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Item#: N82E16813157470

ASRock Z87 Extreme11/ac LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Extended ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z87
  • 4th generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Xeon/Pentium/Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 2933+(OC)/1600
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • David H.
  • 5/30/2014 11:52:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLovin this board so far :)

Pros: Bought this new for a little over five bones, a bit high for a NAS device. However, considering it supports 22 drives, with support for drives over 3TB and also SAS drives, you get what you pay for. Not many boards will offer 15k SAS support, especially if you have unRAID and want a super fast cache drive. So, I can say a few things about unRAID, since this is why I bought this board.

First off, I had to use unRAID 6.0beta4, as unRAID v5.x does not have native support for the LSI SAS3008 controller. Second, you cannot do JBOD for unRAID out of the box. Instead, you need to look to SuperMicro’s FTP site and find their “IT mode” BIOS for the LSI SAS3008 controller. Once you find the file, and make the flash, all drives will show up as JBOD. This will be a con for my review, as it is hard to find out if JBOD is supported from the sales data provided.

So, once you get the unRAID beta 6, and the “IT MODE” BIOS installed, everything is a snap and goes smooth. I have had ZERO issues with a 24/7 20TB usable array provided by unRAID. (I paid for a PRO key to run 24 drives). I can say, even without a cache drive, the performance is awesome! I run LAN and disk benchmarks and I can say that SATA 1 (150MB/s) speeds are easy to achieve if you have good drives across the wire, and I can get close to 200MB/s on the local disk tests with ease. I don’t need any cards; I use everything onboard and disable my sound. I considered going with X-Windows on unRAID, but then I figured it was not needed.

As for a desktop board, I think this would also do well. There are TONS of apps and software if you wanted to use this in some sort of PowerDesktop type setup, with utilities to Overclock and triple SLI if you wanted to. For my purposes though, the board never gets hot and is as cool as a cucumber.

Cons: Not easy to find info that the stock "IR MODE" BIOS that comes on the LSI SAS3008 controller WILL NOT support JBOD. You are forced to do some type of RAID if you want to use your drives. However, as stated before, there is an "IT MODE" BIOS that fixes this, but you lose the ability to make RAID arrays once you switch the BIOS, the controller becomes a 16 port SATA3/SAS controller with no other features when you make the switch. You can, of course, switch back at any time if you need to go back and make arrays.

Other Thoughts: Greta board, might even get a 2nd board to run as a workstation. For a server or NAS, this is THE board to get if you plan on running large (over 2TB) drives. So it is safe to say it supports 64bit LBA, both on the motherboard BIOS as well as the 16 port SAS controller.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/2/2014 9:57:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGreat board except one glaring issue

Pros: So many features. Apart from the serious problems I am having with it (see below) this is a good board. I still haven't gotten to explore all the features there are so many. It is fast and with Windows 8.1 it boots very quickly. The UEFI is fantastic. I have never had a board with such level of control.

Cons: I am on my second board and it has the same issue as the first. I have 16 hard drives attached to it and I believe there are issues with the chipset or something. Drives randomly get dropped frequently and I cannot figure out why. I have verified the cables and drives themselves are fine. I have read about other boards with the z87 chipset having similar issues. Something to do with SATA compliance and older drives. I am still researching it and trying to get ASRock to respond but their customer support is a joke. You can only email them and they take days to respond. They obviously have no interest in providing support to customer and consistently urge you to solve technical issue with the retailer. This may be my last ASRock board because of that.

Other Thoughts: I really have a love hate relationship with this board. I really want it to work but I may have to end up going a different route if I cannot get things working. What's the point of having a board with 22 SATA ports if you can't use them? I use it as a NAS server with dual parity. Having drive dropping constantly is unacceptable.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
For the issue, please set the UEFI BIOS default.
Test with single drive (switching another drive if problem still persist ) to each SATA port one by one to isolate the issue.
Check the power supply causing the related issue.
If you have any technical issues please contact us at 909-590-8308 or http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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  • Thomas V.
  • 4/26/2014 9:17:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOne Truly Amazing Board!

