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ASRock Z97 OC Formula LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Anonymous
  • 5/11/2015 3:56:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsTop 0' The Mountain

Pros: Very reasonable price for high end performance.
Plenty of bells and whistles that work well. I've owned 3 other mobo's from different manufacturers and this is a clear pick. Has it all in one package.

Cons: None that I can think of.

Other Thoughts: Best price, best features, and best performance in a sea of mediocre.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/16/2015 2:07:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board, No Problems

Pros: Looks great, lots of SATA ports, worked great from the start, multiple PCI-Express slots, CMOS reset switch, seems well built.

Cons: I have not experienced any cons.

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  • Mark M.
  • 3/23/2015 1:37:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgreat board

Pros: Great board, plenty of ports. Rock solid stability and setup is easy.

Cons: Knocking off an egg for the interminable wait for a promised rebate.

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  • Robert H.
  • 2/14/2015 1:16:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor service

Pros: Does what its supposed to do

Cons: First board had issues

Other Thoughts: This is a zing against both ASRock for customer support and Newegg for the same reason.
The board works ok, or at least the second board I installed.
My issues are that first of all, I installed this board to replace a 5 year old Gigabyte board that had started to have issues with random rebooting. Of course I had to also buy a new CPU and RAM because what I had was no longer compatible with newer mother boards. Well, everything seemed to be OK with the new installation except that sound through the external speakers was barely audible.
I messed around with drivers and settings to no avail. I then attempted to contact ASRock for assistance email only, no phone calls). By the 4th day, I'd had no response, so decided to return the board.
On going through the RMA exercise, I found that Newegg wanted me to pay $20.77 to make a return in order to get an exchange. Finding that unacceptable, I called Newegg and was told that a UPS shipping label would be emailed to me. It arrived on the next day.
I then dropped the board off at UPS. From the time of drop off until I received a replacement took 15 days.
Reinstallation went fine. Sound through my speakers was normal with no alteration in drivers or settings.
In hindsight, I should probably not installed the mother board to begin with because the box was smashed, but the contents looked OK.
I recently had to return a defective product to another supplier. Online (no phone calls), I was issued a cost free mailing label and a replacement was shipped immediately which I received 3 days later. The only provision was that if they hadn't received the return within so many days, I'd be charged for it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review. We always do our best to support customers. Unfortunately, it does not meet your needs.
However, we do reply both email and phone promptly except on week-end and holidays.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact us at 909-590-8308 or http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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4 out of 5 eggsNice MB

Pros: Fast shipping!
Solid packaging.
Nice color.

Cons: Manual is lacking in depth and scope.
Set up GUI is goofy, I am used to a completely different look. But it's OK.

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  • Francesco S.
  • 1/31/2015 7:39:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood board but DOA from Newegg!

Pros: Good board, dual bios, crazy overclocking potential for new and experienced users alike.

Cons: Board boots with 1 stick of Ram but anything more than 1 stick of ram and it rapidly turns off and on flashing through about 15-20 error codes in 5 seconds. I have spend over 24 hours of work time troubleshooting it and nothing. I have tried multiple different sets of ram. Updated bios. Done everything in the manual and that I have found online. Awesome board but somewhere along the line it had to have been dropped or just defective out of the factory.

Other Thoughts: I purchased shipping through UPS and my package went missing for 5 days along the way, where the tracking code no longer worked. UPS gave my package to USPS to deliver. I specifically ordered UPS shipping because USPS is garbage. Conveniently my board happens to be defective. This has been a terrible experience with newegg and I will no longer do any business with them. I will be RMA ing my board back, and you will be refunding my shipping costs as well.

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  • Ryan R.
  • 12/30/2014 10:48:46 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFixed A2 Error

Pros: Posted the A2 error in the 3-star rating. ASRock followed up quickly. I already found the error in the week after posting, but their procedure would have worked.

Turns out it was a PCI-E card - stupid mistake on my part. Board works great, no Cons. Fast as all hell, and made it through the punishment of this troubleshooting and power cycling with no issue. Definitely a recommended buy.

Cons: None to speak of.

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  • Charles P.
  • 12/29/2014 9:46:26 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Board

Pros: This is a great board with lots of good features. I particularly like being able to power two hard drives from the board and power them down/password protect the drives with hotkeys. Dual Bios is great and the Bios interface is the best I've seen.

Cons: Only 8 SATA ports when a few boards have 10 and there is only one USB 2.0 front panel header; my case needs two. The board does have USB 3.0 front panel headers so this is a very minor thing.

Other Thoughts: I looked at a lot of boards before getting this one and although it doesn't have everything available it is feature-rich and overall the best board available without spending a fortune. I would get it again for my next build without hesitation.

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  • Ryan R.
  • 12/26/2014 2:08:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsReboots into an A2 error from windows

Pros: It's a snazzy motherboard. Looks nice. Great features. The error codes are very helpful, and the BIOS has enough tweaking capability that you will probably never have a problem once you're into the overclocking phase

Cons: I'm building a computer for my brother and I've had to upgrade from windows 7 to 8 to 8.1 in this build. 8.1 is good for his purposes as he intends to use this as an audio workstation. He wants the lighter OS and isn't concerned about the look/feel.

The problem we're running into is that every time we use the restart command from the windows 8.1 OS, the motherboard (ASRock z97 OCFormula) hangs on an A2 error which is a SATA drive error. The system can't boot. Power the system down, power on again? No problem. Shut the system down, power on? No problem. Hard reset? No problem.

Only on a software reset is this a problem. I've done every tweak in 8.1 I can think of, I've updated every driver for the mobo SATA controller.

So... yeah. I can't find any BIOS updates that might address this, and I'm not seeing anything from windows 8.1 that explains this wierd behavior. I can't get into overclocking phase because it's failing to post every restart which will reset the OC settings (One of the nice features is it returns your settings to default if it fails to post)

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

The debug code "A2" should be caused by SATA devices detection as you known.
For this issue, please refer to the following suggestions to check your system firstly.
1. Load BIOS default settings and then clarify if the symtpom still happen with default settings.
2. Please un-plug the data disk, and only install one disk (system disk) to verify if it's caused by the specific HDD.
3. Please connect the system disk to other SATA ports for testing.
4. This symtpom may be related to some external devices, please remove all unnessary devices and only install the necessary device (CPU, one stick memory and system disk) to verify this issue.
5. Please refer to the following link to change the shutdown behavior of Windows 8.1, and then check if it can be resolved.
Link: http://www.asrock.com.tw/support/faq.asp?id=322

If your system still couldn't work perfectly, please contact us by our Technical Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp and describe your whole system configurations in detail.
We'll assist you as soon as possible.

ASRock SUPPORT Team
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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  • Keith L.
  • 12/23/2014 9:03:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFeature-loaded OC Board

Pros: Just about every possible option for the tweaker and overclocker.

There's really nothing I don't like about this motherboard.

Cons: None.

I tried to think of something, but I've simply had no problems.

Other Thoughts: Looks good too.

I had a hard choice to make. I boiled down my options to the ASUS Z97 Deluxe; and this board as a lower-cost but still feature-loaded alternative.

Cost-wise I just could not quite justify the ASUS board for this build.

I'm very pleased with the choice I made. It seems to deliver the better bang per hard-earned buck; and if there's a performance difference it's probably slight.

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