Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor

Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor

Today we look actually with four boards, with only one in her arms. is a common printed circuit board, all components are identical except for the AC adapter and external design elements in the model-based ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6, Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 +, Z170 Extreme6 and Z170 Extreme6 +. There is a gaming controller products Killer E2400, while the “extreme” models – Intel I219V. Versions with plus have an extended delivery, indicating the presence of a remote panel for the housing compartment 5.25 “with USB ports type A and C of the last generation.

The test can boast the presence of two chips with the firmware on the board, there is a POST Code LED, power and reset buttons.

The rest is a typical representative of the motherboard camp on the basis of Intel Z170, which occupies a niche market a little higher category “mainstream”. The power system looks convincing to support the chipset’s capabilities added a pair of SATA ports and a USB the latest generation by installing two additional controllers.

Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6: Packaging equipment

Apparently, the box for all four products designed identical, there were many in our place, just enough for completing with external panel housing. There handle for easy transport. The colors, design and logo are unique to the game series of the ASRock, confused with something will be very difficult.

Photos products, the table with the characteristics and description of the technological delights are on the back side of the box. Quite unusual at the present time to meet gaming motherboard without any illumination.

The package includes:

  • multi-lingual Quick Install Guide;
  • Guide to UEFI and F-Stream in English;
  • CD with drivers and proprietary software;
  • sticker with the logo of the company;
  • plug housing, supplemented by a sticker in black tones with color and symbols of all the nests;
  • four cable SATA 6Gb / s, two of which with the L-shaped connector on one end;
  • one hard bridge for SLI dual-card organization;
  • fixing screw for M.2 format devices;
  • Certificate with a 90-day key to the software product XSplit.

Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6: Appearance

Style design series of products has not changed with respect to its representatives of previous generations. Used black and red colors. Appeared invoice visor, whose role is entirely image production. Dimensions of the device correspond to the full ATX format.

On the reverse side visible screws on the radiators and a small number of electronic components, lights on the board is not at all.

Massive chipset cooler is almost devoid of fins, but there is a decorative plastic overlay with an updated logo series.

Two SATA-E interface include traditional four SATA connectors. In addition to the resources of PCH made the realization of two more ports, tied to a third-party controller.

Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor

Closer to the corner, a pair of removable chip with firmware, the contact group with a jumper to determine the current. When starting the system the red LED lights up the one that is active at this time.

There are a couple of hull blocks for USB cables and a second revision – for the third generation of this interface.

System Management delivered to the upper right corner. Similarly LED buttons are lit only when initializing hardware, and operating system operation on board the whole display is deactivated, ie, POST-indicator does not perform any more functions.

Sixteen PCI-E lines of the processor may be divided between the two red jacks. Third, soldered at the bottom refers to the PCH structure, there can be concentrated up to four lines.

The device also has a compact and M.2 in the same instance.

Audio Codec Realtek ALC1150 in the face and a pair of Texas Instruments NE5532 op amp under plastic bezel. Their neighborhood network subsystem based on Qualcomm Atheros Killer E2400.

Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor

Sockets for connection of CPU coolers include two pieces are closer to the center of the board. Radiator stocky, therefore should not be a problem during the installation of the cooling system.

Connecting the heat pipe is located quite far from the epicenter of the heat collection, its use soon reduced to image component. The number of edges is small, the contact pads with force elements good.

Stabilizer based on the PWM controller ISL95824 of Intersil Corporation. It forms two independent voltage converters having built according to the schemes of the four and the two phases. To do this within the already built, respectively, two and one driver. Missing trio is on the board: one very close to the controller, but two things – on the back side. It turns out, all four channels reserved for the CPU voltage, two – for the integrated GPU, the number of power components and chokes in each doubled. Another set of items provided for the needs of the CPU voltage SA. A pair of load-bearing elements made of SM4336NSKP and SM4337NSKP – Sinopower production company.

The back panel can be called fully meet modern trends. Eight USB outputs of the third revision, three digital video outputs, five of audio, visual and classic PS / 2 interface. Equipment wireless network adapter is not included in the manufacturer’s plans.

Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6: Features UEFI

To update the firmware in a mechanism Instant Flash UEFI environment. Search firmware can be on removable media or on the web right away. The update procedure was carried out without problems.

Our review will be devoted to a special assembly overclocker L1.93. The start screen is called Ez Mode. It focused a lot of information about system components. You can change the time and date, activate the XMP profile, select the interface localization, determine priority among the boot device. At the bottom there are four objects – two mechanisms for updating, detailed Viewer System Browser System components and business tool for the automatic overclocking with whom we work a little later. You can also speed up the job profiles for the first in a row cooler.

Advanced mode allows more options. On the Main tab page harvested My Favorite, which can be collected from all over the most popular menu items.

Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor

OC Tweaker speaks for itself. CPU settings, RAM and power are scattered for convenience. Among the auxiliary machinery can be seen three different approaches to the automatic overclocking components. There are five sections to save the system settings, also allows for the use of external media.

