I have to say that ASRock Z77 Extreme9 mainboard left a very good impression. In fact, we didn’t have any serious problems with it, neither in nominal mode, nor during CPU and memory overclocking. Of course, there are a few things that could be improved, but they are totally outweighed by the indisputable advantages and unique features the board boasts. This is, actually, one of the reasons why our original intention to compare ASRock and Gigabyte mainboards has finally arrived to a dead end. These two mainboards have a lot in common and at the same time are very different. Each board has its own advantages and its own specific shortcomings, however the advantages are not dramatic enough and the shortcomings are not critical enough to allow us to award the winning title to one of these products. Both of them seem to be priced in the same range, but the latter turned out arguable. We have already pointed out many times in our reviews that ASRock mainboards are usually priced lower than other similar products, which can make them a more attractive purchase. To our sincere surprise, ASRock Z77 Extreme9 turned out significantly more expensive than Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3. For example, the popular Newegg.com web-site offers Gigabyte G1.Sniper 3 for $280, which is already quite a lot for an Intel Z77 Express based mainboard, but can still be explained by extensive functionality and all the extras this board has to offer. At the same time they offer ASRock Z77 Extreme9 for as much as $350! Taking into account that the two boards have a pretty equal score of highs and lows, this serious price difference makes ASRock’s marketing success pretty vague.
However, the technical specifications are the only thing that doesn’t change after the mainboard launch, and ASRock Z77 Extreme9 has absolutely no problems with features and functionality. It is much more advanced than any mainstream board out there. When we reviewed ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional mainboard, we called it “the most feature-rich mainboard” and now we see that it was obviously too premature. Unlike functionality and features, the price may change as time goes on. Besides, it may differ in various parts of the world. So, go ahead and check the price of the ASRock Z77 Extreme9 mainboard at your local stores, it must have already gone down a bit making the board a much more attractive buy. However, do not forget that this particular mainboard, just as its today’s competitor from Gigabyte, is targeted for multi-card graphics configurations in the first place. If you are planning to use only one discrete graphics accelerator, or the graphics core integrated into your processor, then you may want to look at some other models.