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ASRock Z87 Extreme 6 Review (w/ 4770k / GTX770)


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The ASRock BIOS on a visual level is very last generation, especially when you compare against the latest Gigabyte BIOS configurations which you can see in one of our previous reviews here. The starscape background just doesn’t really do it for me.
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We initially had some problems getting complete stability with the Corsair Vengeance running at 2,400mhz. We received several new BIOSES from ASRock. Updating these only took a couple of minutes from a USB flash drive. This process is almost entirely automated, once you tag the location.
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The OC Tweaker panel caters to overclocking the board – we will look at this specific panel shortly.
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The Advanced panel allows for various configuration options related to the chipset and CPU.
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The tool panel is how you flash and update the BIOS and how to configure various installers.
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The H/W Monitor panel is very useful, especially after initially setting up the build, or checking overclocked settings. Voltages, fan speeds and temperatures can be monitored here easily enough.
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The boot menu is easy enough to configure and allows for fine adjustment of drive priority. You can also disable the start up screen images here.
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The Security and Exit panels are self explanatory and work exactly as we would expect.
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With the new BIOS version installed we loaded the XMP Profile for the Corsair Vengeance PRO memory, getting it to run at 2,400mhz without a problem.


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