In the memory of the reference frequency is doubled, for convenience. In the presence of trade remedy DRAM Tweaker, where major delays can be selected based on the selected set of factory presets.

Proprietary tools support from ASRock are located on the Tools page. Everything I tried, worked without problems. However, I did not wait for the end of the driver downloads using the Easy Driver Installer, but something that was able to download, as well as intended – only working in UEFI.

Monitoring of system parameters is very informative.

In the role of the reference temperature for the cooling system can perform either the processor, in fact, a system. Customizable algorithm can count four significant mark and a fifth – to 100% speed.

Available online mode FAN-Tastic Tuning, but there have been switching between the individual channels of the problem.

Equipment survey procedure is very fast, in spite of initially disconnected Fast Boot mode.

To download, delete and work with proprietary software operating time, use App Shop shell.

Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor

 ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6: Software

Brand APP Shop (3TB + Unlocker Utility, AppCharger, Cloud, Disk Health Report, Fast Boot, Fatal1ty Mouse Port, F-Stream Tuning Utility, Key Master, OMG (Online Management Guard), Rapid SATA Switch, Restart to UEFI, USB Key, XFast RAM)

DTS Connect Sound

Network XSplit Broadcaster, XSplit Gamecaster

Additional Windows 7 USB Patcher

Everything is made on an intuitive level.

After downloading the installer runs a separate procedure for installation of each utility.

Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor

Thus, once a single center for the majority of applications (such as Disk Health Report) are now released from them, each must be installed separately, but at the same time, overloading the system is now unnecessary functionality no longer have to.

Supplied with special software for the mouse and keyboard, where you can create macros or change the port polling frequency (it is true for the dedicated slot).

It is very convenient to use branded Restart to UEFI.

The main role given to the complex to work with F-Stream system settings. On the main page, you can begin to disperse on a “one-click”. OC Tweaker duplicates UEFI features. The current settings to conveniently explore the System Info page. Besides them, there are components observer, same as in the UEFI environment.

Setting the fan did not change relative to previous generations of products. Available calibration products, forming at the end of its possibilities passport and, finally, drawing up its own algorithm for each fan. These profiles can be used in automatic mode, if take care of the startup complex of the operating system.

Other opportunities have disappeared, moved in the App Shop under the guise of the individual components.

PA equipment, to my surprise, was actually the base for ALC1150. For him, there are corporate configurator from Realtek, no bonus tools, or at least change the sound scheme in the configurator is not present (non-staff). Listening to music found in the test sample is not an outstanding representative in the context of the use of older solutions Realtek. Panorama virtually absent, the sound was poor and not expressive. In other words, the competing solutions even without the involvement of aids make a better impression.

The network controller is equipped with its own envelope for settings and monitoring conditions.

Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6: Overclocking potential

To test was involved retail copy of the Core i5-6600K with undistinguished overclocking potential, not subjected to the procedures of “scalping”.

In the arsenal of devices has three proprietary approach for simplified overclocking. Force can be with UEFI (ready-profiles) or use F-Stream. The first option – a scenario with a frequency of 4.4 GHz under the name Optimized CPU OC Setting. More aggressive values did not differ stability when working with the operating system.

Slightly increased the reference rate – up to 101 MHz, the multipliers for the CPU and bus ring made X44 and X42. Memory left unattended. Tension grew in the nuclei to 1.36 V.

Another approach – Advanced Turbo. Relatively stable was the only one of the two profiles. At this time, the voltage of the processor proved to be fixed at around 1.3 V.

The base rate was standard, and the factors studied were identical to the first scenario. This time, a simple task performed without error, and LinX has become an insurmountable obstacle.

Interactive F-Stream acceleration forces called Auto Tuning. Settings are software, that is, in this case, you will take care of the startup application. The net result was the frequency of 4242 MHz.

Apparently, the voltage on the CPU is not growing relative to base marks, because instability in LinX is not surprising.

Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor

The attentive reader will have had to note the high voltage CPU SA and IO. This behavior is the product manifests itself not only in the use of “special” version of the firmware, but in the final releases, all that have been tried. The first parameter is actually exposed to the extreme position, that is – to the maximum. Until that time, all products on the detection of the frequency of the ceiling BCLK used the same parameters, so this time the method has not changed. Under these conditions, we managed to secure stable operation of the system at 244 MHz. No support options specifically activated.

The result is noticeably inferior to a number of previously tested motherboards, most likely, the selected voltage levels (low and are not by themselves) have become a limiting factor.

When the CPU overclocking is usually the memory frequency is 3 GHz, according to its capabilities for XMP. In the process, the board became clear not only to the need for much higher levels of CPU SA and IO voltage (voltage reduction leads to errors in the calculation even LinX CPU nominal frequency), also had to examine the profound adjustment delays. Comparison with competitors setting possible to determine another weak link – tWTR_S. The test very seriously underestimates it, that was not to the liking of our suite of RAM. But not only overestimate the CPU and IO SA needed to stabilize the system, the voltage on the modules had to take close to a reasonable limit laid down in our lab – 1.5 V, whereas normally there is enough 1,35 B. Making the necessary preparations, finally you are ready to disperse the most Core i5-6600K. His steady frequency rate of 4.5 GHz has requested the installation of voltage of 1.4 V and speeding up the profile for the Level 2 LLC.

