As the dust settles from the slightly underwhelming Sandy Bridge-E launch earlier this week, we take a look at another X79 motherboard – ASRock's X79 Extreme4. With 3-way SLi/Crossfire support, 9 onboard SATA ports and a Broadcom Gigabit NIC, this black and gold themed board has more high end features at its entry level price point than most of the competition.

The Box (Front and Back View)

ASRock X79 Extreme4 – ATX Form Factor, 4 DDR3 DIMM slots, 3 PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots (16+16+8 electrically), 2 PCI-E x1 slots and 2 regular PCI slots.


I/O Panel (from left): PS/2 ports, Clear CMOS Button, 2 USB 3.0 ports provided by ASMedia ASM1042, 6 USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet from a rarely seen Broadcom BCM7781 controller, 1 Firewire Port from VIA VT6315N, 1 eSATA port serviced by ASMedia ASM1061 and Audio by yet another 7.1 channel capable Realtek ALC898 codec.