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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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  • Adam B.
  • 12/9/2014 11:08:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRock solid

Pros: Amazing features, totally stable. This is my first run with a UEFI Bios and I'm loving it so far. Helpful descriptions for almost all of the options (and boy there are a lot of options). One great feature is that there are two BIOS chips that you can switch between - so if you completely bork one you can just flip a switch and be back in business in no time.

Tons of USB3 and SATA ports. Fantastic-looking heatsinks. The layout is perfect, all of the headers are located on the edges of the board so you don't have wires crossing everywhere. ASRock put their time into designing this one and it shows. An overclockers' paradise! It puts up some awesome benchmark scores as well.

Cons: I'm actually kind of afraid of the freedom this board allows. It will really let you do anything you want to any timings/voltages. It's great for confident overclockers, but you if you don't know what you're doing you can really cause some damage. Do your research before you start playing around, because this board would have no problem frying your components. It's not exactly fool-proof.

Other Thoughts: Beautifully designed board and extremely stable. Tons of overclocking options and freedom - whether or not that's a good thing is up to the buyer!

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  • David Y.
  • 12/3/2014 6:04:19 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Experience

Pros: - EXCELLENT Bios functions and very smooth installation. You won't get any more plug and play than this.
- Very, very good layout of all components and hardware options
- Tools and drivers are all very useful and helpful; particularly for monitoring purposes on the fly.
- solid motherboard with no give or flexing
- it's waterproofed (my last board failed because of a coolant leak so this IS important to me)
- great packaging along with plenty of connectors, cords, etc.
- Overclocking on a newbie or advanced level is incredibly easy to do; this motherboard caters to both crowds equally without suffering in either direction.
- ability to use the mouse in the bios is a nice touch

Cons: None whatsoever. I tried to think of anything I could but I'm really just blown away at how awesome this motherboard is.

Other Thoughts: I've been nearly all my computers that I've ever owned, and this has been the best motherboard I've ever seen. I was expecting quality, but not this kind of quality for the pricemark. I was a little skeptical because I have never owned an ASRock board, but the reviews (including on other major hardware sites) were good so I figured I'd give it a shot. Definitely don't regret the decision at all, and if this is the quality I can expect, I definitely know who I'm sticking with.

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  • Jarred C.
  • 11/10/2014 2:20:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAs advertised

Pros: Quality, Bios is nice and fresh being able to use your mouse and keyboard if you want. Easy to navigate and bursting with potential. Automatically set my ram to 2400 with xmp profile on auto from the factory. No hiccups.

Cons: Quality control, Read a review on here where the motherboard box was damaged, I received my the same way, but everything was in working order. Newegg did a good job packing the box so I don't think it happened during transit.

Other Thoughts: Would be nice of them to include another Sata cable or two, not really a con though.

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  • Anonymous
  • 10/26/2014 11:31:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: Layout, OC abilities and software.

Cons: None to speak of yet.

Other Thoughts: Love this motherboard, great layout and ability to OC. OCing is made extremely easy for those who don't do it often. For experts there are more options than you can shake a stick at.

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5 out of 5 eggsJust Plain Awesome

Pros: These Gaming/Over Clocking motherboards just keep leap frogging tech year after year. I received this as a gift, I do not posses a fancy new I7 CPU and I only have a G3420 plain Jane chip. I can only use it as standard PC. The setup on this is fast and easy. As I am sure read other reviews, it is rich with features. The BIOS is outstanding, Your mouse works in it and it has a interactive picture of the board to find out what is what. I guess when you build a really New board you have to change up how things are done. ASRock changed it up for the good. It took me a little getting used to the BIOS at first After a few restarts and some SATA changes I was running. Win7 64Pro was backed up prior to the install and only took a few minutes to get up to speed. I am going to have to get some more drives to test out the RAID array, but this board will keep you occupied. Over all a great board with a ton features.

Cons: No cons what so ever.

Other Thoughts: This is packaged better then others too. The board is zip tied to a foam plate, and tucked in a static proof bag. The install disk and booklets come in a felt bag like Crown Royal, nice touch.

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5 out of 5 eggsRock solid performer

Pros: While it seems to be aimed mostly at extreme overclockers, this motherboard's features and build quality should also appeal to enthusiast gamers or anyone who wants a powerful, stable platform that can extract every ounce of performance from their build. When I unboxed it, I was surprised at its weight. The heatsinks are massive, and other boards I own seem lightweight in comparison. It has top-notch components, with 12-phase CPU power and 4-phase memory power. Maybe overbuilt for regular use but I like overbuilt, well-designed products. It even has a waterproof coating ("Conformal Coating"); mostly for LN2 users and condensation issues I assume, but which could also protect the board -- if not your graphics card(s) -- against watercooling accidents.
Eight layer PCB and 4 x 2oz copper for better cooling and durability - Asrock doesn't make a big deal of it, but others tout their 2 x 2oz copper.

