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ASRock Z97E-ITX/ac Review


As far as bundled software goes, ASRock has produced a solid and well polished suite.  ASRock’s A-Tuning presents three options, Performance Mode, Standard Mode, and Power Saving.

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When you decide to dive deeper, the various menu elements provide plenty of activity.

Tools

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XFast RAM
Boost the system’s performance and extend the HDD’s or SDD’s lifespan! Create a hidden partition, then assign which files should be stored in the RAM drive.

XFast LAN
Boost the speed of your internet connection! Select a specific mode for making the designated program’s priority highest.

Fast Boot
Fast Boot minimizes your computer’s boot time. Please note that Ultra Fast mode is only supported by Windows 8.1/8 and the VBIOS must support UEFI GOP if you are using an external graphics card.

OMG
Schedule the starting and ending hours of Internet access granted to other users. Place X marks on the time-table to disable the Internet.

Good Night LED
Switch of the Power/HDD LEDs when the system is on, and automatically switch of the Power and Keyboard LEDs when the system enters into Standby/Hibernation mode.

FAN-Tastic Tuning
Configure up to five different fan speeds using the graph. The fans will automatically shift to the next speed level when the assigned temperature is met.

Dehumidifier
Prevent motherboard damages due to dampness. Enable this function and configure the period of time until the computer powers on, and the duration of the dehumidifying process.

USB Key
Plug in the USB Key and let your computer log in to windows automatically!

OC DNA
OC DNA is a unique software which helps to save your OC settings as a profile. Then you can send this OC setting profile to the friends.

Disk Health Report
Disk Health Report is a hard disk health monitoring utility that displays detailed HDD information, such as hard disk model, serial number, firmware, power on count, power on hours, S.M.A.R.T. values, current temperature, etc. HDD, SSD and optical disk drives are all supported. The health status block displays Good (in green color), Caution (in yellow color) or Bad (in red color). Click on the health status icon to configure settings for an alert to be triggered.

OC Tweaker

OC Tweaker is a winter wonderland of configuration.  You can push your CPU to the limits and fine tune the performance of your system based on sharable profiles.

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System Info, Live Update, Tech Service, Settings

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An honorable mention, the ASRock App Store.  This is a quick installer for all kinds of things.  Personally, I can take it or leave it.  However, I would rather have it and not use it than not have it and wish I had something.

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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

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