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New from ASRock, its “App Shop” window provides download links to freeware, as well as BIOS and driver updates. While we weren’t particularly excited about the selection of apps, we were happy to shop without spending any money.

Intel’s Core i7-4790 isn’t available in its unlocked K-series form yet, limiting ASRock’s EZ OC menu to a small selection of internal GPU frequencies. Moving toward the more advanced OC-Tweaker menu, we find CPU multiplier selection similarly limited by our new CPU.

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ASRock’s XFast RAM software and CFOS-based XFast LAN packet prioritization utility are both accessible from the Tools menu.

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ASRock Restart-to-UEFI simplifies its namesake process.

Thomas Soderstrom is a Senior Staff Editor at Tom's Hardware US. He tests and reviews cases, cooling, memory and motherboards.