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August 5, 2012 5:30:05 AM

The Asrock Extreme 11 Motherboard look absolutely amazing! Anyone get it yet or seen any reviews? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQeVjgyFdEM
a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 4:40:51 AM

Yea, it really does. I'd have to say extremely extreme. The only stuff I've seen so far is this stuff:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://whatswithjeff.com/asrock-x79-extreme11-lga2011-m...

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/X79%20Extreme11/

http://www.servethehome.com/asrock-x79-extreme11-lsi-sa...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQeVjgyFdEM&list=UUK2t9V...

The only user review I've seen is the one on Newegg I'd really like to see more including some performance tests. :wahoo: 
a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 5:56:17 AM

What's the point? SLI with four 690s?
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August 6, 2012 8:01:19 AM

kajabla said:
What's the point? SLI with four 690s?


Hope that was a joke and you actually know what your talking about......

The main points for me was the LSI controller for dramatically increased speeds to SSD RAID configurations, quad-core onboard sound(my RIVE onboard sound sucks and no room for a sound card, & dont want a DAC), AMAZING 22 + 2 digital vrm!!! that is like 2x the RIVE, for a more stable overclock.

Its Extreme 11, if your not extreme you will not understand.
August 6, 2012 8:02:39 AM

Thanks for the links Idonno
a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 8:51:56 AM

Swolern said:
Thanks for the links Idonno

no problem :sol: 

kajabla said:
What's the point? SLI with four 690s?
Well obviously that board would be pointless for you if that's all you got out of the information that was posted.

I for one would love to have a board like this even if you take the LSI raid out of the picture this looks like a great board almost worth the $599 but when you add in the LSI raid it's a bargain.

"8-SAS2/SATA3 from LSI SAS 2308 PCIe 3.0 Controller" The only LSI Card I could find that had the same chip is $350 on Newegg and was PCIe 2.0 an equivalent PCIe 3.0 raid card is almost $700

besides these 8-6Gb/s LSI raid ports the MB also has: 2 x SATA3 6Gb/s Intel X79 (raid) ports and 4 x SATA2 3Gb/s Intel (raid) ports.

And maybe you don't think the fact that it has Dual PLX chips making it the 1st and only motherboard on the market that is capable of 4-way full 16x @ PCIe 3.0 SLI/CF or the fact that it has 8 USB 3.0 ports and much much more is useful to you in any way. That's OK a board like this isn't for everyone.

What I don't understand is why you and some others like you can't just appreciate extreme tech for its own sake. I mean for example there are many extreme things I wouldn't purchase, some because I don't have a use for them and some because I can't afford them but that has never meant that I can't appreciate the extremeness of it all! :pt1cable: 
a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 6:53:01 PM

I know what I'm talking about; I'm just being cynical. I'll stop now :p 
a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 7:02:12 PM

kajabla said:
I know what I'm talking about; I'm just being cynical. I'll stop now :p 
You better, cause my cat can beat up your cat! :fou: 
a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 7:08:34 PM

Probably. Mine rolls over when threatened.
a c 715 V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 7:24:29 PM

First, you cannot have more than 4xGPU Cores in any SLI.

Second, yeah I just noticed the ASRock X79 Extreme11 and the LSI appears to be bootable and a decent affordable option instead of a dedicated LSI RAID Card. The main difference is the cache and the battery backup option, so I'd add an UPS. One way or the other if Enabled it or a RAID Card is going to saturate some bandwidth. So the ONLY reason I can imagine buying one is IF you want/need a large array (0, or 10) and are running 4-WAY CF/SLI on AIR and don't have the room to squeeze-in a RAID Card...

Otherwise for RAID 0 (2 SSD's) IMO the ASUS R4E is the better option.

At $600 it ain't cheap!!!
a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 7:24:49 PM

kajabla said:
Probably. Mine rolls over when threatened.


Very Vicious cat!

Moving in for the attack after hearing someone criticize her favorite Motherboard!
I can't show the end result. It's just too graphic! :sol: 
a c 715 V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 7:26:38 PM

WTH??!! What's with the cats??!!!
a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 7:36:17 PM

jaquith said:
WTH??!! What's with the cats??!!!
Just a little joking around!

