ASRock hosted a VIP media function at Computex yesterday and we were lucky enough to get front row seats.  The main talking point of the day was the new 9-series motherboards, including a couple of new models aimed at the cheaper end of the overclocking market due to the release of Intel’s Pentium Anniversary Edition (an Intel spokesman at the event called it Pentium-AE, which I guess puts an official easy name into the zeitgeist).  The more interesting element of ASRock’s display was a pair of X99 motherboards on show, the Extreme4 and Extreme6.

These boards, I was told, are near final production units.  In fact they had a PVT model running DDR4 on the show floor, but not at their booth, so we will have to keep an eye out for that.  From looking at these motherboards, storage is now fully SATA 6 Gbps, USB 3.0 is now native and we still have 40 lanes of PCIe 3.0. 

The new socket is definitely LGA2011-3, with a slightly new protective plate over the socket.  We have quad channel memory, with X99 at two DIMMs per channel.  I have seen some other LGA2011-3 mockups elsewhere on the show floor (which I can’t write about, unfortunately), with three DIMMs per channel, although this might be restricted to server motherboards.

I eagerly await X99 and Haswell-E, especially with the wealth of DDR4 on display this year.

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  • kwrzesien - Thursday, June 5, 2014 - link

    Oh holy molex!

    Can't we come up with a better way of getting extra power to the motherboard? PCI-E 6-pin maybe?
  • DanNeely - Thursday, June 5, 2014 - link

    Or since we're shading towards workstation level boards anyway, just add a second 8 pin 12v header in the PCIe area.
  • Luscious - Thursday, June 5, 2014 - link

    Anybody else notice the offset slot spacing on the RAM and PCI? Looks like they're making 4 GPU setups impossible.
  • Laststop311 - Monday, June 9, 2014 - link

    I'm excited. Finally a worthy upgrade to my 4.4ghz i7-980x hex core. Been on this dame thing for like 4 years over 4 years even. But nothing in the enthusiast section has really has a big enough performance leap to make the upgrade worthy. Can't wait to replace with the i7-5960x Ocat core monster. I'm just worried how tough it's going to be to overclock. I use a 35mm super thick 280mm radiator ek waterblock for chip and mobo chipset and vrms basically full waterblock coverage for allt eh heat generating parts of mobo on a nice fat 140mmx2 radiator with 4 140mm silent noctuas in push pull. Forget the pump type but it was one of the most expensive and fastest pump you could get. Tho thats probably changed in the past 4 years.

    I really would like to get 4.5Ghz on all 8 cores with turbo disabled just a stead 4.5ghz on all cores screw power savings by letting it use turbo boost only when needed. I want max clock all the time. Hopefully a custom waterblock with double thick 140x2mm radiator and 4 140mm fans will allow me to get 4.5ghz (a 1.5ghz OC) to the 8 core. I dont want to sacrifice too much single threaded performance for 8 cores. If the 8 core is too thermally or electrically restricted I will get the higher end i7-5930k 6 core and oc that to 4.5 or more. But I have fair my custom waterloop can do it. Ill even upgrade to a 140mmx3 420mm double thick rad with 6 140mm fans in push/pull. Even if I need to splurge on a solid copper radiator and water block with 0 aluminum for max thermal transfer.

    My x58 i7-980x which can hit 4.5ghz means i expect the new 8 core x99 haswell-e to hit 4.5ghz too.

    Soon my rly high end gaming workstation x58 will be up for sale and don't let it's age fool you. It can keep up with the latest lga 1150 z97 haswell mainstreams no problem. If you want first dibs at it coming this september hit me up at daovermindbrood ATTTT hotmail DOTTT com. Tower never moved a muscle in years and lived in a nice cool 67 degree F house and never ran hot. It's got a lot of life in it
  • Laststop311 - Monday, June 9, 2014 - link

    I'm gonna look for a nice ASUS ROG top end x99 board. The 40 pci-e 3.0 lanes directly from CPU are a godsend 2 8x pci's for GPU's 2x 3x 4x lanes for 2 ultra m2 slots at x4 speed and 1 sata express at x4 speed and that still leaves enough for another 8x slot for triple sli and 4x more lanes for ethernet and more peripherals like usb or thunderbolt. That plus the ddr4 is going to make this 8 core x99 machine a video editors dream machine with a fat 64GB of speedy 3000mhz ddr4 quad channel ram. real time 4k video editing here i came!.
  • Antronman - Monday, June 9, 2014 - link

    Yep. Make sure it's ASUS.

    But seriously, if what you're doing is video editing, you might want to consider a P9X99 (WS ASUS). Xeons give much better performance for video edits, and ECC is a lifesaver.

    But yeah. Chalk me up for a Rampage V Gene (or Extreme) + 5960x, and a nice kit of 2x4GB Samsung ICs. All I'd need to wait for is either phase changers or pots and I'm good to go.

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