ASRock’s Z97 motherboard lineup was also recently exposed, revealing to us the company’s new z97 Extreme series, Z97 Killer series and the ASRock Z97 OC Formula. First let’s take a look at the Z97 OC Formula, the motherboard loaded with Black, Yellow and Gold colors and is primarily designed for Overclockers and Enthusiasts. At the middle of the motherboard you can see the name of “Nick Shih” a well-known overclocker, meaning this board will feature Nick Shih OC profile as well. Check out the rest of the Z97 OC Formula’s features and specifications below.
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The ASRock Z97 OC Formula features a 12 Phase Digi power design loaded with Dual-Stack MOSFETs, POSCAPs, Premium Alloy Choke, Multiple Filter Cap, Gold plated solid capacitors and other stuff for overclocking that we saw in the previous Z87 OC Formula. The board draws its power from two 8 pin power connector and a standard 24 ATX power connector. It has 4x DDR3 DIMM slots that probably support up to DDR3 3000+ memory speeds. It also has a number of OC-related buttons and switches, reset, power buttons and more. The Z97 OC Formula also features voltage checkpoints just right above the 24pin power connector. It also has 2 BIOS chips for a safer overclocking session, but I’m not sure if this board will also feature Waterproof by Conformal Coating that nullifies water damage.
The ASRock Z97 OC Formula has an LGA 1150 socket just like all Z97 motherboards, supporting 4th gen Haswell, Haswell Refresh, Devil’s Canyon and 5th Gen Broadwell processors as well. It features Killer E2200 LAN connectivity optimized for gaming sessions and a Purity Sound 2 audio core with EMI Shielding. There are 4x PCIE 3.0 x16 slots that support both AMD CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI multi-GPU configuration. It also has 2x PCIE 3.0 x1 slots for other add-in cards.
There are 8x SATA 6Gb/s ports in the Z97 OC Formula and a M.2 PCIE port for Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) SSD. At the rear panel, there are 6x USB 3.0 ports, 4x USB 2.0 ports, PS/2 combo, HDMI, LAN, and Audio ports with an optical digital port, and a CMOS reset button if I am not mistaken. Basically, the ASRock Z97 OC Formula is an upgraded / updated version of its predecessor, Z87 OC Formula.
The ASRock Z97 OC Formula is expected to be officially announced on Mar 10 (or after), together with the rest of ASRock’s Z97 motherboards. Expect that more motherboards from ASRock based on Intel 9 Series chipset will be announced on a later date.
Other ASRock Z97 Motherboards that was recently revealed:
Asrock Z97 Extreme 6
Asrock Z97 Extreme 4
Asrock Fatal1ty Z97X Killer and Z97 Killer