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Review AMD Ryzen 5 3 2500X and 2300X: Quad dreams

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For 2018, AMD was able to achieve a notable success in the CPU market. As reported by the company itself, the volume of supply of chips for PCs in the fourth quarter of last year exceeded the same indicator a year ago in half, which was due to both a General increase in the popularity of the products under the brand Ryzen, and the increase in the average price of the processor. A significant increase of interest of buyers to Ryzen is evident in everything: in the systematic growth of the share of AMD in the processor market; and the intensification of guerrilla marketing, which lead to network fans Ryzen; and reports of individual stores indicating the outlined changes in the attitudes of customers PCs that are increasingly refuse from the usual Intel platforms.

And there is nothing surprising. AMD is very lucky with market conditions. Intel made major errors in production planning, which ultimately resulted in a protracted shortage and rising prices on cheap Intel Core Pentium. As a result, Ryzen was much more great offers from the point of view of price and performance in the middle and lower price segment purely automatically, only due to the fact that AMD was not in response to problems only competitor to adjust its pricing policy.

Affordable prices has always been one of the trumps AMD. The company tried to make its processors with the same Intel offers cost were superior to them in some important characteristics, e.g., the number of cores and threads. But now the company’s position has been reinforced due to the fact that the products Intel has become simply impossible to buy at a “fair” set producer price.

And here on the arm AMD played another factor. An important component of the marketing policy of this company is to offer the widest model range. AMD simply floods the market a variety of processors with slight differences in features and slightly different price. Previously, it allowed buyers to find a suitable option for themselves without having to make any financial compromises. But now that the Intel processors due to the shortage often unavailable, AMD simply occupied the price lists, giving the potential buyer the slightest opportunity to at least think about choosing the alternative option. A simple example: in the shop of our partner company “regard”, in the range from 6 to 12 thousand rubles to 17 various modifications Ryzen is only 6 current Intel platform LGA 1151v2.

But the most interesting that AMD made no stops, and a variety of processors Ryzen continues to multiply further. Today we will look at two chips that went on sale recently – 2500X Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 3 2300X. This pair of processors extends the family of Pinnacle Ridge and down, adding to the existing eight-core and six-core representatives of cheaper offers with four cores. Means that most modern Ryzen microarchitecture Zen+, released in technological process of 12 nm are available now at a price of 12 thousand rubles.

Formally Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X was released AMD as solutions for OEM-collectors and retail must not be delivered. However, the Russian market is, as usual, does not apply. We have a feature of “OEM-ness” Quad core Pinnacle Ridge is just what you can buy them exclusively in the version without the box and cooler. That, however, it is unlikely someone will stop, especially Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X look very attractive because the characteristics they outperform any other Quad AMD.


In April of last year AMD updated its desktop processors – that’s when the second generation Ryzen translated into the 12-nm process technology and has received improved microarchitecture Zen+. However, the changes affected only the eight-core and six-core members of the family Ryzen, while the range of Quad spring upgrade is not touched. As a result, the benefits of a Zen+ was available only to buyers rather expensive processors on the average price segment users were forced to continue to rely either on the old Ryzen sample 2017 or on released a year ago processor family, Raven Ridge has a built-in graphics core.

This situation lasted long enough, but last fall AMD has announced a Quad-core CPU model two thousandth of a series a class of Zen+. The assortment has replenished with two novelties, Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X that was obviously conceived as a more modern replacement Ryzen Ryzen 5 and 3 1500X 1300X. However, AMD for some reason didn’t want to completely abandon the models of the previous generation in favor of new ones. The old Quad continue to be supplied until today, and for innovations yet plays a rather limited niche: they are positioned as solutions for OEMs and not sold in retail bundling in boxes with a proprietary cooling system.

In the result, the range desktop Quad core Ryzen has grown to eight members with quite widely differing characteristics. For clarity, we have reduced their specifications together.

