TechSpot: Asrock P55 Extreme4 Motherboard Review

Since the arrival of Intel's P55 chipset and the LGA1156 platform almost a year ago, over a dozen different motherboards based on that product line have passed through our testing lab. Some of the best offerings we've come across include the well equipped MSI P55-GD65, Asrock's value priced P55 Extreme, and the Asus P7P55D Deluxe which received high honors for its amazing overclocking abilities and excellent board design.

But while each of the aforementioned products held their own in our 7-way motherboard round-up last year, today they're starting to show their age with missing features such as SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0. Asrock currently has numerous P55 based products on offer targeting a variety of price points. Their latest offering, the P55 Extreme4, comes feature packed with a relatively affordable price of just $150.

Indeed, the Asrock P55 Extreme4 looks to be the one of the best equipped LGA1156 motherboards that we have ever come across, which is saying something at this price point. But as you surely know, real world performance isn't always in step with spec sheets, so let's delve deeper into the P55 Extreme4 to find out what this motherboard is really all about.

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I don't understand why they can't move things around so the slots can be used. What's the point of having slots if you can't use them after you add a Video card or two.

Why not move the video slots down and put the pci slots behind them so they can be used. An added benefit to that would be keeping video card heat away from the cpu.

dammit! this mention led to me dropping $270 on an EVGA P55 Classified 200. anyone want to buy my ASUS Maximus II Formula now? i need money!

treemonster said,
what is asrock's warranty like? their support? do they have forums? for these reasons i buy evga.

And it's also what you pay extra for.

ever since I got my x58 i7 system, I feel like there is no reason to upgrade the core components, just the GPU, Drives, memory... MOBO / CPU seem to be fast and stable enough for a good while

Nothing is better than a original Asus board not those cheap board like asrock and other brand they have. Which make me think of processor intel or amd for me I take quality, I prefer to pay more than choose garbage trash. Viva Intel and Asus

plantemichel said,
Nothing is better than a original Asus board not those cheap board like asrock and other brand they have. Which make me think of processor intel or amd for me I take quality, I prefer to pay more than choose garbage trash. Viva Intel and Asus

Cool story bro.

plantemichel said,
Nothing is better than a original Asus board not those cheap board like asrock and other brand they have. Which make me think of processor intel or amd for me I take quality, I prefer to pay more than choose garbage trash. Viva Intel and Asus

Asrock are an offshoot of ASUS they use the same tooling and a lot of the tech that Asrock pioneers filters its way back to ASUS boards, so gluck with that Intel/Asus combo.