Socket / CPU
Black / Blue
PCI-E x16 Slots
PCI-E x8 Slots
PCI-E x4 Slots
PCI-E x1 Slots
SATA 6 Gb/s
Depends on CPU
Onboard USB3.0 Headers
- 245 points
- 46 months ago
from completed build Mod 0
Very durable as this has been in and out of a case more times than I can count on two hands. Very easy UEIF. It doesn't overclock automatically at all. System will fail to boot even the lowest auto overclock.
- 13 points
- 53 months ago
from completed build 980 Ti / 4690k / miniITX
Works perfectly fine. Holding an 4.5 GHz overclock on a 4690k with 1.2V. Wifi range is very good (at least compared to a surface pro 2 and a lenovo laptop). On the cheaper side compared to other Z97 ITX boards. Looks good with its black and blue color scheme.
4 stars, because in my specific application, there were some clearance issues with the H100i and Corsair 250D. The WiFi antenna is tough to tighten without tools.
- 7 points
- 52 months ago
from completed build ITX Desktop Power
Asrock and this socket-1150 ITX board have a good reputation at NewEgg. This board includes Wifi support and supports the current-fastest version of the PCIe interface, 3.0.
The $70 price was after a $20 mail-in rebate at NewEgg.
I did not use the single PCIe slot, so the PCIe speed became irrelevent. I could have saved $15 by going with a lesser chipset in another Asrock product.
The Wifi uses two steerable antennas that poke out of the rear panel. Connecting its wires was tricky, using the same tiny tiny connectors seen in cellphones. But the performance was great. It made a strong signal at a place in the house where everything else complained about low signal strength and competing networks.
The Z97 chipset is covered by a very small heatsink. Under maximum system load, this became hot to the touch, but not burning hot like on some of my previous builds. Under maximum load, the bios reported a motherboard (chipset?) temp of 41 degrees centigrade. The downwash of cool air from the cpu cooler helped.
The Bios has extensive controls for overclocking. I did not try those out.
The Bios has very nice control over the ramp-up of fan speed versus cpu temp. A windows app made it even easier to adjust that ramp. The default ramp spun my cpu fan faster than needed in my idle system, and had not yet reached max fan speed at the max temps I could reach with maximum load. By tweaking the ramp, I lowered the idle speed and increased motherboard cooling at max loads.
The motherboad's included printed manual is very detailed but is printed in illegibly thin, pale grey type. Unfortunately, no bios info is in this manual, such as which keys to press in the short instant available for that. That info is available in a separate document online and on the included CD. The too-short default time for getting into the bios is adjustable, once you get in.
Getting into the bios was necessary for booting the Windows install from an external USB-connected dvd drive.
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