Overclocking-Oriented ASRock Z170 OC Formula Mainboard Review

ASRock Z170 OC Formula is a flagship motherboard with a bunch of intriguing features. Along with an internal perfection, the model boasts a set of options for extreme overclockers. The latter are given a chance to enable LN2 Mode or Slow Mode to achieve the targeted performance results. Moreover, there are facilities for adjusting different parameters in real time. What else can the Z170 OC Formula offer? Let’s find it out.



ASRock Z170 OC Formula Highlights


The motherboard features the following specifications:

— chipset & CPU: Intel Z170, support for Socket 1151, Skylake-S Celeron, Pentium, Core i3/i5/i7;

— memory: 4x DIMM slots, DDR4 SDRAM, up to 64 GB, 2133-4500 MHz frequency;

— GPU: integrated Intel HD 510/530;

— form-factor: ATX, 305x244 mm dimensions;

— expansion: 3x PCIe 3.0 x16, 1x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4), 3x PCIe 3.0 x4, 1x PCIe 3.0 x1, 1x PCIe 2.0 x1, 1x mini-PCIe 2.0 x1;

— audio: Realtek ALC1150 controller, 2x Texas Instruments …

Overview of the ASRock Z270 Pro4 Motherboard

The native retail has already got all kinds of Intel Z270-based models from different manufacturers. In particular, the entry-level category has as well been represented by all of them. And ASRock Z270 Pro4 seems to be the best-equipped one having 6 SATA sockets, 3 M.2 ports, an Intel network adapter and an ALC892 codec.


Features


The presence of a PCI slot should be separately noted as it quickly disappears from the surface of many boards. The full range of options is as follows:


• Chipset: Intel Z270 • Processor socket: Socket 1151 • Processors: Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium, Celeron (Skylake-S, Kaby Lake-S) • RAM: 4 DIMM DDR4 SDRAM 2133/2400/2800 * / 2933 * / 3200 * / 3600 * / 3733 * (OC), a maximum of 64 GB • PCI-E slots: 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x16) 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 (x4) 3 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 • M.2: 2 x PCI Express 3.0 x4 (Key M, 2242/2260/2280) 1 x PCI Express 3.0 x1 (Key E, 2230) • Integrated graphics core (processor): Intel HD …

ASRock Launches Z170M-PIO2 Mainboard with Unusual Layout

ASRock has stricken the general public by the development of a motherboard with an extraordinary layout. As a rule, mainboards targeting all-in-one solutions are void of expansion slots for graphics cards, due to lack of space. However, ASRock has designed a space-efficient model with an integrated PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot. Yet, it’s localized parallel to the PCB as against standard items with perpendicular slot orientation.



ASRock Z170M-PIO2 is based on Intel Z170 chipset for Socket LGA1511 platforms. It supports Intel Celeron/Pentium/Core i3/Core i5/Core i7 CPUs. The PCB features a pair of DIMM slots for the installation of DDR4 memory modules with the maximum clock frequency of 3466 MHz (up to 32 GB of capacity). Storage subsystem is introduced by 4 SATA 6 Gb/sec ports as well as a single Ultra M.2 x4 slot.


As far as expansion is concerned, the model accommodates a single PCIe 3.0 x 16 slot and one M.2 2230 slot, occupied by Wi-Fi/Bluetooth adapter. The 7.1-channel …
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