Excerpt: This is a new mid-range X79 motherboard from ASRock. This board is currently priced at about 215 dollars and this puts it near the bottom of the pricing scale for this chipset. ASRock has become very good at cramming in as many features as possible and providing outstanding performance at a reasonable price. We will see if this board lives up to this standard.
Summary: This was fairly new for us as a follow up to an existing review isn’t something we’ve done for years. And the last time we did it was with the Striker Extreme, which was pretty much a piece of junk. The ASRock X79 Extreme4 was the opposite, but given our hit and miss experiences with the ASRock brand, it seemed prudent to evaluate a second copy and see if this model is good to go or not.
Summary: We’ve had some rough experiences with ASRock motherboards since we started reviewing this company's products. So in a HardOCP first, we pit two ASRock boards of the same model against each other and look at matters from another perspective. The perspective of quality and consistency.
Summary: First we will quickly explain our overclocking experience with these Asrock X79 motherboards. Back when I tested the Asrock X79 Extreme9 it was found to be one of the best X79 overclocking motherboards, pushing our Core i7-3960X processors to 4452MHz. The Asus P9X79 Deluxe wasn’t much slower reaching 4432MHz, while the Intel DX79SI was limited to 4269MHz.
Excerpt: Intel's premier consumer desktop platform looks rather more tasty now that the chip giant is rolling out the £250 Core i7 3820 processor in the coming weeks. The goliath LGA2011 processors, of which there are now three, need an X79 motherboard for support; no other supporting core logic will do. Yet selecting the right X79 board is crucial once you factor in the £170-plus outlay.
Summary: Earlier I had mentioned a feature of the board which would allow it to resume a BIOS update even from a power failure mid-flash. If you read that section of the article you were probably wondering how that went. Well I tested it and the damn thing actually worked. I was almost sure I was going to brick the damned thing. I yanked the power cord out of the back of the PSU during the write stage of the flash. I plugged the power back in and powered on the machine.
Summary: After the last couple of ASRock boards, I wasn’t sure if I ever wanted to see another one. The ASRock X79 Extreme4 not only surpassed my admittedly low expectations, but proved to be the exact opposite of the last two motherboards. Grab a sandwich and read on. You don’t want to miss this one.
Conclusion: ASRock have released a range of motherboards for X79, and today we have looked at the X79 Extreme4-M, a microATX board with all the Sandy Bridge-E credentials, and its bigger brother, the X79 Extreme4. Along with this, ASRock are also planning on releasing an Extreme3, Extreme7, and an ultimate version Extreme9, all at various price points.
Conclusion: Starting with the styling, I instantly fell in love with it as it just looks to be the most sophisticated X79 board on the market, sure we have the Asus ROG board, and the Gigabyte G1 boards but they have a slightly different market, whereas the Extreme4 just goes for the upper higher-end of the market in terms of styling, but offers a price tag that we can all be comfortable with.
ASRock X79 Extreme4, miglior prezzo per un daily use su LGA 2011
19 November 2013
Excerpt: Realizzare schede madri per le CPU Sandy Bridge LGA 2011 si è rivelata una sfida più difficile del previsto. Anche ASRock ha proposto la sua gamma di modelli X79, aggredendo il mercato con dei modelli caratterizzati dall’ottimo rapporto qualità prezzo. La ASRock X79 Extreme4 si propone come la versione più interessante sotto questo punto di vista, proponendo ottime feature ad un prezzo concorrenziale. La testeremo sul campo di battaglia in questa recensione.
Pros: Buon sistema di alimentazione, Tecnologie d’avanguardia, Bundle software abbondante
Cons: Bios perfezionabile, Sistema di dissipazione delle fasi migliorabile