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ASRock Shows Off Three Motherboards for Enthusiasts

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Not one to miss out on a party, ASRock was at Computex in Taipei last week with a host of new technology. Among the products on show at the company's booth were three LGA 1155 motherboards, the X79 Extreme 11, the Z77 OC Formula, and the Z77 Extreme6/TB4.

First up is the X79 Extreme 11, which boasts two PLX PEX9747 chips for seven PCIe 3.0 x16 slots and can run 4-way SLI or CrossFireX in x16/x16/x16/x16 mode. It comes equipped with an LSI SAS2308 chip for SAS (eight ports), Broadcom Dual Gigabit Ethernet (with Teaming), a Ceative SoundCore 3D audio chip, a 24 + 2 power phase design and USB 3.0 front panel and USB 3.0 back bracket.

 

Next is the Z77 OC Formula, an overclocking-orientated mobo developed by world champion overclocker Nick Shih. Based on an eight layer PCB with 4 x 2 of copper, the board features a high density CPU power connector, reducing power loss by 23 percent and heat by 22° K. It packs a twin heatsink that works as a standard heatsink with 40 mm fan or doubles as a waterblock (comes with connectors), a 12 + 4 phase DigiPower VRM, four memory slots, dual channel memory (supports DDR3-3000+) and USB 3.0 front panel and USB 3.0 back bracket.

 

Lastly, there's the Z77 Extreme6/TB4, which features a four channel (Cactus Ridge 4C) Thunderbolt controller driving two ports, each port with 10Gb/s of bandwidth and capable of driving six devices. It boasts two PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, 7.1 HD-Audio (Realtek ALC 898) with THX TruStudio, and comes with two free TH cables, as well as a USB 3.0 front panel and USB 3.0 back bracket.

For full specs, check the tables below:

ASRock Boards Technical Specifications

ChipsetForm FactorSocketPower Phase DesignMemPCIePCI








Z77 OC FormulaZ77ATXLGA 115512+44 DDR3 3000+ (OC)2 PCIe 3.0 x16
1 PCIe 2.0 x16
2 PCIe 2.0 x1
n/a
X79 Extreme 11X79CEBLGA201124 + 28 DDR3 2400+ (OC)7 PCIe 3.0 x16n/a
Z77 Extreme6/TB4Z77ATXLGA 11558 + 44 DDR3 3000+ (OC)2 PCIe 3.0 x16
2 PCIe 2.0 x1
2
ASRock Boards Technical Specifications

Audio
SATA
RAID
USB
LAN
IEEE 1394
Lucid Vertu MVP
Z77 OC FormulaRealtek ALC 898 7.1 Ch, THX TruStudio
6 SATA3
4 SATA2
0/1/5/10 Intel RST, Smart Response
10 USB 3.0
12 USB 2.0
PCIe Gigabit Ethernetn/a
yes
X79 Extreme 11Creative SoundCore 3D 7.1 Ch, THX TruStudio PRO
8 SAS/SATA3,
2 SATA3,
2 eSATA3,
4 SATA2
Intel SATA: 0/1/5/10

Marvell SATA:
0/1/10
8USB 3.0
14 USB 2.0
2 PCIe Gigabit Ethernet (Teaming)
2
yes
Z77 Extreme6/TB4Realtek ALC 898 7.1 Ch, THX TruStudio
4 SATA3
1 eSATA3
4 SATA2
0/1/5/10 Intel RST, Smart Response
6 USB 3.0
8  USB 2.0
PCIe Gigabit Ethernet
2
yes

*Quad SLI and Quad CrossFireX refer to a combination of two dual-GPU boards. 4-way refers to four actual boards.

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  • -5 Hide
    Dragoon21b , June 13, 2012 1:18 PM
    GIMMIE, GIMMIE,GIMMIE!!!
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    vrumor , June 13, 2012 1:40 PM
    Yay.
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    boiler1990 , June 13, 2012 1:44 PM
    Quote:
    ...three LGA 1155 motherboards...


    Quote:
    ...the X79 Extreme 11...


    C'mon guys...
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    TheBigTroll , June 13, 2012 1:44 PM
    isnt 16x quadfire or quad sli going to be bottlenecked by the sandy-bridge e chips?
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    Pyree , June 13, 2012 1:51 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    ...three LGA 1155 motherboards...


    Quote:
    ...the X79 Extreme 11...


    C'mon guys...

    My English not good enough. I may make grammatical mistake so I am not fixing it.
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    wiyosaya , June 13, 2012 1:57 PM
    The x79 extreme 11 seems a bit extreme and maybe aimed at the inexperienced who actually thinks they are going to fit 7 graphics cards or teslas on this board. If the board had a larger footprint, or if all the graphics cards were water-cooled and the card + water cooler take only one slot each, maybe, but could you even get a power supply that would supply enough power for 7 high-end GPUs?
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    Anonymous , June 13, 2012 2:09 PM
    Actually, the x79 isn't designed for seven cards. Given that high end graphics use two slots (or even three in some cases) you are only going to fit a maximum of seven cards in there. The other slots are there for other PCIe devices.
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    eddieroolz , June 13, 2012 2:12 PM
    wiyosayaThe x79 extreme 11 seems a bit extreme and maybe aimed at the inexperienced who actually thinks they are going to fit 7 graphics cards or teslas on this board.


