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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

Test Setup

 

A big thanks to Corsair for sponsoring the case, fans, SSD, USB drive, and PSU!

A big thanks to http://www.bitfenix.com/"; target="_blank">Bitfenix for sponsoring the white Alchemy power and SATA cable extensions!

A big thanks to Kingston for sponsoring the HyperX Predator M.2 Drive and USB 3.1 USB drivers for drivers and benchmarks!

A big thanks to Seek for sponsoring the Thermal Camera. You can find my review of the camera here.

 

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This is the new test bench, and it is designed to test every aspect of the motherboard and IO. I have designed it so that the motherboard sits in a case and is cooled by fans always on at a constant rate to keep the conditions similar for all tests. I have cut out part of the case behind the motherboard so I can get thermal images of the back of the PCB where the VRM heat spreads. System and CPU power measurements are now digitally logged.

 

I am also using a Netgear Nighthawk X4 AC2350 for our network (including wireless AC) tests. The latest M.2, SSD, and USB technologies are also being utilized to test the maximum potential of the motherboards that are being tested.

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