Can ASRock manage to make an extreme motherboard

Subject: Motherboards | November 10, 2011 - 02:35 PM |
Tagged: asrock, Z68 Extreme4 Gen3, ga-z68x

Taking a break from reviewing the major names in motherboards, [H]ard|OCP took hold of ASRock's Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 motherboard to see what that companies flagship motherboard is capable of.  The motherboard arrived for review in an impressive stainless steel box, unfortunately once the box was opened the review started on a downhill trend.  [H] didn't say that the board had the worst layout they've seen but had serious concerns with the placement of PCIe slots as well as the location of the auxiliary power connection.  Once the board was hooked up [H] tried the UEFI BIOS that ASRock implemented with moderate success, they had better luck with the included overclocking software.  Even with the problems they describe in the review, the board did survive their stability testing with no problems whatsoever.

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"Several people on our forums wanted to see a little more brand diversity when it comes to motherboard reviews. Ask and you shall receive. We take our first look at one of ASRock’s "finest" motherboards. The Z68 Extreme4 Gen3. Long name, lots of features, and a big steaming bowl of disappointment."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP
November 12, 2011 | 01:14 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

i have this board and it gives me nothing but problems... most of the time it looses my ssd drive and it takes me ages before it picks it up. constant blue screens just surfing the net. although overclocking is quite stable. easily gets to 5.0 ghz. its just not stable at the low end. i also have a clarkdale cpu on a gigabyte ud6. this board is also unstable.. The best and most reliable system i had was the socket 775.. Q9550. Striker 2 formula. All this new stuff really is not good. I only bought a extreme 4 asrock because i scored it at a good price.. i should have bought something else.

November 12, 2011 | 07:09 PM - Posted by kbohip (not verified)

I also have this board and I gotta say, it was one of, if not THE most trouble free builds I've ever done. I run 2 Geforce 460's in SLI, both oc'd to 850mhz each as well. So far I've only pushed my 2600k to 4.2ghz, but it's stable as can be on stock voltage. Kyle definitely got a bad board.

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