Just in time for Intel's presentation of new Broadwell-E CPUs, like the tested Core i7-6950X, mainboard specialist Asrock has presented t two new LGA2011-3 boards at its booth in Taipei, the new "X99 Taichi" and "Fatal1ty X99 Professional Gaming". Based on specs, both X99 mobos are pretty much identical, apart from the colour schemes. While the X99 Taichi comes along in the colours black and white, the X99 Professional Gaming from the Fatal1ty series is of course black and red.
Both models are not only prepared for Broadwell-E with socket LGA2011-3, but also offer eight DDR4 DIMM memory banks for up to 128 GB RAM. The CPU itself is supplied by twelve coils with the correct amount of voltage. Three mechanical PCIe 3.0 x16 slots are intended to be primarily used for graphics cards, for up to three NVIDIA or AMD graphics cards. ASRock has strengthened the three large slots in a similar manner as ASUS and MSI, making them more stable. As for storage, the boards offer not only a SATA Express interface and eight SATA 6Gb/s ports, but also two M.2 ports with M-Key coding for fast SSDs.
Further facilities include several USB 3.1 Gen1 and USB 2.0 ports and two USB 3.1 Gen2 ports, one Type-A and one Type-C. As for network connections, the Taiwanese manufacturer offers ac-standard WiFi, aa Bluetooth 4.1 modul, and a dual Gigabit LAN feature. Audio-wise, both boards were equipped with the Purity Sound 3 feature. Five 3,5 mm audio jacks are also available, as well as a Toslink connector. The X99 Professional Gaming mobo also features a power and a reset button on board. Furthermore, a header for water pumps has also been soldered onto the Fatal1ty model.
ASRock states a price of 219 US dollars for the X99 Taichi, while the X99 Professional Gaming costs slightly more, namely 259 US dollars. Both motherboards are available as of now.
DeskMini 110, Beebox are performance-happy systems
Apart from showing motherboards, ASRock also showed us two small systems. The DeskMini 110 system featured the ASRock H110M-STX with a Core i7-6700, and was powered by an external 120-watt power supply. Here, Intel's boxed cooler for a socket LGA1151 CPU can be used without difficulty. The case features two 2,5" slots, optimally for two SSDs. Additional connections include a USB 3.1-Gen1 Type C and COM port and two USB 2.0 ports agent, and naturally WiFi.
A Cinebench R15 screenshot gives a look at the performance, with a score of 821 points for the CPU. The SSD performance with an OCZ-RD-400 module with a storage capacity of 256 GB is also good, offering sequential transfer rates of 2,668 MB/s read and 1568 MB/s write.
The Beebox takes things to a smaller level, the Intel NUC system is offered in two versions. ASRock's Beebox can be ordered with either a Core i3-6100U or Core i5-6200U CPU, both are current Skylake generation Core i3s. Two M.2 interfaces (1x M-Key, 1x B-Key) are available to install fast SSDs. The B-Key slot is already equipped with a WiFi-ac module. It can bee hooked up to a display using either HDMI or DisplayPort. ASRock claims the hardware is able to playback 4K and is aimed at schools, government institutions and other office environments.
New router with the label "X10 A1300"
Last, but not least ASRock showed its new X10-A1300 router. The engineers equipped with an RJ45 WAN port, four RJ45 Gigabit LAN ports and three external WiFi antennas. To the left of the yellow WAN port one can also find a USB 3.1 Gen1 interfac. A special feature of the router is support of Zigbee and LoRa and an infrared controller, meaning a bridge isn't required anymore for Philips Hue bulbs. Home automation over the phone is also possible. The X10 A1300 will be available from the end of August, ASRock has yet to mention a price.