ASRock X99 Extreme6
ASRock X99 Extreme6
If there is something to be said about ASRock motherboards, it's that they are built to perform under duress. The company has only been in the motherboard market for 10 years, but they've already cemented their position as one of the world's top companies for gaming-grade motherboards. With the arrival of Intel's new Haswell-E 2011-3 CPU, ASRock has finally crafted its own X99 motherboard to handle the chip: the X99 Extreme6. As always, the question that follows with such hardware is: “Can it handle it?”
As mentioned, ASRock motherboards are famed for their ability to be pushed and aggressively overclocked. It's been the chief criteria for the company, even having gone as far as bringing overclocking experts like Nick Shih (who also happens to be one of their ambassadors) to help determine the breaking point for each and every motherboard model. The end result is a motherboard that is covered with a great number of heatsinks on the MOSFET chips.
Aesthetics aside, the motherboard comes with two LAN ports. One port is the basic Ethernet LAN port, while the second is used to connect the system to the manufacturer's own ASRock Cloud. The ASRock Cloud works in the same way that most cloud services on the market would. It takes and stores any information, be it notes, documents or images, and keeps them safe within its own cloud service. Unlike most cloud services, however, the ASRock Cloud is designed to be more closed-loop and private, meaning that only other products within your own ASRock Cloud ecosystem will be able to gain access to these files.
Just like its non-extreme Z97 counterparts, the X99 Extreme6 also has an Ultra M.2 Socket built into the board. This particular Ultra M.2 Socket is a little different than most other devices, simply because not only does it support SATA3 SSD modules for lightning-fast read and write speeds, it is also a third-generation PCIe slot.
To test out the motherboard, we overclocked the CPU from its stock 3.0GHz up to a steady 4.2GHz, and then ran two synthetic benchmarks, 3DMark and PCMark 8. For 3DMark, we took the physics score from the Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme and Fire Strike Ultra. The scores for all three of these tests actually showed a steady average of 15,610. For PCMark 8, we ran the Creative suite test, to which it completed in 57 minutes and attained a score of 4,615.
We also performed some real-world testing with Batman: Arkham Origins, and found that the X99 Extreme6 was able to maintain an average frame rate of 105FPS.