ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6+ (Intel LGA-1151) Review 10

ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6+ (Intel LGA-1151) Review

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Personally, I have a penchant for gaming products. I kind of feel that is quite natural since I primarily use my own PCs to game, and I am sure there are millions of other PC users who can easily say the same. For those of us who take those tendencies to the extreme, gaming has become a career. The original pro gamer, of course, is none other than Fatal1ty, and so it makes a lot of sense that ASRock has a well-established relationship and co-branding with Fatal1ty, and today, we have the most recent incarnation of those links to the past with us, the ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6+.

While not everyone likes this branding from ASRock, having had many Fatal1ty products to test in the past, I feel quite confident in what these products offer. It is clear that there is a focus on gaming, but not just any gaming. The real focus is on pro gamers and their needs. The result is good audio and LAN support and a focus on reliability and a bit of overclocking. Being in the middle of a match and having your PC crash because it isn't stable simply can't happen.

The ultimate test as to whether these products do as they should is easily done when it comes to gaming—you simply give a pro team your products and have them beat on these before taking the feedback they provide to improve them until they become the best there is, and ASRock has done exactly that with the Fatal1ty Z170 GAMING K6+.


CPU SUPPORT:6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors and Intel Pentium/Celeron Processors for Socket LGA-1151
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 12 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z170 chipset
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependent on installed CPU
MEMORY:4 x DIMM, Max. 64 GB, up to DDR4-3866+(OC)
BIOS:Dual AMI UEFI BIOS with 2x 128 Mb flash ROM
SLOTS:3 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slots (x16, x8/x8, x8/x8/x4)
3 x PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
HDD CONNECTIVITY:6 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (support RAID 0/1/5/10)
2 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (ASMedia 1061)
2x SATA Express port
1 x M.2 slots (PCIe 3.0 x4 and SATA 6 Gb/s)
NETWORKING:1 x Killer E2400 LAN
REAR PORTS:5 x USB 3.0 ports
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A port
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C port
1 x Fatal1ty Mouse Port (USB 3.0)
1 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x PS/2 mouse/keyboard port
5 x Audio jacks
1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT port
1 x DVI-D port
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI port
1 x Clear CMOS
AUDIO:Realtek ALC1150 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
FAN HEADERS:6 x 4-pin
FORM FACTOR:ATX Form Factor (305 mm x 244 mm)
  • Super Alloy
  • IO Armor
  • Killer LAN
  • Purity Sound 3
  • Key Master
  • Fatal1ty Mouse Port
  • USB 3.1 A+C & USB 3.1 Front Panel
  • Gaming Armor
  • Ultra M.2
  • Hyper BCLK Engine
  • UEFI Easy Mode
  • DDR4 3866+
  • DIGI Power
  • X-Split
  • Flexible PCIe
  • Win7 USB Patcher
  • F-Stream
  • Live Update and APP Shop
  • Full Spike PRotection
  • ASRock CLoud
  • USB Key
  • Restart To UEFI
  • ASRock OMG
  • UEFI Tech Service
  • Easy Driver Installer
  • XFast Ram
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