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ASRock partners with Fatal1ty

ASRock partners with Fatal1ty

ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional motherboard. Image courtesy of Tweaktown.

ASRock has signed Jonathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendell to promote its upcoming P67 'gamer' motherboard.

Called the 'Fatal1ty P67 Professional', this LGA1155 board sports a red and black design with a heatsink so similar in style to those seen on Republic of Gamers motherboards that you'd be forgiven for thinking you were seeing double.

From the picture and video over at Tweaktown, the board appears to sport 3-way SLI and CrossFire, although the digital switches tell us that there's no NF200 or Lucid Hydra chipset.

There are 10 SATA ports (six of which are SATA 6Gbps), six USB 3 (two front panel, four rear), a two digit POST readout, 16+2 digital CPU power phases, dual Gigabit Ethernet and an IDE port.

Fatal1ty has given ASRock advice on the design, including the addition of a 'Fatal1ty mouse port' - that's a rear USB port overclocked from 125Hz to 'his personal setting' of 500Hz. Arguably the most interesting fact Jonathan claimed was that he's brought the THX TrueStudio Pro onto the board as well, although there wer no details about which chipset precisely.

Other novel motherboard additions include Fatal1ty branded power and reset buttons, signed heatsinks, a UEFI BIOS and some exclusive, Fatal1ty-branded overclocking software.

The ASRock Fatal1ty P67 Professional is expected to launch when Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs arrive in early January, with a retail price of about $250 USD.

Is it good move for ASRock to buy into a well known brand? Are you up for buying a Fatal1ty motherboard, or do you think it'll be one? Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Aterius Gmork 2nd December 2010, 17:22 Quote
There are many nice features on the board (and Mr. Wendell isn't one of them) but at the end of the day it's still an ASRock board. If you can afford the money for a premium board go for a premium brand as well.
StoneyMahoney 2nd December 2010, 17:40 Quote
Has anyone noticed how the picture of Mr Wendell on the box looks more like he would in a Hollywood biographical movie of his life, rather his real one?
thehippoz 2nd December 2010, 17:52 Quote
hey he games and gets sponsored for a living.. who's laughing now

all the money is in entertainment.. my dad told me that since I was a kid and I never listened

the board looks nice (and expensive)
IXON 2nd December 2010, 17:53 Quote
I remember not to long ago when Asrock just made cheap mobo's that just worked & were sold in small computer shops and dodgy computer fairs, since ASUS got hold of them they have gone up in the world, basically Skoda of the computer world.
frontline 2nd December 2010, 17:54 Quote
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Fatal1ty has given ASRock advice on the design, including the addition of a 'Fatal1ty mouse port'

I'm gonna get me one of those USB ports and dominate the competitive gaming world!
Fabou 2nd December 2010, 18:01 Quote
I want fatal1ty cable zip so my cable management is so killer I can powne everyone. Seriously I just brand spend more time and money on having the best board quality for the cheapest price instead of buying expensive sponsorship for selling expensively mobo, that would be cheaper without the crappy logo in the top end corner.
flibblesan 2nd December 2010, 18:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by IXON
I remember not to long ago when Asrock just made cheap mobo's that just worked & were sold in small computer shops and dodgy computer fairs, since ASUS got hold of them they have gone up in the world, basically Skoda of the computer world.

ASRock has always been part of ASUS and until they went retail they have been producing boards for the OEM market.
LeMaltor 2nd December 2010, 18:33 Quote
Asrock are just asus boards? nothing wrong with them then
Gunsmith 2nd December 2010, 18:35 Quote
i met the guy once, hes a cock. so i spent more on my x-fi to get the elite pro to avoid his pathetic F symbol glowing in my chassis.
mi1ez 2nd December 2010, 18:50 Quote
Any idea on what other boards will be coming with UEFI? Seems the main (only?) reason to buy this one!
SlowMotionSuicide 2nd December 2010, 19:03 Quote
Bit too much flavor to my liking. I wonder how much of a price premium this is gonna have.
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
i met the guy once, hes a cock.

