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Z97 OC Formula
The Best Answer to Your Thirst of Overclocking!

  1. ASRock Super Alloy
    - XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
    - Premium Alloy Choke (Reduces 70% core loss compared to iron powder choke)
    - Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM)
    - NexFET™ MOSFET
    - Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
    - Sapphire Black PCB
  2. OC Formula Kit
    » OC Formula Power Kit - 12 Phase CPU Power design + 4 Phase Memory Power design, Digi Power, Multiple Filter Cap, Jumbo V
    » OC Formula Connector Kit - Hi-Density Power Connector, 15μ Gold Contact (CPU socket, memory sockets and PCIE x16 slots)
    » OC Formula Cooling Kit - 8 Layer PCB, 4 x 2oz copper
    » OC Formula Monitor Kit - Multi Thermal Sensor
  3. Supports 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors (Socket 1150)
  4. Supports New 4th and 4th Generation Intel® Xeon®/Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors (Socket 1150)
  5. Supports Dual Channel DDR3 3400+(OC)
  6. 3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1
  7. Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX™ and NVIDIA® Quad SLI™
  8. 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports Purity Sound™ 2 & DTS Connect
  9. Qualcomm® Atheros® Killer™ LAN
  10. 1 HDMI, 1 SATA Express, 8 SATA3, 1 M.2 (PCIe Gen2 x2 & SATA, Supports 30mm, 42mm, 60mm, 80mm, 110mm M.2 devices)
  11. 8 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 6 Rear), 6 USB 2.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
  12. 1 COM Port Header, 2 V-Probe, Rapid OC, PCIe ON/OFF, 1 Thunderbolt™ AIC Connector
  13. Supports Conformal Coating, Fine-Tuning V-Controller, Timing Configurator, ASRock HDD Saver Technology, ASRock Cloud, APP Shop, NickShih's OC Profile, Formula Drive
This model may not be sold worldwide. Please contact your local dealer for the availability of this model in your region.

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XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink Design

The extra large aluminum alloy heatsinks dramatically take away heat. As the MOSFETs and chipsets areas are well covered by these heatsinks to protect them from overheating, MOSFET and chipsets can perform with lower temperature, and your motherboard and system will be more stable and reliable.

Premium Alloy Choke

The new generation alloy chokes effectively increase up to 90% saturation current and feature a highly magnetic and heat resistant design, making the motherboard more efficient, stable and reliable.

Dual-Stack MOSFET for CPU Power

Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM) is another innovative MOSFETs design by ASRock. The silicon die area is increased by stacking two dies into one MOSFET. The larger the die area, the lower Rds(on). Compared to traditional discrete MOSFET, DSM with larger die area provides extreme lower Rds(on) 1.2 mΩ, so the power supply for the CPU Vcore is more efficient.
NexFET MOSFETs in memory areas use a special design for protecting them from electrostatic discharge and offer up to 7.5 times the ESD protection levels compared to traditional MOSFETs.
* Human Body Mode.

NexFET MOSFET for Memory Power

The next generation NexFET MOSFETs control the power supply to DRAM slots more efficiently. They provide lower RDS(on) 2.9 mΩ, delivering higher efficiency and lower temperature.

Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps

Supreme 12K platinum capacitors with lifespans of at least 12,000 hours. Compared to other counterparts on high-end motherboards that merely have lifespans of around 10,000 hours, ASRock applied Nichicon 12K Platinum Caps that offer 20% longer lifespans and provide more stability and reliability.

* Tested under industry standard 105 degree Celsius ambient temperature.

Sapphire Black PCB

ASRock does not overlook any details, even those tiny ones. With pure black PCB appearance, the new Sapphire Black PCB represents rock-solid quality and gives the motherboard a more mysterious touch.
Coupled with a 12 Phase CPU Power Design plus a 4 Phase Memory Power Design, this motherboard provides completely smooth power delivery to the CPU and memory. Offering unmatched overclocking capabilities and enhanced performance with the lowest temperature.
This motherboard uses a digital PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) design, providing CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly.
Beyond the standard voltage support, this motherboard comes with a special electronic circuit design, which unlocks voltage limitations and allows overclockers to adjust the CPU Vcore / CPU Cache / VCCM voltage up to 3V.
* Please note that overclocking may cause damage to your CPU and motherboard. It should be done at your own risk and expense.
With the combined power of three kinds of capacitors, MFC allows users to overclock their PC rig to extreme levels without worrying about the hardware components.
Hi-Density Power Connectors can reduce 23% power loss and decrease the connector's temperature up to 22℃.
This motherboard provides 15µ gold within the CPU socket, DRAM slots and PCIe x16 slots, thus delivering better anti-oxidation protection than usual.
The 8 Layer PCB comes with 4 sets of 2 ounce copper inner layers, delivering lower temperature and higher energy efficiency for overclocking.
Users may precisely keep track and control the temperature of each part of their motherboard when overclocking.

