Asrock Extreme Series Motherboards

The Asrock Extreme series motherboards are “specifically tailored for designers and enthusiasts. ”

The range includes motherboards with the Intel Z97 Haswell and Intel Z170 Skylake chipsets. The Z97 accommodates socket 1150 CPUs while the Z170 supports socket 1151 processors.

The Z97 mobo supports DDR3 and and features the DMI version 2 while the Z170 mobo takes DDR4, with DMI 3 and with USB 3.1 integrated into the I/O panel. See the full specs and images below.

Asrock motherboards now available March 2016

ASRock Z97 Extreme4

Specifications:
Socket 1150
4th/5th Gen Core i3/i5/i7/Pentium/Celeron Support
DDR3 1333 (3200MHz Max OC)
4x DIMM Dual Channel (Max 32GB)
8x SATA3
3x PCI-E (x16)
3x PCI-E (x1)
0/1/5/10 RAID
4x USB2.0 + 4x USB 3.0 Ports
6x Audio Ports
1x M.2 Connector
ATX Form Factor
4K UHD
CrossFireX / SLI Supported
Intel I218V Gigabit LAN
Realtek ALC1150 8CH
ASRock APP Shop
XFast
Digi Power
ASRock Cloud
Nichicon Audio Caps
1x VGA + 1x DVI + 1x HDMI + 1x DisplayPort

Asrock Z97 Extreme4

Asrock Z97 Extreme4

ASRock Z97 Extreme6

Specifications:
Socket 1150
4th/5th Gen Core i3/i5/i7/Pentium/Celeron Support
DDR3 1333 (3200MHz Max OC)
4x DIMM Dual Channel (Max 32GB)
10x SATA3
3x PCI-E (x16)
3x PCI-E (x1)
1x Mini-PCIe
0/1/5/10 RAID
6x USB 3.0 Ports
6x Audio Ports
2x M.2 Connectors
ATX Form Factor
4K UHD
CrossFireX / SLI Support
1x Intel Gigabit LAN + 1x Realtec Gigabit LAN
Realtek ALC1150 8CH
ASRock APP Shop
XFast
Digi Power
ASRock Cloud
Nichicon Audio Caps
1x VGA + 1x DVI + 1x HDMI + 1x DisplayPort

Asrock Z97 Extreme6

Asrock Z97 Extreme6

ASRock Z170 Extreme4

Specifications:
Z170 Chipset
Socket 1151
6th Generation Core i3/i5/i7/ Pentium/ Celeron Support
DDR4 Up to 3200MHz (OC)
4x DIMM Dual Channel Slots (64GB Max)
6x SATA3 Ports
3x SATA Express
6x USB 3.1 Gen1
2x USB 3.1A/C Gen2
2x USB 2.0 Headers (4 Ports)
1x USB3.1 Gen1 Header (2 Ports)
1x M.2 Port
3x PCI-Express x16 (Gen 3.0)
3x PCI-Express x1
1x DVI
1x HDMI
1x DisplayPort
1x Intel i219V Gigabit LAN Port
8-Channel Realtek ALC1150 HD Audio
Super Alloy
ASRock Cloud
ASRock APP
A-Tuning
X-Fast LAN/RAM
ASRock UEFI
PuritySound2
Gaming Armor
4K UHD Support
AMD Crossfire
nVidia SLI

Asrock Z170 Extreme4

Asrock Z170 Extreme4

ASRock Z170 Extreme6

Specifications:
Z170 Chipset
Socket 1151
6th Generation Core i3/i5/i7/ Pentium/ Celeron Support
DDR4 Up to 3600MHz (OC)
4x DIMM Dual Channel Slots (64GB Max)
8x SATA3 Ports
2x SATA Express
6x USB 3.1 Gen1
2x USB 3.1A/C Gen2
2x USB 2.0 Headers (4 Ports)
1x USB3.1 Gen1 Header (2 Ports)
1x M.2 Port
3x PCI-Express x16 (Gen 3.0)
3x PCI-Express x1
1x DVI
1x HDMI
1x DisplayPort
1x Intel i219V Gigabit LAN Port
8-Channel Realtek ALC1150 HD Audio
Super Alloy
ASRock Cloud
ASRock APP
A-Tuning
X-Fast LAN/RAM
ASRock UEFI
PuritySound2
Gaming Armor
4K UHD Support
AMD Crossfire
nVidia SLI

Asrock Z170 Extreme6

Asrock Z170 Extreme6

Z97 vs Z170

Asrock is not shy about boasting about both ranges but as you noticed from the specs above, there are quite a few differences between the Z97 and the Z170. TechSpot has an indepth article on Z97 vs Z170 that explains it well.

The choice will come down to gaming needs and budget. If you need to upgrade your current rig but still want to use your socket 1150 CPU and RAM, go for the Asrock Z97 Extreme series.

Then again, and as the saying goes, “If you have it, flaunt it.” After all, it’s your money. Go for the Asrock Z170 series.

The Asrock Z97 and Z170 Extreme series can be found on the Essential IT Solutions online shop in the Motherboards category.

Date: 10 Mar 2016