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August 26, 2015
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I agree with the other reviewer that it is a little sad that this board doesnt have three USB 2 ports. Thankfully my case doesnt have USB 2 ports on it, so it isn't much of an issue for me. I also wasnt able to mount the 3.0 port that came with the board, but i am not too worried about that, nor downgrading this product because it is not the fault of ASRock, but rather a case issue.
Anyways, I love this board. Easy to work with, nice simple BIOS. POST without issue. Plenty of features. Comes with a primary and backup bios, so you cant really mess it up if you dont know what you are doing (unlike the MSI board I replaced with this)/ Colors matched my theme, too, which is a nice little bonus. I havent been able to test the audio, since my audio setup is non-standard.
This is an excellent motherboard, but its installation would have been less of a problem had I known a few things: 1151 sockets are DELICATE. CPU coolers must be installed with exceptional care. Not knowing this cost me a replacement. If you power up and wait for a POST beep, you'll be waiting forever. An internal speaker is not included, and the function is turned off in the BIOS by default. The POST status display ('dr. debug') is useful only when you know the codes. ASRock documents only a few, and you learn what a successful startup looks like only after you get one. Beyond those hurdles the K6+ appears rock solid, and the BIOS is fantastic. A great choice for any gaming system.
This motherboard was good for a time. I started having ram problems. Turns out it is "not compatible" with more modern DDR4 ram at a higher speed of more than 2133MHZ. Some sort of a driver conflict. I have 32GB of Tridentz ram.
+1 star for 3 year warranty and good customer service.
I sometimes got this issue where my computer completely freezes up on me and i cant do anything. I have to restart the computer. Also, my mic input volume is so low, its unusable. The stereo input is fuzzy as well, even with setting it up through configurations. I have to configure my speakers as 5.1 surround for it to not be crackly
Important Update: (January, 2016) My motherboard arrived with UEFI / BIOS P1.70. This version of the bios has a problem, if you're using Windows 10. Your computer will not wake / resume from sleep mode. YOU MUST INSTALL THE MOST CURRENT BIOS, P2.0. THIS WILL FIX THE SLEEP / WAKING ISSUE. It did on my K6+. It is not uncommon for newly released motherboards to need UEFI / BIOS updates, so don't panic.
HERE'S A TEMPORARY FIX FOR THE SLEEP / RESUME ISSUE UNTIL YOU CAN UPGRADE YOUR UEFI / BIOS. If your motherboard goes to sleep and will not wake, simply unplug it and remove the motherboard's battery. Wait a minute and reinstall it. Your computer will now operate again. Until you update your UEFI / BIOS to P2.0 go into Windows 10 at the start button, select the power option and set your power settings to performance, so that your computer WILL NOT SLEEP.
Note that UEFI and BIOS are used interchangeably, even by motherboard manufacturers, who know better, and this can become confusing, until you understand that they are a different way of doing the same thing.)
How I updated my UEFI / BIOS. I downloaded the latest UEFI / BIOS update, extracted it, and put it on a FAT32 formatted USB drive. Once I did that, it's just a matter of inserting the USB drive into any USB port, restarting my computer and interrupting the boot cycle by pressing the DELETE BUTTON to enter the UEFI / BIOS.
Once in the UEFI / BIOS, you will be in the EASY mode...so select the ADVANCED option. Now find and select the TOOL TAB. Then select the FLASH BIOS option. A text box will appear with the new bios...the one on the USB drive. Now click on the NEW BIOS and follow the prompts. Do not turn your power off during the BIOS update. It takes a little while for the installation to complete.
Here's the link to the BIOS P2.0 update...be sure to select the FLASH version. The one at the top of the list.
[...] I had to cut and paste the above link into my browser...you may not have to. My link to the new P2.0 update arrived in the form of an email from ASrock tech support. That's why I'm posting it here.
Here's another helpful hint. If you have a hard drive that you know is installed, but does not appear on your desk top, it has to be optimized. Just go to YouTube and enter, "Where is my new drive." There are plenty of tutorials and it's easy-peasy. I'd put the steps here, but seeing it is much better. Tip. When optimizing your drive, be sure to just follow the prompts on your computer. Use all of the default options and be sure to assign a drive letter, if it doesn't happen automatically. I think, if I remember correctly, that the drive optimization app will assign your boot drive as C, but after that, it's up to you to assign drive letters as you see fit...from a list of available drive letters, sans the ones that have been used...so that you can't attempt to assign the same letter twice.
I gave the ASrock K6+ a five, because other than needing a UEFI / BIOS update, it performed flawlessly, and I'm very happy with it. And, I would buy it again...and recommend it. My build looks great.
The K6+ is also available as the K6, without the front panel USB 3.1 adapter...priced at $160.00. In one heads up testing review against one of the K6+'s main competitors, the $228.00 ASUS Maximus VIII, at at the time of this review, the ASrock K6+ compared favorably. The ASUS board was only marginally better in some testing, while the ASrock, not winning as many categories, did win some. The testing was so close that, in my opinion, it was, in real world usage, a heads up. And, if you look at the ASUS VIII customer reviews...they're not perfect either.
One other nit. (I didn't take away a point from the motherboard for this, because, once the UEFI / BIOS is upgraded, it works flawlessly, and this is a supplied option.) I couldn't fully hookup the included USB 3.1 adapter that ships with the K6+ because is needs a USB 2.0 motherboard header to supply extra power for the 3.1 adapter, and I had already used both of the K6+'s two USB 2.0 headers. One for my Corsair H110i gtx hydro cooler, and one for my case front panel USB 2.0 ports. If I had it to do over again, I'd skip the added front panel USB 3.1 adapter and go with the plain K6. The K6 and K6+ both have USB 3.1 A/C ports on the motherboard in the back. So, it's not like you'll be missing out on a 3.1 port...they're just in the back. I did not hook up the 3.1 adapter's USB 2.0 power wire...remember, no available 2.0 header on the motherboard. I think it is used to help supply the USB3.1 C port with additional power, which claims to make 100 watts avail available for speedy charging. In any case, I haven't had a chance to use the USB 3.1 C port, because I don't know what would use this port...it's not your typical port...so I don't know. I do know that the 3.1 A port works, because it worked with my mouse. Whether it's working at it's specified 10gb throughput, I can't say.
My final comment is that, "I wound up with one smokin', cool build.
My build: All Black with blue fans (I removed the red ones that came with the case. I think blue looks better.) ASrock K6+ (With red accents) EVGA 970 FTW+ AWG+ EVGA 850G2 Power Supply Corsair Graphite 780T Black Case Crucial LPX 2400, 32gb I7-6700k CPU Corsair H110i GTX hydro cooler