ASRock announces two Z170 motherboards

Meet the Z170 Extreme 7 and FATAL1TY Gaming K6

ASRock announced two Z170 motherboards

ASRock announces two Z170 motherboards


ASRock has unveiled two socket 1151 (for Skylake) motherboards, featuring the Z170 chipset. They did this at a pre-Computex 2015 show. Their designs look very finalized, which indicated that motherboard manufacturers are fully prepared for the launch of the Skylake platform, which is rumored to launch Q3 2015.


ASRock announced two Z170 motherboards


The two motherboards ASRock showed off are the Z170 Extreme 7 and the Z170 FATAL1TY Gaming K6. The Extreme- and FATAL1TY-series have been part of ASRock's line-up for years now, so it makes sense the manufacturer shows of these boards first, rather than the relatively new board from the OC Formula-series. As far as the boards go, we think they look quite good, definitely an improvement over the last few generations of ASRock boards. Take a look for yourself.

ASRock Z170 Extreme 7


First let's take a look at the ASRock Z170 Extreme 7 Motherboard. The board features super alloy power design. The motherboard has a black and gold color scheme and should perform nicely as far as overclocking goes. The CPU will be powered by an 8-pin connector (just the way we're used to), and the board will obviously be powered by a 24-pin ATX connector. 


ASRock announced two Z170 motherboards


Since Skylake will be the first mainstream CPU-platform to support DDR4 memory, ASRock would be unwise to leave that out here. And they haven't. The board features four DDR4 DIMM-slots to the right of the socket. It's dual-channel, like usual on consumer grade motherboards. The board features 10 SATA 6GB/s ports and three SATA Express ports, and there are two USB 3.0 headers and two USB 2.0 headers on the board. It has four PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots and two PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots. It also sports three Ultra M.2 slots, which run at a speed of a PCI-e 3.0 x4 slot.

The I/O has six USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, two Gigabit LAN ports, support for 7.1 audio, a PS/2 port for a keyboard or mouse and HDMI and DVI display outputs.

ASRock Z170 FATAL1TY Gaming K6


The Z170 FATAL1TY Gaming K6 is, you guessed it, aimed at gamers. Its design is similar to the Extreme 7, but this board is actually black and red. An 8 pin connector powers the CPU and a 24-pin connector keeps the board itself running. 


ASRock announced two Z170 motherboards


This board supports DDR4 memory too, of course. It features four DDR4 DIMM slots, just like the Extreme 7. The Gaming K6 features eight SATA 6GB/s ports and two SATA Express ports. The board has one USB 3.0 header and two USB 2.0 headers. The motherboard has a Dual BIOS, with a switch to change between the two. The Gaming K6 has three PCI-e x16 slots, three PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots, and one Ultra M.2 slot.

The I/O features eight USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, a Killer E2200 LAN port, a 7.1 audio jack, a PS/2 ports and HDMI and DVI display outputs.

We at OC3D will keep you up to date on the Z170 chipset and the Socket 1151 chipset as more motherboards get unveiled.


Join the discussion on the Z170 Extreme 7 and Z170 FATAL1TY Gaming K6 motherboards on the OC3D Forums.


ASRock has unveiled two socket 1151 motherboards, featuring the Z170 chipset. Meet the Extreme 7 and FATAL1TY Gaming...

Posted by OC3D on Saturday, 30 May 2015
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Most Recent Comments

30-05-2015, 07:54:17

That board looks kinda sweet in my opinion, reminds of the Sabertooth and Armor Edition boards from ASUS.
Never really been a fan of the Fatal1ty boards though.Quote

30-05-2015, 07:55:19

the extreme board look sweeeeeeeetQuote

30-05-2015, 08:02:10

Yeah they definitely look better compared to the last generations of ASRock board. I actually quite like the FATAL1TY board too this time, for the first time since the P67 FATAL1TY one (except for the heatsink on the P67 one. That was hideous).Quote

30-05-2015, 08:02:34

love that extreme boardQuote

30-05-2015, 09:41:37

Is it only me, who is looking for a board optimized for 2 GPU's?

Best design, I think, would be to have 2 free slots / 5 cm of air between 2 double-slot GPU's.

But this design is almost impossible to find.

Once in a while, you can find a board where the bottom PCIe slot can be used, but then your GPU 'hangs' down off the board and you usually run into case problems, and need to find a 8-slot case.

The board should shift the 2.nd PCIe 3.0 slot down one place and they would be perfect.Quote

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