Yea, I would love to have this board. The 4 way SLI/CF thing is not all that important to me and i probably wouldn't put SSD's on the LSI raid. My plan if I bought this would be to have 2-SSD's in raid 0 on the intell sata III ports and 8 Sata III 2TB SAS drives in some kind of raid on the LSI ports.

Right now I have about 14TB of drive space between 4 PC's networked together and only the most important stuff is redundant. I could really use a little more space and 100% redundancy for all data. That and the many other features mentioned here and in those links make this a great Motherboard for me and my intended usage.

However this is all dependent on how well it does in performance tests and reviews but, at least right now it looks extremely promising. :sol: 
a b V Motherboard
August 6, 2012 8:40:58 PM

I'm actually very serious about this board and I've been playing around with the Newegg wish list. If I do decide to go with it this list will probably change 10 more times but, this is what I have so far:

ASRock X79 Extreme11 LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 SSI CEB Intel Motherboard $599.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws Z Series 64GB (8 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400 $929.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Core i7-3960X $1,029.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 x EVGA Signature GeForce GTX 690 4GB 512-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 $2,099.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2 X Corsair Force Series GT 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drives $239.98
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8 X Hitachi Ultrastar 7K3000 2 TB SAS 6Gb/s Internal Hard Drives $1,807.92
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CORSAIR AX1200i 1200W 80 PLUS PLATINUM Full Modular Power Supply $349.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thermaltake CLW0217 Water 2.0 Extreme/All-In-One Liquid Cooling System $128.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I'll probably want to go 3-120Hz 3D monitors this time but I'm not sure yet and I'm also not sure I want to go with the 3960X.

On my last build I definitely wanted to go with a 6 core processor and I was going to get the 6 core i7 970. At the time the 980X was only $150 more and after the wish list got up to around $6,000, the extra $150 just didn't seem to matter that much. whether that will be the case with the 3960X we'll just have to see since now we are talking a difference of $460 between the 3960X and the 3930K for very little return.

This build is likely to cost considerably more but it will be like getting a server and a desktop PC in one so I can justify the expense. At least that's what I keep telling myself. :lol: 
August 13, 2012 2:34:58 AM

Hey Jaquith. Thanks for stopping by. Sorry I havent been around lately I have been super busy. So I ended getting the Asrock Extreme 11, I'm a sucker for new tech. LOL.

No but the real reason for getting the board is, well actually there is a few.

#1. And the main reason is I have been having a weird problem with my 4-way 670s with 2 different RIVE boards. After a ton of testing and switching out every single component of my PC except GPUs i finally localized the issue to any of the 670s having problems when combined x16 with x8 pci-e bandwidth. The problem was with 2/3/4-way SLI when x16/x8 slots combined. x16/x16 SLI = no issues. The issue was during gaming having I would have some sort conflict. I would get intermittent power to board USB connected devices. Flashing lights on my keyboard and skipping/freezing mouse. The problem would vary on severity. Being minimal at times with intermittent flashing keyboard once every 5-10 min, to severe continuous flashing to m/k and GPU utilization drops to 0%, of course causing fps to drop also. As i said I changed out every single component of my PC out to rule out faulty parts, including PSU and 2 different RIVE motherboards. I ruled out the GPUs by setting the issue at 2-way SLI x16/x8 and swapping out the other 670s and using same slots and seeing same issue. But all 670s would pass at x16/x16. Very strange indeed. Im not sure if this is a driver related issue somewhere. But I know there have to be other people out the using 670SLI x16/x8 and i dont know why other people arnt complaining about this issue. Something specific to my setup maybe?

Anyways i'm now happy to state I am running my 4 670s on the AE11 with all same hardware and no issues. The AE11 of course runs my GPUs at x16/x16/x16/x16 speed. And that seemed to resolve my problem of intermittent power to USB and GPU/FPS drops.

#2. The RIVE onboard sound was pretty bad, I wanted a sound card but no way to add with my 4-way GPUs on air. And i didnt want to spend a ton of money on an external DAC. The AE11 onboard quad-core sound chip sounds great.

#3. The AE11 Dual-Stack MOSFET & 24 + 2 Power Phase Design seem to be giving me a more stable CPU OC. Im just @ 4.7ghz 1.390v right now.

