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. ASRock did also include the well-known Frontal USB 3.0 bay, which is a 2-in-1 device since it can house an extra 2.5’’ HDD or SSD (necessary screws are also provided).
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. The board itself is slightly bigger than the Extreme4, because the Extreme4 was actually smaller-than-ATX.
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.
The board is laid out really well with a clean approach for ease of use.
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. The included USB 3.0 bracket can change from a 3.5″ front bay mount to a rear expansion slot mount with just a couple of screws, and provides two ports with plenty of clearance around them in either configuration.
Conclusion: What sets this board apart from the flock is its over-clocking and the bundled goodies. The software bundle is better than most offerings and more useful as well. It over-clocks well and at US$175 it won’t break the bank either. If you are looking towards the Z77 platform with the intent to upgrade/ purchase you don’t have to look further than the Z77 Extreme 6.
Excerpt: Since February we've been looking at new Intel Z77 Express based motherboards and as the weeks have gone on the pile of Z77 based motherboards has grown larger and larger. It's time to finally start digging into the pile and see just what exactly is going on with them.
Excerpt: 78 Flares 78 Flares × ASRock have made a name for themselves in the past few years, releasing some very impressive motherboards such as the Fatal1ty 990FX Professional that we reviewed a few months back. They have a wide range of motherboards across multiple platforms, from mini-ITX HTPC motherboards to high-end ATX boards with a myriad of features and extreme overclocking support.
Excerpt: Auch ASRock gehört zu den Mainboard-Herstellern, die bereits über zahlreiche Z77-Hauptplatinen verfügen. Als erstes nehmen wir uns dem neuen Extreme 6 Mainboard an, das zu den High-End-Boards aus ASRocks Z77-Line-Up gehört und dementsprechend mit zahlreichen Features aufwartet. Zudem sind wir natürlich auch gespannt, wie diese Platine in Punkto Performance abscheiden wird, verglichen mit dem Z68-Chipsatz.
Excerpt: Auch ASRock gehört zu den Mainboard-Herstellern, die bereits über zahlreiche Z77-Hauptplatinen verfügen. Als erstes nehmen wir uns dem neuen Extreme 6 Mainboard an, das zu den High-End-Boards aus ASRocks Z77-Line-Up gehört und dementsprechend mit zahlreichen Features aufwartet. Zudem sind wir natürlich auch gespannt, wie diese Platine in Punkto Performance abscheiden wird.