ASRock Z77 OC Formula Motherboard Review
OverviewHardware: CPU & Motherboards
WHAT WE LIKED:Styling separates the Z77 OC Formula from the rest of ASRock's line-up, great overclocking potential/performance and priced right.
WHAT WE DISLIKED:Slightly slow USB 3.0 speeds.
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Industry leading companies are not just born. They take time to mature, and as they evolve they slowly rise to the top. Take some of the auto manufacturers like Honda or even more currently, Hyundai, as an example. When both companies were in their infancy, they made rather mediocre looking products, yet they represented a great bang for your buck at the time. Today, Honda is now an industry leader and Hyundai manufactures some really great looking quality products. In relation, ASRock developed their company with a much similiar strategy. Only a few years back, many looked only at Asus and Gigabyte to fill their technological needs, and dismissed ASRock as a secondary company. ASRock made a very good product but they just lacked the marketing hype and reputation. They were missing that extra “thump.”
Over the past few years, ASRock has changed the game and is now considered by many to be one of the “Big Three” motherboard companies. In this time frame, Pure Overclock watched ASRock’s products and company evolve. Not only have the aesthetics changed from yesteryear, but the quality of the components and overall package has also improved. Now, ASRock brings cutting edge & very innovative features as we recently saw with the X79 Extreme 11. Simply said, ASRock’s products are now outstanding.
Today, we have a firecracker from ASRock in the lab. It is called the ASRock Z77 OC Formula and by the looks, this has the potential to be ASRock’s finest product to date. Also, we are intrigued by a new special feature in The Z77 OC Formula. It has a pseudo-hybrid watercooled heatsink option for the mosfet and VRM’s, which we will go into detail about later. Now, let’s fire this bad boy up to see if it lives up to ASRock’s new reputation, and if it unleashes a “can of whoop-ass” in overclocking prowess.