As the ASRock X79 Professional carries the Fatal1ty logo, you can be sure that it is designed for gamers. That shows in the 4 PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots which can handle 16x, 8x, 16x or x16, x8, x8, x8 depending on if you want a three or four card setup. Six SATA 6Gbps ports will ensure your SSDs have enough bandwidth to keep them happy, with another four SATA2 ports if you decide to go whole hog on storage. Funky Kit’s overclocking experiments were very impressive with this board especially since they kept the voltage to a relatively safe 1.45V. If you are going with an X79 based system, this $280 board is worth a look.
"If you are looking for a great overclocking board but do not want to spend a ton of money, this is your board. The X79 Professional easily exceeded my expectations for a board at this price. It easily gives boards that cost twice as much some real tough competition."
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Does the Fatl1ty name still
Does the Fatl1ty name still actually move product? I mean, he’s in his thirties, hasn’t won any titles or anything in six years, and is primarily known for games that “kids these days” just don’t play.
bhah, wait till you get in
bhah, wait till you get in your 30’s and see if you have the same tune.
I am. I’m much older than
I am. I’m much older than Fata1ity. Paying money to brand stuff with his name seems like a waste of marketing resources. (Seriously, I think it would be interesting to see what kind of justification they have for continuing it — something on paper that shows what value they derive from it today).
Then again, maybe he just signed a long contract ages ago and they’re stuck together past his relevancy.
I’ve got a Fatality branded
I’ve got a Fatality branded Creative sound card. Everytime I open up the case and see the glow of the logo on the sound card, I cringe.
Back in the early days the logo was branded in mid-range gear. I personally wouldn’t get a Fatality product again… It’s a bit too cheesy!
Just a quick question for you
Just a quick question for you guys here at PCPer.
Is 1.45v really considered “safe” for i7 39xx processors for 24/7 use? Intel rates the safe limit to be 1.4v but we all know hardcore users will ignore that and go about their business.
But as knowledgeable reviewers, do you guys consider 1.45v to be safe for 24/7 (as long as cooling is in check)? I currently have my 3930k @ 4.7GHz stable using 1.36v idle, 1.39-1.4v during LinX and Prime95. Would I be safe running 1.4-1.45v as long as my temps are well under TJMax (91c)?
An overclock is in essence unsafe operation, as is an overvolt. On the other hand, many people have been running systems at that voltage or higher for a while without the processor dying. It is a balancing act, what risks are you willing to take for the extra performance?