Monday, November 18th 2013

ASRock Unveils the Z87 Extreme11/ac Motherboard

Amid the heaps of Z87 chipset motherboards which have already been around for a while, there can only be one that rises from the top with its delicacy and perfection. The long wait has ended, here comes the king of all Intel 8 Series motherboards. All hail ASRock Z87 Extreme11/ac, the most high end Z87 motherboard on the face of earth!

Insane Specs: 22 SATA3 (16 SAS-3 12 Gb/s) / 4-Way Multi-GPU / Thunderbolt 2
Using out of the world to describe ASRock's flagship motherboard Z87 Extreme11/ac is actually an understatement. This motherboard boasts a whopping 22 SATA3 ports, including 6 SATA3 ports by Intel Z87 chipset, and another 16 SAS-3 12.0 Gb/s ports from the added LSI SAS 3008 Controller plus 3X24R Expander, which can reach up to an unearthly 6.1 GB/s transfer speed!

Graphics aficionados shall also be overjoyed by the fact that ASRock Z87 Extreme11/ac in no way lacks VGA connectivity! Enhanced with a PLX PEX 8747 chip, it is capable of supporting 4-Way CrossFireX and 4-Way SLI with its solid PCIe 3.0 slots at x8/x8/x8/x8 mode to deliver mind blowing visuals.

Like every other tiny detail on this motherboard, Intel Thunderbolt technology also gets a facelift! This time ASRock Z87 Extreme 11/ac is armed with Thunderbolt 2 for up to 20 Gbps high speed data transferring. Besides Daisy Chain which allows the connection of 12 Thunderbolt devices, users may also connect their graphics card to ASRock's exclusive DP-In port on the motherboard using a mini-DP to DP cable, and link Thunderbolt devices and monitors with a Thunderbolt cable to get extreme performance of the graphics card via Thunderbolt technology!
A-Style, Reinventing Your Lifestyle
As much as hardware specifications may seem exciting and luxurious, in the end, it's usually practical features that provide satisfying user experiences that really matters. Without question, ASRock Z87 Extreme11/ac is built with A-Style features, including Home Cloud for remote wake and remote desktop anywhere anytime. The most top notch onboard audio solution Purity Sound 115dB SNR. And of course the world's fastest 2T2R Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi + Bluetooth v4.0 module, which provides 867 Mbps crazy fast internet connection, plus it comes with an exclusive Wi-SD Box for installing 4 USB 3.0 devices and an SD 3.0 card reader. Other features such as 12 Power Phase design, Dual-Stack MOSFET, Digi Power, Japan made gold capacitors can also be found on this motherboard, making Z87 Extreme 11/ac an epic choice for enthusiasts.

For more information about this product:
http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z87%20Extreme11ac/index.asp
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30 Comments on ASRock Unveils the Z87 Extreme11/ac Motherboard

#1
leeb2013
by: EarthDog
Because the performance gained by DDR4 will likely be negligible considering that there are nearly no gains over DDR3 1866 in the first place (in most apps and nearly all games)? Maybe?
I'm sure that was said about DDR3. One thing you can count on, software will quickly use the hardware's capability once it is main stream, efficiently or not.
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EarthDog
by: leeb2013
I'm sure that was said about DDR3. One thing you can count on, software will quickly use the hardware's capability once it is main stream, efficiently or not.
ddr3 still isn't a bottleneck in the vaaaaaaast majority of situations... So, I will disagree with that sentiment.
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#3
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
Should've removed the fans and went passive. They look like straight out of the 90s.
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Octavean
by: EarthDog
Because the performance gained by DDR4 will likely be negligible considering that there are nearly no gains over DDR3 1866 in the first place (in most apps and nearly all games)? Maybe?
I believe that history is a good enough indicator to suggest that you are likely right.
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#5
jihadjoe
by: TheLostSwede
Why?

There simply aren't enough PCI Express lanes on that board to handle all the hardware at any kind of sensible rate...
I think far as the SATA ports are concerned, it comes down to the LSI 3008 handling RAID duties so if properly RAIDed (pardon me for verbing my nouns) then none of those 16 ports should need to communicate with the CPU directly. Since only the finalized reads sans parity or interleaving info will be communicated to the CPU, then 8 PCIe 3.0 lanes should be plenty for 16 ports.

Worst case, then PCIe 3.0 8 lanes mean you have 4GT/s, or about 492MB/s bandwidth for each SATA port. Not quite ideal, but still "sensible", I might think. It's only slightly below the peak transfer rate we see for SATA 6Gbps.
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