Introduction of the ASRock X99 OC Formula
Since the launch of the new GTX 900 series from NVIDIA, a lot of the focus on core components has been on the video card market. While AMD tried to grab some attention by having partners release an 8GB version of the R9 290X on the down low, it was ultimately not enough, as double the memory brought with it a price increase that couldn't really be justified due to a limited increase in performance.
While this has been going on, the X99 platform continues to see more and more motherboards hit the market for people wanting to build a system around the fastest consumer components on the market at the moment. Today I'm looking at a board that I've been looking forward to testing for quite some time.
The OC Formula series of boards from ASRock has been nothing short of fantastic since inception, as they've offered not only some fantastic overclocking abilities, but also great features on a quality base that hits at a really competitive price point. Time and again, the OC Formula boards from ASRock have come in at a price point that is lower than you'd expect.
Today we are hoping that ASRock can keep the positive trend with the OC Formula line of boards with the Nick Shih designed X99 version of the board, and the extremely fast, and extremely expensive i7 5960X processor from Intel. So, with that all said and done, let's see what's going on with the package before we dive deeper and see just what ASRock is offering with its latest version of the OC Formula based board, the X99 OC Formula.
Package - What comes inside the box
Looking at the front of the box, we don't have a whole lot going on, with the main focus being on the model and brand. Across the top, we've got the ASRock logo, and in the middle we have a huge OC Formula logo, and the X99 OC Formula name across the bottom. You can also see that we're Thunderbolt ready. On the right side we've got a few logos, including Intel, SLI, CrossFire, and DTS Sound, just to name a few.
After turning the box over, we are greeted with a ton of details on all of the major features that are offered. Starting from the top, we've got the Super Alloy features, which brings with it the XXL aluminum heat sink design, Ultra Dual-N MOSFET, Nichicon 12K platinum caps, 60A power choke, premium memory alloy choke, and a Sapphire black PCB, all of which come together to make a more stable and reliable motherboard.
Below that, you can see we've got the OC Formula kit, which delivers a 12 phase CPU power design, with support for up to 1300 watts. Here we also see Digipower, hi-density power connector, 15u gold contact, and an improved cooling kit via the heat pipe design and an eight layer PCB.
Some of the other highlights include four-way SLI and CrossFireX support, waterproofing via conformal coating, Intel Gigabit LAN, and Dual Ultra M.2 sockets. There are also a few other ASRock specific technologies, which include Purity Sound 2, HDD Saver, and APP Shop. All in all, we've got a ton of features on the X99 OC Formula to make it stand out from the competition for all the right reasons.
We don't have a whole lot going on inside of the box, which is quite common for these overclocking focused boards. We've got the normal array of paperwork, including a driver CD, a HDD Saver power cable, six SATA cables, and our rear I/O back plate. Along with this, you can see we've also got three SLI cables coming in at two different lengths to round things off. This is not a huge bundle, but it is more than enough to get you up and running.
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United States: The ASRock X99 OC Formula retails for $351.77 at Amazon.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Motherboard Details]
- Page 3 [BIOS Images and Information]
- Page 4 [Test System Setup and Overclocking]
- Page 5 [CPU & System Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [USB 2.0, USB 3.0, & SSD Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [Memory & Gaming Benchmarks]
- Page 8 [Temperature & Power Testing]
- Page 9 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]