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ASRock X99 OC Formula/3.1 (Intel X99) Motherboard Review

By: Steven Bassiri | Socket LGA 2011 in Motherboards | Posted: Jul 6, 2015 8:13 pm
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: ASRock

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the ASRock X99 OC Formula/3.1.

 

What's Hot

 

Great Overclocking Potential: The X99 OC Formula/3.1 has excellent CPU, Uncore, and Memory overclocking potential. It was very easy to overclock this motherboard, and I achieved my overclocking goals the first time I aimed for them. Memory overclocking at 3200MHz was what really caught my attention because it was many magnitudes of order easier compared to the original X99 OC Formula.

 

USB 3.1 Support: This board comes with two USB 3.1 controllers, one soldered on the PCB which supports the backpanel Type-C port, and another soldered onto the removable PCI-E card for two Type-A ports. If you want USB 3.1 on an X99 motherboard, ASRock has given you the ability to add or remove the number of ports you desire and even perhaps move the card to another system when you move on from X99.

 

 

Solid Performance: The board performed very well compared to the rest of the herd, I didn't find any scores that were unusual or pointed towards a problem with bandwidth.

 

Beefy VRM and Great Thermals: When I saw that ASRock doubled the number of MOSFETs, I was a bit stunned considering their normal solution is more than enough. The extra MOSFETs really reduce temperatures at full load because of the even heat distribution, making this one of the coolest running X99 motherboards.

 

X Series OC Socket and Mounting: ASRock's OC socket really helped increase the board's cache and memory overclocks. The through-hole mounting provided with the board is also a huge plus, especially when compared to the rest of ASRock's lineup which have no holes for the CPU socket.

 

What's Not

 

CMOS Battery Placement: Placed right below the first PCI-E 16x slot the battery is in a bad position if you need to remove it during extreme overclocking.

 

USB 3.1 Card Placement: The ASRock X99 OC Formula/3.1 has no PCI-E 2.0 slots, only PCI-E 3.0 slots from the CPU. This makes it a bit hard to find a good location for the USB 3.1 A+A card other than the middle black PCI-E slot, and that is already shared with the Ultra M.2 connector.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

This board is really rock solid, from its build to its performance the X99 OC Formula/3.1 really delivers. The X99 OC Formula/3.1 does offer all the top notch connectivity such as USB 3.1, Ultra M.2, SATA Express, and 4-Way SLI/CrossFireX support which is what people are looking for in that price range. The board looks to please both overclockers and enthusiasts alike, and that is a hard thing to do. The overclocking features are easy to use, and most of them come in handy, I especially like ASRock's Rapid OC configuration because I like being able to change the voltage with physical buttons as well.

 

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I was impressed with the improvements ASRock has made to their new X99 OC Formula/3.1. The motherboard overclocks memory and cache significantly better than its predecessor and the UEFI has more options in regards to overclocking memory. ASRock's UEFI as a whole is quite good at this point, and I really like the integrated fan control. The only big downside I see to this board is that its price is kind of high, but you are provided many extra features to increase the value of the motherboard.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (including Overclocking)97%
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features90%
Bundle and Packaging88%
Value for Money91%
Overall TweakTown Rating92%

The Bottom Line: If you are looking for a motherboard which will overclock well, perform well, and you have a decent amount to spend, then ASRock's X99 OC Formula/3.1 is definitely worth a look.

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