One thing about the AE11 some people have been having issues with RAID10 not performing well on the LSI controller. Im just using x2 Samsung 830 SSDs in RAID0 right now and has been great. Another con is the positioning of the debug LED, power, reset buttons and horrible. Right under GPU#4, completely hidden. Its just good i havent had to use the debug LED becasuse the board has been so stable.
a c 715 V Motherboard
August 13, 2012 2:45:13 PM

Responses:

1] The GTX 670 4-WAY is a nVidia driver limitation and not the PLX (pre-Z77/X79 NF200) limitation. Driver 301.42 added 4-WAY GTX 670 support. I generally advise folks to use the GTX 680 in 4-WAY. My personal experience is 3-WAY GTX 670 4GB and 4-WAY GTX 680's. GTX 670 limitation; see - http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...
"SLI Options (3) 3-way
1 - GeForce GTX 670 supports PCI Express 3.0. The Intel X79/SNB-E PCI Express 2.0 platform is only currently supported up to 5GT/s (PCIE 2.0) bus speeds even though some motherboard manufacturers have enabled higher 8GT/s speeds.

3 - A GeForce GTX 670 GPU must be paired with another GeForce GTX 670 GPU (graphics card manufacturer can be different). SLI requires sufficient system cooling and a compatible power supply. See the list of SLI-Certified components for more information."


PCIe 3.0 support has been very successful on ASUS and ASRock and other X79's have reported some issues. nVidia offers a PCIe 3.0 mod but with the PLX I'm not certain it's a 'great' idea to rock the boat if it's working. Note NF200 and PLX add-on chipsets add a bit of latency to the CPU. /edit - note the SB-E CPU is 32 lanes so anything more is either bottlenecked or simply unneeded.
nVidia PCIe 3.0 on X79 mod - http://nvidia.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/3135...

2] The quality of ANY onboard sound is an issue, so IF the sound is a concern then use the S/PDIF, DAC or Blocks + Sound Card or for a lot of gamer's they use the ASUS R4F with its SupremeFX III. Creative Sound Core3D vs Creative SupremeFX III both are onboard and neither is Audiophile grade. For 2.0/2.1 channel it really doesn't matter, I've tried vanilla onboard vs Sound Cards with my B&W 801F's and unless there's interference (you installed something incorrectly) you're not going to hear the differences. You hear the differences IF you think you should... I've tried M-Audio, HT | OMEGA, Creative, etc the differences are VERY subtle (warmth). Good sound isn't 'warm.' Where I can detect the differences is the 7.1 surround, but then money in a good setup isn't the issue or concern. A cheap set of surround speakers is a whole other discussion.

3] OC'ing X79's - the ASUS are the best - period. It's not the number of Phases, to a point, it's how they're implemented. The only way you're goning to see all of the Phases in action is to Enable them all in the BIOS, and for a sub 5GHz+ OC I don't advise it.

ASUS Sabertooth X79 4.8GHz @ 1.36v - http://valid.canardpc.com/show_oc.php?id=2320509
OC'ing Leaderboard - http://www.overclock.net/t/1167939/official-sandy-bridg...

Bottom-line, I gave you my advice before your purchase -- I'm not some noob and just blowing smoke on Pros & Cons of one MOBO to another.

RAID issues, IMO 9/10 the 'problems' are because folks are improperly configuring their RAID by improperly installing the OS.

I made this Guide because I've lost count how many OP's were doing it wrong (Guide is for Intel RSTE RAID only) but similar installation is recommended - http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/303873-30-wont-resume...
a b V Motherboard
August 14, 2012 12:10:13 AM

Any time you have the best of the best there will always be haters. quite frankly the Asrock Extreme 11 Motherboard is so far above any other motherboard for so many reasons, I would sooner pay $600 for this Asrock than get payed $300 to receive any Asus motherboard and I like Asus, allot! :pfff: 
August 14, 2012 12:44:32 AM

Trust me Jaquith I know you are one of the most experienced users on this forum and when you talk I listen. I appreciate all the help you have given me in the past.

I know you are very fond of the RIVE, but I went through 2 RIVE motherboards and i could not fix my problem with my 670s. So it was either try the AE11 mobo out or take a loss on each 670 and upgrade to 680s, and that would calculate to about $800 extra after selling my 670s at a loss due to my 670s being out of return period, and upgrading.

