ASRock X99 Extreme6 Review

Published by Hiwa Pouri on 17.02.15
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Conclusion

Allgemein   + -
With the X99 Extreme6 ASRock has a solid motherboard in it's portfolio, which is based on Intels latest X99 chipset. Having a closer look at the features mix reveals, that the manufacturer has been taking quite a few reasonable descisions. ASRock has for example been holding back on installing too many additional chips, which is something you see in the final price of this product. On another note there are no SATA Express ports on this board. These days there are virtually no SATA Express devices available, which can be seen as a justification for not equipping the board with such ports.   - Design
- Layout
- Number of USB3.0 ports
       
Layout   + -

The ASRock X99 Extreme6's layout has been very well thought. Once more practical are the angled SATA connectors as well as the power- and reset-buttons. There is also a debug display which is very useful in case you should have issues with a component in your system or the board itself. Apart from that the placement of the PCI-Express x16 slots is very well chosen. There is a total of three PCI Express slots, and between the first and the second PCI Express x16 slot there is a M.2 x4 slot. Apart from that we find two additional PCI Express x1 slots on this board.

  - Angled SATA connectors - 2 x PCI Express x1
- Power/Reset-Button onboard
- Debug display
- Space around the CPU socket - M.2 x4
- No SATA Express
       
Performance   + -
Let's have closer look at overall 3D performance. Calcualting the average of all 3D benchmarks we ran, we see that this board comes in fourth place out of ten X99 motherboards we've tested so far. Concerning the average of all 2D benchmarks we ran, this board reaches sixth position. Overall this board does pretty well and ranks in the center of our comparison tables. On another note we had a look at power consumption and it turns out that this board is quite a bit more power efficient than other models.   - Power consumption - 3DMark Ice Storrm
       
Overclocking / BIOS   + -
The BIOS of the X99 Extreme6 is identical from what you get with other recent ASRock motherboards these days the only difference is the backgound color. This means the basic structure and also the design has not been changed. Overall the structure is easy to understand and even if you're not a very experienced user you will find the things you'd like to change. On another note ASRock is dedicated and pushing hard did a pretty good job with this on but still, every here and there the performance could be improved.   - Clear arrangement - Sheer amount of options  
       
Recommendation   + -
The ASRock X99 Extreme6 is on of the more affordable X99 motherboards. You can find this particular model listed at geizhals for a price of 240 Euro. Since the launch the price already dropped by 30 Euro and we expect it to remain stable for quite a while now. Overall you get a very reasonable X99 motherboard that is best to be equipped with an Intel Core i7-5820K CPU.   - Workstation
- Enthusiast
 
       
Rating
We give the ASRock X99 Extreme6 very good 4.5 out of 5 stars.





Page 1 - Introduction Page 15 - UC Bench
Page 2 - Specs and Delivery Page 16 - Super Pi 1M / 32M
Page 3 - Features Page 17 - wPrime 1024M Multi Core
Page 4 - Layout Page 18 - Cinebench
Page 5 - Connectors and I/O Page 19 - Tomb Raider
Page 6 - BIOS Page 20 - Metro Last Light
Page 7 - Test setup Page 21 - Thief
Page 8 - Preview / Gallery Page 22 - Right Mark Audio Analyzer
Page 9 - 3DMark Page 23 - BCLK Overclocking
Page 10 - 3DMark 11 Page 24 - Power Consumption
Page 11 - 3DMark Vantage Page 25 - Performance Rating
Page 12 - PC Mark 8 Page 26 - Price Comparison
Page 13 - SiSoft Sandra 1 Page 27 - Conclusion
Page 14 - SiSoft Sandra 2  


Author: m.buechel@ocaholic.ch




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