It looks like today is a big reveal day for X99 motherboards! ASRock has revealed the first Micro-ATX X99 motherboard that we have seen in their Fatal1ty X99M Killer motherboard. This is of course is the little brother to the Fatal1ty X99X Killer and in addition to the X99 WS workstation motherboard that was revealed earlier today.
As I said this is the little brother to the Fatal1ty X99X Killer motherboard, but it is still feature packed! It will feature the Intel LGA 2011-3 socket, which supports Intel’s upcoming Haswell-E HEDT processors. Like the rest of the motherboards in the Fatal1ty line the X99M Killer has a black and red color scheme. Since this is a Micro-ATX motherboard there are only four DDR4 memory slots (2 on each side of the CPU socket) for quad channel memory operation.
The Fatal1ty X99M Killer will still feature a very beefy 12 phase PWM and power to the CPU comes by way of a 8pin EPS connector. The power delivery components are made up of super ferrite core chokes and NexFet MOSFETs. You can also see many Nichion 12K Platinum capacitors throughout the motherboard. These offer 20% longer lifespans and provide more stability and reliability than your typical capacitors found on motherboards.
As far as expansion slots go you have three PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots. There is also an Ultra M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) slot between the top and middle PCI-Express slots. For storage you have 10 SATA 6GB/s ports and a USB 3.0 header is spotted at the center of the board.
The board will also feature the Purity Sound 2 audio solution that offers its own PCB isolation for less interference. Networking is taking care of with the Killer E2200 chip and there is also an Intel NIC on board. Other features visible on this motherboard is power and reset buttons, a debug LED and Fatal1ty gaming port.
Expect this board to be available on August 29th 2014 when Haswell-E drops.
Jan 30, 2015 0