The RIVE motherboard was still in return/exchange period so i was able to exchange and just pay $160 more for the AE11 and now my 670s work correctly. I even have about a 15% performance increase (compared to the RIVE) in some games when they are more GPU dependent and my CPU is not bottlenecking.

The AE11 has native pci-e 3.0 working correctly on the board, verified with GPU-Z. On the other hand the RIVE needed the unofficial patch or hack to reach pci-e 3.0 x16/x8/x8/x8. Also the patch was not guaranteed by Nvidia/Intel to work 100%. On the RIVE I did notice the patch would not work properly at times and it would slip back down to pci-e 2.0.

You are correct about the onboard sound on the AE11. Its good but not great, like some higher end sound cards.

Also thanks for your links.
August 14, 2012 1:41:22 AM

I am the same way Idonno, Asus has always been my favorite boards and they have been the most stable for me. This is my first Asrock motherboard and I must say I'm impressed. The board has been stable as a rock. My 3930k is at 4.7ghz and Vcore at a low 1.390v.
August 14, 2012 3:11:49 AM

jaquith said:

1] The GTX 670 4-WAY is a nVidia driver limitation and not the PLX (pre-Z77/X79 NF200) limitation. Driver 301.42 added 4-WAY GTX 670 support. I generally advise folks to use the GTX 680 in 4-WAY. My personal experience is 3-WAY GTX 670 4GB and 4-WAY GTX 680's. GTX 670 limitation; see - http://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-gpus/geforce-gt...
"SLI Options (3) 3-way


I know the 670s supported up to 3-way SLI when first released. My understanding is that it was just driver related and 4-way SLI support would be released at a later date, which it was with 301.42 WHQL. And the main difference between the 670 & 680 was one SMX (shader and TMU) disabled and slightly lower clocks on the GTX670. This wouldnt make a problem for 4-way SLI other than nvidia driver regulations.

Also my USB/FPS problem existed even at 2-way SLI, with any 2 of my 4 670s. Thats what I dont understand because there are a lot of people with 670SLI and I have not heard of this problem anywhere else.

I would have waited for the 4gb version 670s but to use close to 4gb of VRAM would mean very high AA and that would decrease my FPS performance to less than i wanted. My goal was for a constant 120fps during BF3. Even other people with 4 680s with FXAA high only cannot keep online BF3 at a constant 120fps, much less with MSAA enabled. With my current AE11 / 4 670s OC'd its the closest I have been to achieving that goal.
a c 715 V Motherboard
August 14, 2012 2:27:34 PM

I am not an ASRock 'hater' by any stretch of the imagination, and certainly not on LGA 1155. My advice has a simple premise, help folks avoid problems and to insure the best possible performance for the money and environment - period. Neither you or @Idonno apparently were around in the LGA 2011 launch when there were so many OC issues and failures with any non-ASUS LGA 2011 MOBO's: Gigabyte (GA-X79-UD7), MSI, ECS, and yep ASRock were all plagued with problems. Gigabyte's and MSI in particular were so bad at least Gigabyte had the good sense to pull their boards off the market, and great on paper MOBO's like the GA-X79-UD7 were never re-released.

IF I was a true hater then I'd advise folks to buy boards and components I know have problems or were inferior - that will never be my MO.

Frankly, I've never seen a more poorly launch platform -- except the B2's.

That said in addition to what I've already said, I can only hope the ASRock Extreme 11 works out well for you.

The push for 4GB is simple in any 3xHD setup vRAM bottlenecks. It's been an aggravation, pet peeve if your will, that nVidia didn't spec 4GB (at least for the GTX 680/690) especially how controlling they are over SLI. Many games now and certainly those forthcoming will fill (saturate) 2GB of vRAM in (5900± x 1080) 3xHD (forget 4K), knowing that is the reason I avoid the 2GB versions of GTX 600's in '3xHD.'

