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ASRock Z170 OC Formula LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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5 out of 5 eggs Unique Color Scheme & Great Features 12/16/2016

This review is from: ASRock Z170 OC Formula LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: — Looks great, even though it won't match many color schemes. Try a Reeven heatsink for a good combo.
— I/O plate is sturdy and easy to install
— Tons of options to reset CMOS (button on I/O panel, jumper switch, and a vertically aligned CMOS chip for easy removal)
— Board feels well made, I had confidence that I wouldn't break anything when I had to install RAM or plug in the power cords.
— BIOS has a ton of options and a very comprehensive monitor tab.
— Onboard sound is incredible, far outpaces my much more expensive (and dated) $400 MSI board.
— Absolute boatload of Overclock options

Cons: — BIOS documentation is sparse, rarely useful when needed.
— This is a symptom of nearly all Z170 boards but the capacitors near the CPU are prime targets for a short to occur. I know of at least one Thermaltake heatsink that rests too close to these caps and has the potential to wear out the lifetime of this board quickly.
— More than 5 fan headers would be nice, there are boards in this price range with 10+ headers.
— If you install your video card on the lowest PCI slot you will have your card bumping into all of your front panel cords & blocking all of the neat onboard switches.

Other Thoughts: A common problem amongst Z170 boards is the refusal of the motherboard to recognize keyboard/mouse if you're running Windows 7. Make sure you enable PS/2 in BIOS and you have your typer and clicker plugged into the USB 2.0 slots. You can also check what devices are currently recognized by the motherboard under the System Broswer in the Tools tab. You'll see the PS/2 port highlighted even though nothing is plugged in.

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ASRock Z170 OC Formula LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Unique Color Scheme & Great Features 12/16/2016

This review is from: ASRock Z170 OC Formula LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: — Looks great, even though it won't match many color schemes. Try a Reeven heatsink for a good combo.
— I/O plate is sturdy and easy to install
— Tons of options to reset CMOS (button on I/O panel, jumper switch, and a vertically aligned CMOS chip for easy removal)
— Board feels well made, I had confidence that I wouldn't break anything when I had to install RAM or plug in the power cords.
— BIOS has a ton of options and a very comprehensive monitor tab.
— Onboard sound is incredible, far outpaces my much more expensive (and dated) $400 MSI board.
— Absolute boatload of Overclock options

Cons: — BIOS documentation is sparse, rarely useful when needed.
— This is a symptom of nearly all Z170 boards but the capacitors near the CPU are prime targets for a short to occur. I know of at least one Thermaltake heatsink that rests too close to these caps and has the potential to wear out the lifetime of this board quickly.
— More than 5 fan headers would be nice, there are boards in this price range with 10+ headers.
— If you install your video card on the lowest PCI slot you will have your card bumping into all of your front panel cords & blocking all of the neat onboard switches.

Other Thoughts: A common problem amongst Z170 boards is the refusal of the motherboard to recognize keyboard/mouse if you're running Windows 7. Make sure you enable PS/2 in BIOS and you have your typer and clicker plugged into the USB 2.0 slots. You can also check what devices are currently recognized by the motherboard under the System Broswer in the Tools tab. You'll see the PS/2 port highlighted even though nothing is plugged in.

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ASRock Z170 OC Formula LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
  • Verified Owner
  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggs Unique Color Scheme & Great Features 12/16/2016

This review is from: ASRock Z170 OC Formula LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: — Looks great, even though it won't match many color schemes. Try a Reeven heatsink for a good combo.
— I/O plate is sturdy and easy to install
— Tons of options to reset CMOS (button on I/O panel, jumper switch, and a vertically aligned CMOS chip for easy removal)
— Board feels well made, I had confidence that I wouldn't break anything when I had to install RAM or plug in the power cords.
— BIOS has a ton of options and a very comprehensive monitor tab.
— Onboard sound is incredible, far outpaces my much more expensive (and dated) $400 MSI board.
— Absolute boatload of Overclock options

Cons: — BIOS documentation is sparse, rarely useful when needed.
— This is a symptom of nearly all Z170 boards but the capacitors near the CPU are prime targets for a short to occur. I know of at least one Thermaltake heatsink that rests too close to these caps and has the potential to wear out the lifetime of this board quickly.
— More than 5 fan headers would be nice, there are boards in this price range with 10+ headers.
— If you install your video card on the lowest PCI slot you will have your card bumping into all of your front panel cords & blocking all of the neat onboard switches.

Other Thoughts: A common problem amongst Z170 boards is the refusal of the motherboard to recognize keyboard/mouse if you're running Windows 7. Make sure you enable PS/2 in BIOS and you have your typer and clicker plugged into the USB 2.0 slots. You can also check what devices are currently recognized by the motherboard under the System Broswer in the Tools tab. You'll see the PS/2 port highlighted even though nothing is plugged in.

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