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ASRock Z97M OC Formula LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
2/ 5
Halt problem occurs almost daily even after motherboard replacement

Pros: The motherboard has lots of features and the customer service people are super.

Cons: The original motherboard was replaced as it would stop recognizing the M.2 SSD while running.
Unfortunately, the replacement motherboard continues with the same problem. It may be minutes into operation, or days into operation.

Other Thoughts: I've decided not to purchase another ASRock motherboard.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued ASRock Customer,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please reseat the M.2 drive firmly to test.
If problem still persist, please test with another M.2 drive to check if the symptom still occurs.

If you have any technical support inquiry, 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
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great overclocker. Too bad it's out of stock.

Pros: See title.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: One reviewer in February complained about slow disk access when trying to install Windows 7. Windows 7 is slow to install due to the security updates and Microsoft's lack of support for fast update installation for Windows 7. It's best to set it to go overnight and eat a Snickers. It's going to be a long time. That's not Asrock's fault. I own two Asrock boards and they are fantastic. My suggestion is to find a manufacturer you like and can swear by. Mine is Asrock.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
One major problem

Pros: Looks nice
Feature rich
Supports 32GB of RAM
M.2 Support
UEFI BIOS

Cons: The disk performance is so bad I can't even install Windows. I've tried different SATA ports, in combination with various SSDs and spinning hard drives. After 7 hours it had barely gotten around to 5% of a Windows install. Anything trying to just detect the disk(s) takes a long time or just plain times out.

Other Thoughts: I bought this motherboard back in June 2015 since it was a good deal at the time.
It sat in the (still sealed) shipping box from NewEgg until recently when I had the extra $$ and time to complete the build.
I updated the BIOS to the latest available and that was no help. Then I rolled the BIOS back to version 1.60 to see if it would help. Nope, nada, and bupkis.
Guess I should've found some way to test it within the first 30 days.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Valued ASRock Customer,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard whether the issue is resolved.
• Clear the CMOS.
• Load the BIOS setting default.
• Reconnect the drive.
• Try with another SATA cable and drive.
• Test with another Windows installation media.

If you have any technical support inquiry, 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
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Great board

Pros: The reason I chose this particular unit was for running Crossfire in a micro ATX configuration, that being said, the unit has nice features, like the asrock UEFI bios. This board has nice OC features for a micro ATX size.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: Running crossfire using the only 2 PCIE 3.0 slots is a tight fit. Here I was using reference R9 290 crossfire with R9 390, air flow could be a bit better.

Also, possibly due to my configurations, if power is completely off, the PCIE settings gets lost on first boot and my graphics card fans will go into 100% unless I reboot it immediately.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
ROCK SOLID

Pros: Rock Solid quality build, at this price point, tremendous value for the money. OC champ in a small footprint.

Cons: little to none, has all the essential bells and whistles that matter.

Other Thoughts: Having defected from ASUS, I now have tried 4+ OC motherboards from ASRock, two actively running now in the house. Both rock solid. As the user base realize what a bargain ASRock OC boards are, I hope firmware updates, compatibility and time to update improve even further

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Almost Perfect.

Pros: All Solid Caps,
6x SATA,
1x M.2,
1x SATAe,
1x eSATA,
Supports 5 SSD's or 3 SSD's and 2 HDD's,
Extremely important 8 Phase Voltage,
Good quality USB 2 and 3,
Still has the old fashioned P/S2,
Optical Audio and Analog,
3 PCIe 16x,
Black and Yellow colors,

Cons: The SATAe/SATA 4 & 5 connectors do not work when you have an M.2 drive installed.
The HD Audio header is in an incredibly odd place (in between the I/O and PCIe top slot.
To have more than one PCIe slot used you must have the molex auxiliary power plugged in.
South Bridge gets insanely hot after only a few seconds of being powered on (85C), had to reapply thermal paste myself to drop the temps.

Other Thoughts: ASRock has had a bad reputation for as long as I can remember but to be completely honest they make good products, but their support is horrible.

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Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Asrock Z97M OC Formula

Pros: Booted up right out of the box, BIOS recognized RAM and M.2, plenty of fan headers, like the color, boots fast with Win 7 without fast boot enabled, plenty of USB ports, no USB conflicts when booting.

Cons: No display port, HD audio header in middle of board near IO ports, 90-degree molex connector near edge of board next to PSU area (can be a problem as some reviewers have already mentioned).

Other Thoughts: My build:

Corsair Obsidian Series 350D
Corsair RM Series RM550
Corsair Hydro Series H60
Intel Haswell i5-4690K
HyperX Fury DDR3 1866 16GB
Crucial MX200 250GB M.2 Type 2280SS
Crucial MX100 512GB 2.5" SSD

Purchased an MSI board not long ago and experienced USB conflictions causing hangups during boot, which I couldn't resolve. Switched to this Asrock board because of the decent ratings, good price, and $30 mail-in-rebate. First of all, I'm not a gamer or OC'er so I can't review what I don't know. Took the MSI board out, put this board in, booted right up and recognized all my hardware from the get go. It's only been a day since the install and loving it so far! The BIOS is well organized and I had no issues flashing the BIOS. This board boots up fast without fast boot enabled. If you do enable fast boot you'll probably have to use the Boot to UEFI Utility provided by Asrock. I plugged the H60 pump into the PWR Fan header and the fan into the CPU Fan1 header. In this manner, I can control the fan without affecting the pump. The pump runs at full speed, around 4200+rpm. CPU and board stay cool around 34C at idle. Nothing else to report. Solid experience so far and would buy Asrock again.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
3/ 5
looks nice, but acts like a priss

Pros: nice use of stylish aluminum heat sinks, good packaging, works with the faster Intel CPUs. very pretty UEFI layout. fastboot is disabled by default, making it possible to get into UEFI while doing initial install

Cons: not compatible with popular M2 SSD (Samsung SSD 850EVO M.2 Sata)
not compatible with popular memory sticks (G.Skill DDR3-2400 8GB)
onboard headers and connectors in strange locations
SATA connectors facing off edge of board instead of outward and away from board

Other Thoughts: caveat emptor - read up before purchasing. I really "assumed" by now that mainstream mb's would be compatible with nearly all mainstream components - oops. ya know what they say about "assuming" ! then again, maybe this isn't a mainstream mb ?

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Michael,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please update the latest BIOS at UEFI/BIOS, Tools, Internet Flash (required internet connection).
Load the BIOS setting default.

If you have any technical support inquiry, 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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