Design Cores/ Threads Base frequency, GHz Turbo frequency, GHz L3 cache MB Memory Graph. the core Lines PCIe TDP, watts
Ryzen 5 2500X Pinnacle Ridge 4/8 3,6 4,0 8 DDR4-2933 No 24 65
Ryzen 5 2400G Raven Ridge 4/8 3,6 3,9 4 DDR4-2933 Vega 11 16 65
Ryzen 5 1500X Summit Ridge 4/8 3,5 3.7 V 16 DDR4-2666 No 24 65
Ryzen 5 1400 Summit Ridge 4/8 3,2 3,4 8 DDR4-2666 No 24 65
Ryzen 3 2300X Pinnacle Ridge 4/4 3,5 4,0 8 DDR4-2933 No 24 65
Ryzen 3 2200G Raven Ridge 4/4 3,5 3.7 V 4 DDR4-2933 Vega 8 16 65
Ryzen 3 1300X Summit Ridge 4/4 3,5 3.7 V 8 DDR4-2666 No 24 65
Ryzen 3 1200 Summit Ridge 4/4 3,1 3,4 8 DDR4-2666 No 24 65

It is clearly seen that Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X on the background of the fellows highlighted a number of significant advantages that make them very interesting proposals.

First, Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X – do media more new 12-nm microarchitecture Zen+. This means that they are based on the design of Pinnacle Ridge, which has a better frequency potential and offers slightly increased the specific productivity by reducing latency of the cache memory of the second and third levels. In addition, these processors have a memory controller, formally compatible with DDR4-2933 SDRAM.

Second, although the basis of Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X and are exactly the same OCTA core semiconductor crystals, the elder of the two thousandth series processors, active only one of the two CCX-modules. And this is a huge advantage of new products on a Quad-core predecessors, with the design of the Summit Ridge, where he remained working both the CCX and the cores in them were blocked symmetrically. Now, thanks to changes in the structure of all active nuclei are collected in a single domain, and shipments of data or accesses to the cache memory of the third level they do without the involvement of tires Infinity Fabric, which in the existing processor microarchitecture Zen/Zen+ often becomes a bottleneck. As a result, the performance of new product has improved also for this reason.

Thirdly, Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X became the most high-frequency current AMD processors with four cores. The frequencies higher than the Quad-core Ryzen thousandth of a series by up to 300 MHz, and the frequency in turbo mode reaches the 4-gigahertz mark, which is a Quad Socket AM4 still did not take. However, in fairness it should be noted that the six – and eight-processor Pinnacle Ridge use even higher frequencies, and in this respect Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X cannot be called Champions.

However, Quad core 5 and 2500X Ryzen Ryzen 3 2300X still look very good. When compared to the processors of the same class, that AMD offered earlier, they win almost everything. The only thing you can see the deterioration of the characteristics is the amount of L3-cache. Consisting of two CCX-modules Ryzen 5 1500X offered the cache of the third level capacity of 16 MB, while the new Ryzen 5 2500X L3 cache in half. However, the critical difference may be only in tasks that intensively interact with large volumes of data. Besides do not forget that a monolithic L3 cache Ryzen in 5 2500X works clearly faster than consisting of two parts cache Ryzen 5 1500X.

#5 and 2500X Ryzen Ryzen 3 2300X in the real work

For a pair of considered novelties of a lineup of Quad AMD additionally ballooned, and potential buyers cheap Socket AM4 processors up to quite a controversial choice. New Ryzen 5 2500X is not very common in the sale and costs around 10.5 thousand rubles, that is, it is roughly equal in price Ryzen 5 2400G, but more expensive than Ryzen 5 1500X, somewhere in the fifteen hundred rubles. A little bit different situation with the price of the second innovation, Ryzen 3 2300X. This CPU is already widely sold in the retail channel, and is estimated at 6.5 thousand rubles, while alternative 3 and 2200G Ryzen Ryzen 3 1300X sold somewhere for 500 rubles more expensive.

In these circumstances, Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X seem a reasonable choice in cases when the CPU does not have integrated GPU, which the members of the family Pinnacle Ridge no. Arguments in favor of new products is quite obvious, just look how they work in real conditions.

For example, if a single-threaded load Ryzen 5 2500X holds the frequency of 3.95 GHz, while Ryzen 5 2400G in a similar situation will work for a 3.85 GHz, and Ryzen 5 1500X – 3,875 GHz.

