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ASRock X79 Extreme4-M, the First LGA-2011 micro-ATX Motherboard

After the AM3 + boards, is now the turn of the LGA-2011 boards to shine in glory and majesty, now is again the turn of ASRock to showcase their quartet LGA-2011 boards that attach to the X79 Extreme7 shown previously. To highlight the Extreme4 X79-M model, which according to ASRock motherboard would be the first LGA-2011 micro-ATX format.

The new LGA-2011 ASRock board models are: X79 Extreme9 (incorporating a sound card with Creative soundcore processor) X79 Extreme7, X79 Extreme4 (ATX) and the small but powerful ASRock X79 Extreme4-M (micro-ATX).

All these boards have a very similar appearance and design with a black PCB, use active cooling (X-FAN), Intel X79 chipset, solid gold capacitors, 6 or 8 slots for DDR3-240 +, up to 12 SATA ports between SATA2 (3.0Gbps) and SATA3 (6.0Gbps), 3 to 5 PCI Express x16 slot (3.0 ready) with support for CrossFire and SLI, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet (dual port in the Extreme7), eSATA, debug LED, Power, Reset and Clear CMOS buttons.

Regarding the audio, while x79 Extreme7, x79 Extreme4 and x79 Extreme4-M models include integrated HD audio chip 7.1 channel, the x79 Extreme9 model comes with a separate card (PCIe x1) that ASRock call “Game Blaster”, this card powers a Creative audio Processor soundcore (more advanced than the X-Fi) and integrating a network controller optimized for low latency, all in one  PCIe x1 card as you can see in the image below:

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