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ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac Motherboard Review

Rating: 9.0.

Sat at the top of ASRock’s Z87 Extreme series line-up, the Extreme9/ac is designed to combine enthusiast and gaming performance into a single motherboard that can provide everyday usage. With a 12 phase power delivery design and support for 4-way graphics configurations via a PLX PEX 8747 PCI Express switch, ASRock’s Z87 Extreme9/ac motherboard possesses features that will appeal to enthusiasts and extreme gamers.

But ASRock hasn’t forgotten about ‘everyday’ users who are after a high-performance motherboard. Up to 12 USB 3.0 ports, 10 SATA lanes, two Thunderbolt connectors, a high-end audio chip, and built-in wireless connectivity prove that ASRock is gunning for an impressive all-round motherboard with its feature-heavy Z87 Extreme9/ac.

Can the ASRock Z87 Extreme9/ac motherboard deliver the overclocking performance and general ease-of-use that will make it a product worth purchasing in a cut-throat market?



  • A-Style : Home Cloud, Purity Sound™, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Supports 4-Channel, Dual-Port Thunderbolt™ Technology
  • Supports 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1150 Package
  • Premium Gold Capacitor Design, Digi Power, 12 Power Phase Design, Dual-Stack MOSFET
  • Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2933+(OC)
  • 5 x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1 x mini-PCIe
  • AMD 4-Way CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™ supported by PLX PEX 8747 Bridge
  • Rear VGA I/O: 1 x HDMI, 2 x Thunderbolt™, 1 x DisplayPort Input
  • Intel® Dual Gigabit LAN with Teaming
  • 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports DTS Connect
  • 10 x SATA3, 1 x eSATA, 12 x USB 3.0, 9 x USB 2.0
  • 1 x ASRock Wi-SD Box (Supports 4 USB 3.0 ports and an SD 3.0 card slot)
  • WLAN : 1 x 802.11ac WiFi + BT v4.0 module, 1 x ASRock WiFi 2.4/5GHz Antenna
  • Supports A-Tuning, XFast 555, Easy Driver Installer, FAN-Tastic Tuning, USB Key

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  • Rt23ds

    excellent review Luke. ive been looking at a few of their boards recently and they seem to be improving their bioses in the last year. good looking board too.

  • Joe

    they are really good and often overlooked. I have owned a few of their boards. the early bioses can be bad, but after a few months they normally sort them out

  • Jim

    What is their warranty like in Germany? I tend to stick with gigabyte as its very good here locally.

  • jayson dizo

    how much that montherboard

  • JohnM

    I ‘ve got one of these bad boys and the first impression that falls into my mind is this:
    BADASS…!!! It worths every Euro i paid…
    Excellent review as always…
    Greetings from Greece…!!!

  • Marc-Andre

    Nice review but you miss one important point about the exclusive DP-In (the gamer alternative to Virtu MVP).

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  • Rach

    Hi Luke Hill. Need to see the main.jpg picture of the Z87 Extreme9/ac motherboard’s UEFI BIOS main page. I’m wondering which bios version is that. I’ve tried all versions found in the net and none can get me to set PCI’s other than PCI2 to gen1. Thanks.