We reviewed the X79 Extreme11 back in September 2012. The concept was simple: divert eight PCIe lanes into an LSI SAS chip for eight more SATA ports with SAS compatibility. Then ASRock released the Z87 Extreme11 which combined the LSI chip with a port multiplier, upping the total from 8+6 to 16+6. The X79 required two PLX8747 chips to also enable x16/x16/x16/x16 + LSI, whereas the Z87 only used one PLX8747 for x8/x8/x8/x8 + LSI. Now insert the X99 version of the Extreme11. It gets a bit tricky here, because SATA is not the only storage around. Add into the mix that the chipset supports 10 SATA ports on its own then there is the potential for something silly, or awesome, or perhaps a little...

ASRock M8 Barebones Review: My Steam Box

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so the saying goes. Most development in home computers veers towards the ultra large (high impact gaming machines for...

78 by Ian Cutress on 1/2/2014

ASRock to Release 990FX Killer Motherboard with M.2

One of the next big things in motherboard development is the progressive move to faster storage – the superseding of SATA 3 Gbps and SATA 6 Gbps. We...

25 by Ian Cutress on 12/12/2013

Gaming Motherboards under $175: Holiday 2013

Glad tidings we bring, and this time it comes in the form of gaming oriented motherboards. As an ex-semi-serious gamer (local clan matches, LANs), the motherboard in my...

9 by Ian Cutress on 11/27/2013

ASRock Launch Z87 Extreme11/AC with 22 SATA Ports and the H81 Pro BTC for Cryptocurrency Mining

This week ASRock are launching a high/low combination of motherboards for Haswell. The first one is going to be one of the wildest designs on the Z87 platform...

20 by Ian Cutress on 11/18/2013

ADATA XPG V2 Review: 2x8 GB at DDR3-2400 C11-13-13 1.65 V

Memory has an odd part to play in the desktop ecosystem. There is plenty of it from many different manufacturers at various prices, speeds and benefits. Most...

26 by Ian Cutress on 11/11/2013

ASRock Z87E-ITX Review: Motherboard Juxtaposition

In the office I am currently running through a series of smaller sized motherboards – both micro-ATX and mini-ITX. Due to the size, there is plenty of scope...

43 by Ian Cutress on 11/6/2013

Analyzing Power Use: 80 Plus Bronze vs. Platinum

I’ve been toying around with updating my computer lately, and one of the topics I wanted to look at was the choice of power supply. For the most part...

77 by Jarred Walton on 10/30/2013

iBUYPOWER Releases M8 Mini-ITX Gaming System

iBUYPOWER is no stranger to these parts; we reviewed a few of their desktop and laptop systems over the years. They're now one of the larger boutique PC vendors...

36 by Jarred Walton on 10/25/2013

ASRock Z87M OC Formula Review: mATX OC at $190

The typical mainstay for the overclocker is the ATX size, with ample room for large coolers and multi-GPU setups. Is micro-ATX up to scratch? ASRock thinks so...

26 by Ian Cutress on 8/14/2013

ASRock Z87 OC Formula/AC Review

When we tested the ASRock Z77 OC Formula, I described it as ‘the best ASRock motherboard I have ever tested’. Today we test the Z87 version to see...

23 by Ian Cutress on 7/26/2013

Intel Z87 Motherboard Review with Haswell: Gigabyte, MSI, ASRock and ASUS

Talk about Haswell and Z87 has circulated the internet for many quarters – today we reap the benefits of the wait and get our chance to review both the...

58 by Ian Cutress on 6/27/2013

Computex 2013: ASRock's M8 mini-ITX Gaming PC

After thoroughly enjoying Falcon NW's Tiki system, I was pleased to see ASRock showcase a mini-ITX tower/desktop of its own at Computex: the M8. Inside is an ASRock mini-ITX...

19 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 6/10/2013

Computex 2013: ASRock Z87 with 22 SATA Ports [Update]

For X79 and Z77 ASRock have released an Extreme11 model, known for being high price due to the integrated PLX and LSI 2308 RAID chips to provide extra PCIe...

27 by Ian Cutress on 6/7/2013

Haswell Z87 Motherboard Preview: 50+ Motherboards from ASUS, Gigabyte, ASRock, MSI, ECS, Biostar and EVGA

With time quickly approaching the launch of Haswell, leaks on both motherboards and CPU performance are coming out of the woodworks. Similar to our advance Ivy Bridge coverage...

71 by Ian Cutress on 5/22/2013

Best X79 Motherboards, May 2013

Our next set of motherboard recommendations sit at the feet of Sandy Bridge-E, the current de-facto platform for consumer throughput performance. If you have a non-GPU accelerated workload...

28 by Ian Cutress on 5/9/2013

Best High End Z77 Motherboards, April 2013

As part of our ‘Best X’ range of pipeline posts, our focus turns on to the motherboard segment. At this point of the year, we really are between...

29 by Ian Cutress on 4/11/2013

ASRock Fatal1ty X79 Champion and X79 Professional Review: From a Gamer to Gamers

We have a long wait until Ivy Bridge-E hits the shelves, and until that point the dichotomy between the features and price of both Sandy Bridge-E and Ivy Bridge...

71 by Ian Cutress on 2/9/2013

ASRock Z77 OC Formula Review: Living In The Fast Lane

Enthusiasts and speed freaks are always looking for an edge – a little something that will help push their gear that little bit faster. There is already a...

48 by Ian Cutress on 1/15/2013

Email In: ASRock Offering Two New Motherboards – 990FX Extreme9 and FM2A85X-ITX

With the release of the Vishera processors (AMD Piledriver based FX-8350), very few motherboards were brought to the market as the chips slotted directly into the AM3+ socket and...

12 by Ian Cutress on 1/7/2013

Z77 mITX Round-Up: Five of the Best – MSI, Zotac, ASRock, EVGA and ASUS

The mini-ITX motherboard market seems like a fast growing segment. It has many applications in terms of small home servers, work machines, HTPC devices, mobile gaming desktop machines...

53 by Ian Cutress on 12/31/2012

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