• Slots: LGA1151
  • CPU: Intel H170
  • RAM Slots: 4
  • RAM Type: DDR4
  • Ports: 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI, 6x USB 3.0, 1x LAN,
  • Pros:
  • Protection plenty
  • Can overclock RAM
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark 8 (Home): 3,943 points
  • PCMark 8 (Creative): 3,903 points
  • PCMark 8 (Work): 3,528 points

Jumping Right Into Hyperspace

If you’re looking to build a brand new computer it’s always important to pick the right motherboard, after all a motherboard is what everything is connected to. A lot of PC builders make the mistake of cutting their budget down to a measly amount for a motherboard. A good motherboard will last you for years to come, and the materials used will provide better protection for your other components, so it’s an investment you shouldn’t skimp on.

The ASRock H170 Pro4/Hyper comes in an ATX form factor providing users with a wide variety of slots and ports. There are two PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots and three PCI-e 3.0 x1 slots that support Quad CrossFireX. Additionally, the 4 DIMM slots on the motherboard supports DDR4 memory up to 2133MHz and a maximum capacity of 64GB. ASRock also allows you to overclock your memory despite not being a Z170 chipset, but be mindful that only certain memory sticks from selected brands are capable of this.

Whereas for storage options the board has six SATA3 6.0Gb/s ports, one SATA Express 10GB/s port, and one Ultra M.2 Socket which will disable the first two SATA ports when occupied. When it comes to design ASRock takes it a step further with their high density glass fabric PCB, a design that reduces the gaps between the PCB layers to protect motherboards against electrical shorts caused by humidity. We at CHIP have seen many components perish at the evil of short circuits, they can happen at any time and are a silent killer as one moment it would be working find, in another it would be dead and you wouldn’t know why.

But ASRock also understands that some sensitive digital components on the motherboard are vulnerable to issues like power surges and electrostatic discharge. So they built in a Full Spike Protection, a composition of various technologies to prevent your motherboard’s components from being damaged. Full Spike Protection covers vulnerabilities ranging from surge protection to lightning protection and electrostatic discharge protection as well.

CHIP CONCLUDE: The ASRock H170 Pro4/Hyper performed well in our tests, and the added bonus of ASRock adding so much protection to the motherboard, would put those who frequently have power outages or surges at ease.

(previously published in issue October 2016)