Pros: First let me say I have been using this board under full stress for about four months now. I wanted to really put it through its paces before I wrote a review. So far, it has had no problems.
This is the first motherboard I have ever had that had everything I wanted without having to add boards.
The configuration I have is 2 SSDs attached to the 6 GB/s, one is for OS, the other as a scratch pad (primarily for working with video, conversion, M and P simulations, and other large program files.)
- The file storage is no problem with 16 SAS/SATA ports. I have 6 X 2 TB HDDs in RAID 10. I have noticed no problems from the LSI setup, and have plenty of room for expansion. One question I had when I was looking at this board was how well the SAS/SATA port would work with regular SATA HDD drives. Let me put this question to rest, they work very well indeed. While I did have a little problem, see below, regular SATA HDDs configure easily, and work well in the 16 SAS/SATA ports
- As mentioned below, boot time is somewhat delayed by the LSI setting up before the BIOS finishes. This is not a real problem for me as I have a lot of large files stored in a large RAID 10. Besides it is only 37 seconds on average.
- This board is built for 4 graphics cards (I am only using 2) so the spacing here is outstanding. One comment; do pay attention to the sequence of slots to use.
- The Bluetooth and Wi-Fi is amazing. This makes file transfer and Syncing with any of my Android devices exceptionally easy. The Bluetooth link is automatic when I walk into the room. All I have to do is send the files via FTP. (The card reader is a great bonus.)
- The Thunderbolt backup works extremely well. I can do my onsite backups in less than 15 minutes, pull the device lock it up, and I am out the door.
- The optical S/PDIF audio works very well. I cannot say much about the onboard audio, as I use the S/PDIF out to a receiver. However, the headset audio is fantastic. Bluetooth works great here as well.
- I have the Duel LAN setup in a TEAM configuration. I am most impressed with the stability I am seeing, as well as the speed.
- I have never had an ASROCK MB before, but I was very pleasantly surprised by the Bios GUI. It is extremely helpful and intuitive.
- One last tip; put this in a big case. You will be much happier. I put this in a Cooler Master Stacker and I am very glad I did. (Lots of room for expansion.)

Cons: I had to return my first board due to a bad LSI controller.
I spent quite a bit of time (an embarrassing amount of time) trying to figure out why I could not configure my RAID on the SAS/SATA ports.
After a call to ASROCK support, it turns out it was a bad controller. Newegg and ASROCK were very good with a quick replacement. Once I had my new board, it took 10 minutes to configure my RAID.
Moral of the story; if you can’t get your RAID to configure on the SAS/SATA ports, or it is not seeing the drives attached there, don’t spend time trying to figure it out, the configuration is extremely simple, and very intuitive.
One minor detail I have has already been mentioned; the SAS/SATA ports are very cramped. Wire management is a bit of a problem if you like things neat.
The only other problem is really more of personal opinion. The ASROCK system monitoring GUI is not setup very well, and takes a bit of getting used to.

Other Thoughts: I know this is an expensive piece of equipment, but it is by far the best MB I have ever seen.
ASROCK truly packed everything they could think of into this one. All the additional Intel software/hardware was a very nice touch.
Bottom line; if you want a well put together MB that has lots of potential for expansion and lasting power, this is worth the investment.

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  • THOMAS L.
  • 4/17/2014 1:24:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing

Pros: Too many to list. Bluetooth, SLI support, more ram than a herd. Fired up right out of the box.

Cons: SB heatsink gets a little hot.

Other Thoughts: I knew this had a lot of features but wow.

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  • Alexander M.
  • 4/17/2014 11:02:26 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MB, very few problems

Pros: 22 SATA III Ports!

Cons: Only 2 things and I'm sure I can get them worked out. It takes FOREVER to post. It powers to the BIOS, loads the Intel controller and then goes back to the BIOS and then loads the LSI controller, then boots to the OS. Also the 1211 LAN is flaky, saying that the cable is unplugged out of the blue, this caused my to abandon teaming them.

Other Thoughts: Overall a magnificent board. I have 4 SSD's in RAID 0 for my boot and it is blazingly fast. I plan on adding as I go along. I will see that 8Gbps throughput on the LSI eventually.

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  • Eric H.
  • 1/18/2014 12:15:55 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMAZING BOARD

Pros: Perfect Set Up
Awesome BIOS
Easy Overclock

Cons: Wish The Board Was Larger (See Below)
Layout And Looks kinda Boring
One More USB 3.0 Header Would Be Nice

Other Thoughts: I put this in a Lian-LI D8000 and it still looks so small. Its not small by any means but i do wish with 22 SATA ports they had spaced them out a bit. Everything is a little cramped but a very nice job for such a small space.

Set up went perfect with not one glitch.

This with the Lian-LI D8000 Chassis is a perfect fit. Massive case that holds 20 HDD.

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