ASRock Z87 Extreme6/ac (Intel LGA 1150)

ASRock Z87 Extreme6/ac (Intel LGA 1150)

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Introduction


I covered several boards already, but a couple of board makers still haven't graced these pages with their latest Z87 products. ASRock, still a relatively new addition to my board reviews, although at times one of the most plentiful, is one of those companies. I too have definitely noticed quite a few ASRock users on our forums, and our readers asked that we cover ASRock products many months ago, so I asked W1zzard to touch base with them, and since he did, there's been a steady stream of parts flowing my way from their head offices--we've seen entry-level and high-end ASRock boards for quite a few platforms now. ASRock's products also take their own twist to enthusiast computing, delivering a wide range of products that are designed to meet the needs of nearly any user. Today, I take a look at a new styling, and this new product, the ASrock's Z87 Extreme6/ac, also comes with a new feature focus for Intel's Z87 platform.

Launched in early June of 2013, reactions to Intel's Haswell platform were very mixed. Not everyone sees a benefit in Haswell products, enthusiast and PC part makers alike, so many board partners have focused on solidifying the features of each product segment their product caters to, leading to an evolution in board design I find pretty exciting. I have received well over 20 board samples prior to the launch, and I've picked a few of them to be shown first, over the past couple months. Most of those have been new designs, but older product positions from past generations are still here, and we get to take our first look at one of those products today. The ASRock Z87 Extreme6/ac is a mainstream, user-focused product with a good amount of bells and whistles to help you get a bit more out of your Haswell experience. Are older product positions a bit underwhelming, like the CPUs are? Let's take a look...



Specifications

Specifications
CPU SUPPORT:4th Gen Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron processor family for the LGA 1150 Socket
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 12 Phases
Memory Power: 2 Phases
CHIPSET:Intel Z87 Express
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependant on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB, DDR3 1066 to DDR3 2933+(OC)
BIOS:2x AMI UEFI BIOS with Dual 64 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots (x16 or x8/x8 or x8/x4/x4)
1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
2 x PCI slot(x4 mode max, black)
1 x mini-PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot(for WiFi)
HDD CONNECTVIITY:6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (6 @ Intel Z87)
4 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (ASMedia ASM1061)
1 x eSATA 6.0 Gb/s (ASMedia ASM1061, disables ASMedia Port 3)
NETWORKING:1 x Giga PHY Intel I217V, 1 x GigaLAN Intel I211AT
PORTS:8 x USB 3.0 ports (4 at front panel, 4 at rear panel)
6 x USB 2.0 ports (4 at front panel, 2 at rear panel)
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse port
2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x Audio block with 6 audio jacks
1 x eSATA port
1 x Optical S/PDIF port
1 x HDMI-out port
1 x HDMI-in port
1 x DVI port
1 x Displayport
1 x CMOS Clear Switch
AUDIO:Realtek ALC1150 7.1 HD Audio Codec
FAN HEADERS:2 x 4-pin PWM, 3 x 3-pin
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 244 mm)
EXCLUSIVE FEATURES:
  • ASRock A-Tuning
  • ASRock Instant Flash
  • ASRock APP Charger
  • ASRock XFast USB
  • ASRock XFast LAN
  • ASRock XFast RAM
  • ASRock Crashless BIOS
  • ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)
  • ASRock Internet Flash
  • ASRock UEFI System Browser
  • ASRock UEFI Tech Service
  • ASRock Dehumidifier
  • ASRock Easy RAID Installer
  • ASRock Easy Driver Installer
  • ASRock Interactive UEFI
  • ASRock Fast Boot
  • ASRock Restart to UEFI
  • ASRock USB Key
  • ASRock FAN-Tastic Tuning
  • Hybrid Booster
  • ASRock U-COP
  • Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
  • Good Night LED
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