ASRock Unleashes Z590 OC Formula Motherboard, Designed By Nick Shih & Aimed at Enthusiast Overclockers


ASRock has brought back its iconic OC Formula brand with the launch of a new product, the Z590 OC Formula motherboard. The lineup was last seen several years ago but ASRock is taking things up a notch by not only introducing its first OCF motherboard after 6 years that aims purely at the hardcore overclocking community.

ASRock Resurrects Iconic OC Formula Brand With Its Z590 OC Formula Motherboard

The main launch product of the ASRock OC Formula lineup is the Z590 OC Formula which has been introduced day as the best motherboard for overclocking Intel's 11th Gen Rocket Lake Desktop line of processors. Designed in-collaboration with ASRock's very own, Nick Shih, the motherboard has a lot to offer.

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ASRock Z590 OC Formula Motherboard - Designed By Nick Shih

For starters, the ASRock Z590 OC Formula motherboard features the LGA 1200 socket which will support both 10th & 11th, Gen Desktop CPUs. The CPUs are powered by dual 8-pin connectors & fed by a monstrous 16 Phase SPS power delivery that makes use of 90A power stages and a high-grade (50A Dr.MOS) MOSFET implementation. The motherboard features a 12-layer server-grade and low-loss PCB. There are two SMD type DIMM slots that can support up to 64 GB capacities with speeds of up to 5600 MHz (OC+).

In terms of design, the motherboard features a brand new OCF look. Gone is the yellow look from the past and the board now comes with a light green design which, to be honest, looks really cool. There are several XXL Aluminum heatsinks which feature finned-aluminum arrays. The I/O plate is etched with a signature from Nick Shih. The memory VRMs are also covered by a heatsink. There are also several RGB LEDs on the side of the motherboard and under the PCH heatsink.

Some overclocking features on the ASRock Z590 OC Formula include a PCIe on/off switch, a post status checker, a slow mode switch, an LN2 mode switch, & three buttons with LEDs that store Nick Shih's custom OC profiles for Z590 OC Formula motherboards. There are also 2 internal USB 2.0 and USB 3.2 Gen 1 headers for front panel connectivity.

Expansion slots on the ASRock Z590 OC Formula include three PCIe x16 slots (Gen 4 x16, Gen 4 x8, Gen 3 x4 electrical), two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots and triple M.2 slots (1 Gen 4x4, 2 Gen 3x4). Storage options include up to six SATA III ports.

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For I/O, you get 2 antenna ports, a PS/2 port, Optical SPDIF out port, 3 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A) ports, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C) port, 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A) ports, 2 LAN ports powered by Intel I225-V 2.5G and 1G network controllers, a BIOS flashback and a BIOS selection switch, a Clear CMOS button and a 7.1 channel HD Audio jack powered by Realtek ALC1220 AUDIO codec. The ASRock Z590 OC Formula motherboard board also makes use of ESS SABRE9218 DAC for front panel audio and WIMA audio capacitors for front out-puts.