ASRock Z170 Extreme7 is a high-end ATX sized motherboard built around Intel’s next generation flagship Z170 chipset, which supports lots of new computing technologies such as DDR4 and USB 3.1. The XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsinks have received a new black and copper color scheme and are more effective at heat dissipation. Moreover, the new PWM design which is composed of an 8 4 power phase IR PWM solution, Dual-Stack MOSFETs, Premium 60A Power Chokes, Premium Memory Alloy Chokes and Nichicon 12k Platinum Capacitors, all work seamlessly to promote the system’s overall performance and stability while overclocking.

Aside from the usual onboard SATA ports, there are three 32Gb/s Gen3 x4 Ultra M.2 slots and another three 10Gb/s SATA Express connectors for supporting insanely fast data storage devices. As for audio quality, ASRock is still striving for that perfect pitch, hence the onboard audio solution has been upgraded to Purity Sound 3 – bringing sounds that are guaranteed to induce eargasms.

Another highlight for Z170 Extreme7 is the onboard Type-A and Type-C USB 3.1 ports that grant up to 10Gb/s data rates. Speaking of this new Type-C USB 3.1 interface, benefits include a reversible design so that connectors may fit either way, 3.0 ampere fast device charging, enhanced durability so that it may withstand over ten thousand plugs and removals. And most importantly, a more compact size, meaning that it will very likely be implemented on all future mobile devices.

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By Harry