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ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 2933+(OC)/2800(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Richmark B.
  • 7/25/2014 1:49:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsA really nice motherboard

Pros: Great compatibility

I like the UEFI

Easy to OC stuff

A ton of SATA ports

Fantastic board with tons of options for the price.

Phenomenal drivers out of the box, and the disc that came with the board have a ton of programs that range from great to meh with a couple of stupid things nobody would ever want installed on their computer.

Cons: None, really. This board does everything I've asked of it, and performs like a boss.

Other Thoughts: OK, this board is compatible with the new 4690k/4790k/Pentium Anniversary chips, but only after you update the BIOS to 1.30. The two boards I fiddled with shipped with 1.20.

I had purchased a 4790k for this board, and was afraid that the board would not recognize the chip until it was updated, so I would have to find a compatible 1150 chip to slap in there so i could update the BIOS. This situation in the past has forever scarred me, and on occasion, I still wake up screaming in the middle of the night.

Thankfully, it registered the 4790k right out of the box, and I had no issues whatsoever updating the BIOS, and everything works perfectly.

Also, the drivers out of the box recognized a questionable USB-powered Blu-ray burner, so i didn't have to do the "Throw Windows on a USB stick to install Windows" dance.

This is one of the very few times I took the board out of the box, plugged everything in, and everything worked perfectly without having to jump through hoops.

I am now an official fan of ASRock. Great job, guys.

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  • Aaron R.
  • 7/21/2014 9:12:38 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTop of the line

Pros: Night and day better than my 4 year old gigabyte motherboard that had been plagued with annoyances that I suffered through. Great overclocking features that I am looking forward to using later on. Superb audio compared to my last board. Power on/off buttons on motherboard came in handy. Very stable thus far and it just works like it should.

Cons: Nothing as of yet, only been running it for a day. Will update if necessary.

Other Thoughts: i5-4690K
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO
G.Skill Sniper Series 2 x 4GB DDR3-1866
EVGA GTX 780

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  • Nick J.
  • 7/19/2014 8:14:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood, but has quirks

Pros: - Loaded with SATA ports, so anybody with a home RAID setup should be happy to use this
- Has a built-in molex power connector for the first PCI-e slot, which I believe is intended for use in a video card
- Plenty of spots to plug in extra fans, though there is only one 4-pin connector
- Supposedly has onboard sound that an enthusiast could appreciate (don't quote me on that; see other thoughts)
- PCI-e slots are spaced so that someone who only needs one video card can slap in other components without them frying from any hot air it throws out

Cons: - Only one 4-pin fan connector, as mentioned above
- It seems that I have run into yet another Linux driver issue, because neither FP nor rear I/O analog audio functions properly for me on Mint 17. I don't have any digital speakers to test out the optical with, but I ordered another sound card from ASUS that I know already has proper driver support.

Other Thoughts: Audio does work to some extent on Linux, but only in certain situations. I found that it worked properly only when viewing a video while the video is actually on the screen. Other than that, you will start hearing sped-up audio, sometimes to the point where it sounds like a machine gun. Based on that evidence, the issue is a buffer underrun, and I think this would be solvable with a proper driver. I hate to knock off an egg, because it really is a good board, but I feel like the manufacturer should at least try to support as many platforms as it can. Intel is normally good with Linux drivers, but since the ALC1150 is made by Realtek, I feel like an open-source driver may be the only resolution for Linux users who use this board's audio.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review.
Mainbaord has 2 x 4 pins fan connectors, CPU_FAN1 and CHA_FAN1 (location 2 and 9).
For more information, please vsit user manual at link below under page 7.
User manual link ftp://66.226.78.21/manual/Z97%20Extreme4.pdf

For the Linux OS, unfortunately, mainboard does not provide Linux base OS drivers which depends on chipset developer.
Please visit mainboard supported drivers link at
Drivers download link http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z97%20Extreme4/?cat=Download

If you have any technical inquiry or warranty question, 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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  • Matt H.
  • 7/15/2014 1:34:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDOA

Pros: None

Cons: I was excited to finally start building my computer until I was about to install windows but the motherboard was dead.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard and check the Dr.Debug code.
For reference code, visit the link under page 3 " http://www.asrock.com/support/QA/TSDQA-102.pdf "

Turn the power off.
Clear the CMOS.
Reseat the CPU and heatsink fan.
Test with single memory module.
Test with onboard VGA.
Plug the 24 + 8 or 4 pins ATX power.
Turn the power on (using onboard power button) to check if its post.
If you have any technical support inquiry, 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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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Board, Great Performance

Pros: This is the first time I got to try anything made from ASRock. Overall, I am impressed. I tested this board with some parts from my current build. For the processor I used my 4770k Intel Haswell processor (for those who don’t know this is one of the better processors out there) along with 12GB of RAM. Before I get to performance I am going to go into the form factor of this board. Starting on the back, you have 6 USB 3.0 ports in combination with 2 USB 2.0 ports...overall you won’t run out of places to plug in your external devices. Display-wise, you have an HDMI port, a DVI port, a VGA port and a Displayport great for connecting all types of monitors without the need of a graphics card. Finally you have your gigabit ethernet port supporting 10/100/1000 Mbps. On top of the board, you have a variety of expansion slots for your graphics cards or sound cards. (3 - PCI x1 slots, 3 - PCI x16 slots) Finally to increase performance of the board it does include the Z97 Chipset.

