A few years ago, ASRock decided to up their overclocking game. To help achieve higher results, the company hired Nick Shih, a famous overclocker, to help with the endeavor. Needless to say, their project went very well, and the X99 OC Formula is their latest iteration of their OC Formula lineup. The OC Formula lineup has a slew of high-end features like an Ultra M.2 slot, four-way multi GPU capability, eight DDR4 DIMMs, dual Intel/Atheros NICs, and upgraded audio with dual amplifiers.
ASRock has also provided an extremely powerful VRM, which we will look at soon, as well as features like real-time overclocking with on-board buttons. There are many ways to allocate IO resources on the X99 platform, and ASRock has focused on providing a good balance of features and performance. So, without further interruption, let's jump into the world of the X99 OC Formula.
The X99 OC Formula features six fan headers. The CPU Fan One header supports four-pin PWM fans, and the voltage controlled three-pin fans. All of the other headers support both PWM and voltage controlled fans (three-pin), but only provide voltage control mechanisms. ASRock provides extensive fan control through the UEFI and in Windows.
I remember that with the original Z87 OC Formula, the heat sink and slots clashed a bit with their different gold/yellow tones; however, with the X99 OC Formula ASRock has matched the colors very well. The whole board is covered in a silicon based waterproof coating; it should work very well for keeping out moisture in LN2 conditions.
For the photographs of the chips in this review, I have selectively removed the silicon coating on many of the chips (with acetone) to identify them.
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United States: The ASRock X99 OC Formula retails for $370.58 at Amazon.
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