Originally Posted by Blameless
Some cons:- PCB came warped. It's not extreme and not enough to have any practical effect, but it was immediately noticeable.
- Molex connector for the PCI-E supplemental power is almost unusable in mid-tower cases with a bottom mounted PSU.
- Top PCI-E slot (and only 16x capable slot with a 28-lane CPU) is pretty close to the LGA-2011v3 socket. My NH-D14 fits when a GPU is installed in this slot, but only barely, and I need to have tape insulating the metal fan clips on that side of the heatsink. This layout is mostly unavoidable due to the board supporting 4-way, but it would have been nice if another slot was the 16x electrical slot with 28-lane processors.
- BIOS still has errors. Several memory timings do not have the range of options stated, and one voltage setting shows as being in the red danger range when manually set to stock.
- Some confusingly labeled settings and fairly poor documentation.
- Difficulty automatically booting to UEFI enabled USB media.
- Conformal coating seems a bit susceptible to scratching and can flake slightly along the edges of the board.- No "OC socket", which limits rings/cache/uncore/NB/IMC clock. Not a big issue as only memory benchmarks and some archival programs will even show a difference, but still a fairly conspicuous absence in an OC oriented board.
- Heatsinks, while still functional, don't have anywhere near as much surface area as they would had they actual fins.
I haven't had time to really turn the board inside out yet, but my initial results are promising. Very pleased with how it's handling memory OCing, and how cool it runs.
I wondered if this was it, but was doubtful as to why it would need it's own voltage domain.
You are the second person that has said this, and the X99 PCH datasheets hint that you are right, so I'll consider it confirmed.
I do not have one, and I have not used one, but all indicators are that it's a solid board. It shares about 90% of the parts, layout, and firmware with the X99 OC Formula, which I'm pretty impressed with.
It's strange that the PCB has come in warped with an 8 layer PCB. Asrock has historically cut back on the PCB layers for its lower end boards but on a higher end board? The other hardware issues don't seem to be too bad - the conformal coating is a minor issue.
Judging by the other types of bugs you are getting, some of them seem to be early BIOS errors.
TTL indicated that Asus had a monopoly on the "Socket 2083" for 6 months, which is why we are only now seeing other vendors with this socket (Ex: Gigabyte X99 SOC Champion). I've been wondering if the motherboard makers are going to do a refresh on their models - likely with Socket 2083 and perhaps other features like USB 3.1.
Originally Posted by Blameless
Alright, I'm running into a fairly significant issue with my ASRock X99 OC Formula.
I cannot boot to any
Linux based live distro, irrespective of media. USB, DVD, CD-ROM...does not matter, it won't boot. UEFI vs. legacy...equally irrelevant. Always get a freeze, and occasionally a kernel panic or I/O error.
So far this has happened with RIPLinux, GParted, Partition Magic, and a few others. I've used different USB ports, different flash drives, different optical media, etc. I'm at a loss here.
Yes, you can destroy the firmware on one and still have a usable board because of the second ROM chip. You can also copy the good the ROM image to the corrupt chip from within the UEFI setup.
This does seem like a BIOS issue. So far, how good has Asrock been about updating the BIOS? On some boards in the past, they've dropped support fairly early and that's a cause for concern.
That's my big concern right now with Asrock - they need to be on the ball with upgrading the BIOS of these boards as there does seem to be some launch issues.
Originally Posted by Aussiejuggalo
Any of you guys have the X99 WS
Considering it as a replacement for my Everything Server
but dont wanna spend $300+ if its a crappy board
Searching around the web, early revisions of this board were hampered by an unstable BIOS. Judging by what is being posted here, some boards still seem to be suffering from various BIOS issues. I'd check to see what has been upgraded in the latest BIOS revisions before upgrading.http://www.hardocp.com/article/2014/10/28/asrock_x99_ws_lga_2011v3_motherboard_review/7
Give the link a read.Edited by CrazyElf - 3/1/15 at 3:46pm