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Oct 10, 2011

ASRock X79 Extreme7 LGA 2011 Motherboard Pictured in Full

ASRock is preparing a new flagship motherboard for the launch of Intel's Sandy Bridge-E processors, the X79 Extreme7, which was just pictured in full by a Chinese website who has received a series of images with the final revision of this board.

The most striking feature about the Extreme7 is the inclusion of six memory slots, which is a strange decision when considering that Sandy Bridge-E CPUs includes a quad-channel memory controller.

Right to the left of the memory slots, users will find no less than five PCI Express x16 slots, which ASRock states can support 3-way SLI and CrossFireX setups.

These are accompanied by a 32-bit PCI slot to provide support for legacy add-on cards.

As far as storage is concerned, ASRock decided to provide its customers with seven SATA 3Gbps slots and another four SATA 6Gbps ports. Two of these are controller by the Intel X79 chipset while the other two by a third-party controller.

Speaking of the X79 chipset, this is cooled by an aluminum heatsink topped by a small diameter fan. While we don't know anything for sure, it's highly improbable that the X79 actually required this type of cooling, which we thought it was finally abolished a couple of years back.

The rest of the board layout is not too surprising for a flagship product and it carries the usual Power and Reset on-board buttons as well as a debug LCD and an additional MOLEX power plug for multi-GPU setups.

Moving to the back of ASRock's creation, users get the usual assortment of ports and connectors, including a pair of USB 3.0 ports, 7.1-channel audio with both optical and coaxial S/PDIF out and a Clear CMOS button.

Two additional USB 3.0 ports are available through a on-board header placed between the seventh SATA 3Gbps port and the 24-pin ATX power connector.

No information regarding the price of the ASRock X79 Extreme 7 is available, but the motherboard is expected to come out in November of this year. (via XFastest)


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