ASRock's Formula for success

Subject: Motherboards | March 19, 2013 - 01:36 PM |
Tagged: asrock, Z77 OC Formula, Intel Z77X

If you are shopping for a Z77 motherboard you have a lot of choice in make and model as well as price, they range from sub-$100 models to high end boards like the $225 ASRock Z77 OC Formula.  For that extra price you get a motherboard built with 12+4 phase power, premium alloy chokes, dual-stack MOSFETs and 8 layers of copper.  It is not just high end components, you also get a pair of PCIe 16x slots, a single PCIe 4x slot and a pair of 1x slots for add-in cards as well as four SATA 6Gbps ports and two SATA 3G ports, 10 USB 2.0 ports and 8 USB 3.0 ports along with onboard audio from Realtec's ALC898.  [H]ard|OCP did some testing to see if this board lives up to the OC in its name, which it did rather handily.

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"Generally speaking our ASRock experiences have been positive save for one or two minor complaints. We’ve looked inexpensive but very popular ASRock model motherboards. Today we are taking a look at a higher end more expensive ASRock offering. The Z77 OC Formula caught our eye and will hopefully perform as good as it looks."

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March 19, 2013 | 02:24 PM - Posted by John Doe (not verified)

This board is indeed "win".

Though, with Haswell coming just in June, I would NOT spend ANY money on ANYTHING right now.

Honestly, everybody should just wait for Haswell at this rate.

March 19, 2013 | 04:00 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I don't like the fan, that needs to go.

March 19, 2013 | 04:03 PM - Posted by John Doe (not verified)

"That fan" is alright.

I have those kind of 40mm fans that are silent and inaudible with the machine running on my desk.

March 19, 2013 | 11:32 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

yea but those are always the ones that will get dust clogged the 1st and start to make annoying sounds and die... in which it can't just be easily cleaned or replaced.

March 20, 2013 | 12:31 PM - Posted by Daniel Masterson (not verified)

You could always buy a cheap can of compressed air and blow the fan out every once in awhile so you don't have to worry about it ever getting clogged and it might last you awhile.

March 20, 2013 | 12:36 AM - Posted by John Doe (not verified)

Correct, but they easily can be replaced. Just take the 4 screws out, and put this in:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/40mm-VGA-cooling-fan-Sunon-MagLev-KDE1204PKV3-Mi...

Magnetic bearing, top notch fan.

Easily better than the crap quality fan they'd put over there.

Though, that fan looks like a decent fan with those shaped blades.

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