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ASRock Z170 Extreme4 / Extreme4+ (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Aug 17, 2015 4:46 pm
TweakTown Rating: 90%Manufacturer: ASRock

BIOS

 

ASRock has made some refinements to its Z170 UEFI. For starters, there is a new landing page when you enter the UEFI and it actually looks simple yet elegant in nature. It has most everything you need to get started customizing the UEFI, as well as a CPU EZ OC button. I am not sure if ASRock will continue to use this as these images were taken on an early BIOS, but the latest doesn't have the same landing page. While I am not a fan of large panels in my start menu (hint Microsoft), they don't look to bad in the UEFI since they don't waste much space but are rather use as indicators. ASRock's Advanced more is also available by pressing F6.

 

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ASRock has a decent GUI for fan control and offers many performance settings and a decent amount of customization. The advanced UEFI mode is much like ASRock's previous UEFIs and is organized the same way. For LLC, I prefer level 2 and by my manual measurements it works pretty well. That being said, I found overclocking to be easy; the UEFI does need some polishing. There are minor bugs here and there that will be fixed as the platform matures, but as you will see in the overclocking section, I was able to overclock pretty high on both the CPU and memory.

 

 

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Software

 

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ASRock has their APP shop which will update your drivers and software and offers a few free programs and games. ASRock has also upgraded the looks of their XFast LAN networking application, which is now a small little box, but adequate directions are given to use it well.

 

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ASRock also provides their basic software suite including A-Tuning for on-the-fly overclocking and other system tuning.

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