ASRock has recently introduced their Z87 Extreme11/ac motherboard for Intel’s 4th generation Haswell processors. This board is ASRock’s most high-end board and has many features that enthusiasts and overclockers will like. The thing that really stands out about this motherboard is the amount of storage you can have on it, there are 22 SATA ports!
The board features a 12 phase VRM that is fitted with ASRock’s A-Style features and components. Power is provided to the CPU by way of two 8pin connectors. Both the PWM and PCH are actively cooled by two small fans and there is a large heatpipe that connects all of the heatsinks on the board.
When it comes to storage you are going to be blown away! This board offers 22 SATA 6GB/s ports and 3 SATA 3GB/s ports. This has to be the largest amount of SATA connectors we have ever seen on a motherboard! If you still need more storage than that the board offers three mSATA ports, one of which has the included WiFi module installed.
The board also has four PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots that make use of a PLX chip for extra PCI-Express lanes. So you have support for quad SLI and CrossFireX setups. There are also three PCI-Express 3.0 x1 slots. When it comes to sound ASRock is using their A-Style purity sound chip that offers top of the line quality through the 8.1 channel connectors. This motherboard is in the XL-ATX form factor.
As far as the rear I/O is concerned you have dual Intel Thunderbolt ports, six USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, eSATA, HDMI, DisplayPort dual Ethernet and audio.
No word yet on pricing, but expect this one to cost quite a lot!
Jul 08, 2014 0