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ASRock 970 EXTREME4 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2100(OC) / 1866(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Rhadford C.
  • 8/19/2014 7:30:19 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs4 months then a cloud of dust

Pros: in-expensive

Cons: After 4 months, I would boot my computer, fans would come on, lights on the cpu cooler would come on, but nothing else. I check power cables to the board, checked power output from my PSU, stripped the motherboard down, reset the cmos and tried again same issue.
fortune would have it I bought the board from another vendor and they have a 30 day return policy, so I am at the mercy of Asrock, they told me i should have check the CPU compatible list. 8350 FX is not supported, i was told it was. Even the box says it supports the latest 8-core cpus.
I bought a lemon.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Sorry to hear that mainboard has malfunctioned after 4 months which’s due to nature of electronic product, it can happen.
For the CPU support, please visit the link below for supported 8 cores CPU.
CPU support list link " http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/970%20Extreme4/?cat=CPU
If you have any technical support inquiry, please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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  • Thanh L.
  • 7/24/2014 10:13:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAsRock 970 Extreme 4

Pros: Big size, USB 3.0, plenty of ports, low heat, low cost, and fast.

Cons: Nothing so far.

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  • Latoya H.
  • 7/23/2014 6:08:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot bad... Not great.

Pros: +Runs two GPUs in crossfire/SLI at 8x8 instead of 16x4
+Easy to use bios (MSIs is better though)

Cons: -This MB is compatible with the 8 core FX CPUs. However, I do not recommend this set up. This MB gets very hot on the back while using my 8320 even with an aftermarket CPU cooler and Arctic Silver 5. If your case does not have ventilation on the back or top(maybe) you're going to be getting up into the 72 degree range while playing BF4. This is where most AMD CPU/Motherboard will throttle to reduce heat and preserve themselves. This will cause FPS drop in games regardless of your GPU.
-The NB chip-set on this MB also gets super hot for some reason. The heatsink doesn't seem to be adequate.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend the FX-6300 with this board. It uses less power, and might give you a better result than I'm getting with the 8320. If you absolutely must have an 8 core, I would recommend getting a 990FX

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  • THOMAS L.
  • 6/9/2014 9:52:56 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWorst experience in over 25 years

Pros: Nice layout, good # of ports, including eSATA, good price point.

Cons: Poor heatsink design for supporting components (power regulation).

Other Thoughts: First MB failed 60 days into its life by loosing all audio. Replacement from ASRock is very unstable and will not run for over 30 minutes without totally powering off. Power button ends in "E8", no boot, no video. Must power cycle the power supply itself, on/off/on to get the unit to boot again. Windows Event Viewer unable to record the actual failure (indicating it was a hard/hardware failure), yet shows a Critical "Windows did not shut down properly" event upon boot.
Endless hours of research and reading found that the heatsink over the power regulation circuitry was not doing it's job, because once I focused a fan on to it, flooding the area between the CPU and rear connectors, the unit runs without issue. Prime95 Torture Test for 16 hours now and counting.

This is housed in a Thermaltake v3 Black chassis, extra fans, and a Thermaltake 850w Smart M power supply.
I have never been so disappointed with a motherboard manufacturers Repair department in missing this one.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
For the issue, please set the UEFI BIOS default.
Check the CPU is not overheating.
Allow better air circulation around VRM area to avoid overheating.
If you have any technical issues please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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  • Ryan M.
  • 6/2/2014 12:21:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsBrowsers Freeze Randomly

Pros: OC features for RAM and CPU work very well. Didn't have any problems installing all my components.

Cons: For some reason if I use any other browser than IE11 (desktop mode), they will completely freeze my PC randomly for about a minute or so. I have not gotten it to go away after refreshing and reinstalling windows. I'm pretty positive my other components are working just fine and I am assuming the only thing it could be now is my motherboard.

Other Thoughts: I'm sure this board is pretty good, I've just had bad luck with it. Ill probably be buying a different one here soon.

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  • Bartley H.
  • 5/12/2014 7:38:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsAsrock 970 Extreme4

Pros: Good enough for what I bought it for.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: I bought this for my son who is mostly interested in producing music. I got it for $45 on e-bay.

I an writing this just to say "please don't buy this to run an 8 core FX CPU !!! If you are going to get an 8150 or 8350 please go to a 990 chipset. Just because it says it says you can run it with one doesn't mean that it's recommended and I am here to recommend that you run a 6 core at the most with a 970 chipset, I don't care what brand you by. I haven't checked but I would bet it only it a 4 + 1 phase board and even if you get lucky and get an 8 core to run if you plan on doing some real overclocking you will be disappointed.

Please do some research before you purchase the main component in your system, if you have been on any forum around you would have known that a 970 chipset is not recommended for an 8 core AMD CPU.

Having said all of that if you want to power a 4100 to 6150 then this would be as good an option as a lot of other boards out there.

All companies have DOA and failed products and every motherboard out there has reviewers who don't know what they are doing and send stuff back when the error is there own. Remember all of this when you buy anything computer related and you will be a lot happier with your purchases.

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  • Benjamin L.
  • 4/25/2014 8:53:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs3 BOARDS FAILED SO FAR

Pros: I'm the pro, an IT professional. I own 3 PC repair shops and an MSP

Cons: I've had 3 of these boards fail on me, very frustrating when we offer 5 year warranty for our clients.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please contact us with problem description at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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  • Steven S.
  • 4/22/2014 7:08:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsASRock 970 Extreme4

Pros: none

Cons: all i got was error codes, wont work with my graphics card, wont post, wont go into bios, nothing good about this card, never worked

Other Thoughts: dont get this card if you want a computer

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard. If still having same issue, contact us with error code.
Unplug the ATX power, remove all components from mainboard.
Remove the mainboard from chassis, place it on mainboard’s box
Clear the CMOS.
Reseat the CPU and heatsink fan
Test with single memory module (non-ECC, un-buffered)
Reseat video card firmly and 6+6 power (if applied)
Plug the 24 pins + 8 or 4 pins ATX power
Turn the power on (using onboard power button) to check if its post
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp

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  • Richard L.
  • 4/20/2014 4:23:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: I usually go with MSI but this board seemed to have all my requirements at a much lower price. I am very surprised and happy. Matched this with a AMD 6 core 6350 CPU, 660GTX video card, 8 gigs of memory and this working great!

Cons: Not at This Time!

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/18/2014 8:43:21 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBetter than expected.

Pros: I was taking a bit of a gamble for having never read much into AsRock brand. But im extremely satisfied with this motherboard. I never intentionally meant to push this board much, but now im glad to see just how good there build quality is. I stuck an FX 8320 on this OC @4.4Ghz, now keep in mind this is a 4:1 power phase, when ideally the fx should be on a 8:2, but its been running like a king this past year, along with 16gb(2x8gb) ram at Cl9 1866mhz with an overclocked gtx 660. Its been a pretty good setup. They have my 2 thumbs up in my book.

Cons: None

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