Joined on 06/26/10
Very good board
Pros: Very stable. Good UEFI. Good overclocking options. Works fine from first boot. Supports socket 775 cpu coolers - great if you water cooling. Lucid Virtue disconnects discrete GPUs when needed. Very easy UEFI update.
Cons: Don't choose "Install all" option from driver CD. Just load what you need. Make sure you load Virtue driver last.
Overall Review: i7 2600K @4.8 8 GB Corsair Vengeance 1866 2x GTX 480 Vanilla SLi Auzentech Forte 7.1 PSU BFG 1200 EX Windows 7 x64 SP1
Pros: Easy to install and use. Great sound quality, games or music. UI under W10 PRO 64 took some time to get used to. Using with just no name regular headphones, and still sounds great. Miles ahead of any on board sound. Outside of PC case location is plus.
Cons: None at this time.
Overall Review: If, you need good sound, get it. Recommend.
ASRock Z97 OC Formula
Pros: Started right up. Easy setup. Good, easy to navigate BIOS/UEFI. Very good overclock-er. Combined with i7 4790K @4.8 GHZ system flies. Memory overclocking with ease. Many options with Nick Shikh profiles. Looks very good, specially with red on-board LEDs.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: System Specs: i7 4790K 4.8 @ 1.25 in UEFI ASRock Z97 OC Formula 16GB Gskill 1600 Mhz @ 2133 9-11-10-21 1T Mushkin Chronos SSD x2 Raid 0 WD 1TB x2 Raid 0 for storage Power Color R9 290X with EK full cover water block BFG 1200 EX PSU DimasTech Easy V3 bench table CPU block: XSPC Raystorm x2 360 UT60 radiators with push/pull. Custom water loop.
Pros: Very fast. Runs cool. Overclocks very easy to maximum level in Catalyst. Games are very smooth. Replaced two GTX 480 SC and I'm getting the same or better performance without dimming my house lights. Very low energy use.
Cons: None so far.
Overall Review: Waiting for Koolance water block to arrive and start serious play.