ASRock P67 Extreme6 Motherboard Review

Motherboards/Intel S1155 by stefan @ 2011-02-03

The Extreme6 P67 motherboard from ASRock is one of their high-end products for the Sandy Bridge CPUs and features a 16+2 Power Phase Design, along with a decent software+hardware bundle.

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A Closer Look Part II

The spacing between the PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots is kept from the Extreme4 board version, and we can see several enhancements in the VRM section, number of USB ports, SATA3 connectivity or LAN ports:




This board features 2x PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s interfaces, with the help of two Reatek RTL8111E controllers; through the most important features, we can enumerate, Wake-On-LAN, LAN Cable Detection, Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az or Dual LAN with Teaming function:





The board features not one but three EtronTech EJ168A USB 3.0 controllers; two are located between the VRM and I/O shield connectors and the last one is placed between the last two PCI-Express 2.0 x16 slots, for the Front USB 3.0 header:






The audio interface is provided by the Realtek ALC892 CODEC, which features Premium Blu-ray audio support and also supports THX TruStudio Pro:




The Nuvoton NCT6776F SuperIO chip can be also found on the left side of the PCB:




The Asmedia ASM1083 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):




The VIA VT6315N is a PCI-Express 1394 Host Controller and can be found near the second PCI-Express 2.0 x1 slot:



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Comment from jmke @ 2011/02/05
With 6 none-affected SATA ports on this board, I'd say this product should be on your shortlist
Comment from Dave65 @ 2011/02/06
Well this was on my short list,had it one week and it or the CPU died.It shut off out of the blue and the only thing that would run is the fans,with code 19 on the display..Was a nice looking board,I really liked it..