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ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 Reviews

website score publish date article quality  --- Oct 30 '12  --- Nov 29 '12
techPowerUp! 9.8/10 Jan 30 '13
Techware Labs  --- Dec 05 '12
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"Overall, ASRock seemed to have ticked most of the boxes again with the main one being price which actually undercuts the competition by around £20-£30, which in this climate, is a key thing that can bring in a lot of sales for a company, and somehow ASRock always seem to offer the value for money side of things, but while still offering fantastic performance when looking at comparisons with competitor products. This board is truly worthy of our Bang For Buck Award and we’d be happy to recommend it to those looking at the A85X FM2 range of products."
"It’s nice to see that someone care enough to build an enthusiast motherboard for those sitting on a budget. Asrock has provided all the ins and outs of a good overclocking motherboard for the budget-minded AMD APU processors. The Extreme 6 not only provide for good overclocking with its stable delivery of power using the 8+2 phase power configuration but has all the extras as well. We are talking numerous USB 3.0 and SATA III ports along with support for triple card Crossfire setups."
"When it comes to FM2, ASRock provides a pretty good feature set, a pretty good BIOS, and decent performance. Other than that, there's not really a lot to say here. As a high-end product for a value platform, it hits the mark and then some."
"Overall the ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 is a great motherboard. It did everything I needed it to with no hassles, even when pushing the limits of my chip. While color scheme is personal taste, I think the Extreme6 is a pretty good looking motherboard. The UEFI was a pleasure to use with its abundance of adjustable settings and logical layout, and down the road if you need to expand you have plenty of room for another GPU (or two). At its current price tag of only $95, it is also one of the cheapest A85 motherboards you can buy and definitely the cheapest with this many features."
"We only mentioned the new features, but in reality we should also mention other ASRock mainboards’ advantages, which we are already very well familiar with. For example, quick and easy BIOS updating process by using a USB flash drive and even quicker and easier BIOS updating via Internet. The board boasts very user-friendly BIOS and comes bundled with MAGIX Multimedia Suite software. Now let us list the uncovered drawbacks. We didn’t like the inconvenient sliding locks on the graphics card slots and the non-operational fan rotation speed adjustment feature, which negates the benefits from having two processor fan connectors, which otherwise would have been a great advantage. Despite the fact that processor cooling fans were at their maximum speed during overclocking, the heatsinks on processor voltage regulator components heated up quite substantially. We didn’t expect Cool’n’Quiet technology to turn off during overclocking and didn’t enjoy the inconvenience of the memory timings adjustment process. At the same time, I have to point out that the board allowed us to overclock our test CPU to the same exact level as all other tested products, it performed well, and of the three mainboards we have reviewed so far, ASRock FM2A85X Extreme6 is the least expensive, but it is up to you to decide if its advantage really outweigh its shortcomings."