Flagship board also features dual Thunderbolt ports
At times an unsung hero in the motherboard market, ASRock has picked up its game in the past year or so and has begun kicking out some high-end silicon at tempting price points. Clearly ASRock is interested in the enthusiast sector these days, and if you need proof of that, just spy a glance at its new Z87 Extreme 11 /TB20 motherboard that it's showing off at IDF 2013 in San Francisco.
The board, which was spotted and photographed by VR-Zone's Chinese-language website, boasts a 12-phase VRM with high-end features and components. You'll notice there are two 8-pin power connectors on the motherboard. Why two? To allow for LN2 overclocking and to provide greater stability when cranking those virtual knobs and dials in the BIOS.
There are plenty of ports on and around the board. For you storage junkies and/or RAID fanatics, there are a staggering 22 SATA 6Gbps ports (plus three SATA 3Gbps ports). Need more? There's also three mSATA ports to play with. That paves the way for a lot of storage.
Other features include a trio of PCI-E 3.0 x1 slots, four PCI-E x16 slots, an A-Style Purity Sound chip driving 8.1-channel audio, dual Intel Thunderbolt ports, a bevy of USB 3.0 and 2.0 ports, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, dual GbE LAN ports, PS/2 connector, and other odds and ends spread out over the large size XL-ATX board.