Waterproof by Conformal Coating - Nullifies Water Damage!

Conductive liquids such as water pretty much destroy all kinds of electronics on contact. That’s why ASRock has implemented a special layer of Conformal Coating on our motherboards, which makes the motherboards invulnerable to conductive liquids, corrosion and dust. Users won’t have to worry about spilling liquid nitrogen, liquid helium or even clam chowder over their motherboards while overclocking.

Note: Conformal Coating may protect the motherboard against conductive liquids, but only to a certain extent. To avoid damaging your computer and other components, we still advise users to keep liquids a safe distance away. Plus, the pins need to stay conductive therefore they are not covered by Conformal Coating.

5 Year Warranty

ASRock’s OC Formula Series motherboards with Conformal Coating guarantees 5 year warranty for any malfunctions that occur under normal use conditions during the warranty period.

*The details of this 5 year warranty service may vary by different regions. (RMA detail conditions)

M.2 Socket (PCIe Gen2 x2 & SATA)

The onboard M.2 socket is a new interface for connecting Next Generation Form Factor (NGFF) solid state drives or other devices. ASRock supports M.2 SATA3 6Gb/s modules and M.2 PCI Express modules up to Gen2 x2 10Gb/s, which is 2X faster compared to other M.2 Gen2 x1 solutions that are limited to 5Gb/s.


Purity Sound™ 2

Purity Sound™ 2 includes 7.1 CH HD audio with Realtek ALC1150 audio codec, 115dB SNR DAC with Differential Amplifier, TI® NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier, cap less Direct Drive technology, EMI shielding cover, PCB isolate shielding and DTS Connect. As Nichicon audio capacitors are what every audiophile has been longing for on a PC, ASRock applied these high quality capacitors for Purity Sound™ 2.

This frequency response chart was tested with 32 ohm normal headphones. It indicates how traditional audio solution's frequency response drops drastically at low frequencies. Compared to traditional audio solution's (2.0dB) at 20 Hz bass low freq area, Purity Sound™ 2 still maintains its frequency response (0.4dB) and provides better bass with the TI® NE5532 amplifier, improving the bass quality by 20% (1.6dB)!

Orbweb ME
Your Personal Cloud, Easy and Always Connects

ASRock Cloud* technology makes your mobile devices connect to your PC seamlessly and supports multi devices for accessing File Explorer cloud service simultaneously! We offer a one-year subscription to Orbweb.ME Professional version, a personal cloud service which is $49.99 per year. It allows you to get connected with your PC's files, music, photos, and video clips remotely with tablets anytime, anywhere. Plus an additional one-month upgrade to Orbweb.ME Ultimate package with Remote Desktop function is also available. Now, download Orbweb Me Host, enter ASRock Cloud promotion code "ASR2014B", ASRock's users are allowed to enjoy all services above.

[How to install promotion code]

Personal Cloud for Everyone

Cloud service should be simple and personal. Don't take time to upload the files to the public cloud again. Stop spending money on setting up another NAS device you don't know. Orbweb ME's file browser is your solution to zero adaption, managing your folders and files in the cloud. Accessing and exchanging files instantly among all of your PC and storages. All your folders and files are sitting just where you know they are.


Media Library and Streaming

Orbweb Personal's media library takes care of your media content. Organize all your photos, videos and music across your PCs and online storages. Diverse, intuitive and smart sorting help finding desired movies in few clicks. Progressive streaming lets you enjoy your music collection almost no download time. Web browser based and mobile app portal keep you connected in any device any time.


