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ASRock X79 Extreme11 Motherboard
Author: Gabriel Torres 24,301 views
Type: First Look Last Updated: August 13, 2012
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Introduction

The ASRock X79 Extreme11 is probably the most complete motherboard released so far for the LGA2011 platform. It includes seven PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, eight additional SAS/SATA-600 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, and a high-end audio controller. The most important feature of this motherboard is the presence of two PLX PEX8747 chips, which allow you to install up to four PCI Express 3.0 video cards truly working at x16 speed. Let’s check it out.

To better understand the differences between the several socket LGA2011 motherboards released by ASRock, we compiled the tables below. Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this article. “Game Blaster” is a PCI Express x1 add-on sound card featuring a Creative Sound Core3D audio chip and a Broadcom networking chip.

Specification

X79 Extreme11

X79 Champion

X79 Professional

X79 Extreme9

X79 Extreme7

Form Factor

CEB

CEB

ATX

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

8

8

8

8

6

PCI Express x16

7 (x16/x0/x16/
x0/x16/x0/x16 or x16/x8/x8/
x8/x8/x8/x8)

5

4 (x16/x8/x16/x0 or x16/x8/x8/x8)

5 (x16/x0/x16/
x0/x8 or x8/x8/x8/
x8/x8)

5 (x16/x0/x16/
x0/x8 or x8/x8/x8/
x8/x8)

PCI Express x1

0

2

1

1

1

Standard PCI

0

0

2

0

0

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SLI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SATA-300

4

4

4

4

4

SATA-600

10  (8 SAS)

6

6

8

7

eSATA-600

2

2

2

2

1

USB 2.0

12

8

10

10

10

USB 3.0

8

12

8

8

6

FireWire

2

2

2

2

2

Gigabit Ethernet

2

1

1

1+1

2

Audio

Sound Core3D

Sound Core3D

ALC898

Game Blaster

ALC898

Voltage Regulator

22+2+2

12+2

16+2

16+2

12+2

Price

USD 600

USD 370

USD 280

USD 345

USD 245

 

Specification

X79 Extreme6/GB

X79 Extreme6

X79 Extreme4-M

X79 Extreme4

X79 Extreme3

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

microATX

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

8

8

4

4

4

PCI Express x16

3 (x16/x16/x8)

3 (x16/x16/x8)

3 (x16/x16/x8)

3 (x16/x16/x8)

3 (x16/x16/x8)

PCI Express x1

1

1

0

2

1

Standard PCI

2

2

1

2

2

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SLI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SATA-300

4

4

4

4

4

SATA-600

5

5

3

5

3

eSATA-600

1

1

1

1

1

USB 2.0

10

10

10

12

12

USB 3.0

6

6

4

4

4

FireWire

2

2

2

2

0

Gigabit Ethernet

1+1

1

1

1

1

Audio

Game Blaster

ALC898

ALC898

ALC898

ALC898

Voltage Regulator

12+2

12+2

6+2

6+2

5+1

Price

USD 270

USD 250

USD 215

USD 225

USD 210

In Figure 1, you see the ASRock X79 Extreme11 motherboard. It uses the CEB form factor (12 x 10.5 inches or 305 x 267 mm), which is a little deeper than standard ATX motherboards (12 x 9.6 inches or 305 x 244 mm). Therefore, you need to make sure that your computer case is compatible with the CEB form factor.

ASRock X79 Extreme11
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Figure 1: ASRock X79 Extreme11 motherboard

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