At a first glance the
ASRock OC Formula leaves a very good impression with its harmonic design. The
manfucaturer decided to go for a combination of black, yellow and gold, which
suites nicely and in the end you get an aesthetic product. The layout itself is
well thought and there is for example plenty of space around the CPU socket to
install even todays largest CPU coolers. The fact that there are SATA connectors
which have been angled by 90 degrees allow an easy installation of oversized
The ASRock OC Formula comes with a digital 12+4 phase power design. The
CPU gets twelve phases and the memory gets a stable current supply from four
individual phases. As we've already mentioned on the feature's page, ASRock
decided to go for quite a complex power design where there are for example three
different filtering stages to get smooth and highly constant voltages.
Especially when it comes to extreme overclocking, the power design can be what
tipped the scales in the end.
Totally you'll find four
DIMM-slots on the OC Formula. Officially supported are DDR3 3000+(OC) / 2800(OC)
/ 2666(OC) / 2400(OC) / 2133(OC) / 1866(OC) / 1600 / 1333 / 1066 MHz. There is
engough space between the DIMM-slots and the CPU socket which means that you
wont encounter compatibility problems with big coolers even when you choose to
install RAM with big heatspreaders. Also supported are Xtreme Memory Profiles
(XMP) in version 1.3.
On the OC
Formula the southbridge as well as current converters got separate cooling
blocks. In case of the southbridge there is a single block made from aluminium,
which provides appropriate cooling. A closer look at the current converters
shows that there are two individual blocks connected to one another by a
watercooling channel. Furthermore ASRock decided to equip the power design
coolers with a 40 millimeter fan. For extreme overclockers this is a nice
addition, but if you should decide to put this board into a case and you expect
low operating noise, then you'll be disappointed after at last half a year.
Those small fans quite quickly show issues related to the bearing and they are
also very sensitive to dust. In case of putting this board into an enclosure we
recommend to unplug the fan.
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