    I may be wrong, but I only count 4 PCIe-3.0 x16 slots and it specifically states 4-way SLI on the board, not 7.
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    Pyree , June 13, 2012 2:13 PM
    Well, you can get 7 single slot 7850. But of course it will be difficult to power them all. They will not all crossfire. It will also be an inferno in the case.
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    K2N hater , June 13, 2012 3:15 PM
    eddieroolzI may be wrong, but I only count 4 PCIe-3.0 x16 slots and it specifically states 4-way SLI on the board, not 7.

    The fact it supports 4-way SLI has no relation to the number of slots. Most probably it does x16 if up to 3 add-in cards are detected and x8 if 4 or more. As evil as marketing goes a pair of "open" x1 slots also allow quad CF and quad SLI.
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    velocityg4 , June 13, 2012 3:20 PM
    wiyosayaThe x79 extreme 11 seems a bit extreme and maybe aimed at the inexperienced who actually thinks they are going to fit 7 graphics cards or teslas on this board. If the board had a larger footprint, or if all the graphics cards were water-cooled and the card + water cooler take only one slot each, maybe, but could you even get a power supply that would supply enough power for 7 high-end GPUs?


    The article states that it only supports 4-way SLI/Crossfire. However, with this board and liquid cooling you could have the 4-way SLI, uber fast PCI-e 2.0 x4 slot SSD, 10gb Ethernet and heavy duty fiber channel RAID card with external 24 disc RAID 60 array.
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    Anonymous , June 13, 2012 4:16 PM
    Stupid nerds
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    huntx23 , June 13, 2012 4:47 PM
    i wouldnt mind having one of these
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    apone , June 13, 2012 4:56 PM
    I'm confused, I thought ASRock was Asus' budget motherboard brand. Wouldn't these enthusiast boards note only contradict the reason ASRock was created but also possibly cannibalize Asus mainstream/enthusiast motherboard sales?
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    huntx23 , June 13, 2012 5:05 PM
    ^ yea good point
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    slicedtoad , June 13, 2012 5:11 PM
    aponeI'm confused, I thought ASRock was Asus' budget motherboard brand. Wouldn't these enthusiast boards note only contradict the reason ASRock was created but also possibly cannibalize Asus mainstream/enthusiast motherboard sales?

    It was their budget brand. Now they are an independent company. They seem to be selling both budget and enthusiast boards. Their focus is mostly on OC and pcie lanes while Asus usually goes for tons of features.
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    slicedtoad , June 13, 2012 5:14 PM
    wiyosayaThe x79 extreme 11 seems a bit extreme and maybe aimed at the inexperienced who actually thinks they are going to fit 7 graphics cards or teslas on this board. If the board had a larger footprint, or if all the graphics cards were water-cooled and the card + water cooler take only one slot each, maybe, but could you even get a power supply that would supply enough power for 7 high-end GPUs?

    You can't do more than 4 way sli/cf period. Nvidia and AMD do not support it. That said, you could have more than 4 gpus, just not in sli/cf. It could be useful in a gpu compute scenario though.
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    11796pcs , June 13, 2012 6:05 PM
    Quote:
    Broadcom Dual Gigabit Ethernet (with Teaming)

    I'm not familiar with Teaming, could someone explain?
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    blazorthon , June 13, 2012 6:32 PM
    Dual PLX chips for x16/x16/x16/x16 CF/SLI... That's crazy. You probably wouldn't even need a CF bridge at that point because there'd be so much bandwidth in the PCIe for CF. This board could be used for a ridiculously extreme gaming computer, or a still very extreme compute/bit-mining machine. You'd need two monster power supplies, but 7 water cooled 7970s is a lot of performance for either scenario. Of course, there's so much more that could be done with it... For example, you could fit 6 12TB/16TB OCZ/Marvell PCIe 3.0 SSDs in this machine for some ridiculously high capacity and high performance storage and have additional networking connectors to make the base for an incredible server platform. It would be far cheaper per GB than the occasionally proposed DDR3 RAM being used for storage in highly performance-critical situations and wouldn't be skimping on performance to get that lower price.

    The other boards are also great.
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    blazorthon , June 13, 2012 6:33 PM
    11796pcsI'm not familiar with Teaming, could someone explain?


    Basically lets two or more ports be used as a single connection with the combined bandwidth of the ports in the team. IE two GbE ports could be used as a single 2GbE connection.
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