ASRock Z170 Extreme4 Review

👤by David Mitchelson Comments 📅17-02-16

Throughout Intel’s mainstream enthusiast chipset releases we’ve always had a soft spot for ASRock Extreme4 as it usually offers the ideal balance of features, performance and price. ASRock’s latest Z170 Extreme4 reinforces this very notion.

Furnished with a classy matt black livery the Extreme4 is an eye-catching platform to interconnect your hardware. This motherboard is among the most stylish offerings we’ve seen and easily combines with other kit thanks to its minimalistic design.

Throughout the Extreme4, there are features which most users will be satisfied to see included. There is M.2 storage support, dual-BIOS, onboard management buttons and USB 3.1 type A/C availability.

When we put the Extreme4 through our benchmark suite the motherboard handled the broad range of tests in a variety of ways. Some of the results were clearly impressive while other results placed Extreme4 at the bottom of the comparison list. Stepping into the domain of overclocking realised a 4.6GHz achievement – 4.8GHz is our current milestone with another rival. This overclocking result is still admirable and the UEFI BIOS which accompanies Extreme4 makes it easy to attain to such an outcome. The BIOS contains a wealth of useful features for both novice and advanced users.

What makes Extreme4 such a compelling purchase is the price-tag. At just £110 GBP / $135 USD, this motherboard should be on the short-list if you’re on the hunt for a new Intel Z170 motherboard which isn’t going to cost you the earth.

The Extreme4 is a good option for those who are on a tight budget. This motherboard has a decent lineup of features, looks sleek and offers up some good performance.


+ Super-sleek design
+ Good feature-set
+ Good performance
+ Plenty of options to modify in BIOS
+ Affordable

- Is outperformed in some benchmarks
- May struggle to achieve big overclocks

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