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Z97
OC
FORMULA
Intel® Z97 Chipset
FORMULA
Product Brief
•ASRock Super Alloy
XXL Aluminum Alloy Heatsink
Premium Alloy Choke (Reduces 70% core loss compared to iron powder choke)
Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM)
NexFETTM MOSFET
12K Platinum Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
Sapphire Black PCB
•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
•Supports 5th Generation Intel® Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors (Socket 1150)
•Supports New 4th and 4th Generation Intel® Xeon®/Core™ i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors (Socket 1150)
•Supports Dual Channel DDR3 3400+(OC)
•3 PCIe 3.0 x16, 1 PCIe 2.0 x16, 2 PCIe 2.0 x1
•Supports AMD 4-Way CrossFireX and NVIDIA Quad SLI
•7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec), Supports Purity SoundTM 2 &
DTS Connect
•Qualcomm® Atheros® KillerTM LAN
•1 HDMI, 1 SATA Express, 8 SATA3, 1 M.2 (Gen2 x2/SATA)
•8 USB 3.0 (2 Front, 6 Rear), 6 USB 2.0 (2 Front, 4 Rear)
•1 COM Port Header, 2 V-Probe, Rapid OC, PCIe ON/OFF 1 Thunderbolt AIC Connector
•Supports Conformal Coating, Fine-Tuning V-Controller, Timing Configurator, ASRock HDD Saver Technology,
ASRock Cloud, APP Shop, NickShih's OC Profile, Formula Drive
Socket
Conformal Coating
Detail Specification
Unique Feature
OC Formula Kit
- 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
- 12K Platinum Caps (100% Japan made high quality conductive polymer capacitors)
- Sapphire Black PCB
- ASRock HDD Saver Technology
- ASRock Full Spike Protection
- ASRock Conformal Coating
- ASRock Cloud
- ASRock APP Shop
OC Formula Power Kit
- 12 Phase CPU Power design + 4 Phase Memory Power design
- Digi Power (CPU and Memory)
- Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM)
- Multiple Filter Cap (MFC) (Filter different noise by 3 different capacitors: DIP solid cap, POSCAP and MLCC)
- Jumbo V
OC Formula Connector Kit
- Hi-Density Power Connector (8 pin)
- 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
CPU
- Supports 5th Generation Intel® CoreTM i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors (Socket 1150)
- Supports New 4th and 4th Generation Intel® Xeon®/CoreTM i7/i5/i3/Pentium®/Celeron® Processors (Socket 1150)
- Digi Power design
- 12 Power Phase design
- Supports Intel® Turbo Boost 2.0 Technology
- Supports Intel® K-Series unlocked CPUs
- Supports ASRock BCLK Full-range Overclocking
Memory
- Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Technology
- 4 x DDR3 DIMM Slots
- Supports DDR3 3400+(OC)/2933(OC)/2800(OC)/2400(OC)/2133(OC)/1866(OC)/1600/1333/1066 non-ECC,
un-buffered memory
- Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB
- Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) 1.3 / 1.2
Expansion Slot
- 3 x PCI Express 3.0 x16 Slots (PCIE1/PCIE2/PCIE4: single at x16 (PCIE1); dual at x8 (PCIE1) / x8 (PCIE2);
triple at x8 (PCIE1) / x4 (PCIE2) / x4 (PCIE4))
- 1 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 Slot (PCIE6: x4 mode)
- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slots
- Supports AMD Quad CrossFireXTM, 4-Way CrossFireXTM, 3-Way CrossFireXTM and CrossFireXTM
- Supports NVIDIA® Quad SLITM and SLITM
Graphics
* Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals and the VGA outputs can be supported only with processors which are
GPU integrated.
