( 4.5 Average / 2 Ratings )
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Many motherboards seem to come with bright colours so I was glad when I set eyes on the more subtle black gold of the ASRockZ170 Extreme4+
A Bios/UEFI update on first install was needed in order to see the full features as seen in many reviews (manufacturers shipped many Z170 boards out very quickly due to Intel demands, and updated Bios software followed shortly after)
This board has great overclocking potential, the finer settings when needed are there, as well as the quick settings which work well to start with. It has been stable even when overclocking a little to much, and the featured on-board manual reset switch works well if needed (if resetting the board it remembers any profiles that have been saved)
The on-board sound turned out to be much better than expected, giving a surprisingly clear sound. The built in USB 3.1 ports are welcome. I decided not to use the extra front USB panel provided with the + package due to the fact that it will use 2 entire SATA ports and a USB header in order to operate, the USB headers are already allocated to front casing USB ports and CPU cooler control on this build. Ram XMP profiles worked straight away with the Corsair LPX and HDD were easy to allocate to 6Gbs speeds. Recommended.
The bonus 3.1 ports on the front is a huge plus. Seems that flash drives are swapped out a dozen times a day and am always looking for the fastest speeds.