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ASRock Z77 Extreme9 Intel LGA 1155

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ASRock's Z77 Extreme9 is equipped with a PLX PCI-Express bridge chip, which adds additional PCIe slots to the board, for a total of six x16 slots. This will be a godsend for all users who want to run CrossFire or SLI with more than two cards. ASRock has also delivered a very usable BIOS implementation to maximize overclocking potential.

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Highly disappointing, really overpriced... didn't expected this from ASRock
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Good review............LAME ASS board
 
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Good review - and yes a bit disappointing - especially the price, I always thought that ASRock had fair prices....
 
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about the review:very good
about the mobo;overpriced
 
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they change every things....very very high price
 

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I think I will stick to the Extreme6 as my next build off
 

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Good review............LAME ASS board
Good review - and yes a bit disappointing - especially the price, I always thought that ASRock had fair prices....
about the review:very good
about the mobo;overpriced
they change every things....very very high price
I beleive that the performance is a bit low in my graphs because ASRock has all it's installed software, like XFastUSB, up and running after installation. Given the PLX PEX8487 and the XFastRAM osftware, price is understandable to me, too, especially considering that PLX PEX8487 is in high demand.


I was talking to another reviewer about it, and he pointed out that many of ASRock's Z77 Fatal1ty boards are very decently priced, so this board's pricing seems like a one-off.


I do have another ASRock product here, based on the X79 chipset. That review will be live soon, and let me tell you, I am very very happy with that product. VERY happy. :cool:
 
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Great review as always cadaveca

Too much hate on this board?

This is their "flagship" Z77 board and it comes pretty well equipped with lots of cool extras like Wi/Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 front panel for example. It specs up pretty well too with tons of USB 3.0 ports, the PLX chip for extra PCI lanes good VRM stages.

But in the end it just comes up as pretty average board in overall performance with a Premium Price.
 

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Have you tried loading it up with video cards and testing PCI-E bandwidth? I'm not convinced that the PLX chip is going to offer any more bandwidth than what IVB can already do and some number will either confirm or disprove this thought. I haven't found any real numbers to show that the PLX chip offers improved performance over using what IVB already has.
 
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thanks for the review.
is 1,70volt vcore really the end ?
 

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1,70volt vcore really the end ?
There is a lot of leakage at that point. There comes a point where more voltage isn't going to help you.
 
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that would be only for ln2 cooling.
gene V goes to 1,92volt and some chips need it
 
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that would be only for ln2 cooling.
gene V goes to 1,92volt and some chips need it
I get what your talking about. The Max Vcore available in the BIOS ;)
 

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Great review as always cadaveca

Too much hate on this board?

This is their "flagship" Z77 board and it comes pretty well equipped with lots of cool extras like Wi/Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 front panel for example. It specs up pretty well too with tons of USB 3.0 ports, the PLX chip for extra PCI lanes good VRM stages.

But in the end it just comes up as pretty average board in overall performance with a Premium Price.
Yes, but that average performance metric comes from added ability by the software, so for me, it's non-issue. Really when it comes down to the end game, this differences in perforamnce will not be noticed by most, and the added functionality is enough to offset the cost.

Yes, it's expensive, but what premium product isn't? The ramdrive software, in retail, costs $40-$80...and that's just that small bit of software.


Have you tried loading it up with video cards and testing PCI-E bandwidth? I'm not convinced that the PLX chip is going to offer any more bandwidth than what IVB can already do and some number will either confirm or disprove this thought. I haven't found any real numbers to show that the PLX chip offers improved performance over using what IVB already has.
Because the PLX PEX8487 is the only way to get Tri-SLI or Quad-SLi on Intel Z77 Express, there are definite performance benefits offered by the use of the PLX chip. The chip itself has it's cost, which accounts for most of the price premium this board has.

that would be only for ln2 cooling.
gene V goes to 1,92volt and some chips need it
Sure, and I am sure that ASRock has an LN2-specific BIOS that may offer more, although you may need to contact them directly to get it, as such functionality isn't for everyone. In the grand scope of things LN2 users are avery small part of our hobby, even if I find that part the most exciting. ;)
 
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sorry guys,next i express my question better.

had always good experience with asrock support.

quote:even if I find that part the most exciting----me too.
 

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Is there any particular reason to pick this MB over the G1.Sniper 3 ?, the Gigabyte is waaay cheaper having the same extras (dual nic, plx 8747, SoundBlaster Recon3Di, 12 phases).
 

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I haven't had the chance to play with the G1.Sniper 3 yet, so I cannot properly answer that question. First and foremost esthetic design stands out, as well as the use of different USB 3.0 controllers and such, plus the fact that this board has some of the best drive perforamnce I've seen yet for Intel Z77 Express.

Of course, I have just recently spoken to Gigabyte about the G1.Sniper 3, and perhaps I'll have a sample soon, and perhaps not. Gigabyte has a lot of stuff coming soon now that Thunderbolt is kinda of out there on the market, as do other OEMs.
 
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Thanks for the review Dave :toast:

We must coalize to get ASUS to send you ROG boards :|
 

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I do have another ASRock product here, based on the X79 chipset. That review will be live soon, and let me tell you, I am very very happy with that product. VERY happy. :cool:
Can't wait:)
Do you think ASUS will ever send you a RIVE?

Excellent review by the way!!!
 
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Great review. I've owned at least 6 ASRock boards and am worried that they are moving too far away from their roots of excellent value, unique features, and niche market boards.
 

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Great review. I've owned at least 6 ASRock boards and am worried that they are moving too far away from their roots of excellent value, unique features, and niche market boards.
No need to worry, IMHO.;) Just look at pricing for Fatal1ty Z77 products.
 

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One would get maximus v formula($300)/thunder fx($340). @ this price asrock = will be a** kicked by asus.-)