ASRock Z170 OC Formula Motherboard Review

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Futuremark 3DMark – Fire Strike Extreme

New 3DMark Trailer Shows Stunning DirectX 11 Graphics

Futuremark 3DMark has multiple benchmarks depending on your specific needs.  Fire Strike is the benchmark that is designed for gaming computer, so we will focus on that benchmark.

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As you would expect, at the highest resolution test of Fire Strike, it scored the lowest, and rose as the test got to the lower resolution.  If you take a look at the detail, the Physics score stayed pretty close to the same throughout the three various tests while the Graphics and Combined score changed each time.

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Legit Bottom Line:  Even at stock speeds, the ASRock Z170 OC Formula outperformed the previously tested motherboard by an extremely small amount in the 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme benchmark for Combined and Graphics scores.  However, once we overclocked the Z170 OC Formula, the Physics score jumped close to 21%, which shows that specific test is CPU dependent, rather than GPU.

 

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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….