We review, test and benchmark the ASRock Z87 Fatal1ty Killer series motherboard. Multiple multi-GPU configurations are possible up-to 3-way, you’ll get many USB 3.0 ports and of course an improved and enhanced audio solution based off the Realtek ALC 1150 codec. But lets not forget an included KillerNIC E2205. Oh and of course the looks with two-tone black red colors. Be sure to check out this review. Now I have tested a lot of Z87 motherboards already, but to date ASRock has not been in the lineup due to petty things really. Years ago ASRock was launched as subsidiary from ASUS to introduce more mainstream product. Today in 2013 ASRock and ASUS pretty much do not have ties anymore and they have been left with that stain called ‘entry level to mainstream’ manufacturer. However if you have been following the ASRock product for the past two years you’d have noticed that in terms of product placement in the channel and overall build quality a lot has changed.
As such ASRock right now, product wise, can match the bigger names in the industry like MSI, Gigabyte and ASUS. The ASRock Fatal1ty Z87 Killer mainboard is intended for Intel’s latest 22nm Haswell processors that are seated into Socket LGA1150. The board has some very nice features and overclock potential, it has the latest Killer E2205 chip — hence the Killer LAN network card, from Killer Gaming. It’s a technology that detects when a game is running and if it is using the network and can prioritize data-packets so you won’t have to close, say, a torrent program or an active download in order to play without lag. So basically Killer NIC is a dedicated IC that should ensure low PING times for online gaming by prioritizing your band-with whilst giving you the option to monitor your network traffic.