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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A Closer Look Part II

The Extreme4 has a very clean design and there is enough space left between the first and second PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots for installing video cards with beefy cooling setups:




To the right part of the board, we can locate the nuvoTon IO controller:




Near it, we can also find the Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Ethernet controller:




The sound interface is provided by the Realtek ALC892, a 8-channel HD audio CODEC:




Between the VRM heatsink and the first PCI-Express x1 slot, we can find a MOLEX header, along with two 3-pin fan headers:




On the bottom, we can find lots of other headers (from left to right):


-Front Panel Audio Header

-COM Port Header

-Floppy Connector

-Infrared Module Header

-Front Panel IEEE 1394 Header

-3xUSB 2.0 Front Panel Headers

-1xUSB 3.0 Front Panel Header

-Chassis Speaker Header

-System Panel Header




The Asmedia ASM1083 is located between the two bottom PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots and it is a x1 PCI Express to 32-bit PCI Bridge; this controller was installed because the P67 chipset does not support PCI lanes anymore and ASRock gives a chance to people that still have good cards on this interface to continue to use them (TV tuners, audio cards and so on):




One of the EtronTech EJ168A USB 3.0 controllers can be found on the low right side of the board, near the USB 3.0 Front Panel Header; the second identical controller can be found between the VRM and the I/O panel connectors:




A LED display, named Dr. Debug by ASRock, shows us the states through which the motherboard passes during boot time, but also error codes:




On the right side of the PCB we can find the Power and Reset buttons (which are very useful when testing up the board, before inserting it inside a case), along with the 64Mb SPI Flash UEFI chip:




The SATA connectors are color coded, the blue ones being SATA2 and the white ones SATA3:




Near the ATX Power connector, we can find another 4-pin fan header and a Clear CMOS jumper:



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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