Friday, May 9th 2014

ASRock Announces Intel 9 Series Super Alloy Motherboards

ASRock Inc., the global leading motherboard manufacturer, unveils the brand new Intel 9 series motherboards with ASRock Super Alloy technology! Packing the Intel Z97 / H97 chipsets, ASRock 9 series Super Alloy motherboards provide great compatibility and fully support the 5th, New 4th and 4th Generation Intel Core Processors in Socket 1150. The product lines include the Extreme series for high-end PC, the Fatal1ty Killer Gaming series for elite gamers, and the OC Formula series for OC enthusiasts.

Derived from the "built for stable and reliable" designing concept, ASRock does not compromise on any details. The 9 series motherboard are specially designed with ASRock Super Alloy technology, including 12K Platinum Capacitors with the longest lifespan in the industry, the next-gen NexFET MOSFET, Dual-Stack MOSFETs (DSM), Premium Alloy Chokes, and XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsinks. Clearly, ASRock has shown its ambition to redefine the horizon of motherboard craftsmanship.

12K Platinum Caps - Industry's Longest Lifespan
Supreme 12K platinum capacitors with the longest life spans in the industry. These high class capacitors possess not only eye-catching appearances, but also ultra durability of at least 12,000 hours. Compared to other counterparts on high-end motherboards that merely have life spans of around 10,000 hours, these platinum capacitors have 20% longer life spans and provide more stability and reliability.

NexFET MOSFET For Memory Power - Lower Temperature, Higher Efficiency, Better ESD Protection
The next-generation NexFET MOSFETs control the power supply to DRAM slots more efficiently. They provide lower RDS(on) 2.9 mΩ, delivering higher efficiency and lower temperature. NexFET MOSFETs in memory areas are specially designed for protecting them from electrostatic discharge and offering up to 7.5 times the ESD protection levels compared to traditional MOSFETs.

Dual-Stack MOSFET For CPU Power - Coolest Temperature & Most Efficient Power Delivery
Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM) is another innovative MOSFETs design. The silicon die area is increased by stacking two dies into one MOSFET. The larger the die area, the lower Rds(on). Compared to traditional discrete MOSFET, DSM with larger die area provides extreme lower Rds(on) 1.2 mΩ, so the power supply for the CPU Vcore is more efficient.

Premium Alloy Chokes - Highly Magnetic & Heat Resistant Design
The new generation alloy chokes effectively increase up to 90% saturation current and feature a highly magnetic and heat resistant design, making the motherboard more efficient, stable and reliable. Compared to other motherboards that adopt iron powder chokes, Premium Alloy Chokes highlight a special alloy formula which is able to reduce up to 70% core loss.

XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink Design - Greater Heat Dissipation
The extra large aluminum alloy heatsinks take away heat dramatically. As the MOSFETs and chipsets areas are well covered by these massive heatsinks to protect them from overheating, MOSFETs and chipsets can perform with lower temperature, and your motherboard and system will be more stable and reliable.

With these luxurious onboard components, all 3 product lines of ASRock 9 series Super Alloy motherboards possess not only splendid appearances and outstanding performance, but also excellent stabilities and reliabilities. Whether you are a high-end PC user, a hardcore gamer, or a pure OC demon, as long as you are looking for a new motherboard to take advantage of the next generation of Intel technologies, ASRock 9 series Super Alloy motherboards are definitely the best products that you should never overlook!

For more information, please visit: www.asrock.com/microsite/intel9
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26 Comments on ASRock Announces Intel 9 Series Super Alloy Motherboards

#1
lolsop
I'm really disappointed in the 9 series from Asrock and Gigabyte. Both show no creativity in design. Asrock seems to think that bigger is better and just changed the color per segment in the hope we wouldn't notice their designer is on sick leave. Their first generation Z77? fatality boards looked great, however after that it went downhill fast. Last year they already copied MSI yellow for their overclocking segment but they still had their black line-up for the normal models. This year they also ditched that and copied the MSI blue.

In my opinion both Asus and MSI have the best looking Z97 motherboards.
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#2
birdie
I don't get it.

12K hours means running uninterruptedly for just ... a little over a year (to be precise 1.37 of a year, (12000/24/365.25). There must be some sort of mistake.

by: lolsop
I'm really disappointed in the 9 series from Asrock and Gigabyte. Both show no creativity in design. Asrock seems to think that bigger is better and just changed the color per segment in the hope we wouldn't notice their designer is on sick leave. Their first generation Z77? fatality boards looked great, however after that it went downhill fast. Last year they already copied MSI yellow for their overclocking segment but they still had their black line-up for the normal models. This year they also ditched that and copied the MSI blue.

In my opinion both Asus and MSI have the best looking Z97 motherboards.
Motherboards need any design? Are you alright? I mean an average motherboard is never actually seen by an average user. What's the point of making it shiny and attractive?

As for features. Intel's Z97 chipset offers virtually no new functions (aside from SATA Express and Thunderbolt which are going to be useful for 1% of users) so I'm curious as to why you have such high hopes and expectations about this generation of motherboards.
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#3
Hood
12K means that the cap is guaranteed to operate for at least 12,000 hours at 50c, which is a much higher temp than your board will ever see. Running at a normal 30c or less, the lifespan is many times the 12,000 hours quoted.
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#4
chodaboy19
The ASRock has the M.2 hooked up to the CPU PCIe lanes. I think that's a worthy feature no one else has.
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#5
night.fox
too much color... hope they will make all black color.
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#6
rtwjunkie
by: lolsop
Their first generation Z77? fatality boards looked great, however after that it went downhill fast.
I think P67 and Z68 were their first Fatal1ty boards. I just figured your question mark meant you were asking for confirmation. :)
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#7
senilediug
by: Hood
12K means that the cap is guaranteed to operate for at least 12,000 hours at 50c, which is a much higher temp than your board will ever see. Running at a normal 30c or less, the lifespan is many times the 12,000 hours quoted.
Usually they are rated at 105°C


