ASRock Z97 Extreme4 Motherboard

Conclusions

The ASRock Z97 Extreme4 is an good top mid-range motherboard, targeted to the cost-conscious user who is building a computer using a “Haswell” CPU (fourth-generation Core i3, Core i5, or Core i7 processors) and wants it to be compatible with the future “Devil’s Canyon” (enhanced fourth-generation) and “Broadwell” (fifth-generation) “Core i” processors.

The highlights of this motherboard include the high-end audio interface, the support for M.2 modules and SATA Express devices, and the high-end voltage regulator.

The voltage regulator circuit with 12 phases and high-end components, in addition to the great number of overclocking and tuning options in the setup, makes the Z97 Extreme4 a great choice for those who are into overclocking.

The biggest limitation of this motherboard is the basic slot configuration. Although it supports SLI and CrossFireX with up to three video cards, the absence of a switching chip does not allow the video cards to reach their maximum theoretical bandwidth when more than one video card is installed.

If you will build a computer based on a Haswell CPU, with only one video card, and want to try some overclocking, the ASRock Z97 Extreme4 motherboard is a great choice.

Author: Rafael Coelho

Rafael Otto Coelho is a physicist with a master's degree in Education, and is a college professor in Brazil.

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