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ASRock Announces Intel 9 Series Super Alloy Motherboards

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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too much color... hope they will make all black color.
 

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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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......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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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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Really nice looking boards. I like the truely black PCB.
 
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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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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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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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Wow 12k hours * Tested under industry standard 105 degree Celsius ambient temperature. That really is something.
 
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......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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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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No, in this context it is irrelevant, don't argue with me
 
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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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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