ASRock X99 Ex­treme6

ASRock X99 Ex­treme6

HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - by JohnLaw

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.

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