ASRock Z170 OC Formula Motherboard Review

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Z170 OC Formula Packaging

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The front of the box for the ASRock Z170 OC Formula isn’t very fancy.  Obviously the biggest thing to get across to the user is the model, which they have easily done.  The model of the motherboard takes up a huge portion of the front, with a few of the highlights taking up a much smaller portion in the lower corner.

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While the front of the box doesn’t tell you much about the ASRock Z170 OC Formula, the back of the box goes into great detail on what it is capable of.  If a motherboard that is called “OC Formula” doesn’t indicate it is designed to be overclocked, ASRock specifies that on the back, no mention that it was designed by Nick Shih here though.

Opening the box, we are greeted by the various access that ASRock includes which are important to getting a system up and running quickly.  Beneath the accessories tray we find the motherboard that has been placed in an anti-static bag to help protect it.

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ASRock includes the standard accessories with the OC Formula, a multi-language hardware install guide, BIOS configuration guide, and an App/Driver disk.  Hardware accessories include the rear I/O panel key, a long flexible SLI ribbon and four SATA cables.

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Not only did ASRock pack the Z170 OC Formula in an anti-static bag (which is very normal), they also placed it in a foam tray.  However, they didn’t stop there; using the mounting holes on the motherboard, ASRock used two cable ties to secure the motherboard to the foam tray.  This makes sure it doesn’t come out of the foam tray in shipping, and protects the precious cargo.

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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!

  • YOUDIEMOFO

    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

      • YOUDIEMOFO

        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.

      • YOUDIEMOFO

        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….