Asrock X58 Extreme3 Review
The BIOS is the always reliable AMI BIOS we're all very familiar with now. For brevity we'll skip the stuff most people don't care about or is universal and get into the nitty gritty.
There are many ways you can overclock the Asrock Extreme3. We'll look at the in-built options in a second.
The main element you'll probably all use is the manual overclocking mode. This allows you to adjust everything you could possibly desire. The Asrock also comes with the useful "boot failure guard" which will attempt a certain number of boots before restoring previous settings. Very useful when trying to obtain the most out of your setup.
Something we always like to see on overclocking-centric motherboards is anti-Vdroop. The Asrock confusingly names the non-Vdroop setting "without Vdroop" and the setting that allows it to droop, "with Vdroop". There can't be many people who want Vdroop, and as it's a "Vdroop Control" then one would assume it was on or off. Without implies that the Asrock Vdroop control is off. Secondly we'd like for all the BIOS people to get together and decide what they are going to call the QPI voltage setting. Here it's VTT.
Back to the in-built settings. You can overclock your system either based upon CPU speed, or DDR3 speed. Your success is greatly dependant upon the quality of your components, as any overclock is. So if you've got a very bad CPU don't expect the 4.2 setting to bring much success.
All of the various configuration options are handily under one menu which saves a lot of faffing about.
Finally unlike many motherboards that have "load defaults" and "load optimised defaults", Asrock provide us with a multitude of storage based options. Handy for those of you who just like to get up and running with the minimum of fuss.