ASRock X99E-ITX/ac Mini-ITX Motherboard Review

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Key Features

Digi Power

More Precise, More Efficient

Unlike traditional motherboards that use analog power, this motherboard uses a next generation digital PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) design, which provides CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly, so that the stability and lifespan of the motherboard is greatly enhanced.

2T2R 802.11ac WiFi

No one has time for weak WiFi signals and sluggish internet! That’s why this motherboard comes with an exclusive 2T2R 802.11ac WiFi (2.4G / 5G WiFi) module that supports up to 867Mbps wireless networks and Bluetooth v4.0. Experience up to 289% speed boost compared to your old WiFi!

X Series OC Socket

ASRock’s newly designed LGA2011 CPU socket that adds more pins to boost the performance of the CPU and memory, plus it also unlocks several hidden voltage tweaking options for advanced overclocking.

CPU Cooler – Free Bundle

High performance inevitably results in high temperatures, thus preventing your system from overheating is extra important. This motherboard supports a free bundled server grade CPU cooler or other narrow ILM CPU coolers for LGA2011.

* This motherboard supports this free bundled CPU cooler or other narrow ILM CPU coolers for LGA2011.

Water Cooling Mounting Plate – Free Bundle

Choose your own way to chill! Besides the free bundled server grade CPU cooler, there’s also another free bundled Water Cooling Mounting Plate for installing designated water cooling kits.

* Compatible with Cooler Master Seidon 120V Plus/120V CPU Coolers.

Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3) – The World’s Fastest M.2 Socket – PCIe Gen3 x4

The onboard M.2 socket is a new interface for connecting Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) SSDs or other devices. ASRock is the first in the world to implement PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 socket on motherboards. The ultimate Ultra M.2 interface pushes the speed up to 32Gb/s which is 6X faster compared to other M.2 Gen2 x1 solutions that are limited to 5Gb/s.

SATA Express Connector

The SATA Express* interface provides PCIe Gen2 x2 (10Gb/s) data transfer speed. This motherboard offers the latest SATA Express connector to enthusiasts to enjoy the ultimate performance.

* Support to be announced.

Intel® Dual LAN with Teaming

Allows two single connections to act as one single connection for twice the transmission bandwidth.

Nichicon Fine Gold Audio Caps

ASRock applied Nichicon Fine Gold Series audio capacitors that every audiophile has been longing for on a PC! Compared with traditional solid caps, the leakage current of Nichicon audio caps is merely 10uA. This is the key to reduce noise level significantly and satisfy even the pickiest audiophiles.

TI® NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier


TI® NE5532 delivers high definition audio to every headphone. Being the first one to add a headphone amplifier to the rear I/O line-out jack, this motherboard not only improves soundstage depth, but also enhances low frequency (20Hz) bass effects up to 10 times.

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