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ASRock Z170M OC Formula (Intel Z170) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 1150/1151 in Motherboards | Posted: Jun 14, 2016 6:15 pm
TweakTown Rating: 91%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.

 

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I wasn't surprised when the Z170M OC Formula hit 5GHz; it's an overclocking motherboard, so 5GHz is to be expected.

 

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Stability testing worked well, but it's obvious that the LLC is very aggressive as the VCore is slightly higher than what I chose in the UEFI and it almost throttled on a few cores.

 

Compatible Memory Overclocking Kits

 

Test 1: 2x8GB (16GB) Corsair Vengeance LPX 2666MHz C16

 

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As expected, this 2666MHz kit worked well.

 

Test 2: 2x4GB (8GB) Corsair Dominator Platinum 3200MHz C16

 

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The Dominator Platinum worked without a hitch.

 

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

 

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The TridentZ worked well, even at their high speed of 3.733GHz.

 

Test 4: 2x4GB (8GB) Corsair Vengeance 4000MHz C19

 

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The Corsair Vengeance 4GHz kit is the fastest kit I have on hand, and most Z170 motherboards fail to boot with this kit at XMP. However, the Z170M OC Formula handled this kit like a champ; training was extremely minimal. I expect this kit to work well, as many memory vendors have told me their 4.33GHz kits and faster kits work flawlessly with this motherboard.

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