ASRock X299 Extreme4 Review 6

ASRock X299 Extreme4 Review

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Introduction


Well, here we are again with another ASRock motherboard review. This time, however, ASRock prefaced sending me the hardware with a quip that they are billing this board as the "Ultimate Mainstream X299 Motherboard". The board, of course, is the ASRock X299 Extreme4. The ultimate board? Really? With a really affordable $200 price tag (affordable for this platform), that seems a grand claim. How do we assess this claim?

Here's what ASRock says about this board:

"ASRock X299 Extreme4 compares to other entry-level X299 motherboards. It can fully support both KabyLake-X and SkyLake-X CPUs, with a 11-phase power design and a massive VRM heatsink so it can even support Core i9-7980XE with ease. This makes the X299 Extreme4 become the best mainstream X299 motherboard."

Well now. The best mainstream X299 motherboard? To make that claim seems pretty grand for sure, but to me, there is a clear reason why they can confidently do so: the dual 8-pin VRM means this board is ready for the Core i9-7980XE, with a huge heatsink that will help the VRM push Intel's monstrous 18-core CPU when overclocking, but staying cool enough so as not to throttle. There are many boards in the entry-level category for the X299 platform that are limited to 275W–300W power draw. The behemoth Core i9-7980XE CPU can easily draw that 300W at stock with MultiCore Enhancement enabled, meaning the Core i9-7980XE will crush the VRM of many of those boards just at "stock". So with all that in mind, I strapped my own Core i9-7980XE CPU into the ASRock X299 Extreme4, powered it up, and immediately began overclocking. Let's take a look.



Specifications

Specifications
CPU Support: Supports Intel Core X-Series Processor Family for the LGA 2066 Socket
Power Design: CPU Power: 11 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
Chipset:Intel X299
Integrated Graphics:N/A
Memory:8x DIMM, Support Quad Channel DDR4-4200 (OC)+ Max. 128 GB
BIOS:128 MB AMI UEFI BIOS
Expansion Slots: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (electrical connectivity varies by installed CPU)
1x PCIe 3.0 x1 slot
Storage: 8x SATA 6 Gb/s port (Intel X299)
1x M.2 port (front, 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110 devices, PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
2x M.2 port (front, 2230/2242/2260/2280 devices, PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
Networking:1x Intel I219-V
Rear Ports: 1x PS/2 Mouse Port
1x PS/2 Keyboard Port
1x Optical SPDIF Out Port
2x USB 2.0 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s) (ASMedia ASM3142) (Supports ESD Protection)
1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) (ASMedia ASM3142) (Supports ESD Protection)
4x USB 3.1 Gen1 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)
1x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
1x Clear CMOS Button
HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
Audio:Realtek ALC1220 Audio Codec
Fan Headers:5x 4-pin
Form Factor:ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 9.6-in, 30.5 cm x 24.4 cm
Exclusive Features:
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • Premium 60A Power Choke
  • Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM)
  • Nichicon 12K Black Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
  • Matte Black PCB
  • High Density Glass Fabric PCB
  • ASRock Steel Slots
  • ASRock Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • ASRock Full Spike Protection (for all USB, Audio, LAN Ports)
  • ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
  • ASRock A-Tuning
  • ASRock RGB LED
  • ASRock XFast LAN
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