ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard Review

Introduction

Intel’s release of the Haswell-E and the corresponding X99 chipset has created quite a buzz. The new design brought many of the features of the previously released Z97 to the Intel Extreme line up. With the new chipset release there has also been another important change, the introduction of DDR4 memory. ASRock has been kind enough to send us one of their recently released X99 chipset motherboards, the X99 OC Formula. The X99 OC Formula is part of their Overclocking line. This line of motherboards has proven to be very popular with extreme cooling overclockers worldwide.

The X99 OC Formula supports 4th and 5th Generation Intel Core processors. There is 4 way AMD CrossFire and Nvidia SLI support. On the networking side, Intel Gigabit LAN + Qualcomm Atheros Gigabit LAN provide connection. Purity Sounds 2 via a Realtek ALC1150 115dB SNR HD Audio controller with Built-in rear audio amplifier supplies your audio needs. ASRock’s Super Alloy construction features an XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink, premium 60A power choke, premium memory choke, , Ultra Dual-N MOSFET (UDM), NexFET™ MOSFET, Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps, Sapphire Black PCB.

ASRock has not been remiss on the software side either. They have revised their UEFI BIOS, which has exclusive ASROCK Overclocking features. There is also an application center that allows quite a bit of control over the BIOS, overclocking, and other various features from inside the Windows environment.

ASRock’s take on the X99 OC Formula

Waterproof by Conformal Coating – Nullifies Water Damage!

Conductive liquids such as water pretty much destroy all kinds of electronics on contact. That’s why ASRock has implemented a special layer of Conformal Coating on our motherboards, which makes the motherboards invulnerable to conductive liquids, corrosion and dust. Users won’t have to worry about spilling liquid nitrogen, liquid helium or even clam chowder over their motherboards while overclocking.

5 Year Warranty

ASRock’s OC Formula Series motherboards with Conformal Coating guarantees 5 year warranty for any malfunctions that occur under normal use conditions during the warranty period.

Digi Power

More Precise, More Efficient

Unlike traditional motherboards that use analog power, this motherboard uses a next generation digital PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) design, which provides CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly, so that the stability and lifespan of the motherboard is greatly enhanced.

This flagship motherboard boasts a whopping 12 Power Phase Design with 24 Dual-N MOSFETs, which can reach up to an unearthly 1300W support, so that users may overclock and squeeze out every drop of performance effortlessly.

Ultra M.2 (PCIe Gen3 x4)

The World’s Fastest M.2 Socket – PCIe Gen3 x4

The onboard M.2 socket is a new interface for connecting Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) SSDs or other devices. ASRock is the first in the world to implement PCIe Gen3 x4 M.2 socket on motherboards. The ultimate Ultra M.2 interface pushes the speed up to 32Gb/s which is 6X faster compared to other M.2 Gen2 x1 solutions that are limited to 5Gb/s.

M.2 Socket (PCIe Gen2 x4 & SATA3)

For the users who would like to equip dual M.2 modules, ASRock offers this M.2 socket that supports M.2 SATA3 6Gb/s and PCI Express modules up to Gen2 x4 20Gb/s, which is 4X faster compared to other M.2 Gen2 x1 solutions.

Supports NVIDIA® 4-Way SLI™, AMD 4-Way CrossFireX™

This motherboard comes with more than enough PCIe slots that supports multi-GPU 4-Way SLI and 4-Way CrossFireX at x8/x8/x8/x8 mode.

Power Kit

This flagship motherboard boasts a whopping 12 Power Phase Design with 24 Dual-N MOSFETs, which can reach up to an unearthly 1300W support, so that users may overclock and squeeze out every drop of performance effortlessly.This motherboard uses a digital PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) design, providing CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly.Hi-Density Power Connectors can reduce 23% power loss and decrease the connector’s temperature up to 22℃.The very useful heat pipe design can maximize the system’s convection to expel hot air out.This motherboard provides 15µ gold within the CPU socket, DRAM slots and PCIe x16 slots, thus delivering better anti-oxidation protection than usual.The 8 Layer PCB comes with 4 sets of 2 ounce copper inner layers, delivering lower temperature and higher energy efficiency for overclocking.Users may precisely keep track and control the temperature of each part of their motherboard when overclocking.

XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink Design

The extra large aluminum alloy heatsinks dramatically take away heat. As the MOSFETs and chipsets areas are well covered by these heatsinks to protect them from overheating, MOSFET and chipsets can perform with lower temperature, and your motherboard and system will be more stable and reliable.

Premium 60A Power Choke

Compared to traditional chokes, ASRock’s new-gen premium power chokes effectively increase up to 3 times better saturation current, providing enhanced and improved Vcore voltage to the motherboard.

Premium Memory Alloy Choke

Specially designed for memory power delivery, the new-gen alloy chokes feature a highly magnetic and heat resistant design, thus delivering more stable and reliable power to the motherboard.

Ultra Dual-N MOSFET for Memory Power

Combining two silicon dies into one MOSFET, Ultra Dual-N MOSFET provides larger die area and lower Rds(on), so the power supply for the CPU Vcore is more efficient.

Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps

Supreme 12K platinum capacitors with lifespans of at least 12,000 hours. Compared to other counterparts on high-end motherboards that merely have lifespans of around 10,000 hours, ASRock applied Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps that offer 20% longer lifespans and provide more stability and reliability.

Sapphire Black PCB

Pure black PCB appearance. The new Sapphire Black PCB represents rock-solid quality and gives the motherboard a more mysterious touch.

Supports DDR4 ECC / RDIMM Memory Modules

This motherboard is capable of supporting DDR4 ECC x8 (8 bit) RDIMM/x8 (8 bit) and UDIMM memory modules which deliver server-grade performance and durability for high-powered computing systems.

128GB Memory Support

Designed to meet the maximum computing power system, this motherboard adopts Quad-Channel 8 DDR4 DIMM slots. Each slot supports 16GB memory module, thus delivering a maximum capacity up to 128GB.

That is only a partial list of the X99 OC Formula ’s many features. Let us take a look at the product specifications and packaging next.



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