The OC Formula is ASRock’s signature over the years, setting many overclock records time and again. The OC Formula product range is available for every new generation of Intel CPU and comes in various form factors. This model is of course for the Haswell-E.
First thing of course is the color, despite the many changes across ASRock’s line-up (remember how the Extreme series was formerly black for Z87, then turned blue for Z97, then turned brown for Z170?) the OC Formula color remains as it is and that’s a good thing!
Starting off at the far corner, a huge heatsink covers the I/O area and what I didn’t like about this heatsink is that it leaves almost no room to where the RAM is placed.
Further up the top corner there’s the other smaller heatsink that’s neatly placed nearby the power connector. Note that you are able to feed the board more juice than the typical CPU12V.
Up on the other corner, a host of features like multiple USB connectors, LN2 DIP switches, menu access and control buttons. Awesome stuff!
On the lower side of the board lies many forward facing SATA ports which is definitely awesome if you plan to have many drives.
What’s more interesting about this corner is the availability of debug LED and the ON/OFF and RESET button. Love it!
PCI-E slots? Plenty! Just remember to check out the specs on the product page to understand the configuration.
What I hate about the board’s PCI-E slot is that PCI-E 1 is so close to the heatsink that any graphics card with backplate installed will render the release clip inaccessible. 🙁 To remove your graphics card, you’ll need to use a flat-head screwdriver.
And last but not least we have the I/O panel
– 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
– 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
– 2 x USB 2.0 Ports (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
– 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s) (ASMedia ASM1142) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
– 4 x USB 3.0 Ports (ASMedia ASM1074 hub) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
– 2 x USB 3.0 Ports (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
– 2 x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
– 1 x Clear CMOS Switch
– HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
Let me start by saying that this board is BEYOND ME – I’m an overclocker no doubt but not one that uses LN2 but heck, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get this board.
This model comes with USB 3.1 add-on card so it does improve your file transfer speed over devices, of course by having the add-on card it’s also priced a little higher than the one without it.
That aside, the board is great because you get pre-set OC profiles. Sure, they’re not optimized but it cuts short your OCing time. Go ahead and meddle with the presets and the proceed with fine-tuning the voltage and such
The ASRock X99 OC Formula/3.1 isn’t cheap as it retails at around RM 1,300 but it’s a board with excellent quality, not just for build but also the features. If USB 3.1 isn’t your thing then you can a settle for the non 3.1 version that’s at a lower price point.