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ASRock X99 Extreme11 Motherboard Review

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ASRock ships the X99 Extreme11 in the company’s typical style of packaging. A few of the key features are outlined on the front of the box, while detailed specifications are highlighted on the rear.

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The standard affair of documentation is supplied, along with a case sticker and driver CD.

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A felt bag holds all of the supplied accessories. This is a move that I like to see; an accessory can be stored neatly after being used and then retired back to the box for storage.

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Six SATA cables and ASRock’s HDD Saver cable form part of the bundle. Given the board’s storage capacity, I am surprised to see fewer than ten SATA cables provided. Two screws are used to hold each of the potential M.2 devices in place. The rear IO shield is colour-coded to make finding the correct port in low-light conditions an easier task.

Four rigid SLI bridges are provided, all of which are quite dark, but seem to be more of a washed-out brown than pure black. Two bridges are for short-range two-card configurations and those are backed-up by an extended 2-way bridge. There is also a dedicated 3-way SLI bridge.

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We were quick to notice the lack of a dedicated 4-way SLI bridge. Instead, 4-way SLI must be done by connecting the three 2-card bridges as follows; one to the first and second card, another linking the second and fourth, and the last one joining the third and fourth graphics cards’ SLI tabs.

ASRock, please include a dedicated 4-way SLI bridge with future premium motherboards.

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