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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  • mino - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    "The question now becomes, is Desktop Llano worth the extra $75?"

    I keep wondering how much it cost to get you to claim Llano is 1/3 more expensive that i3 ?

    REALLY ???

    1) I do not remember you comparing _whole_platform_cost_ when reviewing Intel chips against AMD, at a time when there was a $30 Intel mobo tax in place.

    2) Taking one of the highest-end Llano mobos with the highest-end Llano chip and comparing it price-wise to lowest-end SB (which it thoroughly trounces in everything besides single-threaded pure CPU loads) coupled to a low-end SB mobo? REALLY?

  • L. - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    Eh .. sometimes bias is so visible, I'm not the only one to react anymore ;)

    But they do it every day... if anyone remembers the Xeon e7 review, where AT clearly showed that a 45nm Opteron was better in perf/watt than a 32nm Xeon ... biggest fail ever on the part of Intel that (they had same efficiency within 2% at full load, but reality is not full load :p ).

    Even Tom's Hardware, which was Intel sponsored since the day it was sold wasn't even half as hard on the Llano as you guys ....

    The one good info anyone can get out of this is that Intel is afraid of Llano and they're ready to pay a lot to get it slandered... one more reason to buy it, if Intel thinks it's great :)
  • whatthehey - Saturday, July 2, 2011 - link

    No, you're not the only one to "react". You and all your asshole AMD luvin' fanboys from AMD zone or wherever are all over every one of the recent AMD articles on this site. Llano is an inexpensive APU that fails to impress. It's not bad, but for what it delivers? PLEASE!

    Overclocking? Intel wins by such a huge margin it doesn't even matter.

    HTPC? Llano is buggy right now. Your best bet is a discrete GPU for serious HTPC use, and as long as you're getting a discrete GPU, you should buy the better CPU to go with it. Guess what, Intel wins again.

    Gaming? Get a fucking clue, L. and duploxx. AMD has some great GPUs, but Llano is barely good for entry level gaming. No one that really cares about gaming is going to be impressed by something that matches a $35 dGPU.

    General performance? Intel wins. Doesn't matter if it's SYSmark, PCMark, Sunspider, or some other test -- Intel has a substantially faster CPU architecture.

    Pricing? Right now, AMD even loses this. Sure, you can get AMD systems for less than Intel systems, like if you get last-gen AMD. The Llano stuff right now is too expensive on the motherboard side to beat Core i3 and Pentium. When motherboard production ramps up, AMD and Intel will still be very nearly tied on pricing for low-end parts. Hooray!

    3DMark. AMD wins in the IGP battle! Who cares about 3DMark? L. and duploxx and a bunch of other retarded AMD bigots who drink the AMD kool-aid and quote AMD PR like a bible.

    In summary: everyone with half a brain can see the AMD Llano articles at Anandtech for what they are: factual representations of performance showing that AMD only wins on graphics, and only against IGP. Llano is only going to impress the dimwitted folks that slobber over every AMD release. Those who look for the best system will stay away, but I'm sure Best Buy will sell lots of these Llano systems to people that really have no idea what hardware is inside and don't care one way or another.
  • Snotling - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    "Tomorrow's technology today" they say... Seing as the Board has 3 "legacy" oh, no let me use "outmoded" PCI slots, I would call that "Yesterday's technology in store tomorrow"

    Who ever needs more than 1 PCI slot anymore? I can easily live with NONE.

    But still they keep on designing boards with 2 and 3 of those... try finding a board with a 4x or 8x PCI-E for a RAID Add-on, almost non-existent unless you go for a server board.

    This is supposed to be a higher end product for enthusiasts and I'm really NOT enthusiastic about NOT having a PCI-E 4x expansion on it.
  • dczyz - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    Just picked up a ASUS P8Z68-V PRO and was very disappointed with the lack of support for the Server 2008 based OS's.

    Since Server 08 is being used in Home Server, and Small Business I would like to see motherboard reviews cover compatibility for that.
  • mino - Thursday, June 30, 2011 - link

    Server 2008 R2 is Windows 7 driver-wise. What more "compatibility" do you want?

    NOBODY is going to do server OS validation for you on desktop platforms for free. If you need that, go for a proper WS board.
  • Meaker10 - Friday, July 1, 2011 - link

    So again you acknowledge the NB frequency option but ignore it?

    No look at if this helps performance?
  • enterco - Saturday, July 2, 2011 - link

    The way see it, AMD Llano, used without a discrete GPU, is a good start-up platform for
    - multimedia management: USB3, SATA3 and quad core are strong points, enabling light video encoding tasks
    - a kid's PC, who does not play yet 3D shooters.

    Somewhere in this article I saw: "Metro 2033 is the Crysis of the DirectX 11 world (or at least until Crysis 2 is released)"
    Ummm.... Crysis 2 sold here is not DX11 capable ?
  • puretech - Saturday, July 2, 2011 - link

    "with up to 2x the performance of the highest version of Intel's integrated graphic solutions of the Sandy Bridge second generation Core series."

    A very statement statement considering all tests last two days show 2 - 6 times higher performance, with drivers and programs (and BIOS) yet to be tuned for the Fusion platform.
  • whatthehey - Sunday, July 3, 2011 - link

    Horse shit. What is it with all the AMD crazies? Llano's IGP is on average about twice as fast as HD 3000, unless you test with a few specific games. Anything OpenGL pretty much tanks on Intel, but the number of current OpenGL titles that people play is quite small... Minecraft is probably the best example. Let's take a few of the major sites.

    Tom's Hardware:
    Metro 2033: Llano is about 2x faster than HD 3000
    Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2: Llano is twice as fast, give or take (depending on settings)
    World of Warcraft: Llano is twice as fast, give or take.

    Crysis: Warhead: Llano is about twice as fast
    Metro 2033: Less than twice as fast
    HAWX: Less than twice as fast
    Civilization V: About three times as fast (one of the few cases where we see more than a 2x increase)
    DiRT 2: About 2.5x as fast
    Mass Effect 2: Less than twice as fast
    StarCraft II: usually less than twice as fast

    Legit Reviews:
    Resident Evil 5: Less than twice as fast
    HAWX 2: about 2.5x as fast
    STALKER Call of Pripyat: about twice as fast

    PC Perspective:
    Civ V: Tied with the HD 3000 in the i7-2600K
    DiRT 3: about 2.5x compared to HD 2000
    Left 4 Dead 2: Less than twice as fast
    StarCraft II: about 2x

    So that's four major sites and the highest lead by Llano in graphics is only 3x -- nowhere near the 6x you claim. On average, 2x lead compared to the i3-2105 looks about right, and if you put in an HD 6670 -- which is really the bare minimum for anyone that actually wants to play games -- you get double the performance of Llano. OMFG! That's amazing! Let's all praise AMD for delivering an IGP that can perform half as fast as what mainstream gaming actually needs!

    GTFO. I'm sick of all the AMD crybabies. Llano is mediocre on desktops at best. It's better on a laptop, but only for medium detail 720p gaming. To pretend that medium detail 720p is more important than all the other aspects is stupid. But then, no one ever said fanboys were smart.

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