ASRock X79 Extreme4-M Review

👤by Richard Weatherstone Comments 📅25-11-11
Packaging & Accessories

Box Front

The front of the package has the main product title centred on a printed metallic effect backdrop. With only a few little product feature emblems towards the bottom of the package, the overall feel is very subdued yet classy in appearance.


Box Rear

Flipping the box over we see the rear of the package. In contrast to the front of the box, the rear shows off a wall of features explaining briefly which each has to offer. Of these features, PCIe 3.0 support and ASRock's 'X' features take pride of place.


Accessories

Opening the box up we find that the accessories are simply placed atop of a cardboard shelf. The accessories are relatively sparse in comparison to the previous X79 we have reviewed thus far. With a multi-lingual motherboard manual and English software (BIOS) taking care of the narrative the only other bits included are a small, rigid SLI bridge, a couple of SATA cables, I/O shield and a driver/utility DVD.

I would have liked to have seen more SATA cables included and perhaps a rear USB/e-SATA bracket included as the accessory list is pretty basic. That said you have everything included to get you started.


First Look

Here we get a first glimpse of the mainboard. In the same guise as the Z68 motherboard we reviewed earlier, the X79 mATX version is a dark brown/black PCB with black sockets. Flashes of gold and silver can be seen throughout the mainboard which makes for a stunning looking motherboard. All too often we see manufacturers sticking to their own colours resembling L.A gang warfare but the ASRock is content with a very classy looking black affair which as any women will tell you, never goes out of fashion.

Overall, the package is neat, tidy and good looking. More accessories would certainly be welcomed however as for near 200, I would be aggrieved to buy more SATA cables should I have more than two SATA drives which most likely, represents the majority of enthusiasts.

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