ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional mainboard made a great overall impression. It has very convenient thought-though layout, is built with high-quality components, features powerful multi-phase digital processor voltage regulator circuitry. Intel Z77 Express chipset comes with a pretty extensive feature set, but in this case we see an unprecedented functionality expansion using numerous onboard controllers. Two ASMedia ASM1061 controllers provide additional SATA and eSATA 6 Gbps ports, there is a four-port USB 3.0 EtronTech EJ188H controller, two Broadcom BCM57781 Gigabit network adapters, the VIA VT6330 controller provides support for the IEEE1394 (FireWire) as well as IDE drives, there is a COM-ports and even a floppy connector! To ensure that all this will work flawlessly together with the expansion card slots, they added an eight-port PLX PEX 8608 hub. It is really hard to find an interface or port that ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional doesn’t support. The only legacy interface we could come up with is LPT, and in terms of contemporary ones – Wi-Fi and the fancy Thunderbolt.
We didn’t list all the advantages of the ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional mainboard here. We should also mention a very convenient BIOS with all necessary functions for proper system configuring and fine-tuning, special Fatal1ty Mouse Port, ability to accommodate LGA 775 processor coolers, ability to adjust the rotation speed of any type of processor fans, easy DIMM and PCI-E x16 slot latches, glowing Power On, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons as well as a POST-code indicator. The board overclocks processors beautifully. As for the drawbacks, we could only point out slightly higher power consumption, which isn’t a surprise considering how loaded the board is and somewhat confusing algorithms for fan rotation speed adjustment. However, we could argue whether the latter is that much of a drawback, really. Gradual and smooth adjustment of the fan rotation speed allows avoiding rapid RPM increase or drop, which might cause some acoustic discomfort. Besides, we only tried changing the actual fan speed setting, while we could have also played around with the second setting for the desired CPU temp. so, it all comes down to ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional mainboard boasting a ton of advantages, and hardly any drawbacks that is why it receives our ultimate recommendation and Editor’s Choice title: