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ASRock Finally Brings Extreme11/ac Motherboard to Market

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ASRock has released its Z87 Extreme11/ac motherboard, and there is nothing, except for everything, that is overkill about it.

After a very, very long wait, ASRock has finally brought its Z87 Extreme11/ac motherboard to the market. We've seen the motherboard before, and one thing that comes to mind about the board is that it truly deserves the name 'Extreme.'

The board is an E-ATX that features an extreme number of connectivity options -- namely, a grand total of 22 SATA/SAS ports, which creep up to over half the height of the board. Oh, and just because this isn't enough (because why would it be?) ASRock has also fitted the board with two mSATA ports. Note though, that only six of the 22 SATA ports are controlled by the Z87 chipset. The remainder is controlled by an LSI SAS 3008 controller paired with a 3X24R expander.

Furthermore, the motherboard features a 12-phase VRM circuit, space for up to four DDR3 memory modules, four PCIe x16 slots (which when all populated dip down to eight lanes each), as well as numerous USB 2.0 and 3.0 headers.

The rear I/O is handled by a pair of USB 2.0 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, an eSATA port, DisplayPort connectivity as well as an HDMI port, dual Gigabit Ethernet, dual Thunderbolt ports, 7.1 HD audio ports (driven by the Purity Sound technology with a 115 dB SNR, TOSLINK audio out, and of course an old-school PS/2 connector. Oh, and the motherboard also has support for 802.11ac WiFi as well as Bluetooth 4.0.

The motherboard should be hitting shelves any moment now, and it's price tag is expected to be about $600, making it more expensive than the CPU it'll be cradling, under pretty much all circumstances.

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    patrick47018 , November 22, 2013 5:27 PM
    My God..
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    HumdrumPenguin , November 22, 2013 6:00 PM
    Same thoughts patrick.
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    lp231 , November 22, 2013 6:03 PM


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    striker2237 , November 22, 2013 6:03 PM
    ^^^^^
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    lp231 , November 22, 2013 6:05 PM
    It would be good if the this board does not have heatsink fans.
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    kitsunestarwind , November 22, 2013 6:09 PM
    Make it socket 2011 and rename it "overkill"
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    lp231 , November 22, 2013 6:17 PM
    Asrock should use Captain Jean-Luc Picard facepalm as their box art.
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    xiinc37 , November 22, 2013 6:50 PM
    Hopefully they have moved away from D-PAKs by now...
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    thechief73 , November 22, 2013 9:18 PM
    Dartboard decision making? Or is this for a market niche I am not aware of? Security CCTV system maybe? Windowless vans parked in dark alleys? I don't know.
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    crisan_tiberiu , November 22, 2013 11:28 PM
    I wonder who would buy this MB and use a PS2 Mouse/Keyboard =))
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    crisan_tiberiu , November 22, 2013 11:32 PM
    I wonder who would buy this MB and use a PS2 Mouse/Keyboard =))
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    f-14 , November 23, 2013 12:56 AM
    i about choked when i saw all the sata ports not even reading the article yet i was wondering where the overkill was at as everything else is as it should be.

    would have been better if the onboard audio was a creative labs 3D Recon chip. just sayin, it's not over kill yet until it's perfect. maybe that's what they are saving for the socket 2011 X89 board?
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    AwesomeFX , November 23, 2013 2:47 AM
    ASUS, ASRock and MSI are fooling you all. Please have a look at this video made by an engineer on how they do so:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDxFbAhu4Bo
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    Krazeee , November 23, 2013 3:14 AM
    @AwesomeFX,

    High end computer parts have ALWAYS been a scam/rip off. Nobodies complaining because the only people who spend their money on a $600 board are people with serious mental issues or serious wealth.
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    AwesomeFX , November 23, 2013 3:17 AM
    Quote:
    @AwesomeFX,

    High end computer parts have ALWAYS been a scam/rip off. Nobodies complaining because the only people who spend their money on a $600 board are people with serious mental issues or serious wealth.


    See the video, and you'll see how Gigabyte gives you true quality for the same price as ASUS, ASRock and MSI.

    That's kinda the essence of my post, with the current generations, Gigabyte doesn't take shortcuts and lie to their customers to make more money.
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    notsleep , November 23, 2013 6:36 AM
    ...all that and they still include usb 2.0 ports...wtf? :p 
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    hasten , November 23, 2013 9:39 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    @AwesomeFX,

    High end computer parts have ALWAYS been a scam/rip off. Nobodies complaining because the only people who spend their money on a $600 board are people with serious mental issues or serious wealth.


    See the video, and you'll see how Gigabyte gives you true quality for the same price as ASUS, ASRock and MSI.

    That's kinda the essence of my post, with the current generations, Gigabyte doesn't take shortcuts and lie to their customers to make more money.


    I've owned 25 - 30 motherboards from all the aforementioned manufacturers and Gigabyte is by far the worst.

    They all had horrible voltage regulation problems making stable overclocks nearly impossible. Sure a bump of 300mhz was fine, but when trying to push it... good luck. The worst of all of them was a 990fx-ud7 which was supposed to be their high end offering for that chipset.

