ASRock Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac Review

Posted by Heath Coop on Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 1:41am

ASRock Z170 Gaming-ITX ac

Introduction

The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac is the second opportunity to review an ASRock Z170 motherboard. The Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac supports 6th Generation Intel Core processors and DDR4 memory up to 4000Mhz. There is a 8 phase digital power design. On the networking side, Intel Gigabit LAN and 2T2R Dual Band 802.11ac WiFi + BT v4.0 Module provide connection. Purity Sounds 3 via a Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio controller with Built-in rear audio amplifier supplies your audio needs. ASRock’s Super Alloy construction features an XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink, premium 60A power choke, premium memory choke, , Ultra Dual-N MOSFET (UDM), NexFET™ MOSFET, Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps, Sapphire Black PCB.

ASRock has not been remiss on the software side either. They have revised their UEFI BIOS, which has exclusive ASROCK Overclocking features. There is also an application center that allows quite a bit of control over the BIOS, overclocking, and other various features from inside the Windows environment.

ASRock's take on the Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac

Premium 60A Power Choke

Compared to traditional chokes, ASRock’s premium 60A power chokes effectively make the saturation current up to three times better, thus providing enhanced and improved Vcore voltage to the motherboard.

Dual-Stack MOSFET for CPU Power

Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM) is another innovative MOSFETs design by ASRock. The silicon die area is increased by stacking two dies into one MOSFET. The larger the die area, the lower Rds(on). Compared to traditional discrete MOSFET, DSM with larger die area provides extreme lower Rds(on) 1.2 mΩ, so the power supply for the CPU Vcore is more efficient.

Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps

Supreme 12K platinum capacitors with lifespans of at least 12,000 hours. Compared to other counterparts on high-end motherboards that merely have lifespans of around 10,000 hours, ASRock applied Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps that offer 20% longer lifespans and provide more stability and reliability.

Matte Black PCB

A new mysterious matte black and copper color scheme to match the prestigious components on ASRock's high-end 100 Series motherboards.

High Density Glass Fabric PCB

What you’ve never understood about your computer is that it is scared to death of water, H2O, humidity or whatever you’d like to name it. And even though you do not see the water, actually there may be lots of excessive moist in the air killing your motherboard silently and slowly. No, your motherboard doesn’t melt when in contact with water like the wicked witch of the west, but it dies of short circuit. Luckily, ASRock has a new High Density Glass Fabric PCB design that reduces the gaps between the PCB layers to protect the motherboard against electrical shorts caused by humidity.

HDMI 4k @60Hz

Supports the most recent HDMI 4K 60Hz graphics output specification. With the larger bandwidth and increased frame rate, the motion on your screen becomes more fluid and less blurry.

2T2R 802.11ac WiFi Dual-Band (2.4/5 GHz)

No one has time for weak WiFi signals and sluggish internet! That's why this motherboard comes with an exclusive 2T2R 802.11ac WiFi (2.4G / 5G WiFi) module that supports up to 867Mbps wireless networks and Bluetooth v4.0. Experience up to 289% speed boost compared to your old WiFi!

Ultra M.2 32 Gb/s (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3)

The PCIe Gen3 x4 Ultra M.2 interface pushes data transfer speeds up to 32Gb/s. In addition, it also supports SATA3 6Gb/s M.2 modules, and is compatible with ASRock’s U.2 Kit for installing some of the world’s fastest U.2 PCIe Gen3 x4 SSDs.

Fatal1ty Mouse Port

After plugging the USB mouse into the Fatal1ty Mouse Port and running F-Stream, gamers can use Fatal1ty’s personal preferred mouse polling rate at 500 Hz. F-Stream also provides the flexibility for gamers to adjust the mouse polling rate from 125 Hz to 1000 Hz. This is helpful for professional gamers to experience smoother game play and faster response time.

Key Master

Key Master consists of two major features, Sniper Key and Macro Key. It enhances your mouse and keyboard with customizable macros, sniper modes, key repeat rates and repeat delay.

USB 3.1 10 Gb/s Type-A + C

A pair of onboard Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 connectors for delivering up to 10Gbps data transfer rates.USB 3.1 doubles the data transfer rateUSB 3.1 Type-C doubles the charge speed!

 

That is only a fraction of the Fatal1ty Z170 Gaming-ITX/ac’s many features. Let us take a look at the product specifications and packaging next.

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