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May 20, 2011 10:33:18 PM

I'm doing a new build with a Sandy Bridge i5 2500k and have decided on either the ASRock Extreme4 or Extreme6. There are obviously a few addition on the Extreme6 such as ports but am I missing something other than extra ports that makes the Extreme6 standout above the Extreme4 and worth the buy? Currently the difference in price is about $45. Thanks

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a c 216 V Motherboard
May 21, 2011 3:03:09 AM

2 extra SATA III ports, 2 extra USB 3 ports, 2 extra USB 2 ports, more RAID options

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submi...|13-157-231^13-157-231-TS%2C13-157-229^13-157-229-TS

It's the similarity that concerns me, both only have a 2 year warranty.
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a c 107 V Motherboard
May 21, 2011 4:36:49 AM

The extra ports, plus the enhanced power system on the Extreme6. Theoretically, more power phases leads to lower temps on the power circuitry and higher overclocking potential.
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May 22, 2011 2:14:48 AM

The Extreme6 also has a port for a floppy. It has a dual LAN setup as well.

I am happy with the very Extreme6, and think that the extra $$$ were well spent.
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May 22, 2011 4:11:13 AM

The Extreme6 looked like the best choice due to the extra power phase and extra ports. Just wanted to see if there was anything that made the Extreme4 a better buy. The extra $$ isn't that extra considering the 6 is about a $35 difference. Thanks
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May 23, 2011 1:58:01 AM

silent54 said:
The Extreme6 looked like the best choice due to the extra power phase and extra ports. Just wanted to see if there was anything that made the Extreme4 a better buy. The extra $$ isn't that extra considering the 6 is about a $35 difference. Thanks

The Extreme6 appears to be the top of the line for ASRock -- the Fatal1ty varient seems to have a couple of bells and whistles but a higher price because of the royalties. The Fatal1ty uses all of the same components as the 6 but adds a polling adjustable game mouse port and an IDE connector. Not worth the extra $$$ IMO, plus you have to see Fatal1ty's image all over the place.

The 4 is a very good mobo, but the 6 is a shade better. If you're keeping it for a while then the 6 is the better buy.
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May 25, 2011 7:25:18 AM

I'm looking at the same setup and I was just wondering if it has easy overclocking?
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May 25, 2011 4:36:42 PM

Overclocking the Sandy Bridge CPUs is usually very quick and easy. Just a couple of steps and BLAMMO! you're running the CPU 30% faster. Whether that makes any difference with the programs you run is another matter...
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July 2, 2011 2:55:57 AM

Well good luck with the Asrock. I got the Extreme 6 and had a few setup problems that I couldn't solve. Asrock support just blows. 3 weeks later and they still haven't answered my support request. Their forum support is just as bad, non-existent. I sent the damn thing back. A possible decent board and crappy as hell support makes for rough going. I switched over to the ASUS P8P67 Deluxe. It rocks. Easy setup, easy as hell to overclock, and outstanding product/forum support. I posted two support requests and in a matter of several hours, I had my answers. And in line with what Chesteracorgi said, overclocking on the ASUS was nothing to do. Just a matter of matching the speed you want with the voltage to make it stable and temps down. My i5 2500K is OCed at 4.7Ghz at 1.365volts with a 100% load temp at 65-68c.
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July 13, 2011 1:01:11 AM

Best answer selected by silent54.
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