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  • Z97 Extreme6/acZ97 Extreme6/acZ97 Extreme6/acZ97 Extreme6/acZ97 Extreme6Z97 Extreme6Z97 Extreme6Z97 Extreme6

  • Version 1.0

    Published September 2014

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    may cause undesired operation.

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  • Contents

    Chapter 1 Introduction 1

    1.1 Package Contents 1

    1.2 Speciications 2

    1.3 Motherboard Layout 7

    1.4 I/O Panel 10

    1.5 WiFi-802.11ac Module and ASRock WiFi 2.4GHz Antenna

    (for Z97 Extreme6/ac only ) 12

    Chapter 2 Installation 15

    2.1 Installing the CPU 16

    2.2 Installing the CPU Fan and Heatsink 19

    2.3 Installing Memory Modules (DIMM) 20

    2.4 Expansion Slots (PCI Express Slots) 22

    2.5 Jumpers Setup 23

    2.6 Onboard Headers and Connectors 24

    2.7 Smart Switches 30

    2.8 Dr. Debug 31

    2.9 SLITM and Quad SLITM

    Operation Guide 33

    2.9.1 Installing Two SLITM

    -Ready Graphics Cards 33

    2.9.2 Driver Installation and Setup 35

    2.10 CrossFireXTM

    and Quad CrossFireXTM

    Operation Guide 36

    2.10.1 Installing Two CrossFireXTM

    -Ready Graphics Cards 36

    2.10.2 Driver Installation and Setup 38

  • 2.11 M.2_SSD (NGFF) Module Installation Guide 39

    2.12 HDD Saver Cable Installation Guide 42

    Chapter 3 Software and Utilities Operation 43

    3.1 Installing Drivers 43

    3.2 A-Tuning 44

    3.3 Intel Rapid Start Technology 50

    3.4 Intel Smart Connect Technology 55

    3.5 ASRock APP Shop 60

    3.5.1 UI Overview 60

    3.5.2 Apps 61

    3.5.3 BIOS & Drivers 64

    3.5.4 Setting 65

    3.6 Start8 66

    Chapter 4 UEFI SETUP UTILITY 69

    4.1 Introduction 69

    4.1.1 UEFI Menu Bar 69

    4.1.2 Navigation Keys 70

    4.2 Main Screen 71

    4.3 OC Tweaker Screen 73

    4.4 Advanced Screen 82

    4.4.1 CPU Coniguration 83

    4.4.2 Chipset Coniguration 85

    4.4.3 Storage Coniguration 87

    4.4.4 Intel Rapid Start Technology 89

  • 4.4.5 Intel Smart Connect Technology 90

    4.4.6 Intel Thunderbolt 91

    4.4.7 Super IO Coniguration 92

    4.4.8 ACPI Coniguration 93

    4.4.9 USB Coniguration 95

    4.4.10 Trusted Computing 97

    4.5 Tools 98

    4.6 Hardware Health Event Monitoring Screen 102

    4.7 Boot Screen 103

    4.8 Security Screen 106

    4.9 Exit Screen 107

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    Z97 Extreme6/ac / Z97 Extreme6

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    hank you for purchasing ASRock Z97 Extreme6/ac / Z97 Extreme6 motherboard,

    a reliable motherboard produced under ASRocks consistently stringent quality

    control. It delivers excellent performance with robust design conforming to

    ASRocks commitment to quality and endurance.

    In this documentation, Chapter 1 and 2 contains the introduction of the

    motherboard and step-by-step installation guides. Chapter 3 contains the operation

    guide of the sotware and utilities. Chapter 4 contains the coniguration guide of

    the BIOS setup.

    1.1 Package Contents

    ASRock Z97 Extreme6/ac / Z97 Extreme6 Motherboard (ATX Form Factor)

    ASRock Z97 Extreme6/ac / Z97 Extreme6 Quick Installation Guide

    ASRock Z97 Extreme6/ac / Z97 Extreme6 Support CD

    4 x Serial ATA (SATA) Data Cables (Optional)

    1 x I/O Panel Shield

    1 x ASRock SLI_Bridge_2S Card

    1 x HDD Saver Cable

    1 x ASRock WiFi 2.4/5GHz Antenna (for Z97 Extreme6/ac only)

    2 x SMA Wi-Fi Antenna Cables (for Z97 Extreme6/ac only)

    2 x Screws for M.2 Sockets

    1 x Screw for mini-PCIe Slot (for Z97 Extreme6 only)

    Because the motherboard speciications and the BIOS sotware might be updated, the

    content of this documentation will be subject to change without notice. In case any modi-

    ications of this documentation occur, the updated version will be available on ASRocks

    website without further notice. If you require technical support related to this mother-

    board, please visit our website for speciic information about the model you are using. You

    may ind the latest VGA cards and CPU support list on ASRocks website as well. ASRock

    website http://www.asrock.com.

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    1.2 Speciications

    Platform ATX Form Factor

    High Density Glass Fabric PCB

    CPU Supports 5th Generation, New 4th and 4th Generation Intel Core i7/i5/i3/Pentium/Celeron Processors (Socket 1150)

    Digi Power design

    12 Power Phase design

    Supports Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology

    Supports Intel K-Series unlocked CPUs

    Supports ASRock BCLK Full-range Overclocking

    Chipset Intel Z97

    Memory Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology

    4 x DDR3 DIMM Slots

    Supports DDR3 3200+(OC)/2933+(OC)/2800(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC, un-

    bufered memory

    Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB (see CAUTION)

    Supports Intel Extreme Memory Proile (XMP) 1.3 / 1.2

    15 Gold Contact in DIMM Slots



    2 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots (PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 (PCIE2); dual at x8 (PCIE2) / x8 (PCIE4))

    * If M2_1 slot is occupied, PCIE2 slot will run at x8 mode,

    and PCIE4 slot will run at x4 mode.

    1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (PCIE5: x2 mode)

    2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slots

    1 x mini-PCI Express Slot: For WiFi + BT module * mini-PCI Express slot is shared with PCIE3 slot.

    (for Z97 Extreme6/ac)

    1 x mini-PCI Express Slot * mini-PCI Express slot is shared with PCIE3 slot.

    (for Z97 Extreme6)

    Supports AMD Quad CrossFireXTM and CrossFireXTM

    Supports NVIDIA Quad SLITM and SLITM

    15 Gold Contact in VGA PCIe Slot (PCIE2)

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    Z97 Extreme6/ac / Z97 Extreme6

    Graphics Intel HD Graphics Built-in Visuals and the VGA outputs can be supported only with processors which are GPU


    Supports Intel HD Graphics Built-in Visuals : Intel Quick Sync Video with AVC, MVC (S3D) and MPEG-2 Full

    HW Encode1, Intel InTruTM 3D, Intel Clear Video HD

    Technology, Intel InsiderTM, Intel HD Graphics 4400/4600

    Pixel Shader 5.0, DirectX 11.1

    Max. shared memory 1792MB

    hree graphics output options: DVI-I, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2

    Supports Triple Monitor

    Supports HDMI with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2160) @ 24Hz

    Supports DVI-I with max. resolution up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz

    Supports DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2160) @ 24Hz or 4K x 2K (3840x2160) @ 60Hz

    Supports Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12bpc), xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI Port (Compliant

    HDMI monitor is required)

    Supports HDCP with DVI-I, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 Ports

    Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) playback wit