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ASRock X58 Extreme

The ASRock X58 Extreme is compatible with Intel processors with the LGA 1366/Socket B socket.

It has 24 GB DDR3 maximum RAM and conforms to the ATX form factor standard.

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ASRock X58 Extreme

help iconCPU SocketLGA 1366/Socket Bhelp iconSLI Support4 graphics cards
help iconCPU Compatible MakeIntelhelp iconCrossfire Support4 graphics cards
help iconCPU ChipsetX58help iconOnboard GPUno
help iconForm FactorATXhelp iconPCI Slots
  • 2 x PCIe x1 v2.0
  • 3 x PCIe x16 v2.0
help iconMax RAM24 GB DDR3help iconSATA 1.00
help iconRAM Slots6 x DDR3help iconSATA 2.06
help iconMemory Channels3help iconSATA 3.00
help iconCompatible RAM Speeds
  • DDR3 1066 MHz
  • DDR3 1333 MHz
  • DDR3 1600 MHz
  • DDR3 1866 MHz
help iconRAID Supportyes
help iconUSB 2.0 Internal Slots4help iconInternal I/O
  • 1 x 24 pin power connector
  • 1 x 8 pin power connector
  • 1 x 4 pin fan connector
  • 3 x fan header
  • Floppy drive connector
  • CD/DVD drive connector
  • 1 x S/PDIF connector
  • 1 x IDE connector
  • System Panel Connection
  • TPM Chip
help iconUSB 2.0 Rear7help iconBack Panel I/O
  • Line In Connector
  • Line Out Connector
  • Mic In connector
  • 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Audio Input Output
  • PS/2 keyboard connector
  • PS/2 mouse connector
  • 1 x Firewire connections
  • 1 x eSATA
help iconGraphics Card InterfacePCIe v2.x

ASRock X58 Extreme compatibility review

The ASRock X58 Extreme uses the Intel LGA 1366/Socket B CPU socket. Any compatible Intel CPU will have the same socket entry. It uses the DDR3 memory type, with maximum speeds of up to 1866 MHz, and 6 DDR3 slots allowing for a maximum total of 24 GB RAM. There is enough room for memory expansion to last any build with this motherboard an extremely long time.

Conforming to the ATX standard, the ASRock X58 Extreme should fit into the majority of cases. ATX is the most common form factor, and as such has a high degree of compatibility with other components while providing a decent number of slots to widen your expansion options.

The ASRock X58 Extreme has 6 SATA 2.0 hard drive slots. These allow for data speeds of up to 3GB/s. SATA 2.0 is a very common standard, and despite the emergence of SATA 3.0 - whose potential is difficult to reach currently - SATA 2.0 remains a viable option.

The ASRock X58 Extreme does not support onboard graphics. Any system build that uses this motherboard therefore requires a separate graphics card, or a processor that has a GPU on the same die, such as AMD APU processors. There are 3 PCIe x16 slots on this motherboard. This means it is perfectly capable of accommodating the latest graphics cards, although it is important to try and use a graphics card with the same graphics card interface of PCIe v2.x, as anything below will not reach the motherboard's potential, and anything above will have its performance slashed to the bandwidth maximum of the ASRock X58 Extreme's PCIe v2.x. The ASRock X58 Extreme supports up to 4 Nvidia SLI connected graphics cards or up to 4 AMD Crossfire connected graphics cards for improved overall graphical performance at the cost of multiplied graphics-based power consumption as well as the price of the cards themselves.

The ASRock X58 Extreme has 11 USB 2.0 slots but no USB 3.0 slots. While USB 3.0 slots are so far by no means necessary, and with a plethora of USB 2.0 peripherals to choose from, the USB functionality on this motherboard should be fine. If planning on building a new system, a motherboard with USB 3.0 is likely to have a longer life cycle, however.

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