Review ASRock Z170 Extreme4 for LGA1151 CPUs

Review ASRock Z170 Extreme4 for LGA1151 CPUs

 

Today the market of motherboards saturated with various solutions based on Intel Z170, and in the average price range is impossible to ignore the representative of the company charged the ASRock Extreme series with index four ASRock Z170 Extreme4. There is a concern about the power subsystem processor, made with room for the possible crackdown, and soon find out how good it is.

The rest of the feature set is based on the chipset, only on the back panel there are a couple different nests of the latest USB 3.1 type A and C, implemented by ASM1142. This series is characterized by a network controller from Intel, while the “gaming” models use Fatal1ty Killer from Qualcomm Atheros. The following table contains all the basic features of the product:

Review ASRock Z170 Extreme4 for LGA1151 CPUs

ASRock Z170 Extreme4: Packaging equipment

A big box, inside Board is on a pallet made of polyethylene foam. Design strict, to be mistaken with the identification of the model impossible.

Key features of the product itself and the series as a whole is placed on the back side. There is a photo of the product and the table with its basic features.

The package is quite nice is:

  • multi-language quick installation guide;
  • guide to UEFI and A-Tuning in English;
  • CD with drivers and proprietary software;
  • logo sticker of the company;
  • plug housing, supplemented by a sticker in dark colors with a color and symbol marking of all nests;
  • four SATA cables 6Gb/s, two of which are l-shaped connector at one end;
  • one hard bridge to organize SLI with two graphics cards;
  • fastening screw for device, format M. 2.

Review ASRock Z170 Extreme4 for LGA1151 CPUs

ASRock Z170 Extreme4: Appearance

There are nine attachment points, the size of the Board is fully compliant ATX. In the presence of an indicator POST of the codes, a couple of chips with firmware and switch to work with them. It’s a nice bonus for the cohort of enthusiasts.

The reverse side has placed there an external oscillator reference frequency and the adapter of USB 3.1.

Material for the manufacture of chiller system logic do not regret it. The radiator is fastened with screws.

All outputs are collected in a high-speed SATA SATA-E. Two located at the right edge, they are of longitudinal type. Beside them the cots with the UEFI chips and LEDs are red. When the PC starts, lights only one indicator, informing about the active unit.

Closer to the corner and housed the SATA-E, transverse type, it would be appropriate to close cases. Then there are buttons, which are highlighted in red, but only at the moment of passing the initialization of the equipment, as well as POST-indicator only works at this moment. When you start the operating system, all illumination is off.

For the needs of the body of the USB ports there is one Shoe the third version of the interface, there are two pieces — the second revision.

Review ASRock Z170 Extreme4 for LGA1151 CPUs

Expansion slots PCI-E six in all. A pair of high-speed can share the 16 lanes from the CPU. Even the number of legs visible — the bottom slot has only four lines, which opened from the chipset. Compact socket — open type, it is possible to connect a variety of devices.

The only M. 2 allows for switching products of different sizes.

Sound system Purity Sound 3 unchanged for the third reviewed ASRock Board in our lab. Lights, and baffles in there.Only the codec and a pair of operational amplifiers Texas Instruments NE5532.

Heat pipes in the cooling system there, they got only the older models. At first glance, nothing terrible, but it is in this product their presence definitely would not have been any.

Separate the two parts of the cooler, as it turned out, responsible exactly for different systems. To the quality of the questions is no, perhaps, not enough ribs.

Review ASRock Z170 Extreme4 for LGA1151 CPUs

So, the top area on the image — stabilizer CPU voltages, and the right group for GP. Without the measurements with a voltmeter — only one marking is visible: the first pair of power elements necessary for the needs of the CPU SA, the second — for the CPU IO. It remains only six pairs in favor of the CPU stabilizer. Let me remind you, for all of them provided a one-piece radiator. The neighbor on the right will cool four channels from the schema integrated GPU. PWM controller the same as the Fatal1ty Gaming Z170 K6is ISL95824 from Intersil Corporation. He knows how to work on the principle of a 4+2 phase, so it is not used all the potential. Inside it has three drivers, and two can be found in the execution of external to the Board itself, it turns out, is a doubling of power elements. The pair composed of the company’s products Sinopower — SM4336NSKP and SM4337NSKP (only for CPU IO used both).

Filling the back panel exactly same as that colleagues of higher rank, is absolutely modern and very comprehensive set of ports. I note the presence here of button to conduct a factory reset. The HDMI output is supplemented by the Converter, the signal levels of ASM1442.

ASRock Z170 Extreme4: Possible UEFI

Let me remind you, there are two chips where you can use the independent version of firmware, it will be very useful in conducting experiments. Our review will be considered the most actual point of his writing Assembly — P7.10. No problems with the return to old versions do not.

Design simplified setting mode EZ Mode is the same for all models. For the memory enable XMP (if any), set a date and time to deal with the priority of boot devices. There are also assistants of the browser components and tool upgrade firmware.

