ASRock is a Taiwan based motherboard manufacturing company. They aren’t really new to the business; they were working under ASUS till 2002. They spun off from ASUS back then to make some name in the OEM market like Foxconn but they also started to penetrate into the DIY market after their IPO in 2007. Since then they’ve been only going up. In 2011, ASRock sold around 8 million motherboards, that’s puts them at the 3rd place with ASUS and GIGABYTE above it. For 2012, they have set their target at 10 million. ASRock is making some really good motherboards and is getting popular among consumers as every day passes.
Today, we’ll be having a detailed look at an ASRock motherboard. They gave me the offer select any motherboard from their Intel Z68 based line-up and I chose their Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 motherboard. ASRock’s motherboard hierarchy usually starts with Pro3 and goes up to Extreme9 or Extreme11; Extreme3, Extreme4, Extreme6 and Extreme7 are the motherboard falling in-between. I wanted to test their mid-end board because that’s the segment they are gaining most popularity and most company usually put out their best efforts in this segment because this is the segment which makes most money.
As the name suggests, ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 comes equipped with Intel’s Z68 motherboard and PCI Express Gen. 3 slots. It has an LGA 1155 socket and supports all Intel’s second generation Sandy Bridge based Core processors.