- Supports Intel® HD Graphics Built-in Visuals : Intel® Quick Sync Video with AVC, MVC (S3D) and MPEG-2
Full HW Encode1, Intel® InTruTM 3D, Intel® Clear Video HD Technology, Intel® InsiderTM, Intel® HD Graphics
4400/4600
- Pixel Shader 5.0, DirectX 11.1
- Max. shared memory 1792MB
- Supports HDMI with max. resolution up to 4K x 2K (4096x2304) @ 24Hz
- Supports Auto Lip Sync, Deep Color (12bpc), xvYCC and HBR (High Bit Rate Audio) with HDMI Port
(Compliant HDMI monitor is required)
- Supports HDCP with HDMI Port
- Supports Full HD 1080p Blu-ray (BD) playback with HDMI Port
Audio
- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC1150 Audio Codec)
- Premium Blu-ray Audio support
- Supports Surge Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection)
- Supports Purity SoundTM 2
- Nichicon Fine Gold Series Audio Caps
- 115dB SNR DAC with Differential Amplifier
- TI® NE5532 Premium Headset Amplifier (Supports up to 600 Ohm headsets)
- Direct Drive Technology
- EMI Shielding Cover
- PCB Isolate Shielding
- Supports DTS Connect
LAN
Rear Panel I/O
- ATX Form Factor
- High Density Glass Fabric PCB
Platform
- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Qualcomm® Atheros® KillerTM E2200 Series
- Supports Qualcomm® Atheros® Security Wake On Internet Technology
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Supports Lightning/ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection)
- Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports PXE
Storage
Connector
BIOS Feature
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
- 1 x HDMI Port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 4 x USB 2.0 Ports
- 4 x USB 3.0 Ports (ASMedia ASM1074 hub) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
- 2 x USB 3.0 Ports (Intel® Z97) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- 1 x Clear CMOS Switch
- HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
- 6 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors by Intel® Z97, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10,
Intel Rapid Storage Technology 13 and Intel Smart Response Technology), NCQ, AHCI, Hot Plug and ASRock HDD
Saver Technology
- 2 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s Connectors by ASMedia ASM1061, support NCQ, AHCI, Hot Plug and ASRock HDD Saver
Technology
- 1 x SATA Express Connector (shared with SATA3_4, SATA3_5 and M.2 Socket)
* Support to be announced
- 1 x M.2_SSD (NGFF) Socket 3, supports M.2 SATA3 6.0 Gb/s module and M.2 PCI Express module up to
Gen2 x2 (10 Gb/s)
- 1 x COM Port Header
- 1 x TPM Header
- 1 x Power LED header
- 2 x CPU Fan Connectors (1 x 4-pin, 1 x 3-pin)
- 4 x Chassis Fan Connectors (1 x 4-pin, 3 x 3-pin)
- 1 x Power Fan Connector (3-pin)
- 1 x 24 pin ATX Power Connector
- 2 x 8 pin 12V Power Connectors (Hi-Density Power Connector)
- 1 x HDD Saver Connector
- 1 x PCIe Power Connector
- 1 x Front Panel Audio Connector
- 1 x Thunderbolt AIC Connector
- 1 x USB 2.0 Header (Supports 2 USB 2.0 ports) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
- 1 x USB 3.0 Header (Supports 2 USB 3.0 ports) (Supports ESD Protection (ASRock Full Spike Protection))
- 1 x Power Switch with LED
- 1 x Reset Switch with LED
- V-ProbeTM: 2 x 7-set of onboard voltage measurement points laid
- Rapid OC Buttons: +/- buttons to adjust OC frequency
- 1 x Menu Button
- 1 x PCIe ON/OFF Switch
- 1 x Post Status Checker (PSC)
- 1 x Slow Mode Switch
- 1 x LN2 Mode Switch
- 1 x BIOS Selection Switch
- 2 x 64Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with multilingual GUI support (1 x Main BIOS and 1 x Backup BIOS)
- Supports Secure Backup UEFI Technology
- ACPI 1.1 Compliant wake up events
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU, DRAM, PCH 1.05V, PCH 1.5V Voltage Multi-adjustment
Support CD
- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), Google Chrome Browser and Toolbar, Start8 (30 days trial),
Orbweb.ME Professional (Win 8.1 / 7), Killer Network Manager
Software and UEFI
Software
- ASRock Formula Drive
- ASRock Disk Health Report
- ASRock USB Key
- ASRock Fine-Tuning V-Controller
- ASRock Timing Configurator
- ASRock APP Charger
- ASRock XFast RAM
- ASRock Restart to UEFI
Hardware Monitor
- CPU/Chassis temperature sensing
- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
- CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan (Auto adjust chassis fan speed by CPU temperature)
- CPU/Chassis Fan multi-speed control
- Multi Thermal Sensor
- Voltage monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, CPU Input Voltage, CPU Internal Voltages
OS
- Microsoft® Windows® 8.1 32-bit / 8.1 64-bit / 8 32-bit / 8 64-bit / 7 32-bit / 7 64-bit
Certifications
- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)
Accessories
- 1 x ASRock Flexible SLI Bridge Connector Cable
- Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
- 4 x SATA Data Cables
- 1 x HDD Saver Cable
- 1 x Screw for M.2_SSD (NGFF) Socket 3
UEFI
- ASRock Full HD UEFI
- ASRock My Favorites in UEFI
- ASRock UEFI Guide
- ASRock NickShih's OC Profile
- ASRock Instant Flash
- ASRock Internet Flash
- ASRock Crashless BIOS
- ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)
- ASRock UEFI System Browser
- ASRock UEFI Tech Service
- ASRock Dehumidifier
- ASRock Easy RAID Installer
- ASRock Easy Driver Installer
The specification is subject to change without notice. The brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Any configuration other than the original product specification is not guaranteed.
Z97
OC
FORMULA
Intel® Z97 Chipset
FORMULA
The next generation NexFET MOSFETs provide lower Rds(on)
2.9 mΩ, delivering higher efficiency and lower temperature.
NexFET MOSFET
Power PAK
NexFET MOSFET
for Memory Power
Cool
HOT
Supreme 12K platinum caps! The industry’s
longest lifespan - 12,000 hours.*
12K
FP 1
82
2.5
Durability
ASRock 12K Platinum Caps
12,000 hours*
12K Platinum Caps
20% Longer!
