I always love to see interesting deviations to the norm when it comes to motherboards, and something such as a mini-ITX based extreme system has been at the top of my list for many years. We never saw a mini-ITX X79 system (the nearest was an extended mini-ITX from Shuttle) but now ASRock has gone head first into the X99 plus mini-ITX arena, showing their first model at CeBIT later this month. The reason for mini-ITX on the extreme platform is usually for density, though there are a couple of compromises that have to be made. The socket is large, and supporting quad channel memory can be a challenge with SATA ports and 40 PCIe lanes in tow. As a result, ASRock’s X99E-ITX/ac only uses...

The ASRock X99 Extreme11 Review: Eighteen SATA Ports with Haswell-E

If there is one thing I like about ASRock, it is their ability to do something different in an increasingly difficult market to differentiate. One of these elements is...

48 by Ian Cutress on 3/11/2015

Embedded World 2015: Skylake-DT Industrial Motherboard Spotted

Even with Broadwell not completely out of the door, a lot of attention is being put towards Skylake, the 14nm architecture update from Intel. Current information out the wild...

13 by Ian Cutress on 2/24/2015

ASRock to Introduce USB 3.1 Cards and Motherboards

On the back of our USB 3.1 performance coverage, as well as seeing some motherboards in the flesh at CES, other manufacturers are now announcing their USB 3.1 implementations...

52 by Ian Cutress on 2/16/2015

ASRock VisionX 471D Review - Evolutionary Upgrades for a Powerful mini-PC

ASRock has been one of the few motherboard vendors to focus on mini-PCs targeting the HTPC and portable gaming markets. Starting from the ION-based nettop days, they have consistently...

30 by Ganesh T S on 1/26/2015

ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard Review: What is the Overclocking Formula?

Within each motherboard manufacturer, there is typically a design team for each market segment they are targeting, be that server, channel or gaming. Overclocking is slightly different as most...

17 by Ian Cutress on 12/30/2014

ASRock X99 WS-E/10G Motherboard Review: Dual 10GBase-T for Prosumers

For a number of months I have been wondering when 10GBase-T would be getting some prime time in the consumer market. Aside from add-in cards, there was no onboard...

43 by Ian Cutress on 12/15/2014

Holiday Guides 2014: Z97 Motherboards for Haswell

Writing one guide for all of the Z97 motherboard range seems a little odd. It is possible to consider each market segment and price range to come up with...

16 by Ian Cutress on 12/9/2014

Holiday Guides 2014: AMD Motherboards

For socketed desktop systems, AMD is currently maintaining three significantly different processor lines. To add to the confusion, one is super low power (Kabini/AM1), one hasn't been updated since...

25 by Ian Cutress on 12/4/2014

Best X99 Motherboards: Holiday 2014

As we approach the holiday season, the Haswell-E and X99 platform has only been on the market for almost three months. With a rushed launch, the motherboard manufacturers raced...

15 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2014

ASRock Announces X99 WS-E/10G: Dual 10GBase-T and Quad x16

Regular readers of my twitter feed might have noticed that over the past 12/24 months, I lamented the lack of 10 gigabit Ethernet connectors on any motherboard. My particular...

50 by Ian Cutress on 11/24/2014

ASRock Releases X99 Extreme11: So I Heard You Like Storage

We reviewed the X79 Extreme11 back in September 2012. The concept was simple: divert eight PCIe lanes into an LSI SAS chip for eight more SATA ports with SAS...

39 by Ian Cutress on 10/9/2014

ASRock Z97 OC Formula Motherboard Review: Less Lamborghini, More Yellow

ASRock is quietly confident of its OC Formula range. We awarded the Z77 version because of its aggressive tactics at the $240 price point and while the Z87 model...

20 by Ian Cutress on 10/2/2014

The Intel Haswell-E X99 Motherboard Roundup with ASUS, GIGABYTE, ASRock and MSI

The launch of Haswell-E ushered in a triumvirate of new technology – a new CPU line, a new motherboard chipset and DDR4 memory. Today we focus on the new...

58 by Ian Cutress on 9/25/2014

Intel’s Haswell-EP Xeons with DDR3 and DDR4 on the Horizon?

Johan’s awesome overview of the Haswell-EP ecosystem showed that the server processor line from Intel is firmly in the track for DDR4 memory along with the associated benefits of...

24 by Ian Cutress on 9/18/2014

VisionX 420D Review: ASRock's mini-PC Lineup Continues to Impress

ASRock has been one of the few motherboard vendors to focus on mini-PCs targeting the HTPC and portable gaming markets. Starting from the ION-based nettop days, they have consistently...

30 by Ganesh T S on 9/1/2014

ASRock on X99 Motherboards: WS, Extreme, Killer, OC Formula and mATX Inbound

It is safe to say that all the motherboard manufacturers have been ambitious for the X99 launch. While I recently gave kudos to one of the others for supporting...

0 by Ian Cutress on 8/29/2014

Exclusive: ASRock’s X99 OC Formula Motherboard in Pictures

To add another element to the current whirlwind of X99 motherboard shots being released, ASRock has now lifted the lid on its high end overclocking motherboard, the X99 OC...

33 by Ian Cutress on 8/25/2014

ASRock Shows X99 Micro-ATX: The X99M Killer

One of the problems of Intel’s high end desktop platforms is size: the sockets are large, and all the DRAM slots take up a fair amount of space. ...

23 by Ian Cutress on 8/15/2014

AMD’s 5 GHz Turbo CPU in Retail: The FX-9590 and ASRock 990FX Extreme9 Review

While AMD’s FX-9590 CPU has been in systems for over a year, it suddenly comes to market as a retail package for end-users to buy with a bundled liquid...

146 by Ian Cutress on 8/9/2014

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