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ASRock Z170 OC FORMULA Review

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ASRock ATX DDR4 Motherboards Z170 OC FORMULA has been designed particular by way of overclocking in mind. The board features a 18+2 phase digital power design, along with the two extra phases dedicated to the memory components. As we know, the number of power phases is a poor indicator of a board’s ability to support high overclocks, Z170 OC FORMULA doing well and serve with extreme overclock ability.

ASRock Z170 OC Formula also comes with a number of additional features to improve stability when overclocking. This includes 60A power chokes for cleaner Vcore voltages, premium memory alloy chokes to feed power more reliably to the memory modules, and dual-stack MOSFETs that double the die area over traditional MOSFETs and make power delivery for the CPU Vcore more efficient. There is a wide selection of connectivity options, including a total of four PCle 3.0 x16 slots, one PCle 3.0 x1 slot, and one PCle 2.0 x1 slot. There’s even a vertical half-size mini-PCle slot for a network adapter as the board lacks onboard Wi-Fi.

There’s only support for two-way NVIDIA SLI, but if you did have four AMD cards, they could run in x8/x4/x4/x4 mode – not ideal, but it’s workable. The Z170 platform really only allocates 16 PCle 3.0 lanes to the GPUs, so the second PCle 3.0 x16 slot has been wired to the PCH to tap on the PCle 3.0 lanes from the chipset itself.

Other outstanding features include the 10 SATA 6Gbps ports and three M.2 sockets that provide loads of storage connectivity options. However, you won’t be able to fill them all at once because of the finite number of PCle 3.0 lanes available through the chipset. Don’t forget do take a note which ports have shared lanes, so you won’t install your devices in conflicting ports.

A variety of dedicated hardware switches allow you to quick access to overclocking settings in the open test bench. The “+”and”-” Rapid OC buttons also allow you to tweak your CPU frequency in the Rapid OC Windows application by adjusting the base clock, multiplier, core voltage and cache ratio.

At last, there’s also have the LN2 mode, slow mode and XMP DIP switches and Direct Key button that let extreme overclockers resolve potential issues with LN2 overclocking or simply streamline the entire overclocking process. A dual BIOS switch enables you to switch between the two BIOses and recover from failed overclocks.

Product Highlights

  • LGA1151
  • Intel Z170
  • Dual Channel, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Max Capacity of 64GB
  • Slots: 4x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slots (single at x16, dual at x8/x8, triple at x8/x4/x8, quad at x8/x4/x4/x4), 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x1 Slot (Flexible PCIe), 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slot, 1x Mini-PCI
  • Express Slot (Vertical Half-size)
  • SATA: 10x SATA3 Ports, Six Support RAID 0, 1, 5, 10; 3x SATA Express Ports
  • Audio: Realtek ALC1150 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC, Supports Premium Blu-ray Audio

ASRock ATX DDR4 Motherboards Z170 OC FORMULA

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  • Ports: 2x USB 3.1 Ports (1 Type-A, 1 Type-C), 4x USB 3.0 Ports (2 rear, 2 via header), 8x USB 2.0 Ports (4 rear, 4 via headers), 1x PS/2 Mouse Port, 1x PS/2 Keyboard Port, 1x Optical S/PDIF Out, 1x RJ45 LAN Port, Audio I/O Jacks
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  • Slots: 1x PCI-Express 3.0 x16 Slot, 1x PCI-Express 2.0 x1 Slot

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