ASRock has made some refinements to its Z170 UEFI. For starters, there is a new landing page when you enter the UEFI and it actually looks simple yet elegant in nature. It has most everything you need to get started customizing the UEFI, as well as an CPU EZ OC button. While I am not a fan of large panels in my start menu (hint Microsoft), they don't look too bad in the UEFI since they don't waste much space, but are rather used as indicators. ASRock's Advanced more is also available by pressing F6.
ASRock has a decent GUI for fan control and offers many performance settings and a decent amount of customization. The advanced UEFI mode is much like ASRock's previous UEFIs and is organized the same way. There aren't that many overclocking controls, ASRock has heavily simplified overclocking settings on this model, and I am sure that their OC Formula will have more. That being said, I found overclocking to be easy; the UEFI does need some polishing. There are minor bugs here and there that will be fixed as the platform matures, but as you will see in the overclocking section, I was able to overclock pretty high on both the CPU and memory.
ASRock has their APP shop which will update your drivers and software and offers a few free programs and games. ASRock also provides their basic software suite including F-Stream for on-the-fly overclocking and other system tuning. If you plug into the Fatal1ty mouse port, you can control the polling rate of your gaming mouse.
ASRock has also upgraded the looks of their XFast LAN networking application, which actually worked for monitoring, Killer's application is also provided.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and the Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6]
- Page 3 [Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 Circuit Analysis]
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- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]