Proprietary Software Bundle
In our ASRock Z77 Extreme 4 and ASRock Z77 Extreme6 mainboard review we mentioned diverse utilities and tools bundled with the company’s mainboards. We could mention such goodies as a trial version of Cyberlink MediaEspresso 6.5, and a complete MAGIX Multimedia Suite. It includes “mufin player” audio player, Music Maker Silver program for audio editing a similar program for video editing called “Video easy SE”, as well as Photo Manager 10 for image editing. ASRock Fatal1ty Z77 Professional mainboard comes with all the same programs including “Instant Boot”, “XFast USB” and “XFast LAN” utilities. However, instead of a multi-functional “ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility”, they offer a very similar program called “F-Stream”.
The “Hardware Monitor” startup screen displays information about the system parameters. The next tab called “Fan Control” allows adjusting the rotation speed of the processor and case fans.
The “Overclocking” tab allows changing base clock frequency, processor clock multiplier and different voltages.
The only significant difference between “F-Stream” and “ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility”, besides the different color interface, is the missing “OC DNA” tab for saving and exchanging BIOS settings profiles. Instead, there is a “Fatal1ty Mouse Port” tab, where we can adjust the polling frequency for this special USB 2.0 port.
Enabling power-saving in the “Energy Saving” tab will lower the nominal processor Vcore, however, you should be very careful, because we also may enable “Power Saving Mode” in the BIOS and it will lower the Vcore by 0.1 V. But this tab will also confirm that the dynamic adjustment of the number of active phases in the processor voltage regulator circuitry works even during overclocking.
“XFast RAM” tab allows creating a virtual RAM-drive and taking advantage of its functionality.