• SPECIFICATIONS
  • Slot: Intel LGA1151
  • CPU: Intel Z170
  • RAM Slots: 4 RAM Type: DDR4 (Dual Channel)
  • Ports: USB 3.0 x6, USB 3.1 x2 (Type A x1, Type C x2), HDMI x1, DisplayPort x1, RJ-45 x1
  • Connectivity: SATA III x8, Ultra M.2 SATA x1, PCIe 3.0x16 x3
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Price
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 8 (Home): 4,563 points
  • PCMark 8 (Creative): 4,900 points
  • PCMark 8 (Work): 4,878 points

Rock Solid Performance

It’s not very often that we get a sample motherboard sent to us from ASRock, but it appears that the company is looking to make a big splash again in the enthusiast PC market, especially with Intel’s new Skylake processors fresh on the shelves. The ASRock Z170 Extreme 6 is surely the first of many ASRock motherboards that we’ll be seeing in the near future.

The Extreme 6 motherboards comes equipped with four DDR4 DIMM slots, capable supporting RAM configurations of up to 32GBs in dual-channel mode, with RAM speeds clocking up to 3,600MHz after overclocks, eight SATA III ports, one Ultra M.2 SATA port, which features speeds of up to 36Gbps. Looking to build a gaming PC with multi-GPU configuration? The Extreme 6 motherboard has three PCIe 3.0×16 slots and one PCIe 3.0×1 slot, which can support up to four cards for NVIDIA’s SLI and three cards for AMD’s CrossFireX configurations.

The ASRock Z170 Extreme 6 motherboard comes with enough I/O ports to connect all your devices to the computer

The ASRock Z170 Extreme 6 motherboard comes with enough I/O ports to connect all your devices to the computer

At the back, ASRock did not skimp on the I/O ports as the Extreme 6 comes well-equipped with six USB 3.0 ports, one each of Type A and Type C USB 3.1 ports, one DisplayPort, one DVI port and one HDMI port, as well as a RJ-45 LAN port.

It’s clear that ASRock did not hold back on the design and component aspect of the motherboard as it is equipped with a variety of bells and whistles such as the premium 60A power chokes, aluminium alloy heatsinks that cool the MOSFETs and chipset, as well as Nichicon 12K platinum caps that have lifespans of around 12,000 hours.

For overclockers, ASRock has added a number of cool features to the Extreme 6, including a 12 power phase design which offers smooth power delivery to the CPU. This allows users to overclock the processor without having to worry about short-circuiting the motherboard or CPU. The inclusion of the Hyper BCLK Engine also allows users to more accurately overclock the CPU by providing a wider range of frequencies to choose from, giving users even more control to their systems.

ASRock utilises the best components on its motherboard to ensure longevity

ASRock utilises the best components on its motherboard to ensure longevity

All these features translate into very impressive performance numbers for the Extreme 6 motherboard. Overclocking has been made easy, with additional options available for experienced enthusiasts to min-max the performance of the PC overall. And thanks to the circuit and voltage protection provided, we also were not too worried about frying our components.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ASRock Z170 Extreme 6 motherboard is the first ASRock board we’ve reviewed in a while, and the brand’s thrust into the Z170 market can be seen in the features that are packed into it. Definitely one to consider if you’re looking to upgrade to Skylake.

(previously published in issue September 2015)

ASRock Z170 Extreme 6