ASRock Z270 Extreme4 Motherboard Review: Page 5 of 8
Posted by Damon Bailey on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 - 12:30pm
Software & Utilities
The ASRock Extreme4 comes with a handful of software to enhance your experience. One of the first ones you should install is the ASRock App Shop. From here you can install all of the rest of the utilities for this setup as well as some handy things like Google Chrome.
The BIOS and Drivers tab is great way to make sure everything is installed and updated and will likely be your first stop on a clean install.
Your most used ASRock app will probably be the new Aura RGB LED app. Here you can change the colors and effects for each of the 3 lighting zones, Rear I/O area, Chipset Heatsink, and external 5050 compatible lighting products you can connect to the bottom header on board. It’s partially the translucent plastic used over the rear I/O area but it is very difficult with the color wheel above to get a good true Red, Blue, or Green that you get with only a single color active. I would really like to see ASRock add individual channel control in a future update.
If you have Fast Boot enabled and running on a compatible UEFI compliant operating system, your machine will boot so fast you don’t have a chance to get to the BIOS. With the Restart to UEFI tool, you can schedule the next reboot to take you there, or have it take you there immediately.
ASRock X-Fast LAN is another great app to have. It can prioritize traffic across your network connection giving your latency sensitive programs like games the highest priority while keeping streaming audio for example from slowing you down. For another example, you can watch an internet video while downloading a new game, and never have to worry about buffering by giving your video a higher priority.