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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

Overclocking Results

 

CPU Overclocking

 

I have decided to reduce the CPU VCore to 1.4v applied (I will measure real VCore at the output capacitors), and see how high I can validate. On most boards it's 5.0. I have also decided to add real voltage levels compared to what is set for all motherboards, if they don't have voltage read points I will mark where I read the voltage.

 

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The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac is doing 5.0GHz just like the high-end motherboards, which isn't surprising at all.

 

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I tested stability at 4.8GHz CPU, 4.2GHz Uncore, and 2666MHz on the memory with 1.4v on the VCore. I am using HandBrake to transcode a 4GB video, and it is very telling since it pulls all cores to their maximum frequency and load. Handbrake is good for a quick stability check, plus I get a log of the encoding speed and the number of errors. It is very easy for the queue not to finish all the way and just error out; it has to proceed without errors to finish.

 

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I have measured VCore LLC on the board's first three LLC levels and indicated where I measured the voltage from on the back of the board.

 

Memory Overclocking

 

Test 1: 4x4GB (16GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200MHz C16

 

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The Corsair Dominator Platinum is kit meant for X99, but it worked fine on this Z170 motherboard, granted only two DIMMs were used.

 

Test 2: 2x4GB (8GB) G.Skill Ripjaws V 3600MHz C17

 

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The Ripjaws V kit doesn't work on all motherboards, but it worked perfectly on this one.

 

Test 3: 2x4GB (8GB) G.Skill TridentZ 3733MHz C17

 

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The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac passed this test quite easily.

 

Test 3: 2x4GB (8GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 4000MHz C19

 

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The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac worked perfectly with this 4GHz kit; that was unexpected considering it only works on select overclocking boards at this point.

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