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ASRock Z97 Extreme6 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3000+(OC)/2933(OC)
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  • Jim H.
  • 7/27/2014 10:17:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board, Bad SATA Placement

Pros: The board is not only very attractive, but feels solid and has a great amount of features for the price. It started right up with no problems and recognized the memory at 1866, the CPU at the right freq., etc. The BIOS is also very nice. Best interface I have seen in a bios. Appears more like an OS.

Cons: SATA placement is terrible for my Lian Li case. They are pointed towards the rear which goes right against the hard drives. It would be better to have them located more near the bottom edge of the board and facing out 90 degrees. The manual is a bit weak.

Other Thoughts: Impressed overall.

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  • Ashley H.
  • 7/23/2014 5:37:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOES NOT FIT WITH CLOSED LOOP COOLER ON TOP OF CASES

Pros: Looks fine, probably works fine.

Cons: Due to the overly large heatsinks 140mm fan + raditor won't fit on top of cases.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Mainboard could fit most of the standard ATX chassis on the maket.
For mainboard specification, please visit the link at below.
http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z97%20Extreme6/?cat=Specifications
If you have any technical inquiry or warranty question in the future please contact us at 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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  • G O.
  • 7/20/2014 9:45:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid

Pros: Nice bios, nice colors, sturdy too.

Cons: Could probably have better capacitors.

Other Thoughts: I don't think this is the motherboard but I figured I mention it anyways.

My new 780 doesn't like my soundblaster z in any slot but the one farthest from it. When put in any of the other it doesn't post.

Pretty sure it's the video card as it doesn't complain with my 570.

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5 out of 5 eggsAsrock Z97

Pros: Asrock includes pretty much everything but the kitchen sink with their motherboards. In addition to getting lots of ports with their motherboards, a high quality I/O bracket, and lots of SATA cables and a very lengthy and well printed instruction manual that covers all the basics. Setup is an absolute breeze - and this thing is relatively easy to setup in any type of case you can throw at it. All the ports are very well laid out, and the case standoffs are relatively easy to connect, especially given that they are marked, something that I cannot say for previous boards I've owned - and that's coming from all the big name manufacturers. Start up with the SSD I am using (Samsung 840 Evo 120GB) is near instant and it will boot up instantly.

Overclocking is extremely easy for first timers or advanced users. Asrock includes a number of preset overclocking configurations which work very easily, but if they don't you can press the clear CMOS button on the board itself. The Devil's Canyon LGA 1150 processors were not available when I received the board, so I went with a i5-4670K and have it running on 3.8GHz with all cores unlocked and have the RAM (8GB G.Skill Ares DDR3 2400) going at full speed without any problems. The Hyper 212 that is beiing used right now will eventually be replaced with a much higher end liquid cooler so when that happens I will reevaluate the overclocking capabilities of this board.

Cons: Ports - Very, very disproportionate number of SATA ports to USB 3.0 ports. While all the ports on the back of the motherboard are USB 3.0, there's only six of them, where as you get a whopping, repeat, whopping 12 SATA ports. Which isn't really that useful unless you happen to be running a super tower with lots of drive bays like the Fractal Design Define XL or the NZXT Phantom 630. Otherwise for average users, unless you're running a server array, there's no way you will use all of those ports.

Overclocking cons - Asrock's overclocking cons aren't as many as there are pros. The menu options make overclocking super easy to do if you are a novice, and for advanced users, Asrock's UEFI BIOS program makes it really easy to achieve high overclocking settings depending on what cooler you're using. However, unless you're really quick on the triigger you can miss the Asrock startup splash screen without even thinking about it.

For the most part overclocking is never a sure thing, especially for first timers, but this motherboard makes it incredibly easy to reset the BIOS, but more than likely it will take you several attempts before you get a stable overclock or even activate turbo boost.

