With companies such as GIGABYTE and ASUS, breaking the silence on the public debut of their upcoming Sandy Bridge, Socket LGA-1155 motherboards, ASRock has jumped in the ring, ready with a full compliment of boards for all market segments.
The company has planned for eight models, four ATX based on the P67 chipset along with one ATX and three mATX on H67.
ASRock has every segment covered with two enthusiasts focused units, the P67 Extreme6 which packs six SATA 6Gbps ports, six USB 3.0 (4 external, 2 internal), three PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, and an 18-phase CPU VRM.
The slightly lessened (and likely slightly cheaper) P67 Extreme4, has – you guessed it – four SATA 6Gbps ports, four USB 3.0 (two ext. two int.), PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, and a few changes to layout and connections.
The two consumer level models, the P67 Pro and Pro3, include just a single PCIe x16 slot, three PCIe x1 and three PCI connections. While the Pro3 still includes two SATA 6Gpbs ports, two USB 3.0 external connections, and a still impressive 10-phase CPU VRM, the base Pro model does away with USB 3.0, keeps the two SATA 6Gbps, and features only a 4+1 phase VRM.
On the mATX side of things, the H67M GE-HT is the premium model, with four DDR3 DIMM slots, 6-phase VRM, four USB 3.0, two SATA 6Gbps, and external video connections including DVI, D-Sub, HDMI 1.4a, and DisplayPort.
The H67M GE is a trimmed version, without VRM heatsinks, Displayport connector and no internal USB 3.0. Lastly the consumer H67M, which in every ways similar, but only features only two DDR3 DIMM slots and thus is slightly thinner as well.
Interestingly, ASRock has also chosen to build an ATX motherboard based on the H67 chipset; the H67 DE3. This allows users to get the Intel Flexible Display Interface (FDI) output with a full-sized ATX motherboard. In features, the board is identical to the rest of the H67 line, but the added length allows for an additional PCI and PCIe x1 slot.