Ryzen 5 1500X

Ryzen 5 1500X

Ryzen 5 2400G

Ryzen 5 2400G

Ryzen 5 2500X

Ryzen 5 2500X

Variation in frequency at full load on all cores becomes noticeable. In this case Ryzen 5 2500X offers a 50-megahertz advantage over Ryzen 5 2400G, but the 200-megahertz – over Ryzen 5 1500X.

Ryzen 5 1500X

Ryzen 5 1500X

Ryzen 5 2400G

Ryzen 5 2400G

Ryzen 5 2500X

Ryzen 5 2500X

Naturally, this is reflected in performance. Even according to the built-in diagnostic CPU-Z utility built-in benchmark Ryzen 2500X new 5 offers at 3-6 % higher performance compared to older brothers in a single-threaded and multi-threaded test. It should be understood that this benchmark is a purely synthetic nature and does not use L3-cache and memory subsystem. That is, in fact, the difference in performance here is due only to the difference in operating frequency.

Ryzen 5 1500X

Ryzen 5 1500X

Ryzen 5 2400G

Ryzen 5 2400G

Ryzen 5 2500X

Ryzen 5 2500X

But noticeable advantages in power consumption and temperature Ryzen 5 2500X offers. For example, in stress test CPU-Z maximum temperature Ryzen 5 2500X does not exceed 60 degrees (cooler Noctua NH-U14S), and the dissipation of the processor is in the range of 67 watts. But it is made for 14-nm technology chips Ryzen Ryzen 2400G 5 and 5 1500X with the same load warm up to 62 and 53 degrees, respectively, consuming 63 and 64 watts.

The situation is similar to Ryzen 3 2300X. In particular, when a single-threaded load a new Quad-core without SMT can operate at 4.0 GHz, and its predecessors in the face of Ryzen Ryzen 2200G 3 and 3 1300X – at a frequency of 3.7 and 3.9 GHz, respectively.

Ryzen 3 1300X

Ryzen 3 1300X

Ryzen 3 2200G

Ryzen 3 2200G

Ryzen 3 2300X

Ryzen 3 2300X

Load increases Ryzen 3 2300X significantly increasing its frequency advantage. When simultaneous operation of all cores frequency reaches 3,925 GHz, while Ryzen Ryzen 2200G 3 and 3 1300X settle for 3.6 GHz.

Ryzen 3 1300X

Ryzen 3 1300X

Ryzen 3 2200G

Ryzen 3 2200G

Ryzen 3 2300X

Ryzen 3 2300X

This is reflected in the benchmark is CPU-Z. single-threaded result Ryzen 3 2300X exceeds the indicators issued by Ryzen 3 past generations, 8-9 %, and in the multithreaded test new processor faster 14-nanometer predecessors 9-11 %.

Ryzen 3 1300X

Ryzen 3 1300X

Ryzen 3 2200G

Ryzen 3 2200G

Ryzen 3 2300X

Ryzen 3 2300X

As for power consumption and heat, under load the temperature Ryzen 3 2300X reached 57 degrees, and the power consumption measured by the built-in CPU sensor, up to 52 watts. This is slightly higher values when compared with the behavior Ryzen Ryzen 2200G 3 and 3 1300X in the same conditions, the processors of past generations under load warmed up to 50-54 degrees, and power consumption was between 45 and 50 watts.

In addition, it is necessary to mention an important fact concerning support Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X existing Park AM4 Socket-motherboards. The fact is that manufacturers do not consider it necessary to include these processors in their compatibility lists. But in fact no problems exist. Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X – a typical media design Pinnacle Ridge, so those motherboards are equipped with BIOS that supports six-core and eight-core Ryzen second generation, absolutely fine work with the new Quad. In other words, Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X will fit the vast majority of boards, including and inexpensive motherboard for the younger sets of logic.