First startup for me almost gave me a heart attack as it had a little “glitch”...it came on then immediately shut off. Once I turned it on again it was fine and I was able to load to the bios just fine...not too sure what happened, but I had no issues after that. Performance wise everything went great with the help from the Z97 Chipset. I loaded windows onto a regular hard drive and boot times were very low (12-15 seconds).

Cons: Make sure you do not get an oversized heat sink as it may block one of your RAM slots. The drivers cd includes the regular Google bloatware as well as some other junk you probably don’t want, but it is all easily uninstallable. Overall, otherwise I had no other issues with this board.

Other Thoughts: This is a great choice in boards for the 1150 Intel Z97 Chipset. Performace and design wise it is a great board. Some minor issues with the placement of the RAM being close to the CPU and the install CD’s including some bloatware, but other than that, it is a great board. I would recommend to anyone looking to build their performance pc.

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  • Christian L.
  • 7/13/2014 11:24:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: No problems so far.
Works perfectly as advertised.
UEFI is nicely laid out and easy to use.
Tons of USB and SATA ports
Easy to update UEFI
Great Overclocking options in UEFI.
Managed to overclock my i5 4690k to 4.4 Ghz @ 1.15v

Cons: Only 1 PWM fan header

Other Thoughts: Currently running on:

i5 4690k @ 4.4Ghz
G.Skill 2x4GB 1866Mhz
ASUS GTX 780

Has been working perfectly so far with no problems!

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5 out of 5 eggsTurns On for 1 Second - Possible Fix

Pros: This is in response to the earlier review which said he powered on and lights & fans only worked for 1 second.

If the Power On/Off switch on the front panel is faulty it may produce exactly this symptom - ON for a second then dead.

Cons: Rather unpleasant to build a new rig and discover it won't even power on long enough to boot up!

Other Thoughts: Check if the motherboard itself has Power switch or Reset button so you can bypass the front panel On/Off button.

Or, replace the power switch with a new one. Usually they are inexpensive so there's no big investment to try this fix.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat board, great price

Pros: Z97, it's got everything! Great overclocking board, I'm very expierienced and it's brought my 4690K to 4.7ghz, same as another very high end board. Comes with a year of Orbweb pro which has some features that are generally not easily available for home users such as remote desktop, wake on wan, remote file explorer (meaning access your files on your computer from somewhere else).
Intel i218v gigabit nic, you can't beat Intel for compatability and reliability!
All solid caps except for a few vented in the Audio section, these are also high quality capacitors.
Good heatsinking, looks great IMO, 6x USB3 ports, DVI/VGA/HDMI and Display Port...
Switchable bios control on board with 2 bios chips.
Really this board is loaded!

3yr warranty, not seen on many of their boards.

Cons: When installing the drivers from the disc you can select "Drivers Only", warning it does not install "Drivers Only" it will include Google Chrome, Google Tool Bar and ASRock APP Charger (which is helpful if you charge your I-Pad/Pod/Phone) on your computer. Not a big deal but an annoyance.

Other Thoughts: I've been a fair fan of ASRock for awhile but not until fairly recently have I been a common customer. In my few seen failures I've always had ease dealing with the RMA process.

I've owned a few of the previous Extreme 4 boards, they have been good to me!

I really like the way their new boards look!

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4 out of 5 eggsThe Right Motherboard for the Right Price

Pros: This is the upgraded model of the ASRock Z97 Pro4 I reviewed a couple of weeks ago and just like the Pro4 you are immediately impressed by the feel of the build quality.

However, unlike the Pro4, this motherboard is through and through a gaming board, most prominently detailed by its SLI and Crossfire support and the 3x PCIe 3.0 slots.

1. SLI and Crossfire Support.

2. Very good, if not quite outstanding, onboard audio. The highs, mids, and lows all sounded crisp. It easily compares favorably with the Sound Blaster Audigy series. However, if you are an audiophile onboard audio will never compare to stand alone sound cards with their dedicated processors.

3. USB 2.0 and 3.0 headers for those people, like me, still rocking cases that don't have USB 3.0 ports. If you do have a case with USB 3.0 ports, great, this motherboard has the headers you need.

4. Newest Intel chipset, including the newest Intel Ethernet chipset. I'll be honest, I don't notice any difference in Internet performance but it's nice to know it's there.

5. 8 x SATA 6Gbps ports. This is especially important to me. My main desktop uses 1 x SSD for the OS, 4 x HDD for storage/redundancy, and 2 x DVD drives. The motherboards out there that only support 6 SATA ports would always force me to only have 1 of my DVD drives installed. While I openly admit most people, including myself most the time, don't need 2 DVD drives it's a habit having 2 installed that has carried over since 2001 for me and I didn't like it.