Review ASRock Z170 Extreme4 for LGA1151 CPUs

Expanded view met colours, typical of ordinary products of the company. But the main thing is its composition. The Main section has a bookmark of My Favorite where you can store your desired items UEFI for easy access.

The structure of the OC Tweaker was left untouched by simplification. There is a set of profiles for quick acceleration, like a slightly older model.

Support mechanisms are also available in the unchanged set. For overclocking there is a large expanse, including several ways of formation of stress.

And if the number of parameters is not changed, the essence of the changes was slightly adjusted. For example, severely truncating the possibility of increasing CPU IO. The most important variables collected in the table:

Advanced — section for adjustment of the peripheral component.

Tool set wide. You can update unused at this point chip, if it has any problems.

The real-time monitoring displays many options, it is highly in demand when overclocking.

Review ASRock Z170 Extreme4 for LGA1151 CPUs

The system of coolers in the role of a reference temperature you can select either CPU or motherboard. There are ready profiles and the ability to create your own algorithm for each product. You can work in table mode and in interactive.Unfortunately, the calibration of the devices to UEFI had not yet arrived, it is available only in firmware.

The initialization procedure of the equipment is slow, you can try to speed up using the page Boot.

The bundled software

The largest number of software bonuses are concentrated in the segment of the gaming Board, this time set the standard Supplement is actually one — XFast LAN.

All corporate developments collected in the APP Shop. Download and install separate tools can be carried out directly there.

Review ASRock Z170 Extreme4 for LGA1151 CPUs

The control settings implemented on the basis of one shell that changes the title in accordance with the series of cards, there is applied a green theme and used the title A-Tuning.

Most useful, in my opinion, a component is a module for working with fans. Possible initialization procedure, calibration products, as compiled at the end of the passport will help to better organize the work of the coolers, depending on the wishes of the user.

A handy tool performs a simple Restart to UEFI.

Review ASRock Z170 Extreme4 for LGA1151 CPUs

Work codec ALC1150 based on the settings from the Configurator Realtek. Special properties only have DTS Connect.The character of the sound is very nice, the accent is made on medium frequencies and there is a small predominance of high, apparently, affects the contribution of the AO. Because of this, musical compositions, sometimes there are small sibilant, but in games the sound should help to concentrate. The very same topological scheme identical first reviewed products from ASRock Z170 Extreme4.

The network control subsystem can be carried out by experience professionals from cFos Software.

ASRock Z170 Extreme4: Overclocking potential

The main feature of this cycle was made by refusal to use four memory modules you had to use only two. More on this will be presented by the section below. As Core i5-6600K involved engineering copy with good overclocking potential, he was not scalped.

Among the simplified methods of acceleration there are three mechanisms. The first Optimized CPU OC Setting. Mark at 4.6 GHz proved to be quite efficient.

CPU in idle is not reduced, and the reference to RAM was at standard levels. The voltage was increased to 1,376 V.

Another option — Advanced Turbo. The maximum of profiles — Gear 2 — was unstable, so had to settle for less with a single index.

CPU frequency and Uncore was recorded as 4.4 and 4.2 GHz, respectively. The CPU voltage was set to 1.3 V, it will grow to a maximum of 1,312 V.

Review ASRock Z170 Extreme4 for LGA1151 CPUs

The last of the proprietary mechanisms for dispersal showed himself to be mysterious. With empty the other options button to start the test and selection of the frequency was not active, but when using the Advanced Turbo was available. However, to surpass the mark, just tested to 4.4 GHz, and failed.

If you install four memory modules CPU SA voltage is equal to 1.35 V, but the pair of straps reduces this setting to 1.2 V. Here we are talking about default settings. This trick is still not significantly improve the result of BCLK overclocking, looking at the Fatal1ty Gaming test Z170 K6. The advantage was symbolic, just 1 MHz, the result is 245 MHz.

C increasing frequency, it was possible to reach the Windows environment, however, the procedure “cold” start would be unsuccessful.

With a couple of modules at a frequency of XMP no, because I could only concentrate on the CPU overclocking. A compromise between increasing the frequency, voltage and temperature were 4664 MHz 1,408 V. the Increase in voltage immediately warmed up the CPU to the limit values, when it is activated the throttle. Parameter CPU SA was satisfied with the passport level, and the voltage IO increases only by 0.05 V.

The same instance of the processor overcame 4.7 GHz with a voltage level significantly lower on the senior Board manufacturer, so this model was the quality of food not the most impressive. The final level has not changed during the tests with the involvement of a second profile LLC.

This behavior affected the figures of the energy consumption of the whole stand. Discarding is not a usual activity of Windows 10 will see a boundary marker — 46-212 watts. The heating of the voltage regulator on the Board reached 89 °C, while the radiator (the only one involved in cooling) just warmed to 54 °C.

Overclocking RAM passed without comment. Using the known configuration of the delay to reach the level of 3.2 GHz view 18-18-18-39-1T our kit, I tried to overcome it. The result was 3284 MHz, it was necessary to fix the CPU IO in the highest possible position on this Board is 1.25 V. CPU SA remained in the normal position and acting on the modules were 1,408 V.

