What you’ve never understood about your computer is that it is scared to death of water, H2O, humidity or whatever you’d like to name it. And even though you do not see the water, actually there may be lots of excessive moist in the air killing your motherboard silently and slowly. No, your motherboard doesn’t melt when in contact with water like the wicked witch of the west, but it dies of short circuit. Luckily, ASRock has a new High Density Glass Fabric PCB design that reduces the gaps between the PCB layers to protect the motherboard against electrical shorts caused by humidity.
Graphical UEFI – The Revolutionary BIOS Interface
Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a revolutionary BIOS utility which offers tweak-friendly options in an advanced viewing interface. Compared with traditional BIOS design, the latest UEFI utility provides lots improved functions. The major features of UEFI include: 1. Graphical Visual Experience – UEFI provides an improved visual interface with colorful icons and makes your computing environment more versatile to replace the traditional dull BIOS page. 2. Mouse Enabling – Besides keyboard control, you can freely use mouse to select your ideal settings in UEFI as well. 3. Supports 3TB bootable HDD - UEFI breaks the limitations of 2TB bootable HDD on traditional BIOS. With UEFI, you can enjoy 3TB bootable HDD size.*
*Windows® Vista™ 64bit or Windows® 7 64bit OS is required.
AXTU - The All-in-1 Tuning Software
ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one software to fine-tune different features in an user-friendly interface, which includes Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking, OC DNA and IES. In Hardware Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan Control, it shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclocking, you are allowed to overclock the GT frequency which helps to boost up the graphics performance and some voltage settings for optimal system performance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and share with your friends. Your friends then can load the OC profile to their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy Saver), the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing computing performance.
Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals
Intel® Quick Sync Video Intel® Quick Sync Video saves valuable time for PC users who want to create and edit video, synchronize it with other devices, and share it–at home and on the internet. Intel® Quick Sync Video uses hardware on the processor, instead of software, to accelerate video encoding.
Intel® InTru™ 3D Enjoy the ultimate 3D visual experiences–seamlessly–from your PC. Now you can watch your favorite 3D movies with Blu-ray Stereo 3D playback using active shutter 3D glasses. It delivers it all in 1080p full, high-definition resolution on your TV over HDMI 1.4.
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD) enables rich media experiences with picture perfect images by using a host of advanced graphics technologies that support optimized, high-definition video playback and sharp image quality.
Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000 Intel® HD Graphics is now built right into the processor! This integration means lower latencies and leads to superior mainstream gaming and enhanced 3D experiences.
Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (Intel® AVX) gives more computing power to application developers with a new, 256 bit instruction set extension to Intel® SSE.
Intel® Quick Sync Video is only supported with Intel® core i3 / i5 / i7 CPU.
HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface)
This motherboard supports HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) which is an interface standard for transferring uncompressed video data and delivering multi-channel audio through a single cable. Both video and audio data signals transferred through the HDMI™ interface are digital without being converted into analog, therefore it delivers the richest pictures and the most realistic sounds.
C.C.O. (Combo Cooler Option)
C.C.O. provides the flexible option to adopt three different CPU cooler types, Socket LGA 775*, LGA 1155 and LGA 1156.
*C.C.O. may not be compatible with all Socket 775 CPU coolers. **O is for Socket 1155 and Socket 1156 CPU cooler.