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ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac Review


Even though I am a big fan of the UEFI (unified extensible firmware interface) BIOS, ASRock leaves me unimpressed.  Don’t get me wrong, everything you need is in there (and then some) from a functional perspective, but it just looks cold and like it fell out of an insert from a Special Edition TRON BD.  This is two in a row for me.  The ASUS Z97-AR was a little hard to look at, and this one is a bit too “Mr. Freeze” for me.

Unlike others, there is no simple mode for the novice.  Instead, you are thrust into a tweaker’s madness.

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OC Tweaker can be a playground for those that are looking to have a little fun or a graveyard of endless BSDs for anyone that quick clicks.

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Within Advanced you will find the configurations for the following items: CPU Configuration, Chipset Configuration, Storage Configuration, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology, Super IO Configuration, ACPI Configuration, USB Configuration and Trusted Computing.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Board Layout & Features
  3. UEFI BIOS
  4. UEFI BIOS Cont.
  5. Included Software
  6. Test System Setup
  7. Benchmarking: Ethernet Performance
  8. Benchmarking: SATA Performance
  9. Benchmarking: AIDA64 Benchmark
  10. Benchmarking: PCMark 8
  11. Benchmarking: Handbrake
  12. Benchmarking: Cinibench R15
  13. Benchmarking: HyperPi
  14. Overclocking & Final Thoughts

About Joe DiFiglia

I have always had a passion for everything computing. In early 2000, I decided to take my passion to the web. Thus, C.O.D. was born. Through the years we have made many great friends at C.O.D. and hope to continue our journey for years to come.