The UEFI is well laid out and intuitive. For the advanced user it has an amazingly detailed level of tweaks for CPU and memory voltage and timings (etc.), most of which, especially the latter, are more than I can use.

It's not all about extreme overclocking though.
Average skill enthusiasts can get great results with the higher lever menus in the UEFI, plus the Windows utilities provided by Asrock in their Formula Drive app under the OC Tweaker tab and (somewhat hidden) under the Operation Mode tab - you first select Performance Mode then click "Advanced". This gives access to the "EZ OC" menus and the Auto Tuning function. Both worked well for me, allowing a stable overclock of 4.5GHZ at 1.32 vCore (override voltage) with a Pentium G2358 and stock Intel cooler. I had no problem applying the XMP profile for 16GB (2x8GB) Corsair Dominator RAM at 2133MHz.
The UEFI is customizable to your preferences to some extent, plus it has the usual OC profile save/load options.

The CMOS reset button on the header panel is convenient, and the voltage check points ("V-probe") allow easy insertion of multi-meter probes without slipping.

PCIe on/off switches allow you to turn off one or all of your graphics cards in SLI or Crossfire without removing them, for debugging or short term testing.

The audio solution features TI NE5532 op-amps and Nichicon audio capacitors. I thought it sounded fuller and more detailed than my Asrock Z87 mini-itx mobo (despite similar specs). I'm not sure if it was quite as good as the Core3D audio on another board I own, but audio is always a subjective opinion. I used Sennheiser HD600 headphones for this test.

An "HDD Saver" utility lets you switch hard drives off in Windows to prolong their life, and/or conserve power.
A nice feature is the Thunderbolt AIC connector which allows you to install a Thunderbolt card. I'm not using it now, but the option is welcome.

I like that the onboard LEDs turn off after POST. An Asrock utility also allows you to turn off the front panel LEDs (power, HDD activity) for night time use.

Cons: The "Easy Driver Installer" and "Easy RAID Installer" UEFI functions both fail with the error message:
"No Driver Update Available (Error code 5)", even though there is an internet connection. Note: this happened before and after I obtained drivers and with or without a FAT32 USB drive connected. Then it hangs and I have to power down or reboot. Maybe their server is down? Even so, it should not just hang. I downloaded the Atheros driver on another PC and downloaded the others locally after I got the OS (Windows 7 x64 Pro) and Atheros driver installed.

I would expect the OC utilities to be grouped together, and better documented. Formula Drive is the main app I use, containing utilities like System Info, and OC Tweaker. Ideally, the latter should contain all the overclocking functionality, but some of it is buried under the Performance Mode tab as I mentioned above, and there is an entirely separate utility called Timing Configuration for memory tweaking (somewhat advanced) and yet another called Rapid OC Configuration which allows keyboard hotkey usage for basic CPU overclocking. This also activates the onboard OC (+,-) and Menu buttons, which apparently are not enabled by default. Frankly, I find these buttons to be anything but rapid if I need to ensure the supporting software is running, in which case I may as well just use the keyboard hotkeys or another utility. It could be that they are useful for competitive overclockers needing on-the-fly hardware tweaks, so although they don't add anything for me, they don't break anything either.

Changing RAM modules will require removing the graphics card in PCIe slot one, as the tabs are right against it. Single-tabbed slots, like most recent mobos have, would have been better.

HDD Saver only works in AHCI mode, not RAID.

I prefer an Intel NIC, but the provided Atheros is ok.

No onboard DVI port (cancelled out IMO by having no VGA port either).

Cosmetically, the gold heatsinks look fine to me, but I don't think the yellow PCIe x16 and RAM slots go well with them.

Other Thoughts: Other features I couldn't fit under Pros:
M2 SATA (6Gb/s) or PCIe x2 (10Gb/s) cards up to 11cm (Type 22110) are supported onboard between PCIe slots 1 and 2.
There is also a serial port header, should you need one, and a TPM header.

The Asrock Formula OC was designed by a leading overclocker (Nick Shih, hence the "Nick Shih" profiles in the UEFI) and has seen overclocks of over 7GHz by him and John Lam, who set a world record of 7181.23 MHz with this board.
I won't be using the onboard LN2 Mode switch, nor the Nick Shih profiles in the UEFI (some will, of course), but I was able to get a nice overclock on my Pentium G2358 with just the provided utilities.
My CPU temp peaked at 83C at 100% load under testing. Any reasonable aftermarket cooler would allow better cooling and potentially faster overclocks, but I was happy with a very stable 4.5GHz.

Conclusion: This board is extremely solid, with exceptional performance. It has more things than I need, but also lacks nothing. The "Cons" I listed are either minor nitpicks or things I easily worked around, not enough to dock an egg for.

Note:
This motherboard was provided to me by Newegg for the purposes of this review.

