ASRock Z77 Extreme 6 board revealed
Ryan Martin / 5 years ago
April the 8th is when we will finally get to see Z77 boards from the likes of ASUS, ASRock, Gigabyte, MSI and EVGA. With over a month to go pictures have emerged of ASRock’s Extreme 6 Z77 motherboard based off Intel’s LGA 1155 platform with the Z77 chipset. Naturally it will provide out of the box support for upcoming 22nm Ivy Bridge proccessors and current 32nm Sandy Bridge processors.
The LGA1155 CPU socket is powered by a 12-phase DigiPower VRM. It is wired to four DDR3 DIMM slots, supporting dual-channel DDR3 memory speeds with over DDR3-2800 MHz speeds by overclocking. Expansion slots include two PCI-Express 3.0 x16 (x8/x8 when both populated) which are wired to the CPU. There is also one PCI-Express 2.0 x16 (electrically wired to x4), wired to the chipset along with a PCI-Express 2.0 x, a mini-PCIe 2.0 x1 and two legacy PCI slots.
SATA connectivity on the ASRock Z77 Extreme6 includes four SATA 6 Gb/s (two from the chipset amd two from a third-party controller), four SATA 3 Gb/s, and one eSATA 6 Gb/s. USB 3.0 connectivity includes four ports on the rear panel, and two via front-panel header. Display connectivity includes one each of DVI, D-Sub, HDMI, and DisplayPort. Other connectivity includes 8+2 channel HD audio (Realtek ALC898), FireWire, and one gigabit Ethernet (Broadcom BCM57781).
The Z77 Extreme6 is backed by numerous features, support for NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossFire, LucidLogix VirtuMVP, THX TruStudio Pro, and Intel features introduced with the platform such as RapidStart and SmartConnect. Its UEFI firmware setup program also has a limited-functionality OS that just about gets you on the internet.