ASRock Launches the Z77 Extreme9 with Truly Unique Feature James White May 24, 2012 Press Release It has a built-in dehumidifier! Sorry, that was not very professional at all. Lets try this again. ASRock has been one of the leaders in unique innovations for motherboards for the last few years. I have even reviewed an ASRock A75M-ITX which proved to me that their software does exactly what it advertises it will do. Well, let me show you the new ASRock Z77 Extreme9 with more of their innovative ideas. First and foremost, the ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is their new top-of-the-line motherboard for the Intel Ivy Bridge platform. This means you will get the 8+4 Phase Design, Digi Power, Premium Gold Caps, and CPU Vcore for smooth clean power. You will also get memory overclocking up to 3000 MHz. You also will get the ASRock software package which includes the XFast line (XFast USB, XFast LAN, and XFast RAM) to ensure you get the most out of your system. The Z77 Extreme9 is also sporting LucidLogixVirtu MVP with support for up to 4 graphics cards in Crossfire/SLI. And finally we round out the package with a UEFI BIOS, OMG (Online Management Guard) to control Internet access times and Internet Flash tool. Now that we have gotten the things I can come to expect from ASRock’s Extreme lineup, lets look at the new goodies. To ensure proper power distribution, the Z77 Extreme9 uses a PLX PEX 8747 Bridge to boost power for 4-way Crossfire/SLI systems. You do not want one of your graphics cards stumbling because the PCIe Gen3 slot suddenly had a dip in power. The PLX PEX 8747 ensures that does not happen with your x16/x16 or x8/x8/x8/x8 GPU setup. Then you have the 2T2R Dual Band WiFi 802.11n/Bluetooth v4.0 module. Adding both great connectivity with BlueTooth devices such as wireless headsets, speakers, remote controllers, etc. and a 2.4/5 GHz wireless modem. The best part is this has 2 antennas in the front of the case with 2 USB 3.0 ports a well. So not only do you minimize possible interference since the antenna are in the front, but USB 3.0 connectivity too. Finally, it has a built in dehumidifier. ASRock states this is to improve the longevity of your system by helping to reduce the humidity by 30% when the system is in S4/S5 state. Being from the south I also know that humidity will make heat stick to you like a bad date. This could actually help to reduce temperatures in your system as well, but this is just my personal speculation. Will have to see if someone will actually test that possibility. Even if I am wrong about the last point, the ASRock Z77 Extreme9 comes with everything you could want from a motherboard and a dehumidifier. All I need now is a case with an active HEPA air filter, and I can replace every device in my living room except the TV with a single PC. [hide-this-part morelink=”Full Press Release”] All-Rounder! ASRock Launches World’s Top Z77 Motherboard : Z77 Extreme9 May 18, 2012 – World’s top 3 motherboard maker, ASRock Inc., today excited to launch the company’s top-of-the-line Z77 motherboard, model name Z77 Extreme9. ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is a combination of primo materials, overwhelming performance and an abundance of features which will be able to deliver golden-standard performance to any dedicated gamers or overclockers. Featuring ASRock unique XFast 555 Technology (XFast RAM, XFast LAN and XFast USB), support for 4-Way SLI/CrossFireX by PLX PEX 8747 Bridge, this feature-rich motherboard provides desirable configurations and everything essential to build up an unbeatable rig! “Our goal was to offer more mobo specifications compared to other standard products! Beyond the standard Z77 fare, you can get multiple configurations from Z77 Extreme9, such as onboard 2T2R Dual-Band WiFi and BT v4.0 module, Wi-SB BOX and 4-Way SLI/CrossFireX Support from PLX PEX 8747 bridge.” Commented by James Lee, V.P. of ASRock Marketing and Sales. “Apart from allowing users to enjoy extreme performance, we also care about PC’s maintenance! ASRock Dehumidifier was created to prevent motherboard malfunction caused by humid and damp conditions. Hence, PC with ASRock motherboards will be ensured to have higher longevity.” Luxury Materials and Premium Applications The top-drawer Z77 Extreme9 motherboard combines luxury materials and overclockable configurations. The fancy LED design was clad in air-channeling heatsink and south bridge. The stylish brushed aluminum heatpipe design also ensures effective heat dissipation. Equipped with Digi Power, 8 + 4 Power Phase Design and Premium Gold Caps, the board provides CPU Vcore voltage more smoothly and offers stable performance. For memory aspect, Z77 Extreme9 mobo breaks the memory overclocking barrier and pushes it up to DDR3 3000+ (OC) MHz! Like all ASRock high performance motherboards, ASRock Z77 Extreme9 supports exclusive OMG and Internet Flash tools. OMG (Online Management Guard) allows you to establish an Internet curfew or restrict Internet access at specified times. Internet Flash can auto-detect the latest UEFI from ASRock’s servers and flash them within UEFI setup without entering Windows® OS. There’s also support for LucidLogix Virtu MVP, and users can enjoy 70% performance boost from one of MVP’s features named HyperFormance™. PLX PEX 8747 Bridge To Boost 4-Way SLI/CrossFireX ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is a very powerful, future-proofed, highly overclockable machine. It’s unprecedentedly adopted with PLX PEX 8747 bridge which is able to run dual VGA cards (2-Way SLI / CrossFireX) at PCIe Gen3 x16 / x16 mode or four VGA cards (4-Way SLI / CrossFireX) at PCIe Gen3 x8 / x8 / x8 / x8 mode. 2T2R Dual-Band WiFi + BT v4.0 Module / Wi-SB BOX Feature-wise, ASRock Z77 Extreme9 comes with an exclusive 2T2R Dual Band WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n + BT v4.0 module that offers support for WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity standards and Bluetooth v4.0. It supports Dual Band frequency 2.4 / 5 GHz as well. The board even bundles with an exclusive Wi-SB Box (with 2 antennas) that offers superior WiFi and Bluetooth signal quality and 2 front USB 3.0 ports. ASRock believe its rich and exciting Z77 Extreme9 package will definitely make geeks swoon! Dehumidifier The newly launched Z77 Extreme9 also brings the newest Dehumidifier function. Since the most harmful issue to the longevity of your PC would be the moisture. ASRock Dehumidifier has been designed to make sure that humidity is never an issue. When enabling Dehumidifier, the computer will power on automatically to dehumidify the system after entering S4/S5 state. PC with ASRock Dehumidifier can even reduce the level of humidity of nearly 30 percent. With Intel’s Z77 desktop chipset expose in full swing, the new ASRock Z77 Extreme9 is definitely the most shining model available at launch. It is indeed an all-round motherboard, representing the pinnacle of performance and allows extreme builders to set up their dreaming system! For more product information, please visit: http://www.asrock.com/mb/overview.asp?Model=Z77%20Extreme9 [/hide-this-part] Share This With The World!