Author: Frank Stroupe
- A Closer Look
- The BIOS
- Testing - Benchmarks
- Testing - Futuremark & Photoshop
- Testing - Gaming
A while back I reviewed the ASRock P55 Deluxe motherboard. The LGA 1156 CPU/P55 combination is a definite step ahead in PC technology, as the need for a Northbridge, and to cool it, has been eliminated. I found the P55 Deluxe to be a nice motherboard, definitely in the realm of mainstream boards, as the other ASRock motherboards I have reviewed of late.
Prior to about a year ago, ASRock boards were definitely in the economy class. Oh, they were decent, stable motherboards, but they just had the look and feel of inexpensive. Not so today, ASRock’s boards are just as nice as those built by the “household name” companies like Gigabyte, Asus, etc.
Today I will be looking at the little brother to the P55 Deluxe, the ASRock P55 Extreme. I suppose “little brother” isn’t the correct term since the two are basically the same board with only one change I can see at first glance, but the savings are significant. As with all ASRock boards, you get what is a full-featured motherboard at an economy price. Read on to check out the P55 Extreme!
The P55 Extreme comes in a white box with a holographic design that you can’t see in the photos. It is covered with specs and features both front and back.
Inside, the board is separated from the bundle with the standard cardboard divider. It is protected in standard ASRock fare, a static free bag and backed by a slab of pink foam.