If you are familiar with ASRock’s overclocking line you know their OC Formula boards. They have been released for both the Z87 and Z97 chipsets and now ASRock is set to release their X99 OC Formula motherboard for the upcoming X99 chipset.
The ASRock X99 OC Formula features ASRock’s conformal coating, Super Alloy design and has been signed by Nick Shih, ASRock’s own in-house overclocker. ASRock has kept their black and gold design with this motherboard so you have an all black PCB with gold / yellow accents. There are a total of four heatsinks on the motherboard, which all are gold. One thing that ASRock really is advertising with this board is the 12 phase VRM design. This board makes use of high-quality components like 50G Aluminum Alloy heatsinks, Premium Alloy Chokes, Dual-Stack MOSFETs, and Japanese made high-quality conductive polymer capacitors. Another thing that is interesting is that you can bring 1300 W of power to the CPU. This is for extreme overclocking situations using liquid nitrogen. There is an 8pin EPS connector as well as an addition 4pin connector.
The LGA 2011-3 socket is surrounded on each side by four DDR4 DIMM slots, which are color-coded for quad-channel operation. To the right of the memory slots we can see some overclocking features like plus and minus buttons to adjust the BCLK, menu button that will boot you directly into the BIOS, PCI-Express dip switches, LN2 mode switch, slow mode switch and voltage checkpoints. Moving down we can see the 24-pin ATX power connection and dual USB 3.0 headers.
There are 10 SATA 6GB/s ports for storage. Power and reset buttons as well as the debug LED can be found below the SATA ports. Expansion slots include 5 PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots, 4 of which have been spaced out correctly for graphics card use. These are the yellow slots. One really cool thing about this motherboard is that there are two M.2 slots. Once is an Ultra M.2 slot (x4) while the other is just a normal slot. On the left side of the board we can also spot a Mini PCI-Express slot. ASRock makes use of their Purity Sound 2 chip on this board. It features PCB isolation and EMI shielding. I/O ports on the board include six USB 3.0, two USB 2.0, PS/2 port, 2 Gigabit LAN ports and 7.1 channel audio.
Jan 30, 2015 0