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

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anthony C.
  • 9/2/2014 7:19:46 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good value. No issues so far.

Cons: None so far

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  • Jason R.
  • 8/28/2014 2:05:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent Board

Pros: * Has a very nice BIOS setup
* Has 8 SATA ports
* Good build quality
* Very stable under Windows 7 x64
* Lots of fan headers
* Intel Gigabit Ethernet
* Lots of overclocking features.
* Lots of USB 3 ports.

Cons: * Terrible audio
* Bugs with ASRock's A-Tuning software caused me to uninstall it.
* I hate the right-angle SATA ports but everybody is doing it.
* The 2 SATA ports provided by the ASMedia chipset are slower than the Intel SATA ports.

Other Thoughts: This was my first ASRock board as I have always used Gigabyte or Asus in the past but the price was good for the features offered so I thought I would give it a try. I had read some bad reviews about the board being thin with rough solder joints but I didn't experience any of that with this board. The solder joints seemed neat and clean and the board very robust overall. I also didn't notice any flexing during installation like some review sites had mentioned. The board installed easily and booted right up the first try even though the bios version didn't directly support the Intel Core i7 4790K I had installed. No for the cons... The onboard audio is total garbage! I was very surprised by this after reading about all the upgraded components for the audio section! I'm not exactly an audiophile but I am picky about how my music sounds and the audio on this motherboard is offensive to my ears. I just can't listen to anything through it. Adjusting the EQ makes it even worse causing drop outs and shifts in the volume. My last system had an Asus Xoner DS card which I enjoyed very much but because this motherboard doesn't have any PCI slots I couldn't use it for this build. I had to purchase an Asus Xoner U7 to replace the onboard audio. If you just want beeps and dings you will be fine but if you are somewhat more serious about quality sound then plan on picking up a sound card for your build. Now the second con is the ASRock A-Tuning utility... It is a really cool utility that shows temps, fan speeds, voltages, let's you overclock, and even has a picture of the motherboard where you can click on ports and slots and get detailed info about what's plugged in there. The issue is that when you lock your computer or log in remotely via RDP it causes a 12% constant CPU usage! It is well documented if you google it. Sadly the only way to resolve this is to completely uninstall the A-Tuning utility altogether. I really hope ASRock fixes this as it is needed for controlling the HDSaver port and really is a cool utility. The 2 SATA ports provided by the ASMedia chipset are much slower than the Intel SATA ports so make sure you use the Intel ports for the OS install. I found this out the hard way! I knocked off 2 eggs for these issues but I still think the board is good overall. The last gripe is for the right angle SATA ports. I hate these things. I know they are supposed to make the cabling more tidy and I think they do but man are they a pain for someone with big hands. I didn't knock any eggs off for this though as I knew what I was getting into and most board makers are doing it now.

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  • Alex W.
  • 8/20/2014 7:36:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBLUEEE

Pros: Blue z97 intel 1150 socket - matches my interior looks
Easy assembly, works great, good overclocking and sli capabilities.

Cons: None at this time.

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  • patrick p.
  • 8/18/2014 9:25:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat board

Pros: This is the setup review. Had zero problems, board had UEFI 1.30 already. There are so many options you need to spend some time looking at all the neat stuff added.
Memory was not on the QVL, I never do the setup correctly, I put all four sticks in and all was recognized no problems.

Cons: The LED reset and power don't stay on, but they don't on any of the Asrock boards I have. I had a 400.00 case that had a bad power button and got lazy to replace it, so was using the board PB, so if it happened again it would be nice if it was always lit. Not a big deal when most people will never use it unless they run into same problem.

Other Thoughts: This isn't a negative, but to me it is. I wish Asrock would keep up better on the beta drivers, UEFI ROM, Sata Drivers. I know they can't place the newest ones in the regular DL, because problems would make people flip out, but they should keep the beta section up to date and keep the newest firmware for UEFI in that section.


The board comes with 13.0.0.2075 OROM in BIOS / EFI mode, and same for Sata Driver when running pure UEFI for RAID.

So I had to inject the 13.2.0.2134 newest Sata Driver in the UEFI.

**Remember with this board, if you modify the BIOS / UEFI you must remove the header or you will get a flash fail because of security.

To people who don't know about pure UEFI when running RAID, unless you install in UEFI and have a GPU with a VBIOS to boot in Ultra fast, you are only in EFI. When booting pure UEFI and running a RAID array, the Intel OROM is not used, the UEFI uses Sata Driver. You only use the Intel OPTION ROM to make the RAID set or if not running pure UEFI, which is in the CSMCORE / PCI ROM in BIOS / UEFI which is the Intel Option ROM .

