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.
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.
I'm a little leery of the un-sinked VRMs that Sakkura pointed out. Hopefully the final release versions will have heatsinks on them.
The final version will definitely have heatsinks on them. You can see the outline for one of the heatsinks in the Extreme6's picture. That white outline shows where the heatsink goes. There is one for the CPU and it looks like there's one for the GPU. I'm not sure if it will have multiple heatsinks though. I don't really like the design of these motherboards. None of them look like they'd be good to use compared to my Gigabyte Z77X-UD3H.
Judging by the position of the screw standoff, that's an mPCI-e port, not mSATA.
Seriously though, why are they still putting these things on new motherboards? Just have them laying around or something?
I agree, ASRock seems to put more legacy stuff on their boards than other manufacturers. I don't think they should be putting VGA outputs on them either, I wish VGA would die. Even sound cards have been available in PCI express for quite a while now.