There is another advantage that should have processors Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X “by definition”. Thanks to the 12-nm process technology they should have a higher than past Quad, the frequency capacity available for overclocking. All AMD CPUs still have a free multiplier, and considering today’s new, not the exception. They overclock exactly the same way as other Ryzen – increase multiplication factor. Fortunately, this does not require any special equipment, overclocking in the platform Socket AM4 is available even to owners of inexpensive motherboards based on chipsets B350 and B450.

However, we should not impose on a Quad-core Pinnacle Ridge high expectations. Yes, these processors are really built to 12-nm crystals which are used, for example, Ryzen 7 2700X. But not all so simple: Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X manufacturer applies production culling, that is, those of the semiconductor workpiece, which, for various reasons, are not suited for the older processor family. And that means that the overclocking potential of the new Quad could be worse than the older processors Ryzen two thousand series.

Practice has shown that about the way it is. While Pinnacle Ridge processors with eight cores when overclocking often yields frequencies of about 4.2 GHz or 5 2500X Ryzen, Ryzen no 3 2300X to be dispersed so I couldn’t. Maximum achievable for both the CPU was frequency of 4.1 GHz, which, however, still a couple of hundred megahertz higher than what is available when overclocking Quad core Summit Ridge.

Performance Ryzen 5 2500X at a frequency of 4.1 GHz was achieved with an increase in voltage to 1.375 V and the associated enabling Load-Line Calibration.

A more simple Ryzen 3 2300X without the support of SMT frequency 4.1 V was able to take at slightly lower voltage of 1.35 V.

It’s funny that when stress-testing both processors when the described acceleration they showed approximately the same practical power consumption at the level of 75-80 W and similar temperature in the range of 75-78 degrees. Moreover, similar performance level 114-116 GFlop were given a stress test Linpack.

We should also mention that when determining the boundaries of overclocking we used quite efficient and expensive air cooler Noctua NH-U14S. In real systems, where you have a chance to get Ryzen Quad-core, likely to be used in the coolers easier. This means that regular users can expect a somewhat weaker acceleration Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X, for example, to frequencies of the order of 4.0 GHz. But this frequency is close to the nominal mode of these processors, therefore, forced to overclocking Ryzen Ryzen 2500X 5 and 3 2300X sense not so much – the resulting increase in speed will be noticeable not much.


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The range of any known company, which produces motherboards, today a lot of models that supports overclocking. Somewhere- for example, in the elite series ASUS ROG — such functions is inexhaustible many, how many, and all the others, and the more affordable versions of the boards, on the contrary, the developers have added only the most basic overclocking. But there is a very small group of motherboards designed specifically for overclocking. They are not saturated, “weight” circuitry controllers often do not support the maximum for a specific set of logic memory and are not painted with a solid “carpet” of LEDs on the PCB. But they are ready to squeeze all the juice out of the processors and is designed to achieve the limit frequency and setting records.

One of these boards over a year ago, the company released the ASRock with the direct participation of the legends of overclocking from Taiwan nick Shi (Nick Shih). He owned and owns several records overclocking using liquid nitrogen, and among professional overclockers, it took first place for 18 months. It was his recommendation helped developers to release X299 ASRock OC Formula, and that his extreme overclocking profiles programmed into the BIOS of this Board.

Today we will learn the features of this Board and read its overclocking capabilities.

