ASRock X79 Extreme 11
OverviewHardware: CPU & Motherboards
WHAT WE LIKED:Full size CEB form factor with a ton of room plus seven PCIE slots and fourteen sata ports.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Overclocking is a bit tougher with this platform.
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To get a better understanding of the X79 platform we have included Intel’s diagrams for the X79 chipset and the Z77 chipset. They do look rather similar, but there are some distinct differences, and two in particular. The first is the X79 supports the new LGA2011 socket and Sandy-Bridge-E processors, while Z77 is relegated to LGA 1155 socket. The second significant difference is found in the memory, as X79 supports quad channel memory configurations, while the Z77 supports dual channel memory setups.
Looking closely at the two diagrams below you will notice that the X79 Chipset supports 40 lanes of PCI Express 2.0 for Graphics which will support up to five graphics cards in a 1×16, 2×8, and 2×4 configurations. This can be an advantage over the Z77 that supports only 16 Lanes by comparison.
Let’s look at the features and specifications next.