ASRock Z170 OC Formula Motherboard Review

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POV_Ray and Cinebench R15


The Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer (POV-RAY) is a high-quality tool used for creating three dimensional graphics.  It includes an automated benchmark which allows for results to be compared across multiple systems without worrying about settings.  The test shows that is maximizes the CPU across all four cores, utilizing all eight of the logical processors.  It doesn’t utilize the memory or disk I/O for it’s rendering, purely the CPU.



Legit Bottom Line:  With both the Gigabye Z170X-UD5 and ASRock Z170 OC Formula running at the same clock speeds, the ASRock motherboard scored around 3.7% better.  Overclocking increased the performance in POV-RAY by an additional 13%.  A boost in performance of 13% that is easy enough that anybody could do it, is pretty significant.

Cinebench R15

Maxon Cinebench R15 is a great benchmark for 3D content creators as it is based on the award winning animation software, CINEMA 4D which is used in many blockbuster movies.



Legit Bottom Line:  Even in Cinebench the ASRock Z170 OC Formula did about 4% better in the CPU test then the other Z170 motherboard.  Which of course increased once the CPU was overclocked, increasing the performance by a little over 13% compared to the base clock speeds.


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  • Mike C.

    I’m just gonna outright say it. If you are from Pittsburgh, this is a really tempting board just for the design!


    Maybe I just do not understand the idea of it all, but how are you supposed to have quad graphics cards and still be able to utilize all four cards respectively along with three M.2 drives in a raid??

    Does this not take up more than the available PCI-E lanes allocated for the GFX/disk/HDD’s? I could see with a 2011 socket allowing 40 lanes of PCI-E 3.0 there being no problem…..I just hope someone can enlighten me as I’m always looking at tech just to see what’s avaislble for the ol’upgrade…

    • Georgian

      you the real MVP
      maybe this socket will be used for future generation of cpu on this soket, that will have more pci lanes


        I see in the specifications of this particular motherboard here on this review it has an * (asterisk) next to where it explains the PCI-e throughput. It does not however explain what that asterisk means in lieu of the PCI-e lanes in question.

    • Steven Kean

      It seems that each motherboard does it a bit differently. The GB Z170 board specifically mentions that the PCI-E lane and SATA ports becomes disabled, where the ASRock Z170 OC doesn’t mention the PCI-E lanes, but does mention disabling the SATA ports. Another one I’m testing is like the ASRock board, only disabling the SATA ports. That seems to be the most common aspect of the M.2 implementation.


        Nice. And thanks for shedding a bit of light on this for me. Just did not understand the asterisk by the explanation of the PCI-E lanes in the article clipping they took from the manufacturer. I sure there was something elsewhere explaining exactly what that was supposed to mean…

        • Steven Kean

          Sorry, I’ll watch those next time. The * on the PCI-E slots is just that they support NVME as boot drives, nothing to major.

        • YOUDIEMOFO

          Ah’thank you….