Author: Adam Wilson
- The BIOS
- Included Software
- LucidLogix Lucid Virtu MVP
- System Overview & Testing Procedures
- Testing - CPU & Memory
- Testing - System
- Testing - Video
- Testing - Gaming
- Final Thoughts
The Z77 Chipset has been around for a few months now, and there is an absolutely huge selection of boards sporting the upgraded and new technologies for you to choose from. One of these boards is ASRock’s Z77 Extreme6, a fully-featured and well-priced offering from the Taiwanese manufacturer.
The Extreme6 is ASRock’s mid-high end performance board, coming in the top 5 of the 12 boards ASRock offers to the consumer market for this platform. With an ATX form factor, it is extremely attractive with gold and silver accents. Claiming to feature everything an overclocker, gamer, or enthusiast would require including SLI and CrossFire support, Digital Power Phases, and support for heavily overclocked RAM. Backing this up is ASRock’s XFast 555 Software suite, which also claims to boost your USB transfer speed and reduce your gaming ping with a single click of your mouse.
Is the ASRock Z77 Extreme6 one of the candidates for your latest upgrade? Read on to find out if it’ll be money well spent.
The Z77 Extreme6 box is one of the nicer looking that I’ve seen. The front is black with a carbon-style design, along with ASRock’s feature set that it loves to push; XFast 555, front and center. There’s no picture of the board on the front, but there is a large amount of box badges detailing the technologies the board supports and standards it conforms to.
Rotating the box, the rear gives you a small picture of the board in the top left corner, along with a detailed overview of the features ASRock deems you need to know about. These include ASRock’s XFast 555, Lucid Virtu MVP, Intel Smart-Connect Technology, Intel Rapid Start Technology, Gold Caps, Digital Power, 8+4 Power Phase Design, the fact it supports RAM overclocks of up to 2800MHz (and up), UEFI, and PCI-E 3.0 support.
On the side there is a quick feature list in multiple languages, and on the other side is the ASRock logo with the product name underneath. The same is printed on the underside of the box.
Inside the box you will find the board itself, an I/O shield, a USB 3.0 Front Panel Adapter, Mounting hardware to convert front panel block to rear, SLI Bridges, 4 SATA cables, and ASRock’s manuals and software. It also includes enough screws for motherboard installation, and for installation of one hard drive, which is a nice touch.