Other Thoughts: This is the rig I used for testing:

Case: Fractal Design Define R4 Blackout Edition
PSU: EVGA Supernova G2 750W
Motherboard: Asrock Z97 Extreme 6
CPU: Intel Core i5-4670K @ 3.8 GHz
Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo
RAM: 8GB G.Skill Ares DDR3-2400 MHz
SSD: Samsung 840 Evo 120GB
HD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Blue
Optical: Plextor PX-940A BD-R Drive
GPU: EVGA Geforce GTX 760 Superclocked Edition
OS: Windows 8.1

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  • Lawrence M.
  • 7/8/2014 3:39:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsNot for an enthusiast

Pros: I was interested in reviewing this board because I have always noticed that AsRock is the first to market when a new chipset is released. Although I applaud AsRock for this I was always worried that it meant the product was rushed, or somehow unpolished. For this reason I have stayed with Asus ROG boards (and the EVGA-SR2) because they are not only feature rich, but the engineers at Asus (and EVGA) make use of every bit of space available. When I received my AsRock z97 Extreme6 ATX motherboard I found two things about the AsRock board which make it unfit for an enthusiast but great for a beginner.

1) There is an overabundance of disk I/O ports, notably Sata III ports, SataE ports, M.2 gen 1 and M.2 gen 2. At the time of this review only Sata III and M.2 gen 1 disks are available and for this reason I felt that AsRock was throwing every possible I/O connection on the board to increase its value while sacrificing perfecting each interface. Professional consumers tend to pick one interface and buy all the drives necessary for it to maximize performance rather than spreading money around on several interfaces which will have less performance when used together. However if you are unsure what you want this may be acceptable.

2) The spacing of PCI 3.0 16x slots is just silly because each is three slots apart which is a waste of space. Most consumer cards are two slots wide and even in SLI (size by side) will still pull in enough air to cool them. If one intends to overclock correctly liquid cooling is a must and thus spacing is no longer and issue. Therefore the only reason anyone would need three slot spacing is if they are buying a triple slot card that will be air cooled, Titan Z & Asus Radeon HD 7970 come to mind. Just note that anyone using a Titan Z would be investing in a much better motherboard than this, therefore Asus Radeon HD 7970 owners must be the target audience.

That being said the BIOS and overclocking abilities are standard for an ATX motherboard and after a BIOS update I had no troubles with a simple Windows 7 install.

Cons: 1) AsRock has spent a lot of time marketing its super alloy technology and their mosfet coolers as though they have revolutionized cooling. When I first saw the blue mosfet cooler I was immediately appalled by how poorly it was designed. To correctly dissipate heat one must increase surface area rather than just making the heat sink bigger and thus a hazard for wide CPU coolers. Frankly I felt the super alloy and mosfet designs were marketing gimmicks as both have been part of the Asus ROG lineup for few years now.

2) The underside of the motherboard I received was sticky and the board itself had a distinct solvent smell. I have never encountered such a problem with any mother board and after a few weeks of using this motherboard in a well-ventilated case the smell is still present. I suspect the smell is some form of gloss or electrical insulation that did not adhere correctly.

Other Thoughts: I showed this board to a friend who is not into computers but has seen several motherboards. Their first comment was “this AsRock board looks cheap” and I had to agree. I do not like the color combination nor the sparse layout but that is merely my taste. So should you buy this AsRock z97 Extreme6 motherboard?

If you are budget conscious AND do not know what I/O specification you will use in the future AND must have triple PCI slot GPUs, then YES

If you are looking for something to show off in the side window AND have somehow found a GPU and RAM in the same color combination, then YES

If you do not fit into these two categories then save your money for an Asus ROG Gene VII mATX board which has two PCI 3.0 16x slots in an mATX form factor. In my opinion a motherboard should only be as large as it has to be, otherwise you are wasting space.

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5 out of 5 eggsASRock Z97 Extreme6

Pros: First of all ASRock develops some pretty nice motherboards. This one is no different. I love the Solid build. It's a gorgeous board. High quality parts, magnetic and heat resistant, better cooling with aluminum alloy heatsinks. The first board to have Ultra M.2 for High speed storage devices. (Note M.2 is shared with SATA Express)

LGA 1150 / Z97, Quad SLI/Crossfire / PCI Express 3.0. 3 x built-in display ports VGA/DVI/HDMI. 7.1 HD Purity Sound. Up to DDR3 3000. 10 x USB 3.0 and 10 x SATA3. RAID 0,1,5,10. HDD Saver Functions. 2 x Ethernet LAN Ports (Intel and Realtek). Fully detailed High Res (HD) UEFI BIOS. Excellent overclocking.

