CeBIT 2012 hasn’t started yet but good things have already started rolling out. Our mates over at Lab501 have been able to look at a monstrous board from ASRock. Its the ASRock X79 Extreme11, as the name suggests its a X79 board but its nothing like what we seen so far. Its an EATX board made from ground up for hardcore overclockers and for people who plan to run large storage arrays.
To begin with, it comes with a 16+2 phase power design to power the socket. All the power is sucked by the help of two 8-pin EPS power connectors. As far as memory slots are concerned, we have eight of them. These can allow users to use up to 64 GB of DDR3 memory in quad-channel mode.
It has a total of seven PCI Express x16 slots. ASRock have been able to manage 32 PCI Express 3.0 lanes from the CPU with the help of a bridge chip (PLX PEX8747). This board supports up to 4-Way NVIDIA SLI and AMD CrossfireX. There is 4-pin molex power connector which will be needed for multi-GPU configurations.
For storage connectivity options, we have fourteen SATA ports, YES! Fourteen. Six of them are wired to the X79 PCH; two are SATA III 6Gb/s and four are SATA II 3Gb/s. Rest eight ports come from the big LSI chip present next to the X79 PCH. All the ports coming from LSI chip are SAS/SATA 6Gb/s.
Audio needs of the X79 Extreme11 are filled by a Creative Sound Core3D audio processor with 8-channels output. Back panel I/O has two gigabit Ethernet ports (both are driven by Broadcom controller) and four USB 3.0 ports. On-board features include debug LED, power/reset switch and four USB 3.0 pin header for front panel. Its expected to come with all ASRock-exclusive features.
There is no info about the pricing or availability of the board.