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  • Long T.
  • 8/10/2014 1:22:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDied after a week

Pros: The board has beautiful design and good specs for the money (3 PCIE 3.0)

Cons: It simply died after a week, the debug LED does not even turn on. I had to buy a new PSU to test since I suspected my old PSU was the problem, but it was the board eventually.

Other Thoughts: I've just submitted a ticket to their support, hopefully I will get back from them soon, otherwise it is the first and the last board I would ever buy from Asrock.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Sorry to hear that the mainboard has malfunctioned after 1 week.

Please trouble shoot the mainboard whether the issue is resolved.
Unplug the ATX power, remove all components from mainboard.
Clear the CMOS.
Reseat the CPU and heatsink fan.
Plug the 24 + 8 or 4 pins ATX power.
Turn the power on (using onboard power button) to check if its get the power.
Populate the components one by one to test for screen POST if its get the power.

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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  • Blair W.
  • 8/8/2014 12:06:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Instructions were great. Work well with my system. Great price for what you get.

Cons: A lot of extra software and add ons that I don't use. I can't use all 4 of the memory slots with the Hyper 212 evo.

Other Thoughts: Great for a first time builder.

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  • John R.
  • 8/7/2014 10:31:21 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Overall a very strong bang-for-the-buck entry.

Cons: No eSata connection! How did I miss that? Thin PCB forced me to support my Cryorig X1 Ultimate and Sapphire Vapor-x 290 just to be safe.

Other Thoughts: Should have went with the Extreme6 or better......

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review.
Unfortunately, this model does not come with eSATA.
For more information, please visit mainboard specification link at below.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/Intel/Z97%20Extreme4/?cat=Specifications

If you have any technical inquiry or warranty questions 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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  • Edwin O.
  • 8/6/2014 2:56:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNice Board

Pros: The ASRock z97 EX4 works as advertized and seems to be very stable. No problems at all and plenty fast in the config I've listed below.

Cons: Nothing yet.

Other Thoughts: Seems to be very stable with the configuration listed below:

• Western Digital WD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB 10000 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive
• G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-2133C9D-16GXH
• Cooler Master HAF XB EVO - High Air Flow Test Bench and LAN Box Desktop Computer Case with ATX Motherboard Support
• ASRock Z97 Extreme4 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
• CORSAIR CSM Series CS750M 750W ATX12V v2.4 and EPS 2.92 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
• HIS iPower IceQ X² Boost Clock H280XQM3G2M Radeon R9 280X 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
• LG Black 16x Blu-Ray BDXL SATA Internal rewriter with 3D Playback, Model BH16NS40
• COUGAR CF-V12HB Vortex Hydro-Dynamic-Bearing (Fluid) 300,000 Hours 12CM Silent Cooling Fan (Black)
• CORSAIR Hydro Series H75 CW-9060015-WW Water/Liquid CPU Cooler 120 MM
• Intel Core i5-4690K Haswell Quad-Core 3.5GHz LGA 1150 Desktop Processor BX80646I54690K
• CM Storm Devastator - LED Gaming Keyboard and Mouse Combo Bundle (Blue Edition)
• Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
• ADATA XPG SX900 ASX900S3-64GM-C 2.5" 64GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) Used for Intel Rapid Storage Technology setup.

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  • Igor K.
  • 8/3/2014 3:01:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsNot bad at all!

Pros: -Let's you overclock CPU nicely.
-Able to run 3 GPUs.
-Crossfire/SLI capable.
-Good enough heatsinks.
-Easy/Simple BIOS to work with.
-Drivers work as they should.
-Plenty of SATA connectors.
-Plenty of fan conmectors.
-Plenty of USB 3.0.
-Good onboard audio.
-Made by ASRock.
-Very reasonably priced for a Z97 mobo.

Cons: Not one.

Other Thoughts: I used this mobo for my secondary build, needed a decent mobo for Crossfire & overclocking. Pretty happy I went with Extreme4. So far I've had zero problems. I would recommend this mobo to anyone, I'd buy it again.
Current Setup:
i5-4670K @ 4.3GHz
ASRock Z97 Extreme4
Crossfire Gigabyte R9 290s
4X4GB Crucial Sport XT @ 1866mhz
Cooler Master Seidon 120M
240GB SSD PNY XLR8
EVGA SuperNova 1300 G2

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  • William J.
  • 8/2/2014 11:45:00 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSolid mobo

Pros: Everything. This is my first PC in 10 years and I'm happy to have a Z97 board + 4790k among other things.

Cons: None.

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