ASRock X79 Extreme9 Motherboard Review

Author: Zac "Eldonko" Ryan
Date: February 27, 2012
Product Name: X79 Extreme9
Part Number: X79 Extreme9
Warranty: 3 Years
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Packaging and Accessories

The first thing we noticed when the Extreme9 arrived was the sheer size of its box - this thing is huge and will cost a small fortune to ship! ASRock went for a simple colour scheme with a metallic look on the box's front and features detailed on the inside cover and back.

Inside, the Extreme9 has two smaller boxes, one containing a protective foam barrier and the motherboard along with another that stores the accessories.

The accessory bundle is fairly standard with the exception of a few items such as a the Game Blaster and the USB 3.0 front panel. Other than those two standouts you also get a couple of black SATA cables and some hard drive installation screws.

The ASRock Game Blaster incorporates both a Creative Sound Core3D 7.1 CH HD soundcard and a Broadcom BCM57781 gigabit LAN that supports Dual LAN with a Teaming function. The Creative Sound Core3D Audio includes its own quad core processor to eliminate dependency on the CPU and includes support for THX TruStudio™ PRO, CrystalVoice and EAX1.0 to EAX5.0. It plugs into a PCI-E x1 slot and is actually seems like quite a novel idea until you realize that it takes up the Extreme9's only PCI-E x1 slot.

Two final accessories are the USB 3.0 front panel break out box and the SLI bridges. The Extreme9's specs state the board supports quad SLI but ASRock only included bridges for dual SLI and tri SLI and there is only space for three dual slot GPUs on the board. Perhaps ASRock meant quad SLI with dual GPU cards.

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