ASRock Z170M OC Formula (Intel LGA-1151) Review 25

ASRock Z170M OC Formula (Intel LGA-1151) Review

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When you build a high-performance race car, you want a lightweight chassis everything bolts to. So when we build high-performance PCs, how come the same doesn't apply? Most high-end rigs are stuffed into huge cases with a ton of cooling, but if you want that smaller, light-weight box that offers all the same things, the ASRock Z170M OC Formula is easily my motherboard of choice. Recently released onto the streets, this memory overclocking monster claims to push DIMMs to up to 4500 MHz and beyond, which is way higher than any other board I have sitting on my shelf right now. That "M" in the name means it's the mATX version of ASRock's highly-rated OC Formula series, and of course, it's built for Skylake CPUs with Intel's Z170 chipset.

You don't really expect a mATX board to be fully featured, but with the ASRock Z170M OC Formula, you do get all the features you're looking for to push the limits of what your other gear is capable of, including all the overclocking features you'd expect, blazing-fast M.2 support, great audio, and no less than eight SATA ports. Getting everything present and tying it all together is a PCB with no less than 10 layers, and let's not forget that ultra-fast USB 3.1 port in the back panel. ASRock's Nick Shih has given us his latest highly-tuned, ready-to-OC-your-socks-off motherboard; let's take a look at the ASRock Z170M OC Formula.


CPU SUPPORT:6th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors and Intel Pentium/Celeron Processors for Socket LGA-1151
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 14 phase
Memory Power: 2 phase
CHIPSET:Intel Z170 chipset
INTEGRATED GRAPHICS:Dependent on installed CPU
MEMORY:2 x DIMM, Max. 32 GB; Support up to 4500+(OC)
SLOTS:3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots (x16; x8/ x8; x8/x8/x4)
HDD CONNECTIVITY:1 x M.2 32 Gb/s (42/60/80mm)
6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s (Intel)
2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s (ASMedia)
2 x SATA Express 10 Gb/s
NETWORKING:1 x Intel I219V Gigabit LAN Controller
REAR PORTS:1 x PS/2 keyboard/mouse combo port(s)
1 x DisplayPort 1.2
1 x HDMI
1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
1 x LAN (RJ45) port
1 x USB 3.1 Type-A
1 x USB 3.1 Type-C
4 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
1 x Clear CMOS Switch
6 x Audio jack(s)
AUDIO:7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150)
FAN HEADERS:5 x 4-pin
FORM FACTOR:Micro ATX Form Factor (24.4 cm x 24.4 cm)
  • ASRock Formula Drive
  • ASRock Disk Health Report
  • ASRock Fine-Tuning V-Controller
  • ASRock Timing Configurator
  • ASRock USB Key
  • ASRock APP Charger
  • ASRock XFast LAN
  • ASRock XFast RAM
  • ASRock Fast Boot (Fast Boot, Restart to UEFI)*
  • ASRock EZ Mode
  • ASRock Full HD UEFI
  • ASRock My Favorites in UEFI
  • ASRock NickShih's OC Profile
  • ASRock Instant Flash
  • ASRock Internet Flash
  • ASRock Crashless BIOS
  • ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)
  • ASRock UEFI System Browser
  • ASRock UEFI Tech Service
  • ASRock Easy RAID Installer
  • ASRock Easy Driver Installer
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