#Specifications and cost

X299 ASRock OC Formula
Supported processors Intel Core X in the performance LGA2066 (seventh generation microarchitecture Core);
support technology Turbo Boost Technology 3.0 Max;
technology support, ASRock BCLK Hyper Engine III
Chipset Intel Express X299
Memory subsystem 4 × DDR4 DIMM UN-buffered memory up to 64 GB;
four – or dual-channel memory mode (depending on CPU);
support modules with frequency 4600(OC)/4500(OC)/4400(OC)/4266(OC)/4133(OC)/4000(OC)/
2133 MHz;
15 micron gold contacts in the memory slots;
support Intel XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) 2.0
Connectors for expansion boards 5 slots PCI Express 3.0 x16 modes x16/x0/x0/x16/x8 or x8/x8/x8/x8/x8 with the processor 44 with PCI-E; x16/x0/x0/x8/x4 or x8/x8/x0/x8/x4 CPU with 28 PCI-E; x16/x0/x0/x0/x4 or x8/x0/x0/x8/x4 CPU with 16 PCI-E;
1 slot PCI Express 3.0 x4;
1 slot PCI Express 2.0 x1;
15-micron gold-plated contacts in the PCI-E1 and PCI-E5
The scalability of the video NVIDIA Quad/4-way/3-way/2-way SLI Technology;
AMD Quad/4-way/3-way/2-way CrossFireX Technology
The storage interface Intel X299 Express:
– 6 × SATA 3 bandwidth of up to 6 Gbps (supports RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, Intel Optane Memory 15 Intel Rapid Storage, Intel Smart Response, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug);
– 2 x Ultra M. 2 (PCI Express x4 Gen 3/SATA 3), capacity up to 32 GB/s ports (both ports support drive types 2230/2242/2260/2280/22110).
Controller ASMedia ASM1061:
– 2 × SATA 3 bandwidth of up to 6GB/s (support NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug)
Dual NICs Intel Gigabit LAN I219V and I211AT (10/100/1000 Mbit);
protection from lightning and electrostatic discharges (Lightning/ESD Protection);
technology supports Wake-On-LAN Dual LAN with Teaming; energy efficient Ethernet 802.3 az, PXE
Wireless network interface Missing
Bluetooth Missing
Audio 7.1 channel HD audio Realtek ALC1220:
– the ratio of “signal to noise” on the linear audio output 120 dB, and on the linear input 113 dB;
– Japanese audio capacitors of Nichicon Fine Gold Series;
– built-in headphone amplifier TI NE5532 Premium with output to front panel (support headphones with impedance up to 600 Ohms);
insulation audiosony on the PCB Board;
– left and right audio channels located in different layers of the PCB;
– protection against power surges;
– 15-micron gold-plated audio jacks;
– supports Premium Blu-ray audio;
– support technology Surge Protection and Purity Sound 4;
– supports DTS Connect
USB interface Intel X299 Express:
– 6 ports USB 3.1 Gen1 (4 on back panel, 2 are connected to the connector on the Board);
– 6 USB 2.0 ports (2 on back panel, 4 ports to the two connectors on the Board).
Controller ASMedia ASM3142:
– 2 ports USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-A and Type-C on the rear panel);
Controller ASMedia ASM3142:
– 1 port USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-C front panel)
Connectors and buttons on the rear panel 2 USB 2.0 ports and a combo PS/2 port;
BIOS Flashback button;
Clear CMOS switch;
2 port USB 3.1 Gen1;
2 port USB 3.1 Gen1, and network LAN-socket RJ-45;
2 port USB 3.1 Gen2 (Type-A + Type-C) and network LAN-socket RJ-45;
optical S/PDIF output;
5 jacks (Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone)
Internal connectors on the system Board 24-pin power connector high density EATX;
8-pin power connector high density ATX 12 V;
4-pin power connector high density ATX 12 V;
6-pin power connector high density ATX 12 V for graphics cards;
8 SATA 3;
2 M. 2;
5 4-pin connectors for hull/CPU fan with PWM support;
2 contact RGB LED;
USB 3.1 Gen1 to connect the two ports;
2 USB 2.0 ports for connecting four ports;
USB 3.1 Gen2 port on the front panel of the housing;
connector TPM;
audio connector for the front panel;
audio connector Right Angle;
connector Virtual RAID On the CPU;
connectors Power LED and Speaker;
the Thunderbolt connector;
a group of connectors for the front panel;
connector Voltage Control;
indicators Dr. Debug;
the power button is illuminated;
reset button (Reset);
reset button (Retry);
button Safe Boot;
Rapid OC buttons;
Menu button;
the PCIe switches ON/OFF;
Post Status Checker (PSC);
switch Slow Mode;
switch LN2 Mode;
connector BIOS B Select
BIOS 2 × 128 Mbit AMI UEFI BIOS with multilingual GUI (SD/HD/Full HD);
support PnP, DMI 3.0; WfM 2.0, SM BIOS 3.0, ACPI 6.1;
the supports Secure Backup UEFI
Corporate functions, technology and exclusive features OC Formula Power Kit:
– 13 Phase CPU Power design + 2 Phase Memory Power design;
– Digi Power (CPU and Memory);
– Dr. MOS;
OC Formula Connector Kit:
– Hi-Density Power Connector (24-pin for Motherboard, 8+4 pin for Motherboard, 6-pin for PCIe Slot);
– 15μ Gold Contact (memory sockets and PCIE x16 slots (PCIE1 and PCIE5));
OC Formula Cooling Kit:
– 8 Layer PCB;
– 2oz copper;
– Heat Pipe Design;
OC Formula Monitor Kit:
– Multi Thermal Sensor
ASRock Super Alloy:
– XXL aluminum radiator;
– Premium 60A Power chokes Choke;
– 60A Dr.MOS;
– premium memory capacitors;
capacitors Nichicon 12K Black (100% Japan made polymer capacitors high quality and conductivity);
black frosted printed circuit Board;
– High Density Glass Fabric PCB;
ASRock Steel Slots;
ASRock Ultra M. 2 (PCIe Gen3 x4 & SATA3);
ASRock Ultra USB Power;
ASRock Full Spike Protection (all USB, Audio and LAN);
ASRock Live Update & APP Shop
Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 x64
Form factor, dimensions (mm) ATX, 305 × 244
The warranty of the manufacturer, years 3
The minimum retail price, RUB. 30 700