Others’ High-End MBs Caps
The extra large massive
aluminum alloy heatsinks
dramatically take away
heat and cool down
MOSFETs, chipsets.
XXL Aluminum
Alloy Heatsink Design
10,000 hours
* Tested under industry standard 105 degree Celsius ambient temperature.
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
Premium Alloy Choke
efficient, stable and reliable.
Ferrite Choke
Premium Alloy Choke
Stacking two silicon dies into one MOSFET, DSM
provides larger die area and extreme low Rds(on) 1.2
mΩ, so the power supply for the CPU Vcore is more
efficient.
HOT
Dual-Stack MOSFET
Pure black PCB appearance. The new Sapphire
Black PCB represents rock-solid quality and
gives the motherboard a more mysterious touch.
Power PAK
Dual-Stack MOSFET
for CPU Power
HOT
Cool
Sapphire Black PCB
Cool
Connector
KIT
12
12 Phase
Phase CPU
CPU Power
Power
Design
Design
4 Phase Memory Power
Design
Power
KIT
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.
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.
Digi
Digi Power
Power
This motherboard uses
a digital PWM
(Pulse-Width
Modulation) design,
providing CPU Vcore
and memory voltage
more efficiently and
smoothly.
Jumbo
Jumbo VV
* Please note that overclocking may cause damage
to your CPU and motherboard. It should be done at
your own risk and expense.
Multiple
Multiple Filter
Filter Cap
Cap
(MFC)
(MFC)
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
Hi-Density Power
Power
Connector
Connector
15µ
15µ Gold
Gold Contact
Contact
Hi-Density Power Connectors
can reduce 23% power loss and
decrease the connector's
temperature up to 22oC.
This motherboard provides 15µ
gold within the CPU socket, DRAM
slots and PCIe x16 slots, thus
delivering better anti-oxidation
protection than usual.
Cooling KIT
Monitor KIT
88 Layer
Layer PCB
PCB
Multi Thermal Sensor
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.
The specification is subject to change without notice. The brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Any configuration other than the original product specification is not guaranteed.
Z97
OC
FORMULA
Intel® Z97 Chipset
FORMULA
Waterproof by
Conformal Coating
ASRock has implemented a special layer of
Conformal Coating on Z97 OC Formula, which
makes the motherboard invulnerable to
conductive liquids, corrosion and dust.
* The pins need to stay conductive therefore they are not
covered by Conformal Coating
10
M.2 Socket (PCIe Gen2 x2/SATA)
Socket
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 6.0 Gb/s modules and M.2 PCI
Express modules up to Gen2 x2 10 Gb/s, which is
2X faster compared to other M.2 Gen2 x1 solutions
that are limited to 5 Gb/s.
Purity Sound™ 2 includes 7.1 CH HD audio with
Realtek ALC1150 audio codec, 115dB SNR DAC
with Differential 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.
2X
5 Gb/s
Faster
PCIe Gen2 x2 M.2 Socket
PCIe Gen2 x1 M.2 Socket
Horizontal installation
design prevents any
interferences with
discrete graphics cards
and occupation of PCIe
slots
Fully support all lengths of M.2 devices:
30 mm,42 mm, 60 mm, 80 mm, and 110 mm
Purity Sound™ 2
Gb/s
Lower Noise Level &
Pure Sound Performance
16uA
Lower
is Better!
10uA
High Density
Audio Separator
Normal Caps
Fine Gold Caps
Normal Caps
Fine Gold Caps
ASRock Cloud
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.
* OrbWeb ME is provided by a third party. Restriction may apply and the offer is subject to
change, termination or discontinuation by the third party without prior notice.
Please visit the website for further details: http://www.asrock.com/feature/cloud/index.html
The specification is subject to change without notice. The brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Any configuration other than the original product specification is not guaranteed.
Z97
OC
FORMULA
Intel® Z97 Chipset
FORMULA
ASRock APP Shop
SATA Express Connector
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.
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.
DDR3 3400+(OC)
HDD Saver Technology
ASRock 9-Series motherboards unlock
maximum memory performance, coming with 4
DIMM slots for dual-channel memory,
supporting up to DDR3 3400+(OC) MHz!
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.
Killer™ E2200
Rapid OC
Delivering faster networking performance for
time-sensitive UDP (User Datagram Protocol)
based applications, such as high quality media
streaming.
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.
Rapid
Rapid OC
OC
Killer
Killer LAN
LAN
PCIe
PCIe ON/OFF
ON/OFF
PCIe ON/OFF
Fine-Tuning V-Controller
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.
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.
Fine-Tuning
Fine-Tuning V-Controller
V-Controller
Timing Configurator
Nick Shih’s OC Profile
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.
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.
Timing
Timing Configurator
Configurator
LN2
LN2 Mode
Mode
NickShih’s
NickShih’s OC
OC Profile
Profile
LN2 Mode
Slow 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.
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.
Slow
Slow Mode
Mode
The specification is subject to change without notice. The brand and product names are trademarks of their respective companies. Any configuration other than the original product specification is not guaranteed.
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