ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is a new product and it hasn’t reached major retailors yet but ASRock and our local ASRock distributor (IAMEXTREME) told us that it’ll be around US $390-400 in USA and £240-250 in Europe.
- Good performance
- Solid build quality
- Wealthy accessory pack
- Internet Flash option
- Lighting in heatsinks
- 4-Way SLI/CrossfireX support
- Wide range of connectivity options
- Good overclockability
- No Thunderbolt port
- Analogue power delivery design which is falsely advertised as digital
ASRock has done a phenomenal job with Z77 Extreme9. Its their flagship motherboard and it has everything that makes it a flagship. Nice design, lots n lots of connectivity options, 4-Way SLI/CrossfireX support and very good overclocking are a few of them and ASRock managed to do all this in a standard ATX form factor. One thing is still missing, black PCB. Even though its a flagship motherboard, ASRock didn’t use black PCB in it which is actually a standard these days. I know, black PCB doesn’t really add anything in terms of performance or functionality but it brings a nice and sleek look to the motherboard.
ASRock brought many new notable features in this motherboard like Internet Flash which automatically updates the UEFI with just once click from UEFI; thats is a huge blessing for those who are afraid of flashing BIOS. OMG and Dehumidifier are also pretty useful features.
Number of connectivity options that ASRock Z77 Extreme9 brings are also impressive. Ten SATA ports, eight USB 3.0 ports and two front panel USB 3.0 headers make sure that you never run out of connectivity. In terms of performance, ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is not only like any other decent motherboard but its also manages to beat other motherboard in almost all the CPU intensive tasks and some of the GPU intensive tasks. I/O performance is also decent.
Overclocking is the department where ASRock Z77 Extreme9 shines. We easily pushed our Intel Core i7-3770K to 4.7 GHz with around 1.25v on vCore which is considerably less than other motherboards we tested.
Coming to UEFI firmware of Z77 Extreme9, I would like to mention that its a well designed UEFI with all the features but there are still a couple of things I would like to tweak for example the navigation. Even with mouse, navigation isn’t up to the mark where other motherboards of this price range stand.
ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is expected to retail around US $400. Its an enormous price tag for a mainstream-chipset based motherboard. Overall, its a great motherboard but if we look at offerings from other manufacturers then it doesn’t seem like a good deal at all. A couple of other motherboards like GIGABYTE G1.Sniper 3, ASUS P8Z77 WS and ASUS P8Z77 Premium seem to be better options as they offer almost same set of features and sometimes more (ASUS P8Z77 Premium comes with Thunderbolt while its missing in ASRock Z77 Extreme9) in less price.