http://event.asus.com/mb/5000hrs_vrm/
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#8
ensabrenoir
......since there was no mention of an i tx from the Rog line.... I was hoping Asrock would be my hero....its a no go in the looks department so far....my x79 extreme 9 is a classic....... was hoping for some more. No one is expected to upgrade every generation. The improvements will be nilly to anyone on z87.
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#9
Hilux SSRG
by: lolsop
I'm really disappointed in the 9 series from Asrock and Gigabyte. Both show no creativity in design. Asrock seems to think that bigger is better and just changed the color per segment in the hope we wouldn't notice their designer is on sick leave. Their first generation Z77? fatality boards looked great, however after that it went downhill fast. Last year they already copied MSI yellow for their overclocking segment but they still had their black line-up for the normal models. This year they also ditched that and copied the MSI blue.

In my opinion both Asus and MSI have the best looking Z97 motherboards.
I think the opposite with ASRock/Gigabyte going understated and Asus/MSI with flashy circle/dragon designs. Meh.

I didn't expect much from the mobo manufacturers especially bc there is not much change in the chipset from Z87 to Z97.
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#10
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Really nice looking boards. I like the truely black PCB.
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#11
acekombatkiwi1
Did no one notice the dual M.2 slots on the Extreme 6 that's the first motherboard manufacturer I've seen do it but its only cool if you can run them in RAID 0. The colours are disappointing though and agree that they need a pure black board.
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#12
Halman
by: birdie
I don't get it.

12K hours means running uninterruptedly for just ... a little over a year (to be precise 1.37 of a year, (12000/24/365.25). There must be some sort of mistake.



Motherboards need any design? Are you alright? I mean an average motherboard is never actually seen by an average user. What's the point of making it shiny and attractive?

As for features. Intel's Z97 chipset offers virtually no new functions (aside from SATA Express and Thunderbolt which are going to be useful for 1% of users) so I'm curious as to why you have such high hopes and expectations about this generation of motherboards.
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Agree, but I'm missing something, maybe I'm high, I mean, I has high/medium hopes over the stuff called DRR4, I don't know, maybe I'm just high. Or just DDR4 is some kinda "new metal style college girl" from china.... missing something here ?)
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#13
mikeangs2004
by: acekombatkiwi1
Did no one notice the dual M.2 slots on the Extreme 6 that's the first motherboard manufacturer I've seen do it but its only cool if you can run them in RAID 0. The colours are disappointing though and agree that they need a pure black board.
raid 0 is irrelevant
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#14
micropage7
by: MxPhenom 216
Really nice looking boards. I like the truely black PCB.
yep, matte black and its nice board. just wait for some reviews on it
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#15
Silas Woodruff
Wow 12k hours * Tested under industry standard 105 degree Celsius ambient temperature. That really is something.
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#16
emissary42
by: ensabrenoir
......since there was no mention of an i tx from the Rog line....
Extreme, Formula and Impact will be announced later on this year (maybe as early as Computex).
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#17
ensabrenoir
by: emissary42
Extreme, Formula and Impact will be announced later on this year (maybe as early as Computex).
Thats good to know.....I hate the wait, but i will... for what I want.
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#18
acekombatkiwi1
by: emissary42
Extreme, Formula and Impact will be announced later on this year (maybe as early as Computex).
Asus rep already stated on the PcPer interview that there will be no Extreme Z97 motherboard.
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#19
acekombatkiwi1
by: mikeangs2004
raid 0 is irrelevant
To you maybe but not all, as for myself I have been running RAID 0 for for the past 7 years and will continue to do so.
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#20
mikeangs2004
No, in this context it is irrelevant, don't argue with me
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#21
arterius2
by: mikeangs2004
No, in this context it is irrelevant, don't argue with me
Then don't comment on a product that's irrelevant to you, that attitude will get you nowhere. Going into an ongoing discussion with the only thing to contribute being 'this is irrelevant to me' just shows you are begging for attention.

With that said, these are higher end motherboard offering extra features. In fact, Its relevant for a lot of people, I also run a 4x SSD in Raid0 for years now, a raid card is much slower during boot than a motherboard-based solution(intel). These days I mainly based my decision of a motherboard purchased on whether it has decent amount of Raid support.
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#22
acekombatkiwi1
by: mikeangs2004
No, in this context it is irrelevant, don't argue with me
Don't comment at all if its not relevant.
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#23
emissary42
by: acekombatkiwi1
Asus rep already stated on the PcPer interview that there will be no Extreme Z97 motherboard.
Ok, if that info is already out i missed that. I was referring to a statement in the ROG forums (Z97 Maximus VII ETA?).
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#24
LeonVolcove
by: birdie
I don't get it.

12K hours means running uninterruptedly for just ... a little over a year (to be precise 1.37 of a year, (12000/24/365.25). There must be some sort of mistake.



Motherboards need any design? Are you alright? I mean an average motherboard is never actually seen by an average user. What's the point of making it shiny and attractive?

As for features. Intel's Z97 chipset offers virtually no new functions (aside from SATA Express and Thunderbolt which are going to be useful for 1% of users) so I'm curious as to why you have such high hopes and expectations about this generation of motherboards.
Well like they say, first impression matter, like when go to work for the first time or you try to go on date with your girl/boyfriend
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#25
pr0n Inspector
What's up with the recent trend of big-pieces-of-metal-as-heatsinks? A boring looking fin array would have much more surface area to dissipate heat. For the money wasted on the designing them and anodizing you could probably used some nice Enzotech instead.
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