F-Stream. After plugging the USB mouse into the Fatal1ty Mouse Port and running F-Stream, gamers can use Fatal1ty’s personal preferred mouse polling rate at 500 Hz. F-Stream also provides the flexibility for gamers to adjust the mouse polling rate from 125 Hz to 1000 Hz. This is helpful for professional gamers to experience smoother game play and faster response time to the mouse.



1. Some USB mice may not support 1000 Hz mouse polling rate.

2. The Fatal1ty mouse port does not support USB 2.0 mouse.

3. The Fatal1ty mouse port may not support some wireless USB mice.

4. The Fatal1ty mouse port does not support the USB mouse which is connected to the USB hub.


Next-Gen PCI-E 3.0 Support



The ASRock motherboards support the Next-Gen PCI-E 3.0! PCI Express 3.0 can maximize the bandwidth for the next-gen PCI Express 3.0 VGA cards, provide ultimate graphics performance.


Get PCI-E 3.0 Benefits

• Higher bit rate - 8.0GT/s

• Higher bandwidth per lane - 1GB/s

• Higher efficiency - 98.5% encoding efficiency

• 100% backward compatible with previous PCI-E 2.0 / 1.0 standard




Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals



Intel® HD Graphics, simplifies your designs by eliminating additional discrete graphics hardware, while integrating stunning visuals and performance for immersive gaming.




THX TruStudio



THX TruStudio is specially designed to bring the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios to the PC.


Graphical UEFI – The Revolutionary BIOS Interface



Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a revolutionary BIOS utility which offers tweak-friendly options in an advanced viewing interface. Compared with traditional BIOS design, the latest UEFI utility provides lots improved functions. The major features of UEFI include:

1. Graphical Visual Experience – UEFI provides an improved visual interface with colorful icons and makes your computing environment more versatile to replace the traditional dull BIOS page.

2. Mouse Enabling – Besides keyboard control, you can freely use mouse to select your ideal settings in UEFI as well.

3. Supports 3TB bootable HDD - UEFI breaks the limitations of 2TB bootable HDD on traditional BIOS. With UEFI, you can enjoy 3TB bootable HDD size.*


UEFI System Browser



UEFI system browser is a useful tool included in graphical UEFI. It can detect the devices and configurations that users are currently using in their PC. With the UEFI system browser, you can easily examine the current system configuration in UEFI setup.


Fatal1ty F-Stream – The All-in-1 Tuning Software



The Fatal1ty F-Stream tuning program is an all-in-1 software utility that supports overclocking and hard-ware tuning such as energy usage, H/W monitor, fan speed control, Fatal1ty Mouse Port Configuration and XFast RAM.

In Hardware Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system.

In Fan Control, it shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust.

In Overclocking, you are allowed to adjust the CPU frequency, ratio and some voltages for optimal system performance.

In Mouse Polling, gamers can freely adjust the mouse polling rate. In Energy Saving, the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing computing performance.

In XFast RAM, it fully utilizes the memory space that cannot be used under Windows® OS 32-bit CPU.


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