When Intel launched their Haswell-E processors and accompanying X99 chipset we thought we saw the entire lineup from ASRock, but their beastly flagship motherboard, the X99 Extreme 11 was left out. Why am I calling this motherboard beastly? Well for starters it has 18 SATA 6GB/s ports!
The ASRock X99 Extreme 11 comes in the E-ATX form factor, which seems to be pretty common for the higher-end X99 motherboards. This board is built on ASRock’s Super Alloy design that all of the other X99 motherboards in their lineup are built on and has the same 12 phase VRM as well. The board features a black and blue color scheme that ASRock is using for this series of motherboards. The large aluminum alloy heatsinks have a metallic blue / silver design and the PCH heatsink even has a fan to keep things nice and cool. This is because not only is it cooling the PCH but also storage and PCIe controllers.
At the center of the motherboard is the LGA 2011-3 socket, which is surrounded by 8 DDR4 DIMM slots (4 on each side). These slots are capable of supporting 128 GB of DDR4 memory up to 3300 MHz (O.C.+). Power to the board is provided by an 8pin EPS connector and 24pin ATX connector. Storage on this board includes 18, yes 18 SATA 6GB/s ports! 10 of these ports are powered by the PCH, and the remaining 8 are powered through a separate SAS controller. You also have dual USB 3.0 headers and two USB 2.0 headers.
Expansion slots on the board include five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots with ample spacing for 4-way SLI and CrossFire setups. There are also two Ultra M.2 (PCIe 3.0 x4) slots which support NGFF solid state drives for additional storage. At the bottom of the board we can see power and reset buttons along with a debug LED. The board will feature ASRock’s Purity Sound 2 audio solution.
The rear I/O of the board includes four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, a PS/2 port, BIOS reset switch, dual Gigabit Ethernet and 7.1 channel audio.
ASRock has not revealed pricing on this motherboard, but expect it to be around the $450 range. It is expected to be available to consumers later in September.
Jan 30, 2015 0