Thanks to our review of the Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 mainboard from the G1-Killer series we are now familiar with Gigabyte’s vision of a gaming mainboard based on Intel Z77 Express. ASRock Company seems to have a different opinion on the matter and its own Fatal1ty gaming mainboard family, which was named after a famous competitive gamer Jonathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel. Actually, it is for the first time that they designed not one or two, but as many as three mainboards on the same chipset within the product family.
All previously reviewed mainboards on the Intel Z77 Express chipset allow building graphics sub-systems of at least two cards employing different AMD CrossFireX or Nvidia SLI configurations. It hardly makes sense to use the above mentioned Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 mainboard with only one graphics card, because it is constructively designed for multi-card configurations. However, most users will stick to only one graphics card and they will be the primary target group for the new ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Performance mainboard with a single PCI Express 3.0/2.0 x16 slot. The mainboard doesn’t support two-way Nvidia SLI graphics configurations, although it is possible to build a two-way AMD CrossFireX using the second PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x4) slot.
ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional-M mainboard designed in microATX form-factor will allow you to build a powerful gaming system inside a compact system case.
However, the top of the line and the most feature-rich model of the three will be ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional, which we are going to discuss in our today’s review.