    The bios were antiquated. While everyone else had moved to GUI bios Gigabyte was giving me the same ol' blue screen. What I liked even more was that they were forcing incremental stepping on voltages and clock speeds. Thanks Gigabyte! Instead of letting me fine tune I get to choose an incremental setting!

    Your marketing video may have convinced you, but my experience says otherwise. They may have cleaned up their act over the last year (last time I purchased one). I would take a lower end ASUS, MSI, or ASRock board over a higher end Gigabyte board any day.

    On a side note - Gigabyte video cards are great. I love the Windforce series. I don't hate GB as a company, but their boards are awful.

    One more thing - October 2013 join date - how many boards have you built on? Do you have any experience with anyone other than Gigabyte or are you trying to convince yourself you made the correct decision on your first time build?
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    AwesomeFX , November 23, 2013 10:53 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    @AwesomeFX,

    High end computer parts have ALWAYS been a scam/rip off. Nobodies complaining because the only people who spend their money on a $600 board are people with serious mental issues or serious wealth.


    See the video, and you'll see how Gigabyte gives you true quality for the same price as ASUS, ASRock and MSI.

    That's kinda the essence of my post, with the current generations, Gigabyte doesn't take shortcuts and lie to their customers to make more money.


    I've owned 25 - 30 motherboards from all the aforementioned manufacturers and Gigabyte is by far the worst.

    They all had horrible voltage regulation problems making stable overclocks nearly impossible. Sure a bump of 300mhz was fine, but when trying to push it... good luck. The worst of all of them was a 990fx-ud7 which was supposed to be their high end offering for that chipset.

    The bios were antiquated. While everyone else had moved to GUI bios Gigabyte was giving me the same ol' blue screen. What I liked even more was that they were forcing incremental stepping on voltages and clock speeds. Thanks Gigabyte! Instead of letting me fine tune I get to choose an incremental setting!

    Your marketing video may have convinced you, but my experience says otherwise. They may have cleaned up their act over the last year (last time I purchased one). I would take a lower end ASUS, MSI, or ASRock board over a higher end Gigabyte board any day.

    On a side note - Gigabyte video cards are great. I love the Windforce series. I don't hate GB as a company, but their boards are awful.

    One more thing - October 2013 join date - how many boards have you built on? Do you have any experience with anyone other than Gigabyte or are you trying to convince yourself you made the correct decision on your first time build?


    Lol does the join date mean I was born in October too?

    Anyways, I've built two computers in my life, the rest of them has been from DELL. I wasn't really keen on building before the performance difference between self built and industrial computers got so big. And I'm studying electronics.

    And... Really? You deny what he says in the video and you state that it is marketing?









    You couldn't be more wrong. He shows how the board is powered, from where the power cables are connected to the last component in the main power system.

    He goes down to each chip, mentions the chip models and explains how the different chips work.


    And if you would just watch the video... You would see that ASUS, ASRock and MSI use 4 phase power, not the 8 phase they claim. That's kinda shocking, when thinking of you having bad results with Gigabyte motherboards overclocking with true 8 phase power. The cleanness of the amps delivered by ASUS, ASRock and MSI is half of what the Gigabyte delivers.


    Now please, watch the video.
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    hasten , November 23, 2013 11:35 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    @AwesomeFX,

    High end computer parts have ALWAYS been a scam/rip off. Nobodies complaining because the only people who spend their money on a $600 board are people with serious mental issues or serious wealth.


    See the video, and you'll see how Gigabyte gives you true quality for the same price as ASUS, ASRock and MSI.

    That's kinda the essence of my post, with the current generations, Gigabyte doesn't take shortcuts and lie to their customers to make more money.


    I've owned 25 - 30 motherboards from all the aforementioned manufacturers and Gigabyte is by far the worst.

    They all had horrible voltage regulation problems making stable overclocks nearly impossible. Sure a bump of 300mhz was fine, but when trying to push it... good luck. The worst of all of them was a 990fx-ud7 which was supposed to be their high end offering for that chipset.

    The bios were antiquated. While everyone else had moved to GUI bios Gigabyte was giving me the same ol' blue screen. What I liked even more was that they were forcing incremental stepping on voltages and clock speeds. Thanks Gigabyte! Instead of letting me fine tune I get to choose an incremental setting!

    Your marketing video may have convinced you, but my experience says otherwise. They may have cleaned up their act over the last year (last time I purchased one). I would take a lower end ASUS, MSI, or ASRock board over a higher end Gigabyte board any day.

    On a side note - Gigabyte video cards are great. I love the Windforce series. I don't hate GB as a company, but their boards are awful.

    One more thing - October 2013 join date - how many boards have you built on? Do you have any experience with anyone other than Gigabyte or are you trying to convince yourself you made the correct decision on your first time build?


    Lol does the join date mean I was born in October too?

    Anyways, I've built two computers in my life, the rest of them has been from DELL. I wasn't really keen on building before the performance difference between self built and industrial computers got so big. And I'm studying electronics.

    And... Really? You deny what he says in the video and you state that it is marketing?









