Since the introduction of the Z170 chipset we have taken a look a quite a few different motherboards, but none from ASRock. They were kind enough to send us over their top of the line Z170 Extreme 7+ motherboard, which sits as the top board in their Extreme Series. The Z170 Extreme 7+ is build on ASRock’s Super Alloy Design, features a 12-phase all digital power design, three Ultra M.2 slots, four USB 3.1 ports, support for quad-SLI and 3-way CrossFire, ASRock’s Purity Sound 3 and more! As you can see this board has quite a lot to offer and that is only the tip of the iceberg. Let’s take a look at the Z170 Extreme 7+ and see what ASRock has in store for us with the Z170 chipset and Skylake platform!
There’s the ordinary travel routers that function as their names suggest, and then there’s this extraordinary new device that outdoes the rest of the gang – ASRock H2R (HDMI 2-in-1 router). Besides working as a travel router, it can also be used as an Ethernet adapter, or even an HDMI dongle substitute for Apple TV or Google Chromecast.
Intel’s 100 Series, otherwise known as Skylake, the successor of Intel’s Broadwell chips, not to be confused with Skynet and the end of human civilization, has finally arrived! The spearhead Z170 chipset are the first to make an appearance, while the embargo dates of others are drawing near as well. This year, ASRock continues its three motherboard product lines, the Extreme Series, ASRock Gaming Series and OC Formula Series.
Remember that time when you had to perform a sort of sword dance ritual with your dysfunctional TV remote in order to make it work? To refresh your memory, it involved fanatical waving, twisting your arms into unfathomable yoga positions, and lots and lots of cursing. Those barbaric days of the dark past are almost over, pretty soon you can use ASRock Gaming’s new router G10 to turn your smart phone into a universal remote controller.
Mini-ITX motherboards have been extremely popular over the past couple of years. So much so that many case manufacturers have created special cases just for the form factor that have become some of their best sellers. Typically Mini-ITX motherboards have been reserved for mainstream systems, recently we saw many impressive Z97 Mini-ITX motherboards. But what about Intel’s HEDT (High-End Desktop) platform? Because of the size of the CPU package the thought of having an X99 motherboard in the Mini-ITX form factor was unheard of, until ASRock released the X99E-ITX/ac. They were able to fit the LGA2011v3 socket onto a Mini-ITX form factor and still have room for quite a lot of other features. The only real downfall of this motherboard is that you are limited to dual-channel memory and you have to use ASRock’s included proprietary CPU cooler, which we will get into a bit later in the review. But this board packs in ASRock’s OC socket, a SATA Express port, Ultra M.2 slot, Wireless 802.11ac + Bluetooth, USB 3.1, ASRock’s Super Alloy design and much more! Let’s see what this tiny, yet powerful motherboard is all about!
ASRock has launched its Gaming line and it will not only be for gaming motherboards. The company also released a gaming router under the brand, which happens to be the first router from ASRock. The G10 Gaming Router has a very unique unique design as you can see from the photos, but it is not all looks, it has many great features!
It looks like everyone is showing off their Skylake motherboards at Computex this year. ASRock is showing off quite a few different motherboards that are made for Intel’s upcoming 6th Generation Core Processors. These motherboards include the Z170 Extreme7, Z170 Extreme6, Z170 Extreme4, Z170 Pro4, and B150M-HDS/D3.
ASRock has already built the first LGA2011v2 Mini-ITX motherboard. This allowed you to have a very impressive small form factor system, although you only had the ability to have dual-channel memory. Now they have done it, their latest motherboard, the EPC612D4I, gives you quad channel memory on the Mini-ITX form factor!
ASRock has just announced a new LGA2011v3 motherboard in their X99M-Killer USB 3.1. This motherboard is designed to work with Intel’s Core i7 Haswell-E processors and features the X99 Express chipset. As you could guess by the name this is a micro-ATX motherboard. The board draws power from a 24pin ATX, 8pin EPS and optional 4pin Molex. The board has a 12-phase VRM for the CPU, which is wired to four DDR4 DIMM slots that support quad-channel memory.
ASRock has just unveiled their latest AMD motherboard for gamers on a budget, the Fatal1ty 970 Performance. This board is based off the AMD 970 chipset with the SB950 southbridge. This ATX motherboard will draw power from a combination of 24pin ATX and 8pin EPS power connectors. The board has a 10-phase VRM and will support 220W TDP chips like the AMD FX-9370 and FX-9590.
Oct 06, 2015 0