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ASRock Z97 Anniversary
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ASRock Z97 Anniversary


Overall rating 6/10

The ASRock Z97 Anniversary is touted as an ideal ATX board for overclocking the Intel Pentium G3258 AE CPU as the former boasts of ASRock Pentium Anniversary Boost technology.


Performance:
7.5
Features:
6
Value:
5
THE GOOD
BIOS UEFI utility allows for overclocking and system tweaking
Pentium Anniversary Boost feature allows for easy overclocking
THE BAD
Rear I/O ports are limited
Multi-GPU configurations aren't supported
Overclocked performance could be better
Other boards offer more for the same price

Product Specification

Processor Support and Chipset Type
  • Supports 5th/new 4th/4th generation Intel Core processors in the LGA1150 package
  • Intel Z97 Express Chipset
Memory
  • Dual Channel Memory Technology
  • 4 x DDR3 DIMM support
  • DDR3 1066/1333/1600/1866*/2000*/2133*/2200*/2400*/2600*/2666*/2800*/3000*/3100*(*OC) HMz memory modules
  • Supports non-ECC memory modules
  • Supports Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) memory modules
  • Maximum system memory capacity of 32GB
Storage
  • Intel Z97 Express Chipset:
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports (SATA0~5)
  • Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID 5 and RAID 10
  • Supports Intel Smart Response Technology and Intel Rapid Start Technology
Audio
  • Realtek ALC887 Codec
  • 7.1-Channel High Definition Audio
Video
  • Intel HD graphics engine
  • 1 x HDMI port, supporting a maximum resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
Networking Intel I218-V Gigabit LAN controller
Rear I/O
  • 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port
  • 1 x LAN (RJ45) port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 ports (Supports ESD Protection)
  • 4 x USB 3.0 ports (Supports ESD Protection)
  • 3 x audio jacks
Internal Connectors
  • 1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector
  • 1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
  • 6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors
  • 2 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 4 USB 2.0 ports)
  • 1 x USB 3.0 connector (supports additional 2 USB 3.0 ports)
  • 2 x CPU fan connectors
  • 2 x system fan connectors
  • 1 x TPM module connector
  • 1 x Front panel audio connector
  • 1 x System panel connector
  • 1 x COM port header
Expansion Slots
  • 1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 slot (support x16 mode)
  • 3 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots
  • 2 x PCI slots
Form Factor ATX Form Factor; 30.5 x 24.4cm