At this stage, it was involved in an old version of LinX, because with a new activated throttling mode. The deviation on either side of the set value of CPU voltage was 0.01 V. That is not to say about the support that overstatement, even against the background of the already low values are not set forth in the UEFI-, although such weakness can afford almost all motherboards based on Intel Z170 base.

Heat stabilizer in the area of placement has been fixed at 73 ° C, while the upper bound of all radiators warmed to 43 ° C. Consumption thus kept within the boundaries of 60-283 watts. There is a surge in consumption of “unknown origin”, like already was fixed when considering the Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 3. Without taking it into account, the upper limit is equal to 216 watts. Given the serious levels of stress associated processor, there is nothing particularly surprising, the figures are quite adequate.

Overclocking memory I decided to do without going into the delay settings, recording only their core group – 18-18-18-39. With the level of voltage of 1.41 V and CR = 1 is usually our kit runs at 3.2 GHz. But given the nature Fatal1ty ASRock Z170 Gaming K6, on the stability of these parameters could only dream of. CR laxative to two voltage correspond to the conditions of overclocking the processor, that is, memory that was the mark of 1.5 V. The result was a record full functionality at a modest 3038 MHz. Thus, a normal user, being in our place, lost at least 5% of the memory capacity, and all because of tWTR_S (perhaps the case would not be limited to this option, but to increase the tension I did not even higher became and do not recommend in any case, in the “air”).

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6: Testbed

The stand includes:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K (3,5 GHz);
  • Cooler: Cryorig R1 Ultimate;
  • thermal interface: Noctua NT-H1;
  • Memory: GeIL GPR416GB3000C16QC (4×4 GB 3000 MHz, 16-16-16-36-2T, 1,35 B);
  • graphics card: MSI GTX 780Ti Gaming 3G (GeForce GTX 780Ti);
  • Drive: Silicon Power Slim S55 (240GB, SATA 6Gb / s, AHCI mode);
  • PSU: XFX XPS-850W-BES (850 W);
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Pro x64;
  • driver: Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility (10.1.1.27), Intel Management Engine Interface (11.0.6.1194), Intel IGP Driver (15.40.25.64.4463), Intel Serial IO Driver (30.63.1603.05), GeForce 355.60 (10.18.13.5560 ), PhysX 9.15.0428.

All OS updates available for download via Windows Update, have been installed. Third-party anti-virus software is not installed, fine tuning of the system have not been made, the paging file size determined by the system on their own.

During the tests, the representatives Intel LGA1151 platform versions of the software are updated regularly. For a possible correlation results are summarized in the comparative table:

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6: Test results

In the last section of the test I have focused on the high voltage CPU SA even in the mode of operation of the system with the initial settings. When activated XMP everything remains in the same position. Processor frequency was 3.9 GHz, for any kind of load. Because standard voltage in DRAM, there are comments on the stability of the system as a whole. Test programs worked without problems, of Prime95 functioned correctly for a short time, but enough to fix the level of consumption of the stand. The latest firmware stability has been observed in LinX, but the price appears artificial reduction of the CAP.

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6: Power systems

Measurements were carried out after completion of all other tests in the “well-established” computer mode, using the instrument of its own design. The technique is to fix the weighted average consumption testbed “from the wall” during the Prime95 test with passing Profile In-place large FFTs and when the computer is idle after the test.

Attractive digits in energy saving can hardly wait, given the significantly inflated secondary voltage. Most likely, for the full stability of the system still have to build a little, but because a few watts have to add on to conditionally visible boundaries. However, even in this case, everything will look quite well – in terms of requests to the mains.

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6: Conclusion

The test demonstrated full readiness for overclocking with a reasonable spread of the set voltage can also be good to raise the base rate. RAM Jobs are difficult because of what is required to raise a supply voltage to the modules themselves, and affect related secondary – CPU SA and IO. By the way, they are too high, even when working with conventional setting, obviously, the manufacturer has decided in such a way to be safe from possible problems. The best option for such a board will be modules with a frequency near 2666 MHz.

Given the facts, talk about energy saving records is not necessary, stabilizing the temperature when overclocking is also not demonstrated an enviable performance, but still within the normal range, including the final performance of the system.

Package, a set of programs, as are the characteristics of this solution is quite standard, but looking at the price, difficult to identify aspects for which the buyer will be able to stop the choice on this model. And here I rely not only on the domestic retail in a similar position is a product and other international exchanges. So tempting option ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 can be only when a serious rethinking of pricing policy by the manufacturer.

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Review motherboard ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming K6 for Intel Skylake-S processor was last modified: October 27th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby