ASRock Z87 Ex­treme4

Stay Con­nected

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TEXT // JOHN LAW

As the com­puter world moves on to the cloud and porta­bil­ity, it’s easy to imag­ine that the age of the PC is slowly fad­ing to black. You’ve heard it, as well as we, so many times xnow. But ASRock doesn’t think so. Truth of the mat­ter is, they’re not go­ing to go down with­out a fight. To prove that the age of the PC is still rel­e­vant, they give the world the Z87 Ex­treme4 mother­board.

The Ex­treme4 is not a swan­song. In fact, it’s the com­pany way of telling the world - gamers specif­i­cally - “We’re here to rock your world!” and with good rea­son too. The de­sign of this mother­board has a com­bi­na­tion of black, gold and grey all mixed up into it. The ca­pac­i­tors and heatsinks are all kept rel­a­tively packed on to the board but still pro­vides the il­lu­sion of space. Even de­spite be­ing an ATX, this mother­board sup­ports a 3-way SLI or CrossFireX. Ku­dos then to ASRock for their de­sign ef­forts.

The Ex­treme4 is filled with a host of fun and “wire­less” op­tions. No, we’re not talk­ing about Wi-Fi con­nec­tiv­ity; that was done years ago. We’re talk­ing about the com­pany’s A-Style Home Cloud fea­tures. It’s a wire­less fea­ture which you can use to re­motely wake up your ASRock-built PC from any­where in the world via the on­board In­tel LAN. That’s right, you can ac­ti­vate the PC from any­where with just the sim­ple use of a smart­phone, tablet or an­other com­puter.

While this next fea­ture has al­ready been tried and tested, we still find it cool that ASRock has built the Ex­treme4 with a HDMI-in port. The ad­di­tion of this port al­lows us greater ver­sa­til­ity to con­nect our mo­bile de­vices to one mon­i­tor via the main PC. Even you would have to ad­mit that hav­ing to con­stantly re­plug con­nec­tors for dif­fer­ent de­vices be­comes quite a chore af­ter a while. For au­dio, the Ex­treme4 is fit­ted with the man­u­fac­turer’s own ver­sion of high qual­ity au­dio repli­ca­tion. Pu­rity Sound is ASRock’s ver­sion of a built-in high qual­ity sound card. Dur­ing our test­ing, we found very lit­tle dis­tor­tion while play­ing mu­sic or gam­ing and the bass sounded pretty good.

Bench­mark­ing the Ex­treme4 was straight­for­ward. We used PCMark8, PCMark7 and 3DMark to gauge just how well this mother­board per­forms un­der syn­thetic cir­cum­stances. The scores for all three bench­marks were 5,312, 4,295 and 8,813, re­spec­tively. On Bat­man Arkham City, the mother­board man­aged an aver­age 94FPS. Even then, we be­lieve that un­der the right over­clock­ing cir­cum­stances, this mother­board could have done even bet­ter.

The Ex­treme4 is def­i­nitely one of those mother­boards that car­ries on the ASRock prin­ci­ple of man­u­fac­tur­ing gam­ing en­thu­si­ast mother­boards while stay­ing cur­rent to the times where ev­ery­thing is go­ing wire­less and mov­ing to the cloud. If you’re a gamer that likes stay­ing con­stantly con­nected to your home PC re­gard­less of where you are in the world, we re­ally rec­om­mend you in­vest in the ben­e­fits of the Ex­treme4.

There’s no doubt this mother­board per­forms; and then some

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