The last time I had the chance to mess around with an ASRock OC Formula series motherboard was with the Z87 OC Formula, however, ASRock has since taken an even larger step towards producing a well done overclocking motherboard. ASRock had never struck me as an overclocking brand, as they had always fallen into the shadow of their old parent company, however, the OC Formula series redefines ASRock as a motherboard brand that can give other brands something to worry about.
Since ASRock split away from its old parent company, they have come a long way into the enthusiast market, and the X99 OC Formula is an example at how one brand can make it big with the right features and solid execution. The X99 OC Formula packs in most of the latest Intel X99 technologies, the only one missing is SATA Express; however, we have yet to see any SATA Express drives on the market. In lieu of SATA Express, ASRock opted to give users Ultra M.2 with 4x PCI-E 3.0 lanes, and that has a small impact on total PCI-E bandwidth for 4-way SLI/CrossFireX since those PCI-E 3.0 lanes come from the CPU. The X99 platform is a tough one to conquer, however, ASRock is keeping up with periodical BIOS updates and some pretty good BIOS profiles for memory overclocking.
When I do my memory overclocking for max speed, I only set the main timings because I want to see how the motherboard manufacturer has configured the rest. In this case, ASRock traded a little bit of efficiency for higher frequency, the overclock on my G.Skill 3200MHz kit was the highest I have seen so far. I was very impressed by how easily the board went above the XMP rating for this kit, even though the board doesn't have the 32x multiplier, it has no issues running the kit at 3200MHz with the 1.25x BCLK divider.
The profiles for overclocking in the UEFI are great, especially the memory ones. The way ASRock has allocated bandwidth is sound, and the M.2 expansion is very ridiculous (in a good way) - for the first time, I saw speeds over 900 MB/s sequential read on a single SSD! ASRock did a great job with their X99 OC Formula, and at $329.99 it is a great buy for anyone who wants a solid X99 overclocking motherboard with some great features.
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