So it was an instant sword fight then?
bagman 2nd December 2010, 19:04 Quote
well hopefully this asrock board will perform a lot better they have got a lot better in recent times but are still not quite up to the same standard as the other big brands
TheLostSwede 2nd December 2010, 19:12 Quote
You lot do know that Asus and Assrock are no longer part of the same company right?
Asus is, well Asus and Assrock is part of Pegatron who is no longer a part of Asus...
This is why Assrock is trying to be less sucky and is doing stuff like this to try and improve its image in the motherboard world.
TheLostSwede 2nd December 2010, 19:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
i met the guy once, hes a cock. so i spent more on my x-fi to get the elite pro to avoid his pathetic F symbol glowing in my chassis.

That might be a bit ott, but I'll agree that he's not the smartest or most interesting person to talk to I've ever meet... actually, he's outright boring :D
maverik-sg1 2nd December 2010, 19:17 Quote
It's ridiculous to even have this guys name on a box - save your money ASROck and invest in better design and manufacturing instead.
frontline 2nd December 2010, 19:28 Quote
ASRock dual sata 2 - one of the best motherboards ever made http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=939Dual-SATA2
flibblesan 2nd December 2010, 19:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by TheLostSwede
You lot do know that Asus and Assrock are no longer part of the same company right?
Asus is, well Asus and Assrock is part of Pegatron who is no longer a part of Asus...
This is why Assrock is trying to be less sucky and is doing stuff like this to try and improve its image in the motherboard world.

Assrock... how amusing.

I've owned ASRock motherboards in the past and they never gave me any problems. They cost less to buy because they are often built with slightly older, but cheaper, chipsets and may have some high end features missing. For most users there is absolutely no difference between an ASRock board, Gigabyte, MSI, ASUS etc.

So far the only reason people give for hating ASRock is price. Just because something is cheaper doesn't mean it's worse than a premium branded product.

I believe at the end of the day people hating on ASRock are just snobs who think spending £200 on a motherboard increases your e-peen size.
SMIFFYDUDE 2nd December 2010, 19:35 Quote
I wanna be cool like Jonathan 'Fatal1ty' Wendell, and buying this is gonna make my dream come true.
billysielu 2nd December 2010, 20:13 Quote
Everyone with a non-ghetto mouse driver has an overclocked USB port - go away wendel.
JA12 2nd December 2010, 20:40 Quote
I don't buy anything that says "Fatal1ty" somewhere on the product or package. Ever.
Instagib 2nd December 2010, 20:48 Quote
ASRock make some quality boards that are cheap and effective...they just don't overclock. (They REALLY don't overclock!)

If i were building an office pc that needed to be reliable and cost effective; great, go ASRock. Perfect market for them.
If i'm making a premium gaming rig with a cpu that's overclocked to within an inch of it's life, stay away.

Although, it's just occured to me. If overclocking on the P67 boards is going to be dependant on K chips, with very little strain on the board, then ASRock might be on to a winner. If they get the price right.
thehippoz 2nd December 2010, 21:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gunsmith
i met the guy once, hes a cock. so i spent more on my x-fi to get the elite pro to avoid his pathetic F symbol glowing in my chassis.

what was he like gun.. I always imagined he'd be this quiet guy with curled fingers :D I can't see him being a total cock

was he wearing a wife beater
liratheal 2nd December 2010, 21:42 Quote
I hope he falls down a well and gets buried by all his crappy product branding.
GregTheRotter 2nd December 2010, 22:14 Quote
LOL that guy looks a wee bit chubby. Not fatality but fatassity. :/
Andy Mc 2nd December 2010, 23:39 Quote
I avoid this guys branding whenever posible. Is he really all that these days anyway? (i do not follow the Pro gaming leagues).

I have played someone using his name (I cant say it was him, obviously) and they were not all that (and neither am I). In fact it was this guy.
Tulatin 3rd December 2010, 02:02 Quote
If I remember correctly, the last company to make Fatal1ty boards died out, so...
Bindibadgi 3rd December 2010, 03:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by LeMaltor
Asrock are just asus boards? nothing wrong with them then

Different team, technically different company. It's like a brotherhood where they can negotiate support, but for a lot of things they're on their own.

