The latest Intel Haswell-E and X99 platform is all about going overboard with features and the latest ASRock X99 Extreme11 has just surpassed everyone else. In a recent event in Taiwan, ASRock showed of their X99 lineup which also included the X99 Extreme11. We haven’t heard of this motherboard before but we were pretty sure that it’s coming. As previous generation, the X99 Extreme11 will be company’s flagship motherboard and it’ll come with some of the best technologies and features that are currently accessible.
ASRock X99 Extreme11:
Being a high-end motherboard, the ASRock X99 Extreme11 comes with E-ATX form factor which is definitely needed considering how many things it has loaded onto it. At the heart of the motherboard is obviously the LGA 2011-3 socket with 12-phase power delivery system. There is one 8-pin EPS power connector which provides power to the CPU. On both left and right of the CPU, there are eight memory slots which support up to 128GB of DDR4 memory.
In terms of expansion capabilities, the X99 Extreme11 comes with five PCIe x16 slots which are pretty standard with X99 motherboards. All of these are full size x16 slots but four of them are wired for full bandwidth x16 operation. This means that, if ASRock has fitted a clock generator on this motherboard, it might be able to support 4-way NVIDIA SLI or AMD Crossfire with all GPUs running at x16. Apart from that, as we mentioned in our Haswell-E and X99 launch coverage, it is possible to install five graphics cards on X99 boards where all graphics cards can get x8 bandwidth. Furthermore, there are not one but two 4-pin molex connectors providing extra power to the PCIe slots.
If that’s not crazy enough, the X99 Extreme11 is also fitted with no less than 18 SATA III ports (yes, you read it right!). Ten of these ports are powered by the X99 PCH while the rest eight are from a third party controller. Apart from that, there are several on-board USB 2.0/3.0 headers as well. There is an mSATA port as well. The motherboard has a fairly rich back I/O panel as well. There are four USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, dual gigabit Ethernet, one PS/2 port, 7.1 channel HD audio, two eSATA ports and a CMOS clear switch.
The X99 Extreme11 comes with the most powerful cooling system we’ve seen so far. It has three heatsinks, two of which are connected by heatpipes while the third is a massive one with an active fan and it sits on the X99 PCH. The motherboard also comes with a few overclocking features like on-board overclocking buttons, dual BIOS and diagnostic LED.
ASRock has not released any further information about this board but it is expected to be officially announced later this month. It’ll probably be sold for over $450.
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