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ASRock X79 Extreme 11

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Posted August 17, 2012 by James Baranski (Drdeath) in CPU & Motherboards

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Price at time of Review: $599
 

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.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
The ASRock X79 Extreme 11 is high end CEB form factor motherboard boasting 7 PCIE slots and 14 Sata ports for those looking for the best of the best.
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X79 Chipset

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.

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One Comment


  1.  
    MybadOmen

    Love the board and have been watching it and the Champion for a while now but after seeing the new AsRock Formula Z77 (Yellow and Black board) it seems that Asus never really split form AsRock as it has identical parts to the Maximus V Formula Z77.

    Either way i own board from both companies and they are both rock solid.

    Take care and nice review

    MybadOmen





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