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ASRock Z87 OC Formula Motherboard Review

Rating: 9.5.

Built for hardened overclockers, does ASRock’s Z87 OC Formula have what it takes to compete with the likes of MSI’s Z87 XPower and Asus’ Maximus VI Extreme?

Utilising an E-ATX form factor and packed with overclocking-geared enhancements, ASRock’s Z87 OC Formula represents the company’s motherboard designed specifically for hardened tweakers and enthused benchmarkers. With a price tag that is over £50 less than some competing brands’ flagship products, the Z87 OC Formula could be a hit with overclockers to whom money is harder to come by.

Featuring an actively-cooled CPU power delivery system, the capacity for four graphics cards, and an onboard monitoring kit, is ASRock’s set of overclocker-orientated features enough for the Z87 OC Formula to shine amongst the competition?



  • OC Formula Power Kit
  • OC Formula Connector Kit
  • OC Formula Cooling Kit
  • OC Formula Monitor Kit
  • A-Style : Home Cloud, Conformal Coating, Purity Sound™, HDMI-In
  • Supports Nick Shih’s OC Profile, Formula Drive, FAN-Tastic Tuning
  • Supports Fine-Tuning V-Controller, Interactive UEFI, Timing Configurator, USB Key
  • Supports Rapid OC, PCIe ON/OFF, V-Probe
  • Free Bundle : 1 x Front USB 3.0 Panel with 2.5″ HDD/SSD Rack, 10 x OC Stands

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  • Harris

    wow that is awesome, looks stunning too!

  • John

    This board looks great – good price point too, which I always like with ASROCK. plenty of detail luke, thanks for review

  • Wilker

    I just ordered one, hard to find here though, they need to work on their distribution

  • Christopher Hall-Nelson

    They are always well priced, they dont seem any worse than MSI, GB or ASUS either in my own tests, but it all depends on what board you get I guess.

  • demon eyez

    Not the Formula I am looking forward to but I might go with this after trying out Asrock’s Fatal1ty Z77 and loving it. Not to mention that 9.5 rating.

    That fan though >.<

    It's forcing me to wait for the other Formula (VI) before I can decide.

    Thanks for the review ^^

  • Ugiboy

    Got the ac version of this from Overclockers abour four weeks ago. Just waiting on my custom cable extensions to arrive from Pexon to get my build started. If it is half as good as my X79Extreme11 in my main rig it will be epic

  • James

    Hi Luke,… was wondering. Is the PLX8605 embedded on the Z87 OC Formula AC driven from the CPU? or is it driven from the extra PCIe lanes provided by the Z87 Chipset? (I’m guessing from the lane configurations that it is the Z87? which would mean you could operate 2-way SLI without any latency?……) Thanks for any help you can provide.