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ASRock X99X Killer Review – BIOS and Software

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ASRock stick with a GUI BIOS for the X99X Killer and it uses a nice, simple layout which is easy to navigate with our keyboard and mouse. The key options for enthusiasts are found in the OC Tweaker screen however the tools section is also packed with useful items. These include the easy RAID installer and ability to update the BIOS from both the internet, or USB.

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For those who need them ASRock provide tools which unlock higher capacity drives on older versions of Windows, offer media/cloud functions, tweak tools for our LAN ports and software which works with Macro/Sniper functions in game. The main software is however F-Stream. From inside this we can enable quick profiles, tweak our system in detail, monitor it and download the latest software and drivers/BIOS from the net before automatically installing. As an added bonus we also get access to X-Split for recording/streaming our gaming. The latest versions of the above are available from ASRock.

ASRock X99X Killer Review – Performance

Key Test Specifications:

Intel Core i7-5960X /Intel Core i7-4790K
ASUS Rampage V Extreme, Gigabyte X99-Gaming 5, Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming 5, MSI X99S Gaming9 AC
NVIDIA GTX 980
16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800
16GB Corsair Dominator DDR3-2666
Samsung 840 Evo 1TB
Samsung 850 Pro 512GB (SATA Testing)
OCZ RevoDrive 350 (PCIe testing)
Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD
Corsair AX1500i
Antec Kuhler 1250
Installed on a Dimastech EasyXL Test Bench
Windows 8.1 64-bit
NVIDIA Drivers: 344.07

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ASRock X99X Killer Review – Conclusion

Starting with the build quality of the X99X Killer, we have no significant issues to report. The board uses high quality components throughout and we noted no issues with loose parts (e.g. heatsinks) and no damaged items. It is also good to see plenty of protection functionality and high end audio parts too. In terms of design there is a lot to like about this board. The first thing we noticed for example was that there is a bit more space than some other boards between the top PCIe slot and the CPU socket which makes installation of large tower coolers easier, and issue free. For example on a competitor board we reviewed previously one of our Cooler Master coolers rests against the back of a GTX 980 which isn’t ideal. That said, we are not fans of the location of the PCIe power connector on the X99X as it makes tidy wiring more difficult. Elsewhere on the board we have everything we would like to see from an X99 product, including multiple 16x slots, M.2, a large number of SATA ports and support for plenty of DDR4. ASRock then go above and beyond with the inclusion of two high end GB LAN ports, mini-PCIe, HDD Saver and support for ECC/RDIMM.

As far as software and the BIOS goes, ASRock get all the basics correct with a nice simple layout and some key features like updates from USB drive. Things are good on the software front too. We still think that ASRock over complicate their offering with the Fatality port, cloud/media software and the like. These don’t seem particularly geared to this boards target market however X-Split and F-Stream are welcome additions.

Pricing for the X99X Killer is competitive but key to the success of the board is its performance. In that area we were very impressed. The board consistently sat at the higher end of the X99 performance scale and provided no issues throughout our testing. PCIe, USB 3.0, memory bandwidth… gaming. All had high end results which any enthusiast would be pleased with. We were also happy to see that the overclock, on air and liquid, allowed us to hit the same level as the likes of the Rampage V Extreme with our i7-5960X sample.

Summary: A board with a good level of build quality, excellent features and a decent layout. The performance is it best aspect though, very much a high end X99 product which can compete with the best the competition has to offer.

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