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5 out of 5 eggsWhat a beautiful looking Motherboard

Pros: I had many good first impressions when I got this Board...first, it looks so good! The black and yellowish gold color scheme is really clean looking and eye catching. There is even a custom signature on the MB that reads, designed by "Nick Shih" printed on it. The build quality is solid looking and solid feeling. The actual layout is much the same as my Gigabyte Z97 board, only this ASRock MB has more and clear markings printed on the board for the ports and headers etc.
The M.2 slot is a plus for those who want to give that a try, I do not have any use for a M.2 SSD because they are still too expensive, and really not much faster than the good old SATA 3 Intel SSD I use already. I mean a start up time of 11 to 14 seconds is fast enough for me, so why send a bunch of money for an M.2?
I do mild gaming, phot editing, and some video work, and have not messed around much with serious OC work, but what little I have done, this board is more then capable of overclocking your system. It's a stable, and great looking board for running Windows 7 and Windows 8, 8.1 etc.

Cons: No cons that I have found, it's a real nice board.

Other Thoughts: A friend of mine has been running his rig with an ASRock MB for the last couple years, and it has been stable...my advice is that if you are going to go with a Z97 board for gaming or video or photo work, then do not hesitate to get this board. It has good sound, good LAN interface, and it is so good looking!

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  • scott m.
  • 9/12/2014 4:13:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAsrock z97 OC Formula

Pros: Looks Good!

Cons: Box was delivered with a dent on one corner... Newegg should really do a better job of carefully packaging there products... I'm on my 8th PC build so I'm no newbie. I've never had a board I couldn't even get into the Bios. CPU fan would turn and the bios would appear for 2 secs then black screen Error Code A6. Tried to get help on Asrock support forum to no avail. This is the 1st Asrock product I have purchased and depending how things go from here will be the determining factor if it will be the last. I will give the board a 2nd chance because chances are it was damaged due to the poor job Newegg did packaging the Motherboard. I will update my review after the RMA process is complete.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Code Ab should have screen display (BIOS screen).
Please turn the power off, clear the CMOS.
Remove discrete VGA card.
Test with onboard VGA (HDMI).
Check the monitor and its cable
Test with another monitor if problem still persist.
If you have any technical issues please contact us at 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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  • Lyndon H.
  • 9/8/2014 5:35:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood overclocker, stable, easy

Pros: Off and on, I've been a pretty serious CPU and GPU overclocker since 2000. This was probably the easiest motherboard and CPU installation I've used in an upgrade since I've been building computers - about 15 years. I've mellowed a bit in my overclocking forays from previous years, so the built-in overclocking profiles of this board appealed to me. I was not dissapointed! The computer fired up the first time I pressed the power button after assembly. After a few BIOS tweaks, such as fan speeds and other non-CPU parameters, I selected 4.7GHz in "Optimized CPU OC Setting" with all cores set to overclock mode. It fired right up into Windows at 4.7GHZ and has been rock stable since then, even during fairly heavy multitasking. Other pros: quality seems to be very good; rich, easy to navigate UEFI BIOS with LOTS of options; lots of USB ports; plenty of SATA ports; very good power delivery. For the price point, this is probably the best Intel Socket 1150 performance motherboard available for the pricepoint. If your goal is nitty gritty, manual overclocking with every setting imaginable, this board is for you. If you simply want to run your CPU at default frequency or select a pre-programmed overclocking profile, it's also the board for you. System: ASRock Z97 OC Formula, Intel Haswell 4790K, Prolimatech Megahalems CPU cooler (fan set to low), old BFG EX-1000 PSU, 12GB (mixed brands and voltages!) DDR3 1600 (four modules), Nvidia GTX 670 video.

Cons: The manual is pretty thorough and well written, with the exception of BIOS options. If you wish not to use an overclocking profile and not to manually overclock the CPU, the Intel Turbo Boost Technology works quite well, averaging about 4.4GHz with the 4790K.

Other Thoughts: Often I don't review hardware at Newegg, but this motherboard was such a breeze to setup and overclock, it surpassed my expectations, which were high. I'm really impressed.

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  • Chase H.
  • 9/7/2014 5:19:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very easy to use the UEFI and very capable of OC. The audio on board audio is nice as well.

Cons: Im sure it's not just this mobo but I ran out of USB 2.0 headers pretty quick. I had to buy a USB internal expansion to get all of my case USB's and peripherals running.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my first PC build. I wanted something that was easily upgraded and expanded down the line. Like adding more memory, going down the SLI road.
I never intended on overclocking anything when I chose my parts but I wanted something that was capable of it so that if I do change something I wont limit myself with the hardware. But like I said I never intended on OCing my pc but the UEFI makes it too easy. I may have bumped it a smudge, nothing to boast for but a little something.
I wish it had some sort of on board wireless. It would have saved me a USB slot. not a big deal just an after thought.

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