ASRock P67 Extreme4 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1155 by stefan @ 2011-01-22

The Extreme4 P67 motherboard from ASRock is a feature-rich product which incorporates the latest technologies like USB 3.0/SATA3/eSATA3, supports the Sandy Bridge CPUs from Intel and comes with a very easy to use UEFI BIOS; the motherboard comes with a 8+2 power phase design and is offered at a competitive price. In this review we use the board to push our 2500K CPU to 4.8Ghz with air cooling.

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Packaging, A Closer Look

The Extreme4 motherboard from ASRock comes with the Intel P67 chipset and permits the installation of the latest LGA1155 Sandy Bridge processors. The box in which the product comes shipped has a very nice and clean design; on the top side we can see the ASRock logo, along with the full name of the product:




On the bottom of the box, we are explained the main components of the motherboard, along with the benefits of using the ASRock XFast USB Technology and the new technologies are also introduced:




After we open up the box, we can see that it is split into 2 layers; the top layer holds the documentation along with the bundle and the bottom one contains the motherboard:




In the box we can find:


- 1x front USB 3.0 Panel
- 1x I/O Panel Shield
- 4x HDD screws for the USB Panel
- 1x Rear USB 3.0 Bracket
- 2x Serial ATA HDD power cables
- 1x Ribbon Cable for a 3.5-in Floppy Drive
- 4x Serial ATA Data cables
- 1x ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card
- 6x Chassis Screws
- 1x ASRock Driver+Applications CD
- 1x Quick Installation Guide
- 1x UEFI Settings Guide




The Front USB 3.0 Panel is a 2-in-1 device, meaning that with it we can expand our conectivity with two extra ports in the front of our case, but we can also use it for housing a 2.5'' HDD or SSD:





The Front USB 3.0 Panel has a connector that can be plugged straight into the dedicated header on the motherboard:




The Quick Installation Guide shows us step by step with pictures and photos how to install the motherboard on our system, along with the other components; the newly adopted UEFI BIOS is described in another separate little manual:





For added protection during transport, the motherboard is wrapped in an anti-static bag:



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Comment from thorgal @ 2011/01/23
Neatly done Stefan.

Also like your screenshots : which hard/software do you use for making the bios screen shots ?
Comment from jmke @ 2011/01/23
read last page first paragraph, bold part
Comment from thorgal @ 2011/01/23
Completely read over it lol.

Bios shots without some special hardware are a bit of a pain usually.
Comment from geoffrey @ 2011/01/23
via tv-out > tv-capture card you should also be able to do so
Comment from Stefan Mileschin @ 2011/01/23
Thanks for the appreciation! Really like the new UEFI and its screenshot feature.
Comment from jmke @ 2011/01/23
Originally Posted by geoffrey View Post
via tv-out > tv-capture card you should also be able to do so
how do you tell BIOS to output image over TV-out? it defaults to the HDMI/D-SUB/DVI connector

HDMI capture card would be better