CEBIT 2013. ASRock shows new LGA 1150 motherboards for Intel Haswell

The new Intel Haswell processors are just around the corner, and ASRock has shown its motherboards for the new platform made up of the B85, Z87 and H87 chipsets for the LGA1150 socket, the replacement of the current LGA1155 that will cover the entire market of low-end to high-end, leaving the most enthusiastic range for the LGA2011s.

We start talking about the ASRock Z87 Extreme 6, the older sister of the new ranges and more focused on enthusiasts looking for maximum performance and overclocking. It features a similar design to the Z77 Extreme 6 that came out alongside the Ivy Bridge CPUs. Have 10 phases to feed the CPU and the GPU integrated in the processors, specifically 6 for the processor and 4 for the graphics card, taking into account that the platform only supports dual memory channels, the slots available for RAM are four. As we already mentioned in its day, the Haswell series processors will have voltage regulators on the chip itself, so the board needs fewer elements to regulate it directly, in fact in this Z87 Extreme 6 we find a much lower number of capacitors in the VRM area than in previous models.

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We have 3 PCI-Express 3.0 16X ports to be able to mount multiGPU configurations of up to 3 graphics cards, both in SLI from Nvidia and in Crossfire from AMD, 8 SATA 6Gbps ports and native USB 3.0 ports on the board itself. As a curiosity, we see an mSATA connector over mPCIe in the lower right part that will allow you to connect small-format hard drives and possibly WiFi modules or additional cards that require that port. For the integrated graphics we have DVI, VGA, HDMI or DisplayPort outputs so we can say that the video connectivity aspect is more than covered.

We now turn to the ASRock Z87 Pro4a plate based on the chipset H84 with less pretensions than the Z87, in fact this chipset does not allow overclocking on the buses, and we can only raise the CPU frequency if we have a K-series processor with an unlocked multiplier, so the number of VRM phases It has been reduced to 4 in total, although the part of the integrated GPU can increase its speed. It has a single PCI-Express 3.0 16x for dedicated graphics. USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gbps connectivity is maintained, as well as VGA, DVI or HDMI outputs for video.

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Directly derived from the latter, ASRock has shown the Z87 Pro4-M, a small board with the power of the x87 chipset, and its format M-ATX allows it to be used in HTPC or small computers, maintaining all the functionalities of the highest-end chipset LGA 1150.

The Z87 Pro4-M has 6 powerphase, remaining at 4 for the processor and 2 for the GPU, since in this case we can overclock the CPU and the integrated graphics without needing a K-range processor. The rest of the characteristics are those of its older sister , the Z87 Extreme 6, although logically cutting some ports due to its smaller size, for example, SATA 6Gbps is reduced from 8 to 6 and PCI-Express 3.0 16x ports remain at 2.

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Finally the B85M of the company will be more oriented to the professional market for Xeon models based on Haswell. On this board we see two PCI-Express ports accompanied by two conventional PCI for those cases where you need to use specific cards with some time on the market, with two slots for RAM, 6 SATA ports and all in an M-ATX format.

ASRock’s new range of motherboards are expected to launch during the June of this year 2013