ASRock Z170 OC Formula Motherboard Review

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PCMark 8

Futuremark PCMark 8

Like Futuremark’s other major benchmark, 3DMark, PCMark 8 has multiple benchmarks that gauge performance on varying levels of workload.  We will take a look at the Home Accelerated benchmark, which Futuremark says it reflects common tasks that a typical home user might experience.  These include photo editing, typing, web browsing, video chat, and casual gaming.  Each of the components of the Home Accelerated test is broken out, and then combined to provide an overall PCMark 8 score for the system.



Legit Bottom Line:  Nearly a 3% performance difference between the two Z170 motherboards at base clock speeds.  Plus an additional 5% boost once we overclocked the CPU.  Not as big of a boost in performance compared to the other tests, but still a worthwhile note as it only took a few button clicks in the BIOS to get that 5%.


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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….