ASRock X58 Extreme6 is the bigger brother of the X58 Extreme3 that we will review some time ago on OCWorkbench. As we have mentioned before, the X58 Extreme6 is relatively similar to the X58 Extreme3. The most important addition is the front panel USB 3.0 and the support a total of 6 USB 3.0 ports and 12 SATA ports (6 SATA 3GbpsI and 6 SATA 6Gbps) ports.
With the front panel USB 3.0 (2 ports), it makes it easier for users to get faster access to their data. Although there aren’t many USB 3.0 devices out in the market right now, ASRock provided a list of compatible devices e.g. docking stations for users to take advantage of the higher speed in transfer compared to USB 2.0. Basically, the board is future proof.
Documentation is pretty simple as it didn’t indulge into too much details on the options available. Package wise, the ASRock X58 Extreme6 has it all ready by providing 2 and 3 way SLI bridges in the package.
Overclocking is somewhat easy for this board. Using the ASRock OC Tuner or the BIOS, you can achieve an overclock of up to 4GHz on the Core i7 965. To achieve this, the CPU multiplier is set to 30X. and BCLK is set to 135.3MHz. The voltages are also bumped up to ensure more stability.
In Conclusion, this board is worth the penny if you want a no frills board and is USB 3.0 future proof. Although you can’t overclock the board through iphone, you can use AIWI to play games with . So, the choice is up to you. Below are our ratings and award for ASRock X58 Extreme6.
|Performance||10 / 10|
|Ease Of Installation||9 / 10|
|Overclocking Features||9 / 10|
|Documentation||7 / 10|
|Packaging||8 / 10|
|Cost / Performance||10 / 10|
|Overall Rating :||9/ 10|
We give this board our GOLD AWARD