#Packaging equipment

X299 ASRock OC Formula comes in a big box decorated in strong colours. On the front side no bright eye-catching screen savers and stickers – only the name of the Board manufacturer and the list of supported technologies.


On the reverse side of the box you can find a brief listing of the features of the Board and its ports on the back panel, and more information open under flap front panel of the box.

It is already possible to gather almost all the information about the product and also to see a bigger part of the Board through a transparent plastic window.

On the sticker from the end of the box lists the serial number and the batch number, the name of the model and its dimensions, country of origin and weight.

Please note that the Board weighs more than 1.2 kg, it’s really massive and heavy.

Inside of the carton Board is lying on a pallet made of polyethylene foam to which it is pressed against the plastic ties, and top it covers another insert of the same material.

Package Board includes four SATA cables with latches, standard backplate, plug the rear panel, two screws to secure the drives in the slots M. 2, and four connecting bridge for various SLI configurations.

The documentation Board is equipped with two types of instructions that contain sections in Russian, the Bulletin supported processors, ASRock card, CD with drivers and proprietary utilities.

X299 ASRock OC Formula is accompanied by a three year warranty. As for the cost, in Russia the fee can be purchased at a price of 30.7 thousand rubles. In other words, this is one of the most expensive boards, processors design LGA2066.


Design ASRock OC Formula X299 strict, but at the same time attractive. Colors of the Board are selected in such a way that all its elements, including radiators, in harmony with each other. So when you look at it there is a feeling of serious and high-quality product, and not just another “toy” boards with bright full of details on the PCB.


I would like to mention the massive heatsinks on the VRM cooling circuits of the processor is connected with a heat pipe. In the same style with them decorated the radiator of the chipset, which caused the name of the Board model.


Add that X299 ASRock OC Formula made in the form factor ATX and has dimensions of 305 × 244 mm.

A large area of the back panel is ribbed end of the second section of the radiator. Obviously, due to such a simple solution the developers sought to increase the efficiency of cooling elements VRM. The specs of the Board stated that the radiator can remove elements from the VRM up to 450 watts of thermal power.

Despite this fact, all the necessary ports on the rear panel. Among them, eight USB 3.1 Gen2 including the PS/2 port, button, BIOS Flashback and Clear CMOS, two network sockets, optical output and 5 audio outputs. Plug here not built in, like some other flagship motherboards.

Of the cover parts on ASRock OC Formula X299 radiators only, no plastic housing with backlight. The radiators are fastened with screws, therefore, be removed easily. Here is the Board without them.

Like other flagship models from ASRock, X299 OC Formula uses an eight-layer PCB of high density, more resistant to thermal stress and humidity. In addition, it doubled the thickness of the copper layers, which should positively affect the heat distribution.