EDIT: As much as I personally don't care for Fatal-one-ty branded hardware, I do see the advantage of a gaming motherboard over that of a "gaming PSU" or memory, and I think it's a very good move for 'low end' ASRock to put itself inline with other premium brands Fatal-one-ty cooperates with, like OCZ and Creative. From what I've seen of other P67 boards there's clearly some ASUS tech on that ASRock, so maybe it'll actually be a decent board? Who knows.
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 3rd December 2010, 09:20 Quote
Fatal1ty is so not cool anymore. Anyone old enough to actual see him game would never buy his crap (if they had any self respect that is) and the Halo generation has no clue as to who he is (seeing how they think Halo was the very first FPS).

He should change his product line to " Total N0ob:0 " if it was kickass I would even buy it (well maybe an Ethernet cable at least).
[USRF]Obiwan 3rd December 2010, 10:24 Quote
i have a Asrock Extreme 3 and its rock solid, never had one issue it also overclocks well enough for my usage.
alleyne 3rd December 2010, 10:25 Quote
Cant say i know much about the guy or asrock/assrock. buts its a dam good looking board
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Deders 4th December 2010, 10:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by flibblesan
Assrock... how amusing.

I've owned ASRock motherboards in the past and they never gave me any problems. They cost less to buy because they are often built with slightly older, but cheaper, chipsets and may have some high end features missing. For most users there is absolutely no difference between an ASRock board, Gigabyte, MSI, ASUS etc.

So far the only reason people give for hating ASRock is price. Just because something is cheaper doesn't mean it's worse than a premium branded product.

I believe at the end of the day people hating on ASRock are just snobs who think spending £200 on a motherboard increases your e-peen size.

I've bought 2 Asrock boards boards in the past and both have given me less than expected performance.

On the one hand they do sometimes have quite unique and innovitive features but the implimentation is sometimes poor as they tend to cut corners. For instance having a Sata3 port that connects via a PCIE 1x lane resulting in potentially lower bandwidth for high end SDD's.

The problems I've had with Asrock boards tend to be in the PCIe implementation, where the throughput is significantly less than other brands. This was both on a board with a Nforce 3 chipset and one with a P55 chipset. After replacing the Asrock's for EVGA and MSI boards games ran much smoother.

The picture I'm getting is that they want to be able to tick as many feature boxes as possible even if it means that the features aren't fully up to spec.

Admittedly your average user won't notice or care about these things but for anyone who wants performance and quality hardware it's best to look elsewhere.

Fatal1ty's Asrock Endorsement has just made me even less likely to buy any Fatal1ty branded hardware as he's obviously not concerned with quality.
Fizzban 4th December 2010, 13:46 Quote
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although there wer no details about which chipset precisely

You missed an E on were. ;)
Kiytan 6th December 2010, 19:34 Quote
Great! you're good at games (brilliant, maybe) and if this was a guide to how to kick ass at games, I might theoretically be interested, however it's a motherboard. I'd prefer someone who has a degree in this sort of electronics and knows how **** works, you know, a professional...
wbdog206 7th December 2010, 04:10 Quote
I am waiting for the sandy bridge cpus,but I think I will look at some
other MoBo offerings. I like the colors though.
Saivert 7th December 2010, 08:33 Quote
Sure a lot of comments for hating on Fatality branded products.
calmac87 31st January 2011, 18:29 Quote
Hey, I think the Fatal1ty P67 board is hot!!

I have had 3 Fatal1ty products (sound card, graphic card and headset) and they have all been very good. Actually, at first I didn't know he was a famous gamer. For me the Fatal1ty brand is great.

At least he has some input into his products, and they have a good reputation. I think the Fatal1ty haters are really jealous gamers wish it was their name on products since the never say his products are bad, just they don't like him personally.

I never met him, but he clearly is one of the best gamers ever, and I am sure he can give some advise to Taiwan engineers who design the products like motherboards.

I found this overview of the P67, which shows him in the factory working with engineers:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgulNWDFhfc

OK, he is a little unpolished and he really loves himself, but he clearly know what he wants and he knows gaming and he is working with engineers. I only see this as positive.

The other thing, is that this P67 board got good reviews like this one from OC Workbench:

http://en.ocworkbench.com/tech/asrock-p67-fatal1ty-motherboard-profess1onal-series-intel-p67-full-review/16/

It looks great!!

I know Fatal1ty products, and they have been good for me, I don't know ASRock, but from the posts here is seems that they are or were part of ASUS so they should have similar quality, right?
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