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ASRock X79 Extreme9 Motherboard
Author: Gabriel Torres
Type: First Look Last Updated: February 14, 2012
Page: 1 of 9
Introduction

ASRock has released seven motherboard models for the new socket LGA2011 platform, heavily betting that this platform will become more mainstream after Intel releases cheaper LGA2011 processors during this year. This time we will take a look at the X79 Extreme9, which is the most high-end (and most expensive) socket LGA2011 motherboard offered by ASRock at this time, with five PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, eight SATA-600 ports, eight USB 3.0 ports, and a high-end, add-on sound card called “Game Blaster.”

To better understand the differences between the several socket LGA2011 motherboards released by ASRock, we compiled the table below. The X79 Fatal1ty hasn’t been released yet. 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.           

 

X79 Fatal1ty

X79 Extreme
9

X79 Extreme
7

X79 Extreme
6/GB

X79 Extreme
6

X79 Extreme
4-M

X79 Extreme
4

X79 Extreme
3

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

microATX

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

8

8

6

8

8

4

4

4

PCI Express x16

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)

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

1

1

1

0

2

1

Standard PCI

2

0

0

2

2

1

2

2

SATA-300

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

4

SATA-600

6

8

7

5

5

3

5

3

eSATA-600

2

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

USB 2.0

12

10

10

10

10

10

12

12

USB 3.0

8

8

6

6

6

4

4

4

FireWire

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

0

Gigabit Ethernet

1

1+1

2

1+1

1

1

1

1

Audio

ALC898

Game Blaster

ALC898

Game Blaster

ALC898

ALC898

ALC898

ALC898

Voltage Regulator

16+2

16+2

12+2

12+2

12+2

6+2

6+2

5+1

Price

NA

USD 345

USD 260

USD 280

USD 250

USD 219

USD 215

USD 215

In Figure 1, you see the ASRock X79 Extreme9 motherboard.

ASRock X79 Extreme9 motherboard
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Figure 1: ASRock X79 Extreme9 motherboard

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