ASRock Launches Extreme6/TB4 Motherboard With Two Thunderbolt Ports
Subject: Motherboards | October 29, 2012 - 03:24 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Z77, thunderbolt, motherboard, extreme6/tb4, asrock
Update: The specifications page is now live on the ASRock website.
Pegatron-owned motherboard company ASRock has launched a new Z77 motherboard with dual Thunderbolt ports dubbed the Extreme6/TB4. While all the nitty-gritty details are still up in the error due to an error on the ASRock site, we do have some information on the board worth sharing.
The ASRock Extreme6/TB4 is based on the Z77 chipset, which supports socket 1155 processors (Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge). Further, the board has four DIMM slots for DDR3 memory running at up to 2800MHz. Additionally, the Extreme6/TB4 uses gold capicitors, digital power technology, and a 8+4 power phase. Quad SLI and CrossFireX multi-GPU technologies are also features.
It features two PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (x16/x8 or x8/x8), two PCI-E 2.0 x1 slots, and two legacy PCI slots. For storage, the motherboard has four SATA III 6Gbps ports (RAID 0/1/5/10) and several USB headers.
Rear panel IO includes:
- 1 x PS/2
- 1 x eSATA
- 1 x eSATA/USB
- 2 x USB 2.0
- 4 x USB 3.0
- 1 x Gigabit Ethernet
- 1 x VGA
- 2 x Thunderbolt
- 5 x Analog audio jacks
- 1 x S/PDIF optical audio port
- 1 x HDMI
Thanks to the two Thunderbolt ports on the rear IO panel, the new ASRock motherboard can support up to 12 devices (with passthrough ports) and two DisplayPort displays. That's a lot of Thunderbolt gear!
Unfortunately, there is no word yet on pricing or when the motherboard will be available for purchase.
Read more about Intel’s Thunderbolt technology at PC Perspective.