ASRock Z270 Extreme4 Motherboard Review: Page 4 of 8
Posted by Damon Bailey on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 12:30pm
System Configuration & BIOS
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K
Mobo: ASRock Z270 Extreme4
Ram: Geil EvoX RGB – 3000Mhz C15 2x16GB
GPU: Galax GTX 1070 HOF
M.2: Plextor M8Pe 128GB
SATA: Sandisk Ultra Plus 256GB
RAID: 4x Corsair Force GT 240GB in RAID 0 (Intel RST)
USB: Corsair Flash Voyager GTX 128GB (UASP enabled USB SSD)
On your first entry into ASRock’s Extreme4 BIOS you are greeted with EZ Mode. From here you get a great rundown of installed/connected hardware, some simple status information such as temperatures and fans speeds, and some basic settings like RAID and XMP.
From the EZ Mode home screen you can select system browser from the Tools menu in the lower right corner. Here, each connected or installed device will light up its respected place on the board and you can hover over it to see further information for that component.
The Tools menu also includes the Fan-Tastic Tuning program for tuning all your system fans. You can also tie secondary fans such as the chassis fans to your CPU temps to spin then up at the same time, which is great for overclocking.
Pressing F6 from the EZ Mode page gets you to the advanced area of the UEFI BIOS. The main page by default only displays the information about CPU and Ram, but you can customize this by pressing F5. Nearly every other option in the advanced area like above has a QR code. If you can this code with your favorite barcode or QR app, you will be taken to a webpage with relevant information.
The OC Tweaker Tab is where most enthusiasts will spend their time in here. You get 5 profile slots for saving overlocking profiles, as well as the ability to save and back them up to/from disk. Most of your settings will fall under the 3 main areas, CPU, Memory and Voltages, and further settings can be found under those. There really isn’t anything new with the 7th Generation Intel Core CPU’s as far as overclocking goes, all the same settings and voltage rails can be found in the overclocking menu, so we won’t get too in depth here.
The Advanced Tab contains most of your non overclock related settings. Access to integrated devices such as storage, Thunderbolt, other storage ports, and USB settings for example.
Many users might skip over the Tools tab without so much as a second glance, but there is gold hidden here. Connecting an Ethernet cable to the board during this will gain you the ability to install raid drivers to a USB drive for ease of install of your favorite OS. You can also have the board track down the latest BIOS update ad flash itself. You ca eve go so far as to grab EVERY required driver for your upcoming OS install so you have the latest and greatest on hand before you even start installing an operating system. It’s well worth your time to poke around in this menu.
Nothing too out of the ordinary under the Hardware Monitor tab, although you don’t often find minor voltage rails internal to the CPU displayed, so that is nice. Temps, fan speeds and pretty well every single voltage in the system is displayed here so you can keep a close eye on everything all at once.
If security is your thing, you can find all you need here. This is where you set up user and admin passwords for BIOS, as well as configuring Intel Secure Boot and Trusted Platform Technology if you install a module into the motherboard header for it.
Last stop on our BIOS tour is the Boot Tab. Here you can configure boot order and all other manner of boot settings. The Boot Failure Guard was a big help during the overclocking portion of this review as it was able to reset everything to default when we pushed something a little too far and created an unstable or unbootable config. Not having to do a CMOS reset to get out of a failed overclock is kind of nice.