Gigabyte showed quite a few Z87 motherboards at CeBIT already and now it is ASRock’s turn. ASRock is showing two Haswell-ready LGA 1150 motherboards at CeBIT. The first is based off the Z87 chipset and is the Z87-Extreme6. The second is based off the B85 chipset and is simply called B85M.
The Z87-Extreme6 will most likely be ASRock’s flagship and has 10 phase VRM design. It features three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, a PCIe 2.0 x1 slot, a mini PCIe slot and a single legacy PCI slot. As far as connectivity goes you have eight SATA 6GB/s ports, four USB 3.0 ports, HDMI, DVI, VGA, 8-channel HD audio and Gigabit Ethernet.
The B85M is more of an entry level board and has a micro-ATX form factor. Here you have a single PCIe 3.0 x16 slot, single PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 electrical) and two legacy PCI slots. Instead of 4 DDR3 slots, you only get 4 on this board.
It is important to note that these are just prototype boards and the features and color scheme have not been finalized.
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Jan 27, 2015 0