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: 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: 4 Flares 4 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.