ASRock Z77 Extreme9 Intel LGA 1155

ASRock Z77 Extreme9 Intel LGA 1155

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Introduction


Over the past several weeks we've taken a look at many Intel Z77 Express products from various manufacturers, all of which take a slightly different approach in their implementation. Today we have yet another Z77 Express-based product, but this time from an OEM I've not had the chance to cover before, none other than ASRock. ASRock has been in the motherboard business for just a bit over ten years now, and since they spun themselves off from ASUS as a seperate entity, they've slowly gained market share to the point that they are considered one of the top three motherboard OEMs globally, selling 8 million boards during 2011. With that widespread adoption, many of our readers have asked us to cover ASRock products, and at the beginning of June during Computex I managed to secure a contact and shortly after a couple of samples arrived at my door, the first of which is the ASRock Z77 Extreme9. So what makes ASRock so popular? I'm about to find out.

Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:2nd & 3rd Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor family for the LGA 1155 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 8+4 Phase
PCH Power: 1 Phase
Memory Power: 2 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z77 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 3000+
BIOS:AMI EFI BIOS with 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:5 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (PCIE2 @ x16 mode or PCIE1/3/5/7 @ x16/x0/x16/x0 or x8/x8/x8/x8)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (PCIE4 @ max x4 electrical)
1 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
4 x SATA 3.0 Gb/s (Intel Z77)
4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (ASMedia 1061)
NETWORKING:2x Broadcomm BCM57781 PCIe Gigabit LAN
PORTS:8 x USB 2.0 ports (2 at back panel, 6 at front panel)
12 x USB 3.0 ports (8 at back panel, 4 at front panel)
2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio port with 5 audio jacks
1 x SPDIF Output(Optical)
1 x HDMI port
1 x FireWire port
1 x eSATA port
1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port
AUDIO:Realtek ALC898 HD CODEC
FAN HEADERS:6(2 x 4-pin PWM and 4 x 3-pin)
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 240 mm)
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • ASRock Instant Boot
  • ASRock Instant Flash
  • ASRock APP Charger
  • ASRock SmartView
  • ASRock XFast USB
  • ASRock XFast LAN
  • ASRock XFast RAM
  • ASRock Crashless BIOS
  • ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)
  • ASRock Internet Flash
  • ASRock Dehumidifier Function
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