ASRock X99 Extreme 6 and X99 Extreme 4 Motherboards With Super Alloy Power Unveiled

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Jun 3, 2014
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We recently posted an article detailing how an ASRock X99 motherboard was spotted over at ADATA’s booth equipped with the latest XPG Z1 DDR4 memory. Thanks to VR-Zone, we know have full details on ASRock’s upcoming high-performance HEDT boards which include the X99 Extreme 6 and X99 Extreme 4.ASRock X99 Extreme 6

ASRock X99 Extreme 6 and X99 Extreme 4 Motherboards With Super Alloy Power

ASRock, just like other manufacturer’s don’t have actual retail samples ready since the Haswell-E platform launch is still a few months away. The Haswell-E platform is supposed to launch in September 2014 so it might take some time before we get to see retail designs but it’s a good sight that X99 is being shown off even in prototype stage giving a hint at the various features we should expect from the HEDT motherboards. All motherboards will have a few things in common such as the LGA 2011-3 socket which will support Haswell-E processors and the X99 chipset which will allow compatibility and act as the main PCH of the platform. ASRock has two X99 motherboards in line for their Extreme lineup, X99 Extreme 6 and X99 Extreme 4. The third board which was showcased at ADATA’s booth is possibly the OC oriented board or a more latter revision of the Extreme motherboard we are looking at.

ASRock X99 Extreme 6

The ASRock X99 Extreme 6 would be a high-end offering from the company in the X99 product lineup. The board will fall below the X99 Extreme 9 that would be offered later. ASRock hasn’t confirmed whether they will use the blue and black color scheme or something else. But judging from the DIMM slots, its possible that the design will be similar to the ASRock Z97 Extreme 6 motherboard which offers a new blue and black color scheme.

From a technical perspective, the motherboard features a 12 Phase high-quality Super Alloy Power design. The CPU socket is powered with a single 8-Pin connector and the 24-Pin ATX power connector. Being a enthusiast and overclocking design, the motherboard comes in the ATX form factor featuring 50G Aluminum Alloy heatsinks that will be included on the final design, Premium Alloy Chokes, Dual-Stack MOSFETs, Japanese made high-quality conductive polymer capacitors and support for the latest and greatest Haswell-E processors. There are eight DDR4 DIMM slots, four on each side of the socket which can support up to 64 GB of Quad Channel memory with speeds of up to 2800 MHz (O.C+).

Expansion slots include three PCI-e 3.0 x16, two PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots. The expansion slots are all 15u gold contact in VGA PCIe slots and feature support for 3-Way AMD CrossFireX and 3-Way NVIDIA SLI. There’s also the Ultra M.2 slot and a mPCI-e slot along with a PEG and 4-Pin Molex connector which adds additional power to the PCI-e expansion lanes while using several cards. Storage connectors include 10 SATA 6 GB/s and a single SATA Express connectors followed by two USB 3.0 headers. OC switches and Diagnostic LED are located just below the X99 PCH. The motherboard comes with the Purity Sound 2 design which offers a 7.1 channel HD Audio jack powered by AL1150 codec and DTS Connect.

I/O on the ASRock X99 Extreme 6 motherboard includes 1 eSATA, 10 USB 3.0 (4 Front, 6 Read), 7 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 2 Dock, 1 Vertical Type A), 1 COM Port Header, 1 Thunderbolt AC connector, Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN, ASRock HDD Server Technology, ASRock Cloud and Full HD UEFI.

ASRock X99 Extreme 4

The ASRock X99 Extreme 4 would also be a high-end offering from the company in the X99 product lineup. The board will fall below the X99 Extreme 6 which is detailed above. ASRock hasn’t confirmed whether they will use the blue and black color scheme or something else. But judging from the DIMM slots, its possible that the design will be similar to the ASRock Z97 Extreme 6 motherboard which offers a new blue and black color scheme.

From a technical perspective, the motherboard features a 12 Phase high-quality Super Alloy Power design. The CPU socket is powered with a single 8-Pin connector and the 24-Pin ATX power connector. Being a enthusiast and overclocking design, the motherboard comes in the ATX form factor featuring 50G Aluminum Alloy heatsinks that will be included on the final design, Premium Alloy Chokes, Dual-Stack MOSFETs, Japanese made high-quality conductive polymer capacitors and support for the latest and greatest Haswell-E processors. There are eight DDR4 DIMM slots, four on each side of the socket which can support up to 64 GB of Quad Channel memory with speeds of up to 2800 MHz (O.C+).

Expansion slots include three PCI-e 3.0 x16, one PCI-e 2.0  x16, one PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots. The expansion slots are all 15u gold contact in VGA PCIe slots and feature support for 4-Way AMD CrossFireX and 3-Way NVIDIA SLI. There’s also the Ultra M.2 slot and 4-Pin Molex connector which adds additional power to the PCI-e expansion lanes while using several cards. Storage connectors include 10 SATA 6 GB/s connectors followed by two USB 3.0 headers. OC switches and Diagnostic LED are located just below the X99 PCH. The motherboard comes with the Purity Sound 2 design which offers a 7.1 channel HD Audio jack powered by AL1150 codec and DTS Connect.

I/O on the ASRock X99 Extreme 6 motherboard includes 1 eSATA, 6 USB 3.0 (4 Front, 2 Read), 8 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 4 Back), 1 COM Port Header, 1 Thunderbolt AC connector, Intel Gigabit Ethernet LAN, ASRock HDD Server Technology, ASRock Cloud and Full HD UEFI.

Expect more news and information on these motherboards in the upcoming months. Till then, you can check out the Haswell-E processor specifications below:

Intel Haswell-E Processors lineup Specifications:

Model Intel Core i7-5960X Intel Core i7-5930K Intel Core i7-5820K Intel Core i7-4960X
Platform Haswell-E Haswell-E Haswell-E Ivy Bridge-E
Process 22nm 22nm 22nm 22nm
Cores/Threads 8/16 6/12 6/12 6/12
Cache 20 MB L3 15 MB L3 15 MB L3 15 MB L3
Core Clock 3.0/3.3 GHz 3.5/3.9-4.0 GHz 3.3/3.6-3.8 GHz 3.6/4.0 GHz
Socket LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011-3 LGA 2011
TDP 140W 140W 140W 130W
Memory DDR4-2133 MHz DDR4-2133 MHz DDR4-2133 MHz DDR3-1600 MHz
Chipset X99 X99 X99 X79
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