Cons: none really, IMO. Missing a few old school ports and M.2 is shared with SATA Express. But not shared with eSATA

Other Thoughts: Overall a great future proof board for professionals, enthusiasts, and gamers. And its ASRock.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: * Z97 Chipset, Currently as of Mid 2014 it is the highest end chipset currently offered by Intel.

* Supports The Haswell Refresh (aka Devil's Canyon i5-4690k, and the i7-4790k)

* Will Support Broadwell (14nm shrink of Haswell Architecture) when they come out later this year Q4 2014/Q1 2015 (most likely will need a bios update for that)


* Great Build Quality
-Great Caps, 12K platinum capacitors with lifespans of at least 12,000 hours. 20% Higher then competing solutions.
-Chokes. The chokes are supposed to be superior to Ferrite chokes used in competing boards.

* Very Nice Layout. I personally like the Blue and Black.

* More SATA Ports then most will ever need. 10 of them!!!

* XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink Design. These are the big blue heatsink on the MOSFETs and Chipsets.

* New Ultra M.2 port, offering PCIe 3.0 x4 bandwidth direct from the CPU.
This technically suggests a theoretical maximum bandwidth of 32 Gbps / 4 GBps.

* Has Good Auto-overclocking features for the novice, and plenty of bios option to reach much higher overclocks for the experienced.

* Good software included for the board. A-Tune my friend and your friend.

* 1-Year of Free Cloud Storage provided by Orbweb ME. After first year it is 49.99 for a full year.

Cons: * The Ultra M.2 port is great but since it is so new, the amount of products out there for end users to choose from is very limited.

* Using M.2 disables Nvidia's SLI, this is due NVIDIA’s restriction for 8x lanes for each GPU. SO if you use One Nvidia GPU you are fine.

But if you normally SLI 2 Nvidia cards and Want to use the New M.2 port you may have to upgrade to a single more powerful GPU,
Swap from team Green to team red. AMD Cards do not suffer from this limitation in crossfire.

* The i7-4790 was not out yet when i received this board for review so i used a i5-4670k, and will update review once that comes in the mail with overclocking results

* Some of the SATA ports share bandwidth, so consult your manual to make sure get the most of your devices.

Other Thoughts: Board arrived. The packaging is different, in that the mother box has a handle you can hold. A nice touch I haven't personally seen in a long time.

Motherboard is packaged very well. Between foam insulation and the cardboard its nice a tightly packaged as should be expected.

On visual inspection this boards contains features anyone should expect from a mother board in the $150+ price range (nice layout, heat sinks, great Capacitors and chokes).

The board has 10 SATA ports, which should be plenty for most people.

The bios is nice and easily laid out. If you are used to UEFI bios menus, you will be no stranger to the layout.

Where this UEFI bios differs from other UEFI bioses I seen is it has a favorites menu. So you can favorite the bios pages you go to the most or access the most for quicker access.

AT first I didnt think I'd use this option much. But once I got into my intial overclocking It did save me alot of time to just favorite some of the bios pages (H/W Monitor,
OC tweaker, Advanced) this allowed me to adjust settings quicker then if i just navigated the UEFI bios normally.

The bios also has an ultra HD option. So if you are running a monitor above 1080p such as 1440p if you turn on this function the bios adjust and looks great compared to using the 1080p image and just simply stretching it.

The boards comes bundled with software the A-tuning was the only one I had time to really try. It provides many useful tools and monitoring options.

One for example is the dehumidifier option, which will keep fans running after the PC is shutdown for a period of time for your choosing.

