Oh yes, another chipset and another mainboard. This time the Z77 Extreme4 and Z77 Extreme6.
Some of you guys will notice Asrock took on board what I said and ditched the phuny PCH heatsink for a proper heatsink
As these boards are very similar like all previous Extreme4 and Extreme6 boards I will highlight the differences here so we don't have lots of "whats the difference between these two boards?" questions.
The Main Differences:
- The Extreme6 has DisplayPort with max. resolution up to 2560x1600 @ 60Hz
- The Extreme6 has extra 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slot & 1 x mini-PCI Express slot
- The Extreme6 uses Etron EJ168A controller instead of the Extreme4s Asmedia ASM1042
- The Extreme6 uses Z68 Extreme4 style MOSFET heatsinks
- The Extreme6 comes with front panel USB3
So, those are the differences between the Extreme4 and Extreme6. Which you choose is entirely up to you. Before anyone asks me what I recommend, it all depends on how many add-in boards you have really. If you are a existing P67 E4/6 or Z68 E4/6 owner and would like to upgrade to a Z77 Extreme board then I would recommend the Z77 Extreme4. Why? 2 of the 5 differences between the boards you already have. Namely, the USB3 front panel and the MOSFET heatsink if so desired can easily be swapped*. I also suspect many users will welcome the ASM1042 USB3 controller on the Extreme4 over the EJ168A controller on the Extreme6. With those differences negated that really only leaves the DisplayPort and extra expansion slots.
* I need to check, but hole alignment appears to be the same.
Z77 Extreme4&6 UEFI & Driver Package Download:
Driver Package Contents:
Asmedia ASM1061 v220.127.116.11
Asmedia USB 3.0 v18.104.22.168
Broadcom BCM57781 v22.214.171.124B
CIR Reciever v20110219
Etron USB 3.0 v1.113
Intel HD Graphics v126.96.36.19961
Intel ME v188.8.131.522
Intel PCH v184.108.40.2069
Intel Rapid Start (IRS.. coincidence? ) v220.127.116.112
Intel RST v18.104.22.1686
Intel Smart Connect v2.0.1083.0
Intel USB 3.0 v22.214.171.124
Realtek HD Audio R2.70
Lucidlogix Virtu v1.2.114
There we have it everybody! Feel free to discuss any and all Asrock Z77 in here