ASRock X79 Extreme11 Motherboard

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 Extreme11Figure 1: ASRock X79 Extreme11 motherboard

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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