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Closer Look at ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility

ASRock mainboards are bundled with a lot of diverse software tools and utilities. We could mention a trial version of Cyberlink MediaEspresso 6.5 and an entire MAGIX Multimedia Suite. It includes muffin audio player, Music Maker Silver program for sound editing and recording, Video easy SE for the same work with video and Photo Manager 10 for editing photographs. Moreover, there appeared a series of new proprietary utilities called XFast. XFast Charger will help you charge your mobile devices quickly, XFast USB will accelerate work with USB 3.0 devices, XFast LAN will help manage network traffic, and XFast RAM will boost the performance by creating a virtual drive in the system memory. Today, we are going to take a closer look at ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) – a multifunctional tool for the company’s mainboards.

The startup screen shows the operational system parameters. The next tab allows adjusting the rotation speed of the processor system case fans.

The next tab allows changing the base clock, processor frequency multiplier and different voltages.

“OC DNA” tap allows saving and exchanging the BISO settings profiles.

By setting the power-saving to 0.035 V you can lower the nominal processor Vcore, but you should be careful, as it might even increase your power consumption, because you may enable “Load Power Saving Mode” parameter in the BIOS, which will lower the Vcore and VCCSA voltages by 0.05 V. However, this function will prove that dynamic adjustment of the active phases in the processor voltage regulator circuitry depending on the CPU utilization works even during overclocking.

XFast RAM tab will help you create a virtual RAM-drive and use it accordingly.

The appearance apart, ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility is almost identical to Fatal1ty F-Stream. Only the “Fatal1ty Mouse Port” tab has been replaced with “OC DNA”, which makes it a real pity that ASRock Fatal1ty boards do not allow exchanging BISO settings profiles, unlike the company’s mainstream products.

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