Board Features

ASRock A75 Extreme6
Market Segment Integrated Graphics + Performance
CPU Interface FM1
CPU Support Desktop Llano
Chipset Hudson-D3
Base Clock Frequency 100 MHz by Default, 75 MHz to 250 MHz in 1 MHz increments
DDR3 Memory Speed 1333 MHz by Default, 800 MHz to 1866 MHz supported, 2000-2500 MHz OC
Core Voltage 0.6000 V to 1.8500 V in 0.0125 V increments
CPU Clock Multiplier Up to CPU determined limit
DRAM Voltage 1.250 V to 2.065 V
DRAM Command Rate Auto, 1T or 2T
Memory Slots Four DDR3-DIMM
Maximum 16 GB, Non-ECC Unbuffered
DDR3 2500(OC)/2200(OC)/1866/1600/1333/1066/800
Expansion Slots 2 x PCIe at x16 (x8/x8 in dual GPU mode)
1 x PCIe x1
3 x PCI
Onboard SATA/RAID 6 x SATA 6 Gbps Ports (FCH), RAID 0, 1, 10
2 x SATA 6 Gbps Ports (ASMedia), no RAID
Onboard 8 x SATA 6Gbps Ports
1 x IR header
1 x CIR header
1 x COM port header
1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
1 x IEEE 1394 header
6 x Fan Headers
1 x Front Panel Audio Connector
3 x USB 2.0 headers
1 x USB 3.0 header
Power/Reset/Debug LEDs
Onboard LAN Realtek RTL8111E Gigabit Ethernet
Onboard Audio 7.1 Channel Realtek ALC892
Power Connectors 1 x 24-pin ATX
1x 8-pin 12V
Fan Headers 2 x CPU (4-pin, 3-pin)
3 x CHA (3-pin)
1 x PWR (3-pin)
IO Panel VGA / DVI-D / HDMI Ports
1 x PS/2 Port
4 x USB 3.0 Ports
2 x USB 2.0 Ports
1 x eSATA 3 Gbps Port
1 x Firewire Port
Clear CMOS button
Optical SPDIF output
HD Audio jacks
BIOS Version 1.11E
Warranty Period 2 Years

What you'll be amazed to see here is the support for DDR3-2500 MHz!  The nearest modules that are available to the consumer at that speed are often high end, low density kits from Corsair and Kingston, at loose timings and several hundred dollars per gigabyte.  Perhaps there will be resurgence in high end, high speed memory kits as a result, after Sandy Bridge knocked memory overclocking on its head.

Also of note is the money-saving Realtek Audio/LAN combo.  We know that Realtek does a discount when these are bought together - the LAN isn't always as configurable as the Intel versions and can use more CPU power too, but for a consumer board, it can be considered acceptable.  ASRock are introducing XFast LAN to their line up, which offers a software solution comparable to the Bigfoot NIC.  XFast LAN is discussed later.

In The Box

Four SATA Cables

Software Setup Guide
Quick Installation Guide
I/O Back Plate
Audio cable, approx 38 inches / 1 m in length

Despite this being the Extreme6 model, we're not getting one of the crown jewels of the ASRock product packages of late - the USB 3.0 front panel bracket and SATA drive holder.  What we get instead, although not price comparable, is an audio cable for a motherboard to monitor.

Overview and Visual Inspection BIOS and Software
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  • jjj - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    no desktop Llano review or there will be one soon?
  • ganeshts - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    Coming soon.. We are working on it right now, getting pictures in the engine.
  • FragKrag - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    On your conclusion you compared a relatively high end $150 board with budget H67 boards when earlier on in your article you said that the lower end A75 boards would cost around $100.

    Wouldn't it make more sense to compare a high end A75 board to a higher end H67/Z68 board and a lower end A75 board with the lower end H67? If you did it that way, you would be paying only $25-40 more for Llano over Sandy Bridge.

    I do realize you haven't tested one of the $100 A75 boards, but your conclusion seems to be a bit questionable nonetheless.
  • L. - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    Motherboards are going to be much cheaper on the AMD side, as usual.

    Comparing mobo prices now, and taking a high-end cheap-brand on one side against a cheap board on the other does indeed not make sense.

    If it's any indication, my NAS mobo (gigabyte am3) cost like 35 euros. Quite likely that there will be Llano boards around 50 euros before long.
  • cknobman - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    Agreed this article's conclusion is not based off an apples to apples comparison and is really misleading.

    To the reviewer - please do a better job of trying to compare similar products next time.
  • qu3ry - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    Agreed, and also:

    "Desktop Llano certainly isn't a low power system - the A8-3850 is rated at 100W, so if you want something to word process, look at emails and play flash games, an AMD Fusion board for $150 will do all that quite easily for all under 60W. "

    Alternative: Wait for A8-3800 instead; same IGP but slower clocks (while still faster than say an E-350) @ 65 watts TDP.

    Xbitlabs managed to get their hands on A8-3800 silicon which might also be worth reading (no idea what the sites reputation is like so take it with a grain of salt)
  • ganteng3005 - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    What about having a Core i3 2100 + H61 motherboard + Dedicated Radeon HD 6570?
    It runs faster on both processor and graphics, and the price is equal to the Llano combo.

    Other than that --
    I love the conclusion part of this article. The cheapest available FM1 A75 motherboard at google shop is currently $103 (if that is true). With the A8-3850, that will end up at $250.
    Is Llano a good choice to pick over the i3 2100 for an $25 premium?

    Well, it all depends on the user. And the points I would like to make are:
    -If you only play flash games, browse the web, type, watch Full HD movies, and use the computer for productivity reasons, pick the Core i3 2100 - the Intel HD graphics will suffice for those flash games - with similar or even better power consumption.
    -If you want to do some gaming, then A8-3850 might be the better choice.

    Overall, I agree with Anand. I would personally choose the i3 2100 due to its beastial dual-core performance and being able to do anything except heavy GPU stuff - which can be solved by adding a single HD 6570 - and it runs faster than the APU, with the price being similar to the Llano.

    TBH, i3 2100 and H61 without any additional GPU will run fine for office desktops. Except if the employees are allowed to play Metro 2033 in office.
  • AnandThenMan - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    What a load of PR rubbish.
  • Exodite - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    How so?

    For mainstream users, which Llano is presumably aimed at, the i3 2100 ends up the better deal as it'll offer better performance in all common tasks.

    Llano does have a better native graphics solution, though still not good enough to actually allow for gaming. And if you skip gaming both Llano and the i3 2100 are good enough to handle all other graphics tasks like video and 2D acceleration.

    It makes sense to me.
  • L. - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    Stop this please.


    Why do you people keep on throwing that idea around, when it's clear that any basic user (you know, e-mail,facebook,youtube @ home, same @ work + excel, word, stuff) DOES NOT need an i3 (or a Llano for that matter) at all.

    Llano has a much much much better graphics solution, which is completely hidden in this biased review as the gpu benchmarks w/ decent RAM are NOT SHOWN (and yes, 2ghz ram is CHEAP today, so anyone buying a Llano should not go for anything lower).

    Llano does actually Allow for gaming, the titles tested here only show how with an integrated gpu, you'll be very limited in DEMANDING titles, as Crysis, Metro, ... while NOT demanding titles, like dirt 2 and pretty much everything else, will be fine without _ANY_DEDICATED_GPU_
    This will of course not be at maximum settings, but come on, people play on CONSOLES every day, hasn't killed them yet.

    I demand a real benchmark, with decent RAMsticks !

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