ASRock X99 OC Formula Motherboard Overview and Overclocking Guide (Page 5)

| Nov 12, 2014 at 9:07 pm CST

Test System Setup

In this section, I will test ASRock's features; this includes Formula Drive Auto OC, BIOS CPU OC Profiles, power consumption, and audio performance.

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A 128GB Samsung XP941 M.2 drive that can utilize 4x PCI-E is a new addition to my test bed.

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If you noticed that in my X99 articles the GPU is in the 3rd slot down, it is because the Noctua NH-D15 makes it impossible to install a GPU with a back panel on basically all of my X99 motherboards.

ASRock's Formula Drive Overclocking

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ASRock offers the same profiles in the UEFi as they do in Windows for CPU overclocking. They offer profiles from 4.1 to 4.5GHz. They also offer an auto OC tool that will test the system in real-time to find an optimal overclock. The Auto overclocking tool landed me a 4.3GHz overclock with a 1.2v VCore. The 4.5GHz profile I loaded gave the VCore 1.356v. The 4.5GHz profile's VCore is a bit higher than what I need for 24.7 stability; this is probably because it needs to stabilize CPUs worse than mine. The auto overclocking tool provided a much more reasonable overclock and VCore.

OC Software

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ASRock provides many different overclocking programs. The main one is the Formula Drive that provides basically all you need in a colorful GUI. However, if you are going for a more hardcore overclock, certain large programs like Formula Drive might cause stability issues, so ASRock provides Rapid OC. Rapid OC allows you to change settings on-the-fly with hotkey configurations, or the buttons on the motherboard. Rapid OC software must be launched (and can be minimized) for the OC buttons on the board to work. The last tool is ASRock's Timing Configurator, which provides all of the DRAM timings you need in a compact view.

Power Testing

I tested the power at the wall socket, and at the eight-pin CPU power connector on the motherboard, which supplies the CPU power. Measurements were taken at 0% load for Idle, and 100% load (at max spikes) using IntelBurnTest.

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Windows power settings:

Power Saver: Optimized Power

Balanced: Stock, Auto OC (4.3GHz), 4.5GHz Preset

High Performance: 4.5GHz Manual

Audio Testing

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This is the testing done in RMAA5.5 with the audio; the results speak for themselves. I test with RMAA a bit differently than others. I make sure to disable all audio enhancements in packaged software, and in the control panel, then I match bit rate and frequency, and finally run the test. These results are in line with other ALC1150 with NE5532 configurations.

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