Z77 Offerings from ASRock

Z77 Offerings from ASRock

At the ASRock booth in Computex 2012, we were greeted with a slew of Intel Z77 Express chipset-based motherboards. We highlight those that caught our attention. The ASRock Z77E-ITX mini-ITX board features a PCIe Gen 3 x16 PEG slot; hence, playing the latest games is possibility if you pair this rig with a discrete graphics card with the necessary compute requirements.

The ASRock Z77E-ITX, a mini-ITX board that supports up to 16GB of DDR3 2800+(OC) memory modules with its two DIMM slots. It has a PCIe Gen 3.0 x16 slot to take a discrete graphics card. It even features ASRock Digi Power that delivers digital pulse-width modulation to the CPU. 

 The rear panel of the ASRock Z77E-ITX features a PS/2 keyboard/mouse port. This feature is usually found in gaming boards as some gamers swear by PS/2 gaming mice.

The board is bundled with ASRock Wi-Fi 2,4GHz antenna that connects to the onboard Wi-Fi module (IEEE 802.11n). There is also no shortage of video connectivity with its HDMI, DVI-I and DisplayPort interfaces.

The Z77 OC Formula motherboard features active cooling with a fan at one of the heatsinks of the VRM next to the LGA 1155 CPU socket. It reminds us of the ASUS Sabertooth TUF series motherboards that offer a similar feature.

Besides active cooling for the VRM heatsink, we also see a water block for water cooling. This motherboard is really built for overclocking!

The ASRock Z77 Extreme/TB4 features two Thunderbolt ports, one to be connected to the iGPU of the processor while the other is for the discrete graphics card installed.

Contrary to its market branding, ASRock did graciously admit that they were not first to the market with support for 4-channel Thunderbolt with their Z77 Extreme6/TB4 motherboards; it was actually Gigabyte who beat them to the draw.

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