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ASRock Z77 Extreme 6

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Posted April 7, 2012 by Jake in CPU & Motherboards
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Introduction

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, Ivy Bridge is coming and the new Intel Z77 motherboards have arrived in heavy anticipation. Ivy Bridge follows Intel’s Tick Tock strategy and for those not familiar with Tick Tock, Intel initiated a development plan that generates a Tick; The development of a new silicon while increasing transistor density every other year and a Tock; Engineering new micro-architecture on the flip side. The two alternate every other year so Sandy Bridge brought the Tock and the soon release of Ivy Bridge, keeps the clock ticking.

Intel’s intentional delay of Ivy Bridge helps OEM manufacturers position inventory levels with a weak desktop market and Z77 motherboards get a jump ahead of the introduction. Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge both use socket 1155 which is welcomed by all as Intel usually switches sockets with new intros but that is not the case with Ivy. Although Intel uses LGA 1155, there are some considerable changes with the Z77 chipset from the last generation Z68 chipset. Yes, Ivy Bridge is compatible with Z68 Gen. 3 motherboards using a simple BIOS flash but boasting PCI 3.0 amongst other upgrades, the Z77 chipset makes more sense keeping your system up to date.

ASRock has been on a roll as of late, engineering really great looking and performing motherboards so with no further ado, we introduce the Z77 Extreme 6 motherboard. Let’s fire up the Z77 Extreme 6 and see what surprises ASRock has in store.

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