ASRock Z97 Extreme6 In The Box

The Z97 Extreme6 is currently the least expensive motherboard we have tested from the 9-series range at $170. At this price point, for P67, we had ASRock motherboards with cables and USB 3.0 front panel devices. However the modern motherboards boards are actually more expensive to make, and with computer cases now supplying four USB 3.0 ports at the front, there is no need for the front panel extras unless they integrate some form of WiFi. Also because the Z97 Extreme6 uses two M.2 and SATAe, the cost of integrating those into the platform might also affect the depth of the bundle.

In the Z97 Extreme6 box, we get:

Driver DVD
Manual
Rear IO Shield
Four SATA Cables
HDD Saver Cable
SLI Bridge

Aside from the HDD Saver cable, which has to be present for the HDD Saver feature, this package is very light. Due to the 10 SATA ports on board, four SATA cables amounts to half should the M.2 x2 be in use, and there is no specific extras to the package that might make the product stand out.

ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Overclocking

Experience with ASRock Z97 Extreme6

I am pleased with ASRock’s persistence with all the automatic overclock options. It allows users to experiment with the lower overclocks and move up to the more stringent challenges for their expensive silicon. Typically automatic overclock options are also aggressive on voltages, so when a user hits a temperature limit they can manually go in and reduce the voltage as required.

The Power Saving option in A-Tuning is a good idea for extreme power conscious individuals. In general, a lot of what most users do is very brief and takes less than a second to implement on a modern system. By bringing the MHz down and moving the CPU into a more power efficient range, the overall power consumption is lower saving a few cents here and there.

For our manual overclocking we used the BIOS as usual, moving the load line calibration up to Level 1, similar to the extreme auto overclocking, and started from there. We hit 4.6 GHz at 1.3 volts, although this gave a rather toasty 95ºC peak during OCCT in our open test bed.

Methodology:

Our standard overclocking methodology is as follows. We select the automatic overclock options and test for stability with PovRay and OCCT to simulate high-end workloads. These stability tests aim to catch any immediate causes for memory or CPU errors.

For manual overclocks, based on the information gathered from previous testing, starts off at a nominal voltage and CPU multiplier, and the multiplier is increased until the stability tests are failed. The CPU voltage is increased gradually until the stability tests are passed, and the process repeated until the motherboard reduces the multiplier automatically (due to safety protocol) or the CPU temperature reaches a stupidly high level (100ºC+). Our test bed is not in a case, which should push overclocks higher with fresher (cooler) air.

Overclock Results:

ASRock Z97 Extreme6 Software 2014 Test Setup, Power Consumption, POST Time
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  • jed1972 - Sunday, February 1, 2015 - link

    Can i use a normal m.2 and ultra m.2 while using dual sli on my asrock z97 extreme 6? Reply
  • Rub9000 - Monday, June 8, 2015 - link

    My biggest problem with this board is how picky it is with hard drives and video cards. I removed a drive (I have four) and wanted to use it to build a computer for my wife. I when I removed it, the motherboard freaked out and I had to format the boot drive is reinstall windows. No clue why. The 2nd thing is I use a Nvidia 660 gtx. (yes I know it is an old card). When I installed it I had to use the Gen 2 option in the bios to get the pc to boot. I contacted ASrock to help figure it out with no help from them at all. I ran into the option by chance and used it. It worked and I could log on. No thanks to ASrock support. They are awful. They even belittled my tech back ground when I posted the question on line. (I have a BSIT and over 20 years in enterprise systems support). All that said, I will not buy from ASrock again. Not a company I want to deal with in the future. Reply
  • xtalx - Friday, October 9, 2015 - link

    I have an issue with this board as well, when trying to boot from my SSD.
    I have the following cards on the board:

    PCIE2 - r9 280x
    m.2 ultra - sm951 512MB
    PCIE4 or 4 - Highpoint RAID 2720SGL

    If I have the HighPoint RAID card connected, after it goes through the bios / drive checks the screen simply goes blank and the cursor flashes in the top left hand corner and Windows 7 doesn't boot. If I press any keys, such as NUM Lock the system just freezes.
    If I remove the card it boots.
    Tried various card alignments, but still no joy.
    This card works fine in my ASROCK AMD chipset board. I've gone through the UEFI and removed all reference of the HP RAID Card from boot options, set the SATA mode to AHCI, but still no joy.
    I'm hoping some one on the ASROCK forum has come across this before and has a solution.
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