The main advantages of the ASRock, which we will examine in the article below.

To further study the arrangement of elements on the PCB will help the scheme with the table of the instruction manual.


In the CPU socket LGA2066 X299 ASRock OC Formula contact needle sputter-coated from a 15-micron layer of gold. According to the developers, such a coating contributes to the increased resistance of the needles to corrosion and increase the number of times you can remove and replace the processor without deterioration of contact with them (especially for overclockers). In addition, the center of the connector there is a hole for installation under the CPU temperature sensor.

Currently, the fee supports 17 models of Intel processors, released in design LGA2066.

Stated that the power circuit of the CPU built in the 13-phase scheme, which uses the Assembly Dr. MOS, durable capacitors Premium 60A Power Choke and Nichicon 12K. The total capacity of the CPU power circuit declared at around 750 A.


But her closer inspection, it turns out that directly to the processor there are 12 phases, and another involved in VCCSA (right hand throttle in the photo marked TR30) and VCCIO. On the reverse side of the PCB with soldered IC-doubles on the use of spoken and application of the seven phase controller ISL69138.

In addition, the X299 ASRock OC Formula has an external clock – BCLK Hyper Engine III, implemented by a microprocessor ICS 6V41742B.

It should help to achieve better overclocking results on the BCLK frequency and to provide precision installation.

For nutrition fee gave four connectors. They include the standard 24 – and 8-pin and additional 4-pin for CPU and memory. Well, six-pin connector which should be connected if charge installed four graphics cards.


All power connectors, the Board uses the contact needle of high density.

The number of slots of RAM on ASRock OC Formula X299 reduced from eight to four, and the maximum supported memory DDR4 reduced from 128 to 64 GB. This approach engineers the ASRock understandable and justified, since overclockers on platforms with LGA2066 rarely uses all eight slots, and four modules to achieve a more impressive memory overclocking is much easier than eight. Slots located in pairs on both sides of the CPU socket, all the contacts within them are covered with 15 micron layer of gold.

Frequency modules can reach 4600 MHz, and support for XMP (Extreme Memory Profile) 2.0 standard will simplify the achievement of this indicator, the benefit of DDR4 kits with this nominal frequency is already available. By the way, on the company’s website published lists of certified for this card sets of RAM, including therefore the memory with a frequency of 4600 MHz (G. Skill F4-4600CL19D-16GTZKKC). We add that the power supply system of each pair of dual channel slots.

PCI Express slots on the ASRock OC Formula X299 seven, with five of them, made in the form factor of x16, have a metal shell that further emphasizes these slots and shielding their contacts from electromagnetic radiation. In addition, in the first and fifth reels well as the contacts inside are gold plated layer with a thickness of 15 µm.

When installed on the processor Board 44 with a PCI-E supported the creation of the multiprocessor graphic configurations with four graphics cards for GPU AMD or NVIDIA in the mode x8/x8/x8/x8, and two video cards will work in conjunction full speed x16/x16. In turn, with a CPU with 28 PCI-E can work four graphics cards on AMD GPU in the mode x8/x8/x8/x4 or three on the NVIDIA GPU in the mode x8/x8/x8 and two cards will always work in mode x16/x8. Finally, when you install a processor Board with 16 PCI-E will be available modes are x16 or x8/x8.

For the distribution of PCI-E on the Board meets a huge array of multiplexers NXP supplies (22), part of which is located on the opposite side of the PCB.

Additionally commutes the PCI-Express controller ASM1184e production ASMedia.

To the periphery of the PCB has one slot PCI Express 3.0 x4 slot with an open end and a single slot PCI Express 2.0 x1.

Crystal Express chipset Intel X299 contact with the heatsink via thermal pads and nothing special.

Is it only possible to note that the PCB Board exactly on the perimeter of the chipset is soldered 19 LEDs RGB-lighting.

Board is equipped with from eight SATA 3 ports, six of which are implemented by the chipset Intel Express X299. It supports the creation of RAID-arrays levels 0, 1, 5, 10 and Intel Optane Memory 15 Intel Rapid Storage, Intel Smart Response, NCQ, AHCI and Hot Plug.

