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ASRock Z170 OC Formula (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 2:24 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASRock

BIOS

 

ASRock's UEFI consists of a single operating mode with every overclocking setting you need to achieve high overclocks on the Z170 platform. The OC Formula series is known for having special overclocking profiles from ASRock's in-house overclocker, Nick Shih. In fact, there are many profiles that are available for everything from SuperPI benching to Intel's XTU and 6.5GHz profiles for those who use liquid nitrogen.

 

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Since the PWM is fully digital, there are many different VCore options which aren't present on some Z170 motherboards, including controls over the external VRM. There are more expansive DRAM options than on many other motherboards. Fan control is also present for each header using multiple SMART fan points, just like on other ASRock Z170 motherboards.

 

 

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Software

 

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ASRock's Z170 software suite includes CFOS software used for control over the Intel NIC, it is the competitor to Killer's application.

 

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ASRock's Formula Drive is there for in-OS tuning of fan and overclocking settings. The OC Formula series also has a Rapid OC configurator which works with the physical buttons on the PCB to change settings on-the-fly. ASRock's Live Update and App Shop provides updates of ASRock software. ASRock also have their Timing Configurator and CPU-Z skin.

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