z68 extreme4 ASRock also shows off Z68 board at CeBIT

ASRock decided to show off its Z68 board as CeBIT too and it actually looks like one of the better boards that have been shown so far. We're not entirely sold on the colour scheme, but that's really a minor issue considering that ASRock appears to have loaded up the Z68 Extreme4 with pretty much every feature you could need or want.

ASRock decided to show off its Z68 board as CeBIT too and it actually looks like one of the better boards that have been shown so far. We're not entirely sold on the colour scheme, but that's really a minor issue considering that ASRock appears to have loaded up the Z68 Extreme4 with pretty much every feature you could need or want.

Slot wise the board has three x16 PCI Express slots, of which of course the second one is of the switchable x8 type while the third slot only has four lanes worth of bandwidth. The board also has two x1 PCI Express slots and two PCI slots. ASRock has also fitted a pair of additional SATA 6Gbps ports for a total of four, as well as four SATA 3Gbps ports. There are also headers for two USB 3.0 ports (using an Etron controller), four USB 2.0 ports, a FireWire port and even a parallel port.

z68 extreme4 ASRock also shows off Z68 board at CeBIT

Around the back the board has a PS/2 port, four USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, a FireWire port, an eSATA port, a Gigabit Ethernet port, a DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI and D-sub connector and finally 7.1-channel audio with optical S/PDFI out. There's also a CMOS reset button around the back and the board also appears to have power and reset buttons and a POST80 debug LED display. We also noted a PLX bridge chip on the board that we're not quite certain what the purpose of it is.

Overall the Z68 Extreme4 is what we'd expect from a high-end Z68 board, but this might not be the top of the range model from ASRock, as the company offers higher-end P67 models, so we might get to see something even more feature packed by the time the platform launches.

Source: Computer Base