ASRock Z87 Extreme3 Review

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With Intel having recently released their latest range of CPUs (Haswell), everyone has been clambering over themselves to see what the latest features are and to figure out if upgrading is worth the additional cost.  Does the performance increase justify the extra costs involved? Or is has the 22nm process hit a roadblock?  Only time will tell but today, my focus is on motherboards, in particular a Z87 (Socket LGA 1150) offering from the global brand ASRock.

Since their formation in 2002, ASRock have focused on bringing consumers with great looking motherboards packed with a host of innovative features.  Being relatively young compared to some of the other big guns out there, they are a top 3 motherboard brand in the world which is impressive.  With consumers not only looking for a product that performs well, they also want one with looks to match at a price that makes their jaw drop.

ASRock are well known for their aggressive pricing on motherboards, usually coming in at one of the best priced solutions available, but do they have the performance to make it worthwhile?  I intend to find out.

The motherboard on my test bench today is the ASRock Z87 Extreme 3, how does this ASRock board perform on a new chipset (LGA 1150)? Let’s find out, starting with the specifications…

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