According to Wendy's founder David Thomas, the true key to maintaining a solid customer base is variety. You have to provide your consumers with options to diversify who you can market to and what your consumers can use your products for. A few weeks back ASRock released the Fatal1ty X79 Professional. Now they are releasing its counterpart, the ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion motherboard for Sandy Bridge-E.
Once again this board has so much packed into it, I simply don't have the space or time to detail it all. As always, you get the best ASRock has to offer with Premium Gold Caps, a 12+2 power phase design, and support for up to 2500 MHz RAM across 8 DIMM slots. Then you have the Fatal1ty Mouse Port for adjustable polling rate up to 1000 MHz, the entire XFast lineup including XFast USB and XFastLAN, and this is all just the "basics" of ASRock's top-of-the-line motherboards like the Fatal1ty X79 Champion.
The difference with this board is the inclusion of five PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, support for 4-way SLI/CrossfireX, dual Gigabit LAN, and 12 USB 3.0 ports. For your audio, you get treated to the Creative SoundCore3D with support for THX Studio Pro, CrystalVoice EAX 5.0, headset amplifier, and ASRock's own Scout Mode to give you the advantage whenever sound is the key. The Fatal1ty X79 Champion also has the Dual Stack MOSFET (DSM) design, which increases CPU power efficiency.
It all comes down to ASRock clearly looking forward with their new lineup by leaving behind old standards and outdated specs. USB 3.0 ports can be used for USB 2.0, so why waste space with USB 2.0 only ports? Same goes for PCIe. I think this is just the kind of high end, feature rich motherboard I want in my own system.
Full specs can be found at the ASRock product page here, as well more details below.