Asrock Z77E-ITX Extreme Tuning Driver
The Z77E-ITX's firmware can connect to ASRock's servers, download are largely replicated in ASRock's Extreme Tuning Utility for Windows. The Z77E-ITX's firmware can connect to ASRock's servers, download are largely replicated in ASRock's Extreme Tuning Utility for Windows. Z77E-ITX. Premium Gold Caps; Digi Power Design, 6 + 2 Power Phase Design; Supports Dual Channel Intel® Z77 . ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU).
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Asrock Z77E-ITX Extreme Tuning Driver
Between firmware and software, the board offers plenty of tuning options for both newbies and savvy enthusiasts.
We'll start with the firmware, which comes with a unique twist: Built-in flashing utilities aren't new to motherboard firmware, but most implementations require that updates be downloaded manually and loaded off USB-attached storage. There's a standard flashing utility, of course, but the Internet-based option is much simpler to use.
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It's especially helpful when building a new rig from scratch. Another neat feature is the system browser, which provides information on the components connected to Asrock Z77E-ITX Extreme Tuning system's socket, slots, and ports. Admittedly, there isn't a lot here for seasoned enthusiasts.
This firmware function should be more valuable to folks who are less familiar with piecing together their own PCs. The system browser nicely highlights the mouse support and advanced graphics that are possible with the new UEFI firmware standard. Mouse movement is Asrock Z77E-ITX Extreme Tuning throughout the firmware, and mouse wheels can be used to scroll quickly through options.
The overall interface is easy to navigate and reasonably attractive, too, even if it doesn't match the board's blacked-out color scheme. Like the firmware on the other Z77 boards we've tested, this one is brimming with overclocking options.
Multipliers, clock speeds, and power limits can all be adjusted with ease by keying in values directly. Tweaking voltages is a little more cumbersome; Asrock Z77E-ITX Extreme Tuning can't be entered directly and must be selected from long lists of available settings instead.
You do have the option of deciding whether the CPU and GPU voltages are defined arbitrarily or as offsets of Asrock Z77E-ITX Extreme Tuning processor's defaults, though. Once you've settled on a stable config, you can save it using one of the three profile slots available in the firmware.
We've seen motherboards offer as many as eight profile slots, but it's hard to imagine why most folks would need more than a couple. ASRock does a reasonably good job with the firmware's temperature-based fan speed controls. Users can set a target temperature for Asrock Z77E-ITX Extreme Tuning CPU and system fans, in addition to defining the speed profile of each one.
The fan speed options are a little cryptic, though; you have a choice of "level" options between one and nine. ASRock does a reasonably good job with the firmware's temperature-based fan speed controls.
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Users can set a target temperature for the CPU and system fans, in addition to defining the speed profile of each one. The fan speed options are a little cryptic, though; you have a choice of "level" options between one and nine. The CPU fan also has a custom option whose values range from 1 to Higher values Asrock Z77E-ITX Extreme Tuning levels denote higher fan speeds, but the firmware could use more descriptive language here. This utility is easy to use, and it also has a decent array of overclocking options.
The CPU multiplier and base clock speed can both be adjusted using the app, and so can a number of system voltages.
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Tweaking the load-line calibration and memory speed requires dipping into the firmware, however. Surprisingly, the tweaking utility also includes RAM-drive functionality that can turn a portion of system memory into user-accessible storage.
Configuring a RAM drive is easy enough, and the volume persists after a reboot.