ASRock Unveils its Intel-based 8-Series Motherboards

ASRock has revealed that its upcoming 8-series line-up of motherboards will feature at least 3 models for Intel Core CPUs: the H87 Pro4, Z87 Extreme6 and the Z87 Pro4-M. All three motherboards come with an impressive range of features including support for fourth generation Intel Core processors, 4 DDR3 1600 MHz DIMMs with support for a maximum of 32 GB of RAM and 7.1 Audio provided by the on-board Realtek ALC892. Also included with the motherboards is a front and rear USB 3.0 bracket, presumably for use in cases that do not have built-in USB 3.0 support.

The H87 Pro4 is an ATX sized motherboard that features a 100 percent "All Solid Capacitor Design", a single PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, 3 PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and 2 legacy 2 PCI slots. With regards to connectivity, the motherboard has 6 USB 3.0 ports (2 front, 4 back), 6 USB 2.0 ports, 6 SATA 3 connectors, Dual-VGA output (D-Sub and HDMI) and support for Realtek PCI-E Gigabit LAN.

The Z87 Extreme6 is also an ATX motherboard, but features "Premium Gold Capacitors" and support for Quad-SLI and 3 Way CrossfireX courtesy of the 2 PCIe 3.0 x16 and 1 PCIe 2.0x16 ports. The board also includes 1 PCIe 2.0 x1 slots, 2 PCI connectors, 6 USB 3.0 ports (2 front, 4 back), 8 USB 2.0 ports and 6 SATA 3 connectors. Finally, the Z87 Extreme6 has support for Broadcom PCI-E Gigabit LAN and comes with a Digi Power 12 Power Phase Design.

Last but not least, the Z87 Pro4-M is a Micro ATX-sized motherboard that has 1 PCIe 3.0 x 16 and 1 PCIe 2.0 x4 slot, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and multi-VGA outputs over D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI. The board also includes 100% "All Solid Capacitors", 6 USB 3.0 ports (2 front, 4 back), 6 USB 2.0 ports and 6 SATA 3 connectors.

Though no information on pricing or availability has been released, it's a safe assumption that all 3 boards are targeted at the mid to high end of the market.

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  • rebel1280
    looks very... 90's
  • Sakkura
    They've cut down the number of power phases compared to their Z77 boards. The Z77 Extreme3 has 8 + 3 power phases, the Z77 Extreme6 (and Extreme4) has 8 + 4; but the Z87 Extreme 6 only 8 + 2.

    Wonder if they'll put different heatsinks on the VRMs. Looks like a heatsink-less prototype since the chipset is exposed too.

    Oh, and it's nice to see that all of them have 6 native SATA3 ports. Now we just need a new SATA revision so consumer SSD performance can progress unhindered. It sucks that just as SATA3 is really becoming ubiquitous, SSDs are already bumping up against its bandwidth limit.
  • Onus
    The Z87 Extreme6 also appears to have a mSATA slot on it. Very cool.
    I'm a little leery of the un-sinked VRMs that Sakkura pointed out. Hopefully the final release versions will have heatsinks on them.