Two additional ports are implemented by controller ASMedia ASM1061. The meaning of their presence on the Board aimed at overclocking, we are not clear.

X299 ASRock OC Formula gave two-port Ultra M. 2 with a capacity of up to 32 Gbit/s, both support drives with PCI Express x4 Gen 3 and SATA 3.

The length of the drives in both ports can be any (from 30 to 110 mm), but the drawback is the radiators are absent, although the problem of overheating of high-speed SSD and decrease their performance today is quite acute.

Continuing the theme drives note the presence on the Board of the connector Virtual RAID On CPU (VROC1).

It is designed to create Hyper-speed RAID-arrays NVMe SSD connected directly to the processor.

15 total number of USB ports to eight external and seven internal. Six ports are USB 3.1 Gen1: four displayed on the rear panel and two are connected to an internal connector on the Board. Another six ports are USB 2.0: two displayed on the rear panel and four connected to two internal connectors on the motherboard.

All of these ports are implemented by the chipset. Two additional controller ASMedia ASM3142 allowed to add three high-speed USB 3.1 Gen2 throughput to 10 Gbps.

Two such port can be found on the rear panel (connectors Type-A and Type-C) and another port located on the PCB and is intended for connecting a cable from the front panel of the system unit. In General, the number of USB ports and their distribution on ASRock OC Formula X299 can be called perfect.

The Board was equipped with two Gigabit network controllers: Intel WGI219-V and Intel WGI211-AT.

Both controllers and their connectors are protected against lightning and electrostatic discharges (Lightning/ESD Protection), and supports Wake-On-LAN Dual LAN with Teaming and energy-efficient Ethernet 802.3 az.

Despite the obvious overclocking focus X299 ASRock OC Formula, the sound of her given due consideration. The basis of the sound channel lies popular 7.1 channel audio codec Realtek ALC1220.

To increase the purity of the sound, it added Japanese audio capacitors of Nichicon Fine Gold Series and headphone amplifier TI NE5532 Premium with output to front panel (support headphones with impedance up to 600 Ohms).

In addition, left and right audio channels located in different layers of the PCB, and the whole area of the audio components are separated from the rest of the Board non-conductive strips.

Such hardware optimization, according to the developers, allowed to achieve the ratio of “signal to noise” on the linear audio output 120 dB, and on the linear input 113 dB. At the software level they are complemented by technology Purity Sound 4, DTS Connect, Premium Blu-ray audio, Surge Protection and DTS Connect.

Monitoring and fan control on the Board vested immediately to two controllers Super I/O Nuvoton NCT6683D and NCT6791D.


In addition, on the reverse side of the Board soldered two extra controller Winbond W83795ADG.

Each controller can monitor up to 21 voltages, 8 fans and 6 temperature sensors. But it is strange that on the Board we can only find 5 connectors to connect and control the fans via PWM or voltage. In our opinion, for a motherboard of this class and orientation of these connectors should not be less than seven.

But motherboard is equipped with a comprehensive set of overclocking buttons and switches, and four diagnostic LEDs.

In addition, on the bottom edge of the PCB has an indicator POST-codes, which you can use to determine the cause of the loading error or system failure.

X299 ASRock OC Formula contains two 128-bit BIOS.

Switching between primary and backup microchip implemented the good old jumper. Will add that updating the BIOS can be used the BIOS Flashback button on the rear panel of the Board. And it does not require any CPU, no RAM, no graphics card — only the Board itself when the USB drive with FAT32 file system and update the BIOS.

As we mentioned above, the Board highlighted area of the chipset. The illumination color and its mode of operation are configured in the BIOS and in the corporate application ASRock RGB LED.

To extend the backlight for the whole system block will help two RGB connector, to which you can connect led strip to limit current 3 And each length is two meters.

Cooling of the circuit elements of the VRM on ASRock OC Formula X299 implemented two massive radiators, connected by heat pipe. Remote radiator goes on the backboard, and further is cooled by external air flow.

On a barely heated the chipset installed flat aluminum heatsink with thermal pad.


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