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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

BIOS

 

ASRock's UEFI it's quite extensive and provides a large variety of options for tweaking. If you are a novice overclocker, there are also profiles in the UEFI for 4GHz with XMP and other higher speed overclocks (up to 4.5GHz). Since the release of the X99 chipset, ASRock has made major strides in the memory overclocking department. The original X99 OC Formula didn't provide memory multipliers above 26.66x, and you would have to use the BLCK dividers to get above that frequency, but the X99 OC Formula/3.1 provides all the memory multipliers you would expect including 32x which I will test later in this review.

 

 

A trick that another editor at TweakTown taught me is to go into the storage configuration and set each drive to SSD mode if it's an SSD, because by default the ports are set to HDD mode for compatibility. Changing the drive mode to SSD will improve SSD performance. I found by manual measurement that LLC level 3 gives the least deviation from the set voltage. The X Series OC Socket has its own extra voltage which is under voltage control menu labeled CPU IO Voltage; I leave it on auto as the board does increase this.

 

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Nick Shih, ASRock's Overclocker, provides his own memory OC profiles for those interested in benchmarking and tuning. I was surprised to find an easy to use GUI for fan control under the PC Health menu, it is quite intuitive.

 

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Software

 

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ASRock has consolidated a lot of its software into Formula Drive, which will let you set up functions like Good Night LED and Dehumidifier while allowing you to overclock the CPU in real-time. ASRock's Timing configurator is great for memory adjustments and reading the memory latencies.

 

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ASRock's X99 OC Formula/3.1 also comes with Rapid OC, which is the software that works with the on-the-fly multiplier and voltage adjustment buttons on the board. ASRock's App Shop works like a live update utility, it will scan your system and recommend updates.

 

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Here is ASRock's XFast LAN, which is similar to CFOS, for the Intel port. ASRock's Home Cloud is also provided for the Atheros NIC.

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