ASRock X99 Extreme6/3.1 Motherboard Review

Introduction

ASRock has recently started updating their current line of motherboards with USB 3.1 connectivity. USB 3.1 offer up to twice the speed of USB 3.0. The X99 Extreme6/3.1 is one of the motherboards that had gotten the makeover.

The X99 Extreme6/3.1 supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processors. There is 3 way AMD CrossFire and Nvidia SLI support. On the networking side, Intel Gigabit LAN + Qualcomm Atheros Gigabit LAN provide connection. Purity Sounds 2 via a Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio controller with Built-in rear audio amplifier supplies your audio needs. ASRock’s Super Alloy construction features an XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink, premium 60A power choke, premium memory choke, , Ultra Dual-N MOSFET (UDM), NexFET™ MOSFET, Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps, Sapphire Black PCB.

ASRock has not been remiss on the software side either. They have revised their UEFI BIOS, which has exclusive ASROCK Overclocking features. There is also an application center that allows quite a bit of control over the BIOS, overclocking, and other various features from inside the Windows environment.

ASRock’s take on the X99 Extreme6/3.1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raaKdIHjjDY

Onboard Type C USB 3.1 connector

An onboard Type C USB 3.1 connector for plugging mobile devices, plus a PCIe x4 add on card that provides 2 Type A USB 3.1 connectors for delivering up to 10Gbps data transfer rates.

Faster device charging with power currents of 3.0 ampere.

Ultra durable supports over 10,000 plug and removals A reversible design that fits the connector either way.

XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink Design

The extra large aluminum alloy heatsinks take away heat dramatically. As the MOSFETs and chipsets areas are well covered by these heatsinks to protect them from overheating, MOSFET and chipsets can perform with lower temperature, and your motherboard and system will be more stable and reliable.

Premium 60A Power Choke

Compared to traditional chokes, ASRock’s new-gen premium power chokes effectively increase up to 3 times better saturation current, providing enhanced and improved Vcore voltage to the motherboard.

Premium Memory Alloy Choke

Specially designed for memory power delivery, the new-gen alloy chokes feature a highly magnetic and heat resistant design, thus delivering more stable and reliable power to the motherboard.

Ultra Dual-N MOSFET

Combining two silicon dies into one MOSFET, Ultra Dual-N MOSFET provides larger die area and lower Rds(on), so the power supply for the CPU Vcore is more efficient.

Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps

Supreme 12K platinum capacitors with lifespans of at least 12,000 hours. Compared to other counterparts on high-end motherboards that merely have lifespans of around 10,000 hours, ASRock applied Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps that offer 20% longer lifespans and provide more stability and reliability.

Sapphire Black PCB

Pure black PCB appearance. The new Sapphire Black PCB represents rock-solid quality and gives the motherboard a more mysterious touch.

12 Power Phase Design

Designed with a 12 Power Phase design, this motherboard features sturdy components and completely smooth power delivery to the CPU. Plus, it offers unmatched overclocking capabilities and enhanced performance with the lowest temperature for advanced gamers as well.

Digi Power

Unlike traditional motherboards that use analog power, this motherboard uses a next generation digital PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) design, which provides CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly, so that the stability and lifespan of the motherboard is greatly enhanced.

The World’s Fastest M.2 Socket – PCIe Gen3 x4

The onboard M.2 socket is a new interface for connecting Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) SSDs or other devices. ASRock is the first in the world to implement PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 socket on motherboards. The ultimate Ultra M.2 interface pushes the speed up to 32Gb/s which is 6X faster compared to other M.2 Gen2 x1 solutions that are limited to 5Gb/s.

X Series OC Socket

ASRock’s newly designed LGA2011 CPU socket that adds more pins to boost the performance of the CPU and memory, plus it also unlocks several hidden voltage tweaking options for advanced overclocking.

Supports DDR4 ECC / RDIMM Memory Modules

This motherboard is capable of supporting DDR4 ECC and RDIMM (Registered DIMM) memory modules which deliver server-grade performance and durability for high-powered computing systems.

128GB Memory Support

Designed to meet the maximum computing power system, this motherboard adopts Quad-Channel 8 DDR4 DIMM slots. Each slot supports 16GB memory module, thus delivering a maximum capacity up to 128GB.

 

That is only a fraction of the X99 Extreme6/3.1 ’s many features. Let us take a look at the product specifications and packaging next.



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