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ASRock P55 Extreme4
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ASRock P55 Extreme4


Overall rating 8.5/10

ASRock's P55 Extreme4 is the first motherboard in the world to support front panel USB 3.0 ports. It also ups the stakes with four USB 3.0 ports and four SATA 6Gbps ports. ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI are both supported and one also finds a whole suite of ASRock features, like Instant Boot, OC DNA and Instant Flash.


Performance:
8
Features:
8.5
Value:
8.5
THE GOOD
Competitive hardware and software features
Good layout
THE BAD
Lacks some niche features that's available on its rivals

Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Supports Intel Core i7 / i5 / i3 and Pentium G6950 Processors in LGA1156 Package
  • Intel P55 Express
Memory
  • Supports DDR3 2600+(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, unbuffered memory
  • 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots
  • Max. capacity of system memory: 16GB
Storage
  • 6 x SATA 3Gbps connectors, support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 10, RAID 5 and JBOD
  • 4 x SATA 6Gbps connectors
  • 1 x ATA133 IDE connector (supports 2 x IDE devices)
  • 1 x Floppy connector
Audio Realtek ALC892 HD audio CODEC
Networking Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Ethernet controller
Rear I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
  • 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
  • 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
  • 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
  • 6 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
  • 2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
  • 1 x eSATA3 Connector
  • 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED
  • 1 x Clear CMOS Switch with LED
  • 6x Audio jacks
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x IR header
  • 1 x COM port header
  • 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
  • 1 x Power LED header
  • CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
  • 24 pin ATX power connector
  • 8 pin 12V power connector
  • CD in header
  • Front panel audio connector
  • 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports)
  • 1 x Dr. Debug with LED
Expansion Slots
  • 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (Single at x16 or Dual at x8/x8 mode)
  • 3 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
  • 2 x PCI slots
Other Features
  • ASRock OC Tuner
  • Intelligent Energy Saver
  • Instant Boot
  • ASRock Instant Flash
  • ASRock OC DNA
  • ASRock AIWI
  • ASRock APP Charger
  • Hybrid Booster:
  • CPU Frequency Stepless Control
  • ASRock U-COP
  • Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
  • Combo Cooler Option (C.C.O.)
  • Good Night LED
  • Turbo 40 / Turbo 50 CPU Overclocking
Form Factor ATX Form Factor, 30.5cm x 24.4cm