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ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Dec 22, 2015 5:49 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ASRock

BIOS

 

The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac has two BIOS modes, and EZ Mode is for novice users, and an Advanced Mode can be accessed by pressing F6. ASRock's Mini-ITX board isn't missing much when compared to it's full sized brothers, and overclocking profiles are included.

 

The board has overclocking profiles for up to 4.8Ghz, which is quite high for a Mini-ITX board. Overclocking settings are the same as other ASRock Z170 options, and voltages are all pretty much present for more extreme overclocking.

 

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Fan control is extensive, and there is even a GUI so that you can set the fan curve based on either the CPU or motherboard temperature sensors. If you don't want to use the GUI, the ability for manual entry is also included. You should note that LLC levels are the reverse of what you might normally expect.

 

 

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Software

 

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ASRock's full software suite is available for the Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac board. The APP SHOP application will update ASRock drivers and applications for you. The board uses F-Stream for in-Windows tuning and fan control, and ASRock's Timing Configurator is also included. A Trial to XSplit Broadcaster is also included.

 

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A closer shot of ASRock's F-Stream (same as A-Tuning for the Extreme series of boards) reveals decent usability. You can also use Intel's XTU (I did) for lighter load on-the-fly tuning of overclocking parameters.

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