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Aug 9, 2012

AsRock Z77 OC Formula Technical Details

Well-known mainboard manufacturer AsRock is getting ready to launch its own overclocking oriented Z77 motherboard, featuring the 1155 processor socket. The motherboard was displayed at Computex earlier this year and many thought that it was only a concept as AsRock has a certain market segment it addresses.

Years ago, the world’s largest motherboard manufacturer, Taiwanese company ASUS has decided not to associate its brand with low-end products and thus founded AsRock to take care of that market segment. Thanks to ASUS’ good channel contacts, market clout and influence, AsRock did very good and quickly achieved high sales and has eventually spun-off as an independent company. Now that it is on its own, AsRock no longer limits itself to low- or mid-end products and it also launches quality and expensive devices. On the other hand, the new AsRock’s Z77 OC Formula apparently goes against ASUS’ own Maximus V Formula and Gigabyte’s OC series. We’re not going to try and understand why AsRock is now competing with ASUS in the latter’s most important market segment and thus we’ll get down to what’s special about the new AsRock’s Z77 OC Formula.

Earlier today, we received a news tip about new info that has surfaced at chiploco.com. The info says that the new overclocking motherboard from AsRock comes with Japan-made high-quality conductive polymer solid capacitors, a Digi-Power 12+4 phase power design and gold contact points for CPU and memory. The motherboard also supports up to 32 GB of DDR3 memory and it can handle memory overclocking beyond DDR3-3000. The motherboard has two PCI Express 3.0 x16 expansion slots, one PCI Express 2.0 x16 (x4 electrically) and two PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, supporting up to 3-Way NVIDIA SLI and CrossfireX.

On the backpanel I/O, we can see a combo keyboard/mouse PS 2 connector and six USB 3.0 ports along with a clear CMOS button for situations where the overclocking settings might prove too much for the hardware to handle. The motherboard should already be on the market in the first days of the following month with a “moderate price tag.”

AsRock Z77 OC Formula
Images credits to ChipLoco


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