The automatic overclocking works well. ANyone who used any automatic overclocking will never be as aggressive as manual settings, but it did get the 4670 within 200mhz of
i know the chip can safely do on after market air cooling after many attempts manually in 1 try by going automatic. So if you are a novice overclocker and just want to hit a button
and go this board can provide your chips (k-series of course) with a fast stable OC with no effort or guess work on your part.

XFast LAN, is software is to implement some form of network packet prioritization. So you can pick and choose what programs have prority bandwidth. For example I can pick steam, and league of legends
as program i wish to give pririoty too, so if i start downloading or streaming movies which may normally cause my pings to rise this prevents this from happening.
I also have a ASrock board that came with intregated Killer NIC, I will try to do a comparison between the 2 to see If I can see a difference between the XFAST LAN, and the KillerNIC they include in some other boards.


Overall there are alot of cool software tools in the A-tuning too many to right about in this review

The inclusion of the M.2 socket is cool, seeing how I would not expected this to be seeing this until next year.

Easily recommend this board for anyone looking for a socket 1150

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/25/2014 1:11:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsM.2 / eSATA / SATA Express Correction

Pros: This is not a review but more a correction to what other reviewers wrote as a cons.
It seems they confuse eSATA with SATA Express.

Correction:
When you use M.2 port you can't use SATA Express and NOT eSATA. M.2 not M.2 Ultra

eSATA is shared with SATA port 4
M.2 is shared with SATA Express
M.2 Ultra takes 4 lanes from PCI-E slot 2 making it 8X.

Anyway, if you use M.2 Ultra port I don't see the use for SATA Express. And if you don't have an M.2 Ultra drive is logical then to use and be able to use SATA Express.

This is from motherboard manual:
"Please be noted that the M.2_SSD (NGFF)
Socket 3 (M2_2) is shared with the SATA Express connector; you can only choose either
the M.2_SSD (NGFF) Socket 3 (M2_2) or the SATA Express connector to use."

So you can use M.2 slot with eSATA.
Which is not so clear to me is using M.2 UItra slot is making in single config PCI-E slot 2 to be 8x or in SLI ?

Cons: None

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5 out of 5 eggsSolid MOBO!

Pros: This board has a lot to offer and will not disappoint with regards to functionality

With regards to packaging and included accessories, it was well packaged with foam endings and placed in an anti-static sleeve. Two SATA data cables were included which is a plus since some mobo's don't even ship with any cables. Your typical I/O rear panel shield was included as well as a HDD saver cable.

This motherboard is good example of fantastic design which as become standard with many top tier boards these days. Ports are well placed and components look to be well secured; over all a quality build. The blue accented heat sinks indicated that this is one of their performance boards and design wise fit well with the overall look of the board. The heat sinks feel sturdy and offers decent cooling of the chipset and VRM.

USB 3.0 and SATA III ports are plentiful and should offer enough room for peripherals and connectivity. Note that physically only 6 x USB 3.0 ports are located on the rear but more can be added from the hubs located on the motherboard. I haven't tested out the SATA express connector and I am currently not sure how it really boosts real world performance in terms of data transfer. It does not seem like a must needed feature for the board and I am fine with just the standard 6 Gb transfer rate.

Two ethernet ports are present (Intel & Realtek) as well as a Mini-PCIe slot for the addition of internal wi-fi cards for you convenience and a high speed "Ultra M2 slot" which is used to connect the latest internal SSDs for internal storage.

Your typical PCI Express 3.0 16x slots are available supporting AMD Crossfire and NVIDIA SLI.

HDMI, Display port and DVI are all present giving you a variety of options for display connectivity.

Technologies such as Purity Sound and use of high quality hardware such as 12k caps have always been selling points for ASRock motherboards. Not sure if they really provide any advantage of competitors.

This a so called "Z" chipset board utilizing Intel's latest Z97 chipset for support of their newer Haswell processors which utilize a 22 nm lithography resulting and lower power consumption and increased performance due to transistor shrinkage. Boards with the moniker "Z" support overclocking on Intel processors that contain the suffix "K" on their processor number.

Installation was a breeze. Installed the board in a Corsair Carbide 400r case with no hitches and all necessary components fit well and functioned with no issues whatsoever. UEFI was easy to navigate and set necessary settings for XMP and boot drives. Specs will be provided further in the review.