Lets compare:

$610 ASRock X79 Extreme11
$1,600 (4*$400/ea) EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB ; or similar GTX 670 2GB
======
$2,210

$370 ASUS Rampage IV Formula
$1,840 (4*$460/ea) EVGA 04G-P4-2673-KR GeForce GTX 670 4GB
=====
$2,210

Next, R4E + GTX 680 4GB; what I'd build on 'air':

$430 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
$2,272 (4*$568/ea) EVGA 04G-P4-2686-KR GeForce GTX 680 4GB
=====
$2,702

So for +$492 better performance in scaling and no vRAM issues, or the same price better details w/o the vRAM limitations.
August 14, 2012 4:48:14 PM

Well I purchases my 670s @ 3 months ago when first releases. Oh i contemplated long and hard about 2 vs 4gb cards. With maxing out vram of the 4gb cards I would not get the fps performance i was after on the newer AAA titles. Also the 256bit memory interface was also a discouragement and have heard many horror stories with its limitations with the 4gb cards.

Actually the best 4-way scaling i have seen 7970s with their 3gb vram & 384bit interface. Reasons i went with nvidia is 3d vision, PhysX, & Adaptive Vsync.

Another plus for my 2gb cards is the upcoming TXAA with an expected 8xMSAA quality with a 2xMSAA performance hit.
a c 715 V Motherboard
August 14, 2012 6:11:02 PM

My daughter's rig has been running 3D Vision since early 2010, so I get all this. I'm more than aware and WAS aware from before the GTX 600 series release about vRAM. Trust me, the 2GB versions caused a very large number of my builds to jump ship and go the AMD route. Scaling depends on the games, and I've seen the door swing both ways.

vRAM bottleneck 4-WAY GTX 680 2GB's fluffy to flat in one click - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0-xcxAvu54&feature=play...

Most folks that 3/4-WAY SLI/CF and OC do it on water. My bitch with the 4GB is the lack of full blocks, and the fact the 670's look like they're been sawed in two (majority of PCBs). Right now, the EVGA 04G-P4-2686-KR GTX 680 w/ Backplate 4GB, and the EVGA 04G-P4-2673-KR GTX 670 Superclocked+ w/Backplate 4GB are a couple of the few that offer full water blocks. But still no word of the EVGA GTX 680 4GB Hydro Copper Classified.
August 22, 2012 5:31:40 AM

I finally got some time to work on my CPU overclock. I wanted to see how high i could go with my 3930k OC & H100. I surprised myself! Wow, just wow! 5.0ghz @ 1.40v, CPU-Z showing 1.392v under load. Someone needs to hurry up and come out with some water blocks for this board!!

http://i1161.photobucket.com/albums/q508/swolern/5ghz13...

I added an exterior fan and pointed it to the VRMs and H100 to help with my temps. 5.0ghz @ 1.395v was stable during gaming. Needed 1.40 for stability in Prime95. I could probably push it to 5.1ghz but thats damn scary without a custom water loop. Max temps 73c with Prime95, gaming max temps 62c.

To be fair I did used a different 3930k chip on the RIVE, but most I could get was 4.7ghz with my H100. Anything above 4.7 required much higher voltage and my temps were way too high with my H100.
a b V Motherboard
August 22, 2012 5:43:55 AM

Very nice "swolern" and whether this board can compete RIVE in an all out LN OC competition is really no concern of mine anyway but, it's certainly looking real good for the normal (very) high end user! :sol: 
a b V Motherboard
August 22, 2012 7:35:25 AM

jaquith said:
I am not an ASRock 'hater' by any stretch of the imagination, and certainly not on LGA 1155. My advice has a simple premise, help folks avoid problems and to insure the best possible performance for the money and environment - period. Neither you or @Idonno apparently were around in the LGA 2011 launch when there were so many OC issues and failures with any non-ASUS LGA 2011 MOBO's: Gigabyte (GA-X79-UD7), MSI, ECS, and yep ASRock were all plagued with problems. Gigabyte's and MSI in particular were so bad at least Gigabyte had the good sense to pull their boards off the market, and great on paper MOBO's like the GA-X79-UD7 were never re-released.

IF I was a true hater then I'd advise folks to buy boards and components I know have problems or were inferior - that will never be my MO.

Frankly, I've never seen a more poorly launch platform -- except the B2's.

That said in addition to what I've already said, I can only hope the ASRock Extreme 11 works out well for you.