    You couldn't be more wrong. He shows how the board is powered, from where the power cables are connected to the last component in the main power system.

    He goes down to each chip, mentions the chip models and explains how the different chips work.


    And if you would just watch the video... You would see that ASUS, ASRock and MSI use 4 phase power, not the 8 phase they claim. That's kinda shocking, when thinking of you having bad results with Gigabyte motherboards overclocking with true 8 phase power. The cleanness of the amps delivered by ASUS, ASRock and MSI is half of what the Gigabyte delivers.


    Now please, watch the video.


    Yes I've seen and read similar "reviews." I don't have a half hour to watch the same thing over again. It also appears he only has one 2011 Gigabyte board in his possession to base his claims off. Before you go trashing other boards build a few more machines with other manufacturers, but as its evident you have already bought into Gigabyte its unlikely you will.

    You are new to building, studying electronics and fired up. I get it. The whole "who lies about what phase power" debate has been going on long before you discovered the PC enthusiast hobby. General consensus is "who cares?" If Gigabyte does a good job marketing their "true phase" boards, but are still worse performers it doesn't matter. It's the same as MSI showing you their Military grade caps are better than what the competition is using.

    All I care about is performance. All the other manufacturers you mentioned have given much better performance than Gigabyte in my experience. I feel that it's a large enough sample size (30 or so builds) that it is a trend not a mirage. If you want to stick with one manufacturer because of a youtube video that's perfectly fine. I would recommend reading reviews from reputable sites and working with other boards before trying to tell a group of people with much more experience they are (basically) idiots for not supporting Gigabyte...
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    AwesomeFX , November 23, 2013 1:26 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    Quote:
    @AwesomeFX,

    High end computer parts have ALWAYS been a scam/rip off. Nobodies complaining because the only people who spend their money on a $600 board are people with serious mental issues or serious wealth.


    See the video, and you'll see how Gigabyte gives you true quality for the same price as ASUS, ASRock and MSI.

    That's kinda the essence of my post, with the current generations, Gigabyte doesn't take shortcuts and lie to their customers to make more money.


    I've owned 25 - 30 motherboards from all the aforementioned manufacturers and Gigabyte is by far the worst.

    They all had horrible voltage regulation problems making stable overclocks nearly impossible. Sure a bump of 300mhz was fine, but when trying to push it... good luck. The worst of all of them was a 990fx-ud7 which was supposed to be their high end offering for that chipset.

    The bios were antiquated. While everyone else had moved to GUI bios Gigabyte was giving me the same ol' blue screen. What I liked even more was that they were forcing incremental stepping on voltages and clock speeds. Thanks Gigabyte! Instead of letting me fine tune I get to choose an incremental setting!

    Your marketing video may have convinced you, but my experience says otherwise. They may have cleaned up their act over the last year (last time I purchased one). I would take a lower end ASUS, MSI, or ASRock board over a higher end Gigabyte board any day.

    On a side note - Gigabyte video cards are great. I love the Windforce series. I don't hate GB as a company, but their boards are awful.

    One more thing - October 2013 join date - how many boards have you built on? Do you have any experience with anyone other than Gigabyte or are you trying to convince yourself you made the correct decision on your first time build?


    Lol does the join date mean I was born in October too?

    Anyways, I've built two computers in my life, the rest of them has been from DELL. I wasn't really keen on building before the performance difference between self built and industrial computers got so big. And I'm studying electronics.

    And... Really? You deny what he says in the video and you state that it is marketing?









    You couldn't be more wrong. He shows how the board is powered, from where the power cables are connected to the last component in the main power system.

    He goes down to each chip, mentions the chip models and explains how the different chips work.


    And if you would just watch the video... You would see that ASUS, ASRock and MSI use 4 phase power, not the 8 phase they claim. That's kinda shocking, when thinking of you having bad results with Gigabyte motherboards overclocking with true 8 phase power. The cleanness of the amps delivered by ASUS, ASRock and MSI is half of what the Gigabyte delivers.


    Now please, watch the video.


    Yes I've seen and read similar "reviews." I don't have a half hour to watch the same thing over again. It also appears he only has one 2011 Gigabyte board in his possession to base his claims off. Before you go trashing other boards build a few more machines with other manufacturers, but as its evident you have already bought into Gigabyte its unlikely you will.

    You are new to building, studying electronics and fired up. I get it. The whole "who lies about what phase power" debate has been going on long before you discovered the PC enthusiast hobby. General consensus is "who cares?" If Gigabyte does a good job marketing their "true phase" boards, but are still worse performers it doesn't matter. It's the same as MSI showing you their Military grade caps are better than what the competition is using.

    All I care about is performance. All the other manufacturers you mentioned have given much better performance than Gigabyte in my experience. I feel that it's a large enough sample size (30 or so builds) that it is a trend not a mirage. If you want to stick with one manufacturer because of a youtube video that's perfectly fine. I would recommend reading reviews from reputable sites and working with other boards before trying to tell a group of people with much more experience they are (basically) idiots for not supporting Gigabyte...


    Well thanks for the lesson... With irony on and off for different parts.
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