ASRock Z77 Extreme11 Motherboard

Introduction

The Z77 Extreme11 is the most expensive motherboard targeted to “Ivy Bridge” processors (third-generation Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors) from ASRock. Let’s see what this motherboard has to offer.

The Intel Z77 is an upgraded version of the Z68 chipset with the same basic features (Intel Smart Response Technology and Virtu video switching technology), plus native support to four USB 3.0 ports. It also includes the addition of two new technologies: Smart Connect (allowing the computer to receive emails and refresh webpages while it is in sleep mode) and Rapid Start (faster boot times).

In addition, the ASRock Z77 Extreme11 supports the Virtu Universal MVP, which allows you to combine the performance of the integrated graphics processor available in the CPU with the performance of any video card installed. This is similar to what occurs with the Hybrid SLI and ATI Hybrid Graphics technologies, with the notable difference of not being limited to GPUs from a specific manufacturer.

To date, ASRock has launched 17 different motherboard models based on the Intel Z77 chipset. In the tables below, we compare their main specifications. Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this article. The Z77 Professional, the Z77 Professional-M, and the Z77 Performance are part of the “Fatal1ty” series, coming with a special USB port with a higher polling rate for gaming mice.

Specification Z77 Extreme11 Z77 Extreme9 Z77 WS Z77 OC Formula Z77 Extreme6/TB4
Form Factor CEB ATX ATX CEB ATX
Memory Sockets 4 4 4 4 4
PCI Express 3.0 x16 3 (x16/x0/x8 or x8/x8/x8) 5 (x16/x16/x0/x16/x0 or x16/x8/x8/x8/x8) 5 (x16/x16/x0/x16/x0 or x16/x8/x8/x8/x8) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 0
PCI Express 2.0 x1 3 1 1 2 2
Mini PCI Express 1 1 0 0 0
Standard PCI 0 0 0 0 2
CrossFireX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SLI Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SATA-300 4 4 4 4 4
SATA-600 10 6 6 6 4
eSATA-300 0 0 0 0 0
eSATA-600 1 (shared) 1 (shared) 1 (shared) 0 1 (shared)
USB 2.0 9 8 8 10 8
USB 3.0 12 12 12 8 6
FireWire 2 2 2 0 2
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0 No No No
Gigabit Ethernet 2 2 2 1 1
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n 802.11a/b/g/n No No No
VGA No No No No Yes
DVI No No No No No
HDMI Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DisplayPort No No No No No
Thunderbolt No No No No 2
Audio ALC898 ALC898 ALC898 ALC898 ALC898
Voltage Regulator 8+4 8+4 8+4 12+4 8+4
Price USD 400 USD 370 USD 300 USD 240 NA
Specification Z77 Extreme6 Z77 Professional Z77 Performance Z77 Extreme4 Z77 Extreme3 Z77 Pro4
Form Factor ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX ATX
Memory Sockets 4 4 4 4 4 4
PCI Express 3.0 x16 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 1 (x16) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 1 (x16)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 0 1 (x4) 1 (x4)
PCI Express 2.0 x1 1 1 1 2 1 1
Mini PCI Express 1 0 0 0 0 0
Standard PCI 2 2 2 2 2 3
CrossFireX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SLI Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
SATA-300 4 4 4 4 4 4
SATA-600 4 6 2 4 2 4
eSATA-300 0 0 1 0 0 0
eSATA-600 1 1 0 1 0 0
USB 2.0 8 10 10 8 8 10
USB 3.0 6 8 6 6 4 4
FireWire 2 2 0 0 0 0
Bluetooth No No No No No No
Gigabit Ethernet 1 2 1 1 1 1
Wi-Fi No No No No No No
VGA Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
DVI Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
HDMI Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DisplayPort Yes Yes No No No No
Audio ALC898 ALC898 ALC892 ALC898 ALC892 ALC892
Voltage Regulator 8+4 16+8 8+4 8+4 8+3 4+2
Price USD 160 USD 145 USD 130 USD 125 USD 120 USD 110
Specification Z77 Pro3 Z77 Professional-M Z77 Extreme4-M Z77 Pro4-M Z77M Z77E-ITX
Form Factor ATX microATX microATX microATX microATX Mini-ITX
Memory Sockets 4 4 4 4 2 2
PCI Express 3.0 x16 1 (x16) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 2 (x16/x0 or x8/x8) 1 (x16) 1 (x16) 1 (x16)
PCI Express 2.0 x16 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 1 (x4) 2 (x1/x4) 1 (x4) 0
PCI Express 2.0 x1 1 1 1 1 0 0
Mini PCI Express 0 0 0 0 0 1
Standard PCI 2 0 0 0 2 0
CrossFireX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
SLI No Yes Yes No No No
SATA-300 4 4 4 4 4 2
SATA-600 2 4 4 4 2 2
eSATA-300 0 0 0 0 0 1
eSATA-600 0 1 1 1 (shared) 0 0
USB 2.0 10 8 10 10 10 6
USB 3.0 4 6 4 4 4 6
FireWire 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bluetooth No No No No No No
Gigabit Ethernet 1 1 1 1 1 1
Wi-Fi No No No No No 802.11n
VGA Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
DVI No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HDMI Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
DisplayPort No Yes No No No Yes
Audio ALC892 ALC898 ALC898 ALC892 ALC892 ALC898
Voltage Regulator 4+1 8+3 4+2 4+2 4+2 6+2
Price USD 95 USD 210 USD 140 USD 110 USD 90 USD 150

Figure 1 shows the ASRock Z77 Extreme11 motherboard. It is based on the CEB form factor (12 x 10.5 inches or 305 x 267 mm), which is a little bit deeper than the ATX form factor (12 x 9.6 inches or 305 x 244 mm).

ASRock Z77 Extreme11Figure 1: ASRock Z77 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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