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ASRock X99 OC FORMULA/3.1 (Intel LGA 2011-3) Review

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I've been spending a lot of time with ASRock products lately, a huge myriad of designs and devices that have left the PC nerd in me nearly exhausted in delight. I was literally dreaming of overclocked CPUs and DDR4 benchmarks when my Surface dinged in my ear with another email from ASRock letting me know that yet another product was ready for me to play with, literally answering my dreams... for what ASRock had ready was none other than the X99 OC FORMULA/3.1 motherboard.

The ASRock X99 OC FORMULA/3.1 motherboard is ASRock's answer to the extreme overclocker's needs, packed with overclocking goodies from head to toe. Wrapped in the honorary gold and black that were fitted to generations past, the X99 OC FORMULA/3.1 also includes ultra-fast USB 3.1 technology, both fitted directly to the board itself and in the form of an add-in board in case there aren't enough ports for your high-speed devices.

ASRock's OC FORMULA name carries a great legacy with it. Take a look at any top-end benchmarking results and you'll find an OC FORMULA product of some sort there. OC FORMULA describes the thousands of hours of research and development (and countless liters of LN2) put into providing a truly flexible and customizable product with no limits to any aspect of its design. As a memory overclocker, boards like this keep me up at night, so join me in a bleary-eyed look at ASRock's most current incarnation of greatness.


CPU SUPPORT:Intel Socket 2011-v3 Core i7 and Xeon 18-Core Processors
POWER DESIGN:CPU Power: 12 Phase
Memory Power: 2+2 Phase
CHIPSET:Intel X99 Express
MEMORY:8 x DIMM, Max. 128 GB, DDR4-3400+(OC)
BIOS:Dual AMI UEFI BIOS with 2 x 128 Mb Flash ROM
SLOTS:5 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 slot(connectivity dependent on installed CPU)
1 x Half Mini-PCI Express slot
HDD CONNECTIVITY:10 x SATA 6.0 Gb/s (support RAID 0/1/5/10/IRS13)
1 x SATA Express 10 Gb/s(shares Port 4/5)
1 x M.2_SSD (NGFF) Socket 3 (support M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s, M.2 PCI Express up to Gen2 x2 @10 Gb/s)
1 x Ultra M.2 Socket (support M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s, M.2 PCI Express up to Gen3 x4 @32 Gb/s)
NETWORKING:1 x Intel I218V Gigabit LAN 1 x Qualcomm Atheros AR8171 WLAN
PORTS:6 x USB 3.0 ports (2 at front panel, 4 at rear panel; Intel X99 Express)
4 x USB 2.0 ports (2 at front panel, 2 at rear panel)
2 x USB 3.1 ports (ASMedia 1142)
2 x RJ45 LAN connectors
1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
5 x Audio jacks
1 x Optical S/PDIF OUT Port
1 x Clear CMOS Switch
1 x eSATA Connector
AUDIO:Realtek ALC1150 7.1 Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
FAN HEADERS:6x total (2 x 4-pin, 4 x 3-pin)
  • ASRock Formula Drive
  • ASRock Disk Health Report
  • ASRock USB Key
  • ASRock Fine-Tuning V-Controller
  • ASRock Timing Configurator
  • ASRock APP Charger
  • ASRock XFast LAN
  • ASRock XFast RAM
  • ASRock Restart to UEFI
  • ASRock Full HD UEFI
  • ASRock NickShih's OC Profile
  • ASRock Instant Flash
  • ASRock Internet Flash
  • ASRock Crashless BIOS
  • ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)
  • ASRock UEFI System Browser
  • ASRock UEFI Tech Service
  • ASRock Dehumidifier
  • ASRock Easy RAID Installer
  • ASRock Easy Driver Installer
  • OC Formula Power Kit
  • 12 Phase CPU Power design (Supports up to 1300w)
  • Digi Power (CPU and Memory)
  • Ultra Dual-N MOSFET (UDM)
  • OC Formula Connector Kit
  • Hi-Density Power Connector (8 pin and 4 pin)
  • 15μ Gold Contact (CPU socket, memory sockets and PCIE x16 slots (PCIE1 and PCIE4))
  • ASRock X Series OC Socket
  • OC Formula Cooling Kit
  • 8 Layer PCB
  • 4 x 2oz copper
  • Heat Pipe Design
  • OC Formula Monitor Kit
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Card/A+A (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock USB 3.1 Type-C Port (10 Gb/s)
  • ASRock X Series OC Socket
  • ASRock Super Alloy
  • XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
  • ASRock HDD Saver Technology
  • ASRock Full Spike Protection
  • ASRock APP Shop
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