ASRock Z87 Extreme11/ac Mobo Sports 22 SATA and SAS-3 Connectors for Storage Junkies

Paul Lilly

More storage ports than you can shake a stick at

Fancy yourself a digital packrat? If oodles of storage options float your boat, you're going to love what ASRock has done with its new Z87 Extreme11/ac motherboard. This slice of silicon is, according to ASRock , "the most high-end Z87 motherboard on the face of the earth!" It's certainly one of the most storage friendly with 22 SATA3 ports, including 6 SATA3 ports by way of Intel's Z87 chipset, and another 16 SAS-3 12.0GB/s ports from the added LSI SAS 3008 controller plus 3X24R Expander.

Storage isn't the only selling point. ASRock's newest board features support for 4-way CrossFireX and 4-way SLI with its four PCI-E 3.0 slots at x8/x8/x8/x8 mode. It also has two Thunderbolt connectors, four DDR3-2933+ (OC) DIMM slots, HDMI output, built-in dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth 4.0, dual GbE LAN ports, and various other bullet points.

Overclockers will appreciate ASRock's premium design decisions, such as gold capacitors, digital PWM, 12-phase power design, 8-layer PCB, multiple filter caps (MFCs), dual-stack MOSFETs, and more.

No word on when the Extreme11/ac will be available or for how much.

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