The push for 4GB is simple in any 3xHD setup vRAM bottlenecks. It's been an aggravation, pet peeve if your will, that nVidia didn't spec 4GB (at least for the GTX 680/690) especially how controlling they are over SLI. Many games now and certainly those forthcoming will fill (saturate) 2GB of vRAM in (5900± x 1080) 3xHD (forget 4K), knowing that is the reason I avoid the 2GB versions of GTX 600's in '3xHD.'

Lets compare:

$610 ASRock X79 Extreme11
$1,600 (4*$400/ea) EVGA 02G-P4-2670-KR GeForce GTX 670 2GB ; or similar GTX 670 2GB
======
$2,210

$370 ASUS Rampage IV Formula
$1,840 (4*$460/ea) EVGA 04G-P4-2673-KR GeForce GTX 670 4GB
=====
$2,210

Next, R4E + GTX 680 4GB; what I'd build on 'air':

$430 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
$2,272 (4*$568/ea) EVGA 04G-P4-2686-KR GeForce GTX 680 4GB
=====
$2,702

So for +$492 better performance in scaling and no vRAM issues, or the same price better details w/o the vRAM limitations.
While I see what your saying. You are also leaving out the fact that if you are intending, needing or just desiring some of the features on this motherboard that no other board has, the cost of adding even some of those features to a high end board like the two you mentioned far exeeds the cost of the ASRock X79 Extreme11.

For example: for me the LSI SAS 2308 PCIe 3.0 Controller is very important. The only LSI Card I could find that had the same chip is $300 on newegg and it was PCIe 2.0. An equivalent PCIe 3.0 raid card is almost $700. So with this feature alone both of the boards you mention would exceed the cost of the Extreme11.

Since I also want 8 ram dimms the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme would be my alternative choice of those two boards. So to get even close you would need a $300 LSI raid card bringing the total to $730. To get closer you would need a $700 PCIe 3.0 raid card bringing the total to $1,130. Suddenly $610 (your figure) doesn't sound so expensive.

If we take two more features into account specifically sound and 4-way full 16x @ PCIe 3.0 SLI/CF things get even more expensive for the Rampage IV Extreme not to mention impossible since all these add-ons will eat up needed PCIe slots.

For it to be possible for the RIVE to have 4-way full 16x @ PCIe 3.0 like the Extreme11 Asus would have to make another ASUS ROG Xpander with PCIe 3.0 capability. If we ignore the case issues and the fact that one doesn't even exist and give it a conservative $200 price tag that would be approximately what the ASUS Rampage IV Extreme would need to equal the ASRock X79 Extreme11 in PCIe capability. Overkill, Unnecessary, yea I get it but, that has solved at least one persons (swolerns) SLI issues on this thread.

On-Board Sound: Comparing the ASRock X79 Extreme11's real Creative on-board sound with a Rampage's realtek chip with creative software as if the Extreme11's sound was just typical on-board sound is inaccurate and dishonest. The Extreme11's on-board sound has a real Creative SoundCore 3D quad-core sound and voice processor with a headset amplifier instead of just a realtek chip with creative software. That is a completely different animal! The equivalent sound card (Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional Sound Card) with the same chip and features would cost $150 as an add-on. Whether I will use it or not remains to be seen but, for all but the hard core audiophile this should work very well.

So to add just these three features to the RIVE (if we even could) you end up with this:

$430 ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
$700 PCIe 3.0 raid card
$200 ROG Xpander with PCIe 3.0 capability (doesn't exist)
$150 Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Fatal1ty Professional Sound Card
Total cost: If you could and if you weren't filling needed PCIe slots would be $1,480

OR

$599.99 @ Newegg for the ASRock X79 Extreme11 that has all the above in a configuration that works.

The ASRock X79 Extreme11 is IMO a GREAT MOBO at a GREAT PRICE! :sol: 
February 13, 2013 12:37:23 PM

kajabla said:
What's the point? SLI with four 690s?


I just want it so I can make people jealous :kaola: 
a b V Motherboard
April 21, 2013 6:03:44 AM

angeli662 said:
kajabla said:
What's the point? SLI with four 690s?


I just want it so I can make people jealous :kaola: 


Well then go for it, That's as good a reason as any. :D 

I didn't get it because I spent around $7,000 on a PC about 2&1/2yrs ago and I didn't really want a divorce just yet. :pt1cable: 

But, I still think it's a great board for the price! :wahoo: 

!