ASRock Z87 Extreme4
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