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 compatibility. Then ASRock released the Z87 Extreme11 which combined the LSI chip with a port multiplier, upping the total from 8+6 to 16+6. The X79 required two PLX8747 chips to also enable x16/x16/x16/x16 + LSI, whereas the Z87 only used one PLX8747 for x8/x8/x8/x8 + LSI. Now insert the X99 version of the Extreme11. It gets a bit tricky here, because SATA is not the only storage around. Add into the mix that the chipset supports 10 SATA ports on its own then there is the potential for something silly, or awesome, or perhaps a little...

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...

57 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...

128 by Ian Cutress on 8/9/2014

More Fanless Bay-Trail: ASRock Releases Two Pentium J2900 Motherboards

When we looked at AMD’s Kabini platform, AMD in its press materials pitted their high end APU against the Pentium J2900 in terms of price and performance. The only...

24 by Ian Cutress on 8/6/2014

Z97 Mini-ITX Review at $140: ASRock, MSI and GIGABYTE

With every new chipset release, a large part of the community is always interested in the smaller form factor builds. Building a small yet powerful system seems to be...

36 by Ian Cutress on 7/23/2014

Computex 2014: ASRock to release Z97M and Z97 Anniversary for Pentium-AE

With the new overclockable Pentium processor soon coming to market, named as Pentium-AE and listed under the title ‘Pentium G3258’, it offers an opportunity for some low cost overclocking...

9 by Ian Cutress on 6/13/2014

G.Skill Overclocking World Cup at Computex 2014: $10,000 for #1

Extreme overclocking using LN2 (Liquid Nitrogen) to get the best scores possible has had a recent infusion of interest from PC component vendors. In the past there were...

6 by Ian Cutress on 6/11/2014

Computex 2014: X99 on Display from ASRock

ASRock hosted a VIP media function at Computex yesterday and we were lucky enough to get front row seats. The main talking point of the day was the...

16 by Ian Cutress on 6/4/2014

ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Review: Ultra M.2 x4 Tested With XP941

ASRock has a history of bringing new features to motherboards where others can tread conservatively. For the Z97 Extreme6 we have an M.2 slot that runs at PCIe x4...

39 by Ian Cutress on 5/24/2014

ASRock Rack C2750D4I Review: A Storage Motherboard with Management

One of the purposes of Intel’s Avoton CPUs is cold storage. ASRock produced the C2750D4I for that need – a mini-ITX motherboard with a 25W eight core CPU, support...

81 by Ian Cutress on 4/29/2014

Upcoming Intel Based Motherboards from GIGABYTE, ASUS, MSI and ASRock

Intel has recently been awash with news about upcoming processors. In March, Intel released information on an upcoming unlocked Haswell Pentium processor, an upcoming Haswell-K processor with overclocking enhancements...

58 by Ian Cutress on 4/28/2014

The AM1 Kabini Motherboard Preview: Analyzing the Hardware

One of AMD’s primary feature points for the AM1 Kabini platform was the introduction of low-cost motherboards. The promotional material provided gave a suggested AM1 combined price of $60...

63 by Ian Cutress on 4/19/2014

ASRock FM2A88X Extreme6+ Review

For the AMD Kaveri launch, a number of review publications received the FM2A88X Extreme6+ from ASRock. This is a motherboard that was released several months before the Kaveri processors...

43 by Ian Cutress on 3/19/2014

ASRock’s AM1 Kabini Motherboards Announced, including 19V DC-In Model

With the socketed version of Kabini formally announced by AMD, motherboard manufacturers are in full swing in announcing their line up to AMD’s budget range. AMD’s goal is...

31 by Ian Cutress on 3/18/2014

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