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ASRock X99 Extreme11 Motherboard Review

Rating: 9.0.

With the highest possible compute performance that consumers can purchase, Intel’s Haswell-E processors and the X99 chipset make a viable combination for users with demanding workloads. If the price, features, and performance are right, there’s nothing stopping a semi-professional buying a consumer-grade motherboard to house their LGA2011-3 CPU and DDR4 memory.

Bearing that in mind, ASRock has given its X99 series of motherboards the ‘Extreme11’ treatment. What exactly does that mean? It translates into a high-end, feature-heavy motherboard whose secret sauce is deployed in the form of an LSI SAS 3008 storage controller to provide eight SAS 12Gbps connections.

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Star of the X99 Extreme11 show is, without doubt, the LSI SAS 3008 storage controller. Other notable features come in the form of 4-way SLI and CrossFire support, thanks to a couple of PLX PEX8747 PCIe bridge chips, and dual 32Gbps Ultra M.2 connectors.

It is clear that (high-speed) storage capability is an important factor for ASRock’s X99 Extreme11. Could this be the board that will garner the interest of users with IO-heavy workloads?

Features:

  • 18 x SATA3 (8 x SAS3 12.0 Gb/s + 10 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s) from LSI SAS 3008 Controller
  • 4-Way SLI™ & 4-Way CrossFireX™ (x16) supported by 2 embedded PLX 8747 bridges
  • ASRock Super Alloy components
  • Supports Intel® Core™ i7 and Xeon® 18-Core Processors Family for the LGA 2011-3 Socket
  • Digi Power, 12 Power Phase design
  • Supports Quad Channel DDR4 3200+(OC), with maximum capacity up to 128GB
  • Supports DDR4 UDIMM ECC*, RDIMM Memory (*ECC is supported with Intel® Xeon® processors.)
  • 5 PCIe 3.0 x16, 2 embedded PLX PEX 8747
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports Purity Sound™ 2 & DTS Connect
  • Intel® Dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming Function
  • 10 SATA3, 8 SAS3, 2 eSATA, 2 Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)
  • Supports ASRock HDD Saver Technology, Full Spike Protection, APP Shop

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