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ASRock Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming i7 Motherboard Review

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ASRock hasn’t tried to be particularly innovative with its software products in recent years and that’s probably a smart decision given many system builders and consumers refuse to touch any motherboard software aside from driver-related products.

Nonetheless, ASRock has some software products which do the job but are certainly not as well fleshed out as software from rival motherboard companies, particularly ASUS. The primary ASRock software utility is F-Stream (called A-Tuning on its channel boards).

In short, F-Stream is ASRock’s equivalent of ASUS AI Suite, Gigabyte EasyTune and MSI Command Center. It includes power profiles, live operating system overclocking, fan tuning and assisted/automated overclocking, among a few other things.

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The Tools page within F-Stream lists all the available ASRock utilities for the motherboard in question. The interface is somewhat basic, but gets the job done.

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When a mouse is plugged into the Fatal1ty mouse port its polling rate can be manually adjusted up to 1000Hz. In many cases gaming mice have their own software for polling rate adjustments but where they do not this offers a functional solution.

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The Live Update software is intertwined with the App Shop. Once entering the BIOS & Drivers tab the utility will scan your system and inform you of which drivers or software have newer versions available. From here you can automate the downloading and installing process of these new software/driver versions.

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