ASRock Z170M OC Formula Driver
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ASRock Z170M OC Formula Driver
The board is packed securely in a foam frame secured by the old reliable zip-ties Taking the board out of its packaging, we can see it in all its blazing yellow and black glory. Somewhat of a trademark now to stand out from the pack.
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The PCB has a matt black finish, and really aids in making the yellow highlights pop! Asrock have included a 10layer PCB for better electrical signals with less interference. The backside of the board has little to show.
PCI-E setup is pretty common compared to its competitors. The top slots is separated from the other remaining 2 x8 slots by the M. The Battery is even located in an easy to get to area above the PCI-E, which would make it easy to remove with a system all connected.
To the lower corner of the board, we find the Z Chipset with a simply finished Heatsink. There is also the option to connect 2 U.
The bottom edge of the board contains all the usual front panel audio and USB connections. The ZM OC Formula is a contender for the overclocking-paradox; a feature that puts the motherboard ahead of its competitors in the overclocking arena also reduces its overall competitiveness on the open market.
Voltage regulator upgrades, buttons, and special features usually help on both fronts, but when it comes to memory DIMMs, fewer is usually better. The second DIMM for each channel is typically ASRock Z170M OC Formula during overclocking, and can have a detrimental impact.
The bottom edge of the board contains all the usual front panel audio and USB connections. Directly to the front of the board we have a Post Code LED, perfect for diagnosing boot errors, especially when pushing the system memory to the limit.
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Cleverly, the 2 bios chips are also located down the bottom to reduce the chance of condensation ingress when using more extreme cooling methods, and a switch next ASRock Z170M OC Formula these to toggle between the two if things go terribly wrong. The rear IO panel is surprisingly well featured for a board dedicated to the Overclocking Enthusiast.
Included to tidy it up is a nice shroud, although made from plastic, fits the aesthetics of the board and rounds off the look.
All high quality mosfets and capacitors for smooth power delivery and room to move when pushing the limits under more extreme cooling. Sound is delivered through the ALC chipset.
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Similar to other motherboards, the integrated sound audio solution is separated from the remainder of the board to ASRock Z170M OC Formula electrical noise and provide a cleaner sound. The backside of the board shows the PCB separation lines.
The heatsinks feel of reasonable quality, with a single heatpipe connecting the two. Removal was very simple with only 4 screws on the backside to remove.