Summary: The Z77 Extreme6 motherboard from ASRock is aimed at the middle range and features a clean PCB, and many features that we have seen at the more expensive variants; the mini-PCIe slot is very welcome (placed underneath the first PCI-Express x16 slot) for installation of an Wi-Fi card or extra SSD.
Conclusion: The ASRock Z77 Extreme6 looks like a good motherboard on paper. If we do direct comparisons to the Z77 Extreme4, we have more substantial heatsinks, a floppy port, the full array of video outputs and a third PCIe slot at the bottom powered from the chipset.
Summary: Final Thoughts
The ASRock Z77 Extreme6 is definitely a nice looking board. The dark brown PCB complemented with golds, silvers and blacks looks stellar, and if aesthetics are important to you, then this is definitely a good choice to be visible through a case window.
Pros: – Well laid out, – Easytounderstand BIOS, – Achieved a very nice overclock, – Tons of connectivity & expandability, – Included USB 3.0 5.25” bay bracket is a nice addition
Cons: – Could have used one more USB 3.0 motherboard header, – Board labelling (especially RAM slots) could be better., – UEFI has tons of options, yet no explanation, – ⅔ pieces of the included software intrusive, despite being functional.
Summary: From the word go, the installation process of this board was very smooth. There were no weird issues with cable placement, nor did I have to do any special voodoo to get the RAM working. Clearances were good all around, especially around the CPU socket.
Summary: The new Ivy Bridge platform from Intel is a bit of an interesting one and we've almost got this AMD Bulldozer like aura hanging over it. There are two things that feel similar to the Bulldozer launch. The first is that Intel has split the release of the motherboard chipset and accompanying CPUs.
Excerpt: Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Ivy Bridge is coming and the new Intel Z77 motherboards have arrived in heavy anticipation. Ivy Bridge follows Intel’s Tick Tock strategy and for those not familiar with Tick Tock, Intel initiated a development plan that generates a Tick; The development of a new silicon while...
Excerpt: В былые времена продукция, выпускаемая под торговой маркой ASRock, имела неоднозначную репутацию. С одной стороны, в ассортименте вендора всегда присутствовали модели с интересными характеристиками и хорошим соотношением цены и качества.