- Intel X79
- Core i7 (LGA2011)
- DDR3 2600+(OC)/2133(OC)
Excellent OC ability and value 04/18/2012
This board has everything you could need - LGA2011 for future IvyBridge CPUs, PCIe3.0 ready, SATA3, SATA3 RAID!, USB3 with USB3 front panel, exceptional build quality and hardware
* I feel kind of goofy getting a product endorsed by Fatal1ty to be perfectly honest. His signature/logo on the South Bridge doesn't help this. Even that's just a cosmetic negative.
* SLI power connector is oddly placed, and in my case interfered with the PSU.
* On the Extreme3 (and others?) the (front panel) eSATA connector is in the center of the board, away from the block of SATA connectors. This is a better configuration, because the SATA block can be a little confusing deciphering which is which (and the BIOS unhelpfully says to use 0~5 to boot, instead of the Marvell - if you look very closely you'll see there are SATA_2_0, SATA_3_0, and SATA_3_M0)
The board is rock-solid and exceptionally well-built. I built a system based on this board at the same time as one based on the Extreme3. When I had trouble getting the Extreme3 POST in QUAD channel mode, I used this board to trouble-shoot. Jumping between different RAM timings and voltages was a smooth and simple (and automated unless I wanted to set it manually) process. I returned the Extreme3 and replaced it with one of these.
During the trouble-shooting process (for the Extreme3, not this board), I called AsRock tech support. It's not toll-free, but the call was answered by a person, not an automated system, and the transfer to support required less than 1 minute on hold. The support tech was knowledgeable and very, very helpful. Their boards are every bit as good as ASUS or Gigabyte, but their support won me as a loyal customer for years to come.
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