ASRock Z87 Extreme6 review - simple aspect, excellent performance

Another day, another brand. This time it’s the review of ASRock Z87 Extreme6, another solution to compete in the motherboards’ overclocking war. It’s not the flagship of ASRock Z87 boards, but it competes against Asus Z87 Expert and Gigabyte Z87X-UD5H.

ASRock did a pretty good job lately with the motherboards, so I am expecting this one to be very good.

ASRock Z87 Extreme6 set


ASRock Z87 Extreme6


- Supports 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 / i5 / i3 / Xeon® / Pentium® / Celeron® in LGA1150 Package


- Intel® Z87 Express


- 4x Dual Channel DDR3 memory slots
- Supports max 32 GB of DDR3 2933+(OC) non-ECC, un-buffered memory


- Supports Intel® HD Graphics 4400/4600
- Max. shared memory 1792MB
- Multi VGA Output options: DVI-I, HDMI and DisplayPort
- Supports Triple Monitor
- Supports HDMI Technology with max. resolution up to 4K × 2K (4096x2304) @ 24Hz
- Supports DVI-I with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz
- Supports DisplayPort with max. resolution up to 4K × 2K (4096x2304) @ 24Hz
- Supports HDCP function with DVI-I, HDMI and DisplayPort ports


- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec)
- Supports Purity Sound™
- 115dB SNR DAC with differential amplifier
- TI NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier (Supports up to 600 ohm headsets)
- Direct Drive Technology
- EMI shielding cover
- PCB isolate shielding
- Supports DTS Connect


- Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- 1x Giga PHY Intel® I217V, 1x GigaLAN Intel® I211AT
- Supports Dual LAN with Teaming


- 3x PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots; dual at x8 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE3); triple at x8 (PCIE2) / x4 (PCIE3) / x4 (PCIE4))
- 1x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot
- 1x mini-PCI Express slot
- 2x PCI slots
- Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™, 3-Way CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
- Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLI™ and SLI™


Intel Z87 chipset:

- 6x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s; support for RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, Intel® Rapid Storage Technology 12 and Intel® Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug

ASMedia ASM1061:

- 4x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s; support for NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug (SATA3_A4 connector is shared with the eSATA port)
- 1x eSATA connector; support for NCQ, AHCI, Hot Plug and Port Multiplier


- 1x IR header
- 1x COM Port header
- 1x Power LED header
- 2x CPU Fan connectors (1 x 4-pin, 1 x 3-pin)
- 3x Chassis Fan connectors (1 x 4-pin, 2 x 3-pin)
- 1x Power Fan connector (3-pin)
- 1x 24 pin ATX power connector
- 1x 8 pin 12V power connector (Hi-Density Power Connector)
- 1x SLI/XFire power connector
- 1x Front panel audio connector
- 2x USB 2.0 headers (support 4 USB 2.0 ports)
- 1x Vertical Type A USB 2.0
- 2x USB 3.0 headers (support 4 USB 3.0 ports)
- 1x Dr. Debug with LED
- 1x Power Switch with LED
- 1x Reset Switch with LED

Rear Panel I/O

I/O Panel
- 1x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
- 1x DVI-I Port
- 1x HDMI-Out Port
- 1x HDMI-In Port
- 1x DisplayPort
- 1x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 1x eSATA Connector
- 2x USB 2.0 Ports
- 4x USB 3.0 Ports (ASMedia Hub)
- 2x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- 1x Clear CMOS Switch
- HD Audio Jack: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone

Unique Features

- ASRock A-Tuning
- ASRock Instant Flash
- ASRock APP Charger
- ASRock XFast USB
- ASRock XFast LAN
- ASRock XFast RAM
- ASRock Crashless BIOS
- ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)
- ASRock Internet Flash
- ASRock UEFI System Browser
- ASRock UEFI Tech Service
- ASRock Dehumidifier
- ASRock Easy RAID Installer
- ASRock Easy Driver Installer
- ASRock Interactive UEFI
- ASRock Fast Boot
- ASRock Restart to UEFI
- ASRock USB Key
- ASRock FAN-Tastic Tuning
Hybrid Booster:
- CPU Frequency Stepless Control
- ASRock U-COP
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- Good Night LED


- 2 x 64Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with Multilingual GUI support (1 x Main BIOS and 1 x Backup BIOS)
- Supports Secure Backup UEFI Technology
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support

Hardware Monitor

- CPU/Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
- CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Allow Chassis Fan Speed Auto-Adjust by CPU Temperature)
- CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Vcore

Form Factor

- ATX Form Factor


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