ASRock Z170 Extreme4: Test bench

  • The test bench included:
  • CPU: 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 V);
  • video card:MSI GTX 780Ti Gaming 3G (GeForce GTX 780Ti);
  • storage:Silicon Power Slim S55 (240 GB SATA 6 GB/s, AHCI mode).
  • power supply:SilverStone SST-ST65F-PT (650 W);
  • operating system: Windows 10 Pro x64;
  • drivers: Intel Chipset Software Installation Utility (10.1.1.27), Intel Management Engine Interface (11.0.6.1194), the 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 was installed. Third-party antivirus products are not plumbed fine-tuning of the system was not made, the paging file size was determined by the system itself.

As tests, we used the following apps:

  • AIDA64 5.80 (Cache & Memory benchmark);
  • Super PI 1.5 XS;
  • wPrime 2.10;
  • x265 HD Benchmark;
  • MAXON CINEBENCH R15;
  • POV-Ray 3.7.0;
  • LuxMark v3.0;
  • Futuremark 3DMark 13;
  • DiRT 3 Complete Edition (1.2.0.0);
  • BioShock Infinite (1.1.25.5165);
  • Hitman: Absolution (1.0.447.0);
  • Total War: Attila (1.2.1.0).

During testing representatives to Intel LGA1151 platform version software regularly updated. For possible correlation of the results they are summarized in a comparative table:

ASRock Z170 Extreme4: Test results

Each time the testing begins with the activation of the XMP profile set of RAM for ASRock Z170 Extreme4 it was an impossible task. Board a few times were overloaded and reported the error in its settings, and suggesting a change. A hand-written manipulation of the stresses, delays and even reduction in the frequency was not given anything, somehow the POST took place at around 2600 MHz, but the operating system did not work. The decision was quite unusual to reduce the number of modules; with two, instead of four, XMP was activated without any problems. By the way, the location of the pairs is not important. It can be one – or two-channel mode in combination with any of the slots. Given the ceiling parameter CPU IO, I draw the conclusion about the artificial restriction of possibilities of the product. If you want to disperse copious amounts of memory — pay attention to the product with the best feature set. A standard marker set memory to 2400 MHz — allows to work without issues all four modules.

Another interesting point is the frequency of the processor automatically increases up to 3.9 GHz like on many other solutions, it works according to the scheme of the Turbo Boost, hence the results will be below the main group of participants of the comparative tests.

Memory performance is consistent with the scheme of a pair of modules, this is easily seen by comparing with the results of the performances of the participants of the mini-ITX format.

Simple calculations are completed after the expected time interval for the CPU at standard clock frequencies.

The same conclusions can be drawn for more serious load on the system, results good.

For 3DMark latest version has a new low score-the gap and the reasons are all the same.

Red thread identified trends are and in all gaming tests. Probably activate Multi Core Enhancement will enable us to reach the same level with a common group of competitors, but this will require user interaction.

ASRock Z170 Extreme4: System power consumption

Measurements were performed after all the other tests in “established” mode of the computer using the device’s own development. The method consisted in fixing the weighted average consumption of the test stand from the socket while passing Prime95 with the use of profile In-place large FFTs and when the computer is idle after completion of the test.

The higher the voltage SA CPU and IO impact on the consumption figures stand in a simple and low processor frequency significantly influenced the low appetite for intensive computing. Let me remind you, new colors introduced due to the upgrade of the power supply more effectively, with increased efficiency.

ASRock Z170 Extreme4: Conclusion

Having experienced a lot of boards, it is possible to say with confidence about the mass problem overclocking DDR4 memory on models with low cost. Each has its own features, for current guests have no problems when working with a couple of modules, but four units are unlikely to work at high frequencies. And even if the user has bought manufacturer approved kit DRAM, there is an additional limitation is the low (relative to direct competitors) the maximum height for CPU IO in UEFI.

The overclocking was successful. Attractive, at first glance, even powerful, the power subsystem appeared to be well-designed solution for three-phase stabilizer with double the number of elements in each channel. All transistor Assembly is cooled by only one heat sink and are adjacent, which inevitably leads to intense heating of this area on the Board. The generated voltage can be successfully curbed with the available profiles LLC, however, a significant greater total level of overclocking Core i5-6600K in comparison with the “thoroughbred” models.It says newyawka power quality, and hence the temperature rise of the CPU can be a limitation when searching for a maximum effective frequency.

For inexperienced users there is a set of profiles comprising several mechanisms, some of them are quite successful and workable options. Without interference in the setting operation of the processor with the free multiplier will not be as fast as some competitors.

To equip the device no questions asked. Sound system have ASRock Z170 Extreme4 is one of the main trumps, as the nearest rivals to set the budget, preferred codecs, leaving the older cards more expensive. Nice bonuses are the controls located directly on the circuit Board and two chips with firmware, which is also close and not for a similar price. Taking into account all the “pros” and “cons”, the test could qualify for a hit in the short list of buyers.

Source: asrock

Review ASRock Z170 Extreme4 for LGA1151 CPUs was last modified: November 22nd, 2016 by Tomas Shellby