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ASRock’s Proprietary Tools and Utilities

In our ASRock Z77 Extreme4 and ASRock Z77 Extreme6 mainboards review we already discussed various aoftware tools bundled with the company’s products. 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”, and Photo Manager 10 for image editing. ASRock Z77 OC Formula is bundled with the same software, including such utilities as “Instant Boot”, “XFast USB” and “XFast LAN”. However, instead of a multi-functional “ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility” or a similar “F-Stream” utility that is included with ASRock’s Fatal1ty boards, we find a new program called “Formula Drive” with even more advanced functionality.

The startup screen is “Hardware Monitor”. It displays information about the system operational characteristics – frequencies, temperatures, fan speeds and voltages. The “Fan-tasting Tuning” tab 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. Note that there is a scrolling bar on the right-hand side: there are much more voltage-related parameters than you can see on this screenshot.

“OC DNA” tab is where you save and exchange BIOS settings profiles.

Enabling power-saving in the “IES” (Intelligent Energy Saver) tab will lower the nominal processor Vcore by 0.07 V. however, you should be really careful, because it may in fact, increase the power consumption. The thing is that we may also enable “Power Saving Mode” in the BIOS and it will lower the Vcore by 0.1 V. However, this tab will also prove that the dynamic adjustment of the number of active phases in the processor voltage regulator circuitry works even during overclocking.

“Multi Thermal Sensor” tab displays the readings taken off numerous thermal sensors.

At the same time a window pops up that allows to locate each f the sensors.

“XFast RAM” tab allows creating a virtual RAM-drive and taking advantage of its functionality.

The last “Options” tab offers you to select only those modules of the “Formula Drive” program that you really need.

The functionality of “Formula Drive” is truly extensive, but it doesn’t let you adjust the memory timings. In this case you will need “Timing Configurator” utility.

Earlier today we mentioned two “Rapid OC” buttons for changing the base clock, processor frequency multiplier and CPU Vcore on the fly. The “Rapid OC Configuration” utility bundled with ASRock Z77 OC Formula mainboard will help you use these buttons properly. “OC Mode” option selects the parameter to be changed; “Counts on hit” option sets the adjustment increment. You can also set your own “hot” keys, if you like.

After each parameter change a pop-up window appears where you can see the current values of the parameters you are changing. However, you can disable this window, if you want.


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