Access File Explorer From Multiple Devices

Orbweb ME allows you to access your own personal File Explorer from multiple devices, bringing your tablets, laptops and PC together. Forgot an important file in your computer at home which you need for the next meeting? Another hard day hiding in the office bathroom, missing your massive collection of funny videos and music clips? You can get it all by connecting your tablets or laptops to access File Explorer and immerse into the paradise in few seconds.


Remote Desktop Anywhere

Laying in the bedroom or sitting in the office, tablet in your hands just becomes smarter. Pick up any work sheet left in office or start any application from you home PC. Orbweb ME's remote desktop not only mobilized your PC but also empower your tablet. No matter the device, No matter the location, Orbweb ME always keeps your PC by you.
* Remote Desktop comes with the Ultimate package which is only free for the first month.



Wake On WAN

The latest technology that WOWs you with the ability to wake up your PC remotely over the internet. Turn your PC on/off only when you need to. Keep your PC healthy and save energy at the same time.
* Apply on certain motherboards with wake on wan support

* Orbweb ME is provided by Kloudian Systems Inc. Restriction may apply and the offer is subject to change, termination or discontinuation by Kloudian Systems Inc. without prior notice. Please visit the website for further details : http://www.asrock.com/feature/cloud/index.html


ASRock APP Shop

ASRock APP Shop is designed for your convenience. We provide various apps and support software for users to download. You can easily optimize your system and keep your motherboard up to date with ASRock APP Shop.


ASRock APP Shop is the only all-in-one software package that delivers you the most practical PC apps and tools, in one integrated interface – from ASRock exclusive tools to the most update-to-date options of the latest technology.
Orbweb ME :
Get Connected with ASRock Cloud Anytime, Anywhere
App Charger :
Fast Charge & Charge Anytime
Google Chrome :
Better Browsing with Google Options
XFast LAN :
Your Smartest Internet Access Manager


SATA Express Connector

The SATA Express* interface provides PCIe Gen2 x2 (10Gb/s) data transfer speed. This motherboard offers the latest SATA Express connector to enthusiasts to enjoy the ultimate performance.

* Support to be announced.

4 x DDR3 3400+(OC)

This motherboard unlocks maximum memory performance, coming with 4 DIMM slots for dual-channel memory, supporting up to DDR3 3400+ (OC) MHz!

HDD Saver Technology

There's a dedicated 4-pin HDD Saver Connector placed near the SATA ports. By connecting it to the HDDs, you can shut down or turn on the HDDs via software when needed. HDD Saver Technology secures more privacy, saves more energy, and extends HDD life.
Use the Hotkey [Ctrl + Alt + S] to run HDD Saver under OS.

Once you shut down your connected HDDs, they will disappear from your file explorer screen. Therefore other people won't even know these HDDs existed, nor can they access your private data stored on these HDDs. You can protect your privacy easily.
Shut down and hide up to 2 HDDs for privacy when needed
Without HDD Saver Technology, all HDDs are visible all the time. Your privacy is NOT protected!
Many HDDs are used for storing data only, while ODD is not frequently used. However, these occupied HDDs/ODD still consume a lot of energy and increase the internal temperature of the chassis when idle. This eco-friendly design allows you to shut down those devices for saving more energy. You can turn them back on anytime you need them.
Switch on or off the connected HDD/ODD whenever you want! Save more energy!
It is always annoying when your HDDs fail, not to mention the loss of your precious photos, videos, data, etc. By avoiding switching your HDDs on and off frequently, you can protect them from any potential damage and prolong your HDDs' life.

Thunderbolt™ 2 Ready

This motherboard comes with a 5-pin Thunderbolt AIC Connector for ASRock Thunderbolt 2 AIC card, and may support up to six daisy chained Thunderbolt devices up to 20 Gbps.

ASRock Thunderbolt™ Technology Expert
● Up to 20 Gbps : The fastest connection to your PC
● Bi-directional data transfer with PCI Express and DisplayPort
● Daisy Chain : Up to 6 Thunderbolt™ devices
● Large, high-resolution displays (Supports 4K)

Connecting to onboard graphicsConnecting to a graphics card

*Thunderbolt AIC Card is not included in the motherboard package. Product images for reference only.

Killer™ E2200

Delivering faster networking performance for time-sensitive UDP (User Datagram Protocol) based applications, such as high quality media streaming.

