As far as automatic software influenced overclocking, the A-Tunning application brought our i7-4790K to a modest 4.3GHz under water. With a manual transmission we were able to again bring our CPU to 4.7GHz stable (a 17.5% increase). Pushing any further resulted in frequent crashing.
Having the ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac running in a small HTPC / Gamer, the motherboard has proven to be a stable performer. The most attractive thing about this motherboard that hasn’t been mentioned yet in this review is the price. This motherboard is selling for $104.99 at some popular retailers making this a pound for pound super star!
When it came to the benchmarks, this mobo didn’t set any world records; it did, however, pull its own weight. After having been impressed by the performance in our most of the benchmarks, the ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac really let me down in our Ethernet speed benchmark.
The included software doesn’t look as trendy as that of ASUS, but I actually like the smooth and polished look better. As far as function goes, I give the edge to ASRock for having a single utility that can tweak my system as well as make sure I have latest BIOS and drivers. I do wish it would show me what changes there have been in firmware versions.
The mini ITX platform is flat-out fun. Mini Cooper, Mini Fridge, Mini Me, Mini ITX. I am becoming a huge fan of the platform and the ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac is really helping its cause. The ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac packs all the features I want in a tiny package and wrapped it up with a price tag that just about anyone can afford ($104.99 USD). This motherboard is a featherweight champion. As with almost all the fighting sports, the heavy weights (ATX) get most of the attention, but the lower weight classes (ITX) are more fun.[easyazon_cta align=”center” identifier=”B00KL7KY6M” key=”wide-light” locale=”US” tag=”compondema06-20″]
Table of Contents
- Board Layout & Features
- UEFI BIOS
- UEFI BIOS Cont.
- Included Software
- Test System Setup
- Benchmarking: Ethernet Performance
- Benchmarking: SATA Performance
- Benchmarking: AIDA64 Benchmark
- Benchmarking: PCMark 8
- Benchmarking: Handbrake
- Benchmarking: Cinibench R15
- Benchmarking: HyperPi
- Overclocking & Final Thoughts