Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The overclocking ability of the ASRock X99 OC Formula is quite impressive. A stable 4700 MHz clock on the i7 5280K proves that. With a bit more aggressive cooling via dry ice, I was easily able to reach 5500 MHz. More tuning and/or liquid nitrogen would push these clocks even further.
The layout is logically thought out. Not a single header, port, switch, or jack seems to be improperly placed. Most of the popular overclocking hardware features are there and all work perfectly. Throughout the testing the X99 OC Formula showed average to above average scores. There is little to fault when it comes to performance.
The X99 OC Formula does face some stiff competition though. It is hard not to compare it to the previously tested Gigabyte X99-SOC Force. I found the ASRock a bit easy to get large clocks out of. Whereas, the Gigabyte seemed to be a bit more difficult to work with. The Gigabyte does feel more polished on the software side though. It also has a couple of additional hardware features that some overclockers expert might find of use, though the waterproof conformal coating is definitely a bonus. I think it is really going to come down to what the end user really wants and needs.
The ASRock X99 OC Formula is commonly found as low as $299.99 at Newegg. This is right in the middle of the X99 price scale. This a good price for an X99 motherboard of the caliber.
- Unique Cosmetics
- Great Overclocking Features and Ability
- Logical Layout
- Very Reasonable Price
- Waterproof Conformal Coating