Cons: - No Firewire
- No Thunderbolt (to be expected with this board though)
- M2 port utilizes PCIe bandwidth limiting usage
- SATAe and M2 port cant be utilized at the same time
- More USB ports 2.0 or 3.0 are typically present on boards like these
- few fan headers
- only two SATA cables included

Other Thoughts: System specs

- Intel Haswell i7 4770K
- Zalman CNPS9900A Heatsink
- Corsair Dominator 1600 DDR3 RAM - 2 x 8 GB modules
- Samsung EVO SSD 1 TB
- Seasonic Gold 750W PSU
- ASUS GTX 760 graphics card
- Windows 7 Professional
and of course ASRock Z97 Extreme 6 board.

Like I mentioned before the system was an easy build, not problems with physical installation of components. System booted up really quick upon installation of OS to SSD (7 seconds) and ran smoothly. I didn't have the opportunity to push the board with regards to CPU overclocking due to time constraints and the lack of water cooling. My previous build which utilized an Ivy Bridge 3770K, I was able to push the speeds to 4.4 Ghz safely using the same heat sink. Temperatures for my previous build hovered around 45 - 54 C depending on how much load was being placed. This system ran cool at normal clock speeds and stayed around 28-31 C. The heat sinks by the VRM were warm and did not heat up like other heat sinks on older motherboards that I had. Like I mentioned before, construction of the board seems to be top notch which is probably why the heat sink feels warm instead of blazing hot. I feel more external connectivity options could have been added to the I/O ports on the back but keep in mind that complexity of design goes up and as a result so does price to the presence of extra controllers and ports. This is a solid motherboard for your standard performance/gaming build. Granted that there are features missing that you would see typically on a red enthusiast board, price may be an issue for some who are looking for the best bang for their buck. In my opinion this motherboard fits that requirement.

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  • David S.
  • 6/21/2014 12:10:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsBeautiful Board

Pros: I have to say that this is one beautiful looking board. When I got this motherboard in, I really wasn’t expecting anything super special. But when I opened up the box I couldn’t help but smile. This looked and felt like a very good board. The quality and feel of the board was amazing.
The three xxl aluminum alloy heat sinks are an over clockers dream. Glossy black pcb board which in my opinion when a board is glossy I found that it doesn’t hold on to as much dust as a non-glossy board. So that’s good for anyone in a very dusty environment.
Now I didn’t have a 5th generation Intel processor to test this out on but it’s supposed to support the new 5th gen which is great for anyone wanting to upgrade the CPU later. Four spots for Dual Channel DDR3 3200 is freaking awesome for anyone really wanting to get the latest and greatest memory speeds.
Loaded with PCIe x16 slots the top of which is a 3.0 slot, a mini-PCIe slot and and the new Ultra m.2 for those with internal SSD’s. This can boost your SSD speed a ton.
Supports both Crossfire and SLI but what board doesn’t anymore.
Now as for peripherals this is loaded with them. 10 SATA3, 1 eSATA, 1 Ultra M.2, 10 USB 3.0 (4 Front, 6 Rear), 5 USB 2.0 (4 Front, 1 Vertical Type A)
And of course there are two 10/100/1000 network ports on this motherboard which I have to say is awesome. Both can be used like a normal computer but one port has compatibility with the ASRock cloud. Though take that as you will as I won’t be using it since I have my own cloud servers and hosting systems. Though for the home user this could a useful feature.
3 Year warranty and even on sale for a good price makes this a great deal for a PC building out there.

Cons: I have never really been into the built-in software suits some motherboard companies make. I feel like they are just bloat ware and don’t really do any good. So not really a con but more of a nit-pick.
Other Thoughts:
All in all I really like this motherboard, it looks and runs great, and I feel like I will get many years out of this board.

Other Thoughts: Test System:
AsRock Extreme 6 | Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150
SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE120KW| G.SKILL Trident X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB)
MSI R7 260X 2GD5 | Windows 8.1 64 bit

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