Exclusive: ASRock X99 Professional Preview; X99 OC Formula Shared, Too

In the last X99 motherboard reveal from ASRock, the company teased support for 1300 W processors. Today, ASRock shared images with us of the X99 OC Formula and gave us an exclusive peek at the X99 Professional. These two boards are ASRock’s overclocking-oriented boards, and while they are largely identical, they do have subtle and not-so-subtle differences. Both of these motherboards have a 12-phase VRM circuit, which can supply up to 1300 W of power to the CPU.

Both boards carry the LGA2011-3 socket, along with eight DDR4 memory slots for quad-channel memory and five PCI-Express 3.0 x16 slots (up to four of which can be used to install dual-slot graphics cards). They both have ten SATA3 (6 Gb/s) ports and not one, but two M.2 slots. One of the M.2 slots is an Ultra M.2 slot that sports four PCI-Express 3.0 lanes, while the other is a port that runs off of four PCI-Express 2.0 lanes.

It's worth noting that this is the first time we’ve seen a board with two M.2 slots. ASRock X99 ProfessionalASRock X99 ProfessionalASRock X99 OC FormulaASRock X99 OC Formula

We already know that both motherboards come with extensive overclocking support, so the question is why has ASRock built two almost-identical boards. The reasoning is quite simple: The X99 OC Formula is built to be the ultimate overclockers board, while the X99 Professional is targeted at a gaming-oriented audience. The things that set them apart, aside from the not-so-subtle color difference, are the additional heatsink we find on the X99 OC Formula and the Killer E2200 networking adapter and Fatal1ty mouse ports on the X99 Professional board. Given the similarities between these boards, it wouldn’t surprise us if some folks would decide between the two simply based on availability, or the color scheme.

For rear I/O both of the boards are identical, with two USB 2.0 ports, six USB 3.0 ports, a single legacy PS/2 port, dual Gigabit Ethernet and 8-channel HD audio which is driven by ASRock’s Purity Sound 2 chip.

No word on pricing or availability yet, though we do expect most X99 motherboards to arrive August 29, which is also when we expect DDR4 and the Haswell-E processors to start shipping.

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  • Darkk
    1300 watt CPU?? Are you sure? At that wattage the motherboard would catch on fire.
  • TechyInAZ
    Twin M.2 SSDs, interesting. I wonder if you can do RAID 0 or RAID 1 with that.

    1300W!! That's a lot of CPU power, defiantly a plus for overclockers.
  • lp231
    I see one has that ancient dinosaur Fatality name on it who just play games and the other by OCer Nick Shih. The other difference is as mentioned in the article, extra heatsink on OC and Fatality has the Killer Lan. Looks like OC has the Killer lan too without the "Killer" EMI shield. Too lazy to bother looking it up.
    I'll take the OC one, cause that Killer logo...
    What network card do you use?
    *In a immature high pitch voice* I use Killa! :|