Rapid OC

The onboard Rapid OC buttons allow overclocking enthusiasts to manually raise or lower the system's CPU ratio, BCLK frequency or CPU Vcore voltage. Fast and simple, just use the buttons to find your CPU’s best margin.

PCIe ON/OFF

For those who constantly need to remove or reinstall their PCIe cards, but fear of damaging the motherboard and its precious components, use the PCIe ON/OFF switches on the motherboard to enable or disable the PCIe slots with a flick of your finger.

Formula Drive

ASRock Formula Drive is an all-in-one software for fine tuning different features in an user friendly interface. Specifically designed for perfectionist that wish to fine tune every tiny little aspect of their personal computer.

Fine-Tuning V-Controller

Fine-Tuning V-Controller is a massive collection of voltage fine tuning options in the ASRock UEFI Setup Utility. It provides more than enough voltage configuration options for professional overclockers who wish to pursuit extremes.

Timing Configurator

Timing Configurator is an independent application that runs under Windows® OS, it allows users to monitor an abundant collection of subtle DRAM timing values immediately and easily.

LN2 Mode

Rules are made for breaking! Use the onboard switch to activate LN2 Mode to disable the CPU’s thermal protection. Explore beyond the limits and keep your fingers crossed.

Slow Mode

Patience is a virtue, and it may also prove itself useful while overclocking. Use the onboard switch to toggle Slow Mode for forcing your CPU to run at its lowest frequency.

Nick Shih’s OC Profile

No matter whether you are still a newbie with absolutely zero experience or a veteran who is already pretty skillful in overclocking, the legendary overclocker Nick Shih has added a few presets for different levels of overclocking called Nick Shih’s OC Profile. Now is your chance to learn a few tricks from the champion.

ASRock App Charger

Fast Charge & Charge Anytime

Simply installing the App Charger driver, it makes your iPhone charge up to 40% faster than before. ASRock App Charger supports continuous charging when your PC enters Standby mode (S1), Suspend to RAM (S3), hibernation mode (S4) or power off (S5). The App Charger technology has been fully applied on ASRock Full series motherboards.

USB Key

In a world where time is money, why waste precious time everyday typing usernames to log in to Windows? Why should we even bother memorizing those foot long passwords? Nobody has time for that! Just plug in the USB Key and let your computer log in to windows automatically!

Restart to UEFI

Fast Boot is so fast that it is impossible for users to enter the UEFI setup utility during POST. Therefore, ASRock Restart to UEFI technology allows users to easily enter the UEFI setup utility automatically when turning on the PC next time. It is designed for those who constantly need to enter the UEFI setup utility.

ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)

Limit and control your children's time spent on the internet. ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard) technology allows you to establish an internet curfew or restrict internet access at specified times. Administrators are able to schedule the starting and ending hours of internet access granted to other users.

UEFI Tech Service

Contact ASRock Tech Service by sending a support request from the UEFI setup utility if you are having trouble with your personal computer. Users may try to choose the category of the issue they have encountered, describe the problem in detail, and then attach an optional picture or log file for our technical support team.

Dehumidifier

Dampness kills most electronics, so it's a better idea to keep your personal computer dry. Now users may prevent motherboard damages due to dampness by enabling Dehumidifier. When it is enabled, the computer will power on automatically to dehumidify the system after entering S4/S5 state.


Easy Driver Installer

For users that don’t have an optical disk drive to install the drivers from our support CD, Easy Driver Installer is a handy tool in the UEFI that installs the LAN driver to your system via an USB storage device, then downloads and installs the other required drivers automatically through the internet. Completely no CD or optical disk drive required!
Tired of listening to crappy audio that makes your ears bleed? Experience high-quality surround sound from your personal computer. DTS Connect is a blanket name for a two-part system, including DTS Interactive and DTS Neo:PC, it is used on the computer platform only, in order to convert PC audio into the DTS format.

DTS, DTS-HD, the Symbol, & DTS or DTS-HD and the Symbol together are registered trademarks of DTS, Inc. © DTS, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
This motherboard supports HDMI™ (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) which is an interface standard for transferring uncompressed video data and delivering multi-channel audio through a single cable. Both video and audio data signals transferred through the HDMI™ interface are digital without being converted into analog, therefore it delivers the richest pictures and the most realistic sounds.
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The picture of the user interface above is a sample for reference. The actual user interface may vary due to updated software versions.