Monday, October 10th 2011

ASRock X79 Extreme7 Pictured

ASRock is readying is new, high-end socket LGA2011 motherboard targeting the upper-most tier of the PC enthusiast market, the X79 Extreme7. This board will be a part of the company's first wave of LGA2011 motherboards, which are slated for mid-November, 2011. Pictures scored by XFastest reveal the board to be filled to the brim with features. The CPU socket is powered by a 16-phase VRM making use of high-grade chokes, and server-grade poscap capacitors.

The socket is wired to six DDR3 DIMM slots arranged in sets of three on either sides of the socket, powered by a 4-phase VRM. Among channels A, B, C, and D; channels B and D have two DIMM slots wired, so if you have four DDR3 modules, you should populate slots 0, 2, 3, and 5; to take advantage of quad-channel DDR3 memory. There are heatsinks over the memory VRM areas, that are connected to the heatsink over the CPU VRM using heat pipes.
Expansion slots include five PCI-Express x16, two of these can run at full-bandwidth PCI-E 3.0 x16, four at PCI-E 3.0 x8 bandwidth (depending on how the slots are populated with add-on cards), one of these is wired to the X79 PCH and is PCI-E 2.0 x4 capable. There's a legacy PCI slot, too.

Storage connectivity includes four SATA 6 Gb/s ports, seven internal SATA 3 Gb/s ports, and one eSATA 3 Gb/s. Other connectivity options include six USB 3.0 ports (two on the rear panel, four via headers), 8+2 channel HD audio with optical and coaxial SPDIF outputs, two gigabit Ethernet connections, FireWire, and a number of USB 2.0 ports.Source: XFastest
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46 Comments on ASRock X79 Extreme7 Pictured

#1
Dj-ElectriC
Im waiting for an X79 mobo with a 1155 layout design, when every ram slot is a single channel that would be perfect as you can run 8\16GB of ram in quad-channel no probs
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#2
Jegergrim
This board looks magnificent, but it hardly feels like an upgrade design-wise compared to e.g. Extreme3 gen 3 board. It's almost same thing with a few twists, such as bigger heat sinks :) Nonetheless, awesome, I guess theres no need to change perfection!
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#3
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
entropy13 said:
It's quad channel for 4 of the 6 slots (0, 2, 3, 5). Populate those slots for quad-channel. Otherwise, it's not quad-channel. I guess it would be dual channel if only (0, 2) or (3, 5) are populated. Correct me if I'm wrong though, but if you fill all six slots it would be single-channel for (1, 4) and quad-channel for the rest? Or 2x single channel for 1 and 4 each then 2x dual-channel for (0, 2) and (3, 5)? Are those possible?
Mussels said:
why is no one else asking how this has "4 channel" ram with 6 slots?

is it quad channel? dual? triple? IT HURTS MY MIND
Read the second paragraph in the news post.
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#4
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Dj-ElectriC said:
Im waiting for an X79 mobo with a 1155 layout design, when every ram slot is a single channel that would be perfect as you can run 8\16GB of ram in quad-channel no probs
The reason that's unlikely is because wiring four channels through just one side of the socket would mean several additional PCB layers. If you spread it in groups of two on either sides of the socket, you can maintain the "typical" number of PCB layers with your design. On LGA1155 boards, there is wiring of just two channels that heads out east of the socket.

I seriously doubt you'll ever see the kind of motherboard design you're describing.
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#6
Delta6326
very nice looking board but I still think its lacking on the USB 3.0 for being the highest end model. and the legacy PCI slot should be gone I would much rather see a pci x1. thats very interesting how the ram is separated in groups of 3
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#7
012013014
is asrock based this board design on a nike shoes or something?coz i m sure i see this kind of design at some shoes before...anyway nice board!:)
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#8
Lionheart
Nice looking mobo, but I thought these new motherboards were coming with 4 DIMM's each side O_o
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#9
[H]@RD5TUFF
Delta6326 said:
very nice looking board but I still think its lacking on the USB 3.0 for being the highest end model.
I count 2 USB 3 ports on the IO panel and an internal USB 3 header.

It has USB 3.
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Delta6326
[H]@RD5TUFF said:
I count 2 USB 3 ports on the IO panel and an internal USB 3 header.

It has USB 3.
I know it has 2 ports on the IO, but what I meant was it needs more of them, I don't see why they just can't put more on when it comes to these high end $250+ mobo's.

I'm a person that can't stand it when new tech comes out and we wait 1-2years before we use it. It just slows down our progress to new and better tech. If they make it why not just go all out, its better in every way.
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#11
[H]@RD5TUFF
Delta6326 said:
I know it has 2 ports on the IO, but what I meant was it needs more of them, I don't see why they just can't put more on when it comes to these high end $250+ mobo's.

I'm a person that can't stand it when new tech comes out and we wait 1-2years before we use it. It just slows down our progress to new and better tech. If they make it why not just go all out, its better in every way.
It's mainly a 2 fold problem, 1 non naitive support, and intel has yet to officially support it, once they do everyone will follow.
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#12
EarthDog
Mussels said:
why is no one else asking how this has "4 channel" ram with 6 slots?

is it quad channel? dual? triple? IT HURTS MY MIND
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Read the 2nd para and... well, need 4 or 8 not this 6 crap. besides, with density being pretty high, who needs 6 or 8?
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#13
[H]@RD5TUFF
EarthDog said:
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Read the 2nd para and... well, need 4 or 8 not this 6 crap. besides, with density being pretty high, who needs 6 or 8?
maybey it's hexa channel ! :roll:
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#14
DRDNA
Looks like trouble for double slotted video cards and running more than one with that spacing.
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#15
Fx
damn sexy board

I think it is a good idea to include 1 PCI slot during this long transitional phase to all PCI-E products
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#16
[H]@RD5TUFF
Fx said:
damn sexy board

I think it is a good idea to include 1 PCI slot during this long transitional phase to all PCI-E products
I agree I still use a PCI sound card.
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#17
eidairaman1
seems like PCI E is taking a long time to completely snuff out PCI, same with SATA against IDE n USB against PS/2, Advantage of PS/2 is the Nkey rollover for keyboards
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#18
Mussels
Moderprator
eidairaman1 said:
seems like PCI E is taking a long time to completely snuff out PCI, same with SATA against IDE n USB against PS/2, Advantage of PS/2 is the Nkey rollover for keyboards
ISA took generations to change to PCI, floppy to CD, CD to DVD.. etc etc. progress is always slow.
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#19
SonDa5
Looks like a fast MB. I like the 6 slot ram design. 4 slots for quad channel seems like a good route to go for over clocking ram. Very nice.
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#20
abeeftec
Best looking board yet!
However, DOES IT CLOCK WELL??
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#21
eidairaman1
AsRocks quality has risen extremely high, i wouldnt doubt it does actually
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