ASRock Z77 OC Formula Review: LGA 1155 Mainboard for Overclocking and Breaking Records
10 October 2012
Summary: The long list of various peculiarities and features of this mainboard should make overclocking and performance optimization very easy. Free from any major issues, this award-winning product is definitely worth your attention.
Summary: So, what can I really say about the ASRock Z77 OC Formula? Really, not that much. The packaging is simply phenomenal, making an impact like no other. There are several unique features on the board itself, many of which will affect your system's ability to overclock. It comes at a very reasonable price considering its top-shelf design and added SATA ports. The software package is like no other and doesn't add much, if anything at all, to the price.
Pros: Excellent onboard cooling., Many overclocking-specific features, too many to list, Pretty decent pricing, considering all the features, Good audio rendering, Big software package, Simple color-scheme that can easily match any other components well, Fully functional AMI UEFI BIOS, including mouse support and support for 3 TB+ drives.
Cons: Color scheme matched by very few other parts on the market today., Limited Video output, with only HDMI possible without add-on cards., ADD-on 40mm nearly useless., Overclock ability is not as good as expected, and requires manual tuning with current BIOS., Limited accessories, like no V-Check cables at all, while there are unnecessary MOLEX-TO-SATA cables., Mixed color-scheme of black, gold, and yellow appears quite dis-jointed and cobbled together., Add-on PCIe powe...
Summary: Final Thoughts
When ASRock first offered to send me the Z77 OC Formula for review, I couldn’t be happier. I originally purchased the
for my own personal use before writing the review on it, but I always kept looking at the OC Formula (or extreme9) that I’d like to eventually get to experience. I honestly was expecting to be blown away by the Z77 OC Formula, and in the end I really, really liked it.
Pros: – Overclocks like a champ, – Price, – Aesthetics, – Water cooling ready, – Unique features like Rapid OC and PCIE on/off are actually USEFUL, – High quality
Cons: – Not the greatest stock performance, – Water cooling channel designed for 3/8″ ID tubing – most enthusiasts prefer 1/2″ ID or higher
Excerpt: When I first saw the ASRock Z77 OC Formula the first thing I thought of was Bumblebee from the Transformers thanks to the black and yellow color scheme which is something that we haven't seen a company use before.
Excerpt: 4 Flares 4 Flares × ASRock have been aggressively targeting the overclocking audience in the last year and we have reviewed many of their motherboards for the Intel Z77 and X79 platform. Today we are focusing on a rather special design, created by overclocking guru Nick Shih specifically for the hardcore Z77 enthusiast audience.