Summary: Final Thoughts
ASRock set out to create the “Ultimate X79 Motherboard” and I really think they have. Think about the features you would want on a motherboard, I’m pretty sure this motherboard has them! The biggest feature of this board is the seven PCIe 3.0 x16 slots. I have not seen that many PCIe slots on a motherboard! Even more impressive is that you can run 4 cards at x16 speed!
Pros: – 7 PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (4 cards can run at x16), – 14 SATA ports (10 are SATA 6GB/s), – Great for overclocking, – Quality components, – USB 3.0 support, – UEFI BIOS
Cons: – Price (although it is justified, but puts it out range for most people), – Weak accessory package
Summary: After spending a lot of time with the ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion, although the results were a bit low on the CPU side, the low power consumption and obvious reasoning as to why it underperformed, has left me quite happy with the complete package. ASRock has some software that really appeals to me, mainly XFastRam, something that no other board maker offers.
Pros: Excellent feature bundle for the price., Nicely optimized and truly useful BIOS and software package., Excellent clocking capability., Fantastic audio rendering., Excellent power consumption., Clean and simple color-themed layout., Fully functional AMI UEFI BIOS, including mouse support and support for 3 TB+ drives.
Cons: CPU performance with tested hardware is a bit underwhelming., Quad-SLI support requires an additional bridge purchase., BIOS is in need of some minor fixes., Not enough cables provided for all internal SATA ports.
Excerpt: Recently we checked out the ASRock X79 Extreme4 which did a good job of impressing us with its strong performance and excellent price point. Jump forward just a little and we find ourselves looking at another motherboard following a similar naming scheme in the form of the ASRock X79 Extreme4-M.
Excerpt: ASRock have actually come to the party a little later than we'd normally expect with the launch of the new X79 chipset from Intel. Usually being one of the first companies to have a mass of boards come our way, they instead started to trickle in a little after launch.
Excerpt: 2 Flares 2 Flares × Over the past couple of years ASRock have really upped their game and are now competing with world renowned motherboard manufacturers such as Asus and Gigabyte. We have looked at a number of motherboards from ASRock recently and none of them have failed to impress. So when they offered us their latest high end X79 model to test, we expected great things. Has it is delivered the goods?