6. The mosfets stay nice and cool, relatively speaking. The power plant also seems to be very stable, which is a huge consideration when undertaking any type of overclocking.

Cons: The chassis fan connectors, specifically their placement. I'm going to touch on this in "Other Thoughts".

Other Thoughts: I7 4770K @ 4.4GHz
GSkill 2400
2 x 560Ti

Now, regarding the chassis fan connectors. I am a stickler when it comes to my cable management. I want as little of the cabling to show as humanly possible. I am also running this board in a HAF 932 case which has a front intake, side intake, top exhaust and a Corsair H80 on the back that connects to the CPU fan pins.

While it does not hinder the performance of this motherboard one bit, I am irritated by the decision to put 2 of the chassis connectors directly in the middle of the motherboard, directly above the PCIe 3.0 slot #1. This means I have to have either the top exhaust fan or the front intake fan cable running directly across the motherboard, even if I attempt to use the built in cable management options afforded to me.

I know you're probably asking yourself, "Why does this matter?", and to most people it doesn't. This has been a great motherboard so far. The mosfets stay as cool as one could expect with the Z97 chipset and the performance has been rock solid. However, to me this feels like an oversight in design.

I work in an IT industry with many IT fluent colleagues. A desktop PC is more than just a functional collection of hardware for many of us. For some of us, our gaming desktops act as almost symbols of our proficiency, nearly as much as luxury cars act as status symbols for wealthy businessmen. By not putting 2 of the chassis connectors near the edge of the motherboard and instead putting them in the middle, it takes away the cleanliness of the cable management. Not to mention it actually makes it more difficult to connect the chassis fans.

I just want to reiterate one last time this takes absolutely nothing away from the performance of this motherboard but in order to receive 5 Eggs you must meet all my expectations, considering the market a particular item is being advertised for.

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5 out of 5 eggsStable, cool, efficient performer

Pros: True next-generation motherboard for Haswell and Haswell K.

Works great with Core i5-4590 and G-Skill DDR3-2400

Includes features so new you can't even use them yet! (see "Other Thoughts" below).

Premium platinum capacitors, alloy chokes, stacked MOSFETs improve long term reliability.

Twelve-phase power and large heatsinks improve stability under load.

Excellent results on my apps + benchmarks.

Heatsinks are bright blue! (Does that count?)

Cons: Some advanced features may limit performance of other features (see "Other Thoughts" below)

Memory slot location may require low profile RAM modules when using bulky cpu heatsink/fan.

Other Thoughts: "Extreme4" in the past has meant a model with many of the available fancy features but at a price well below the real high-end boards. That would seem to be the case here with the new Z97 Extreme4, and a very solid piece of work it is, too.

NEWER-THAN-NEW FEATURES include an M.2 socket and SATA-express. Both of these features are intended to allow use of next-generation SSDs which can Read and Write significantly faster than any conventional SATA III SSD does now. As you may know, SSDs mounted on a PCI-e card can already achieve faster-than-SATA III speeds, but they use up a portion of PCI-express bandwidth which you might want to reserve for your graphics card(s). Well, now, that's also the problem with the new M.2 socket and the SATA-e socket - they each use several "lanes" of PCI-e bandwidth, thus it again limits multi-GPU performance. Also, you may use either M.2 or SATA-e but not both. Speaking of which, i should mention there are no SATA-e products available as yet and the few M.2 SSDs you can buy are not exactly inexpensive! At present you can run two SSDs in RAID to achieve a similar result to SATA-e.

I didn't notice any hot spots on the board so the general layout, the voltage regulators and other components seem to be keeping heat to a minimum and spreading it around evenly, always a good sign!

"Purity Sound 2" is an upscale onboard audio chip that promises high quality sound from the analog audio-out jacks on the rear panel as well as for the headphone jack on the front panel. It includes support for 600-ohm professional earphones. To my ears, on a variety of music, this feature really delivers superior headphone sound. As for the rear audio jacks my Creative T40 MkII stereo desktop speakers sound very punchy and clear.

Something called "HDD Saver" is a socket & cable adapter (supplied) that allows you to power-off any extra hard drives that are installed so as to save wear and tear on drives not often in use. That's great, but why not just use Windows power options to do the same thing?

If you ever wanted to access your PC while you're at the beach ASRock includes an app for that free for a year. It's called "ASRock Cloud".

Built a new PC using this board plus Intel Core i5-4590 / Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro rev. 2 / 2x4GB G-Skill DDR3-2400 / PNY XLR8 120GB SSD / WD Blue 250GB 7200rpm_16MB_cache_SATA II / ASUS DVD burner / Corsair CS450M power supply / Antec Sonata Elite case.

The plan is that maybe it will become our new home theater PC. To that end i hauled out the ol' Antec Sonata Elite case with its sound-deadening panels and added a fairly quiet Freezer 7 cpu cooler. Along with the Antec rear exhaust fan on LOW speed the result is suitably quiet.

There's no overclocking results to report. However, everything i've run on this new system has been surprisingly quick when you consider it includes a very run-of-the-mill SSD and RAM that's running at a default speed of 1600MHz. Tasks are completed quickly.

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