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ASRock 990FX Extreme4 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 990FX
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2100(OC) /1866
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With its unique design and high quality components (premium Gold Caps and 100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors), ASRock 990FX Extreme4 is built for stability, all-round compatibility, and extreme durability.

ASRock 990FX Extreme4 is based on the latest AMD’s top 990FX/SB950 chipsets with support for up to 8-Core AMD AM3+ CPU. The 990FX Extreme4 features XFast technology for the world’s fastest USB data transfer speed. More advanced features include the unique combo cooler retention module for improved heat dissipation and compatibility and THX TruStudio for the same audio experience in live performances. Besides eight native SATA 6Gb/s ports and two USB 3.0 ports, the 990FX Extreme4 also brings multi-GPU configurations through both SLI and CrossFireX to bring a brand new gaming style like you’ve never experienced before.

  • newegg ASRock XFast USB Technology - Faster Than Your Imagination! ASRock XFast USB Technology redefines the new standard in high performance computing. Proving once again to be the pioneer in motherboard industry, ASRock XFast USB Series Motherboards integrate with the latest XFast USB Technology which delivers the world's fastest USB data transfer speed. According to research, it shows that the ASRock XFast USB technology can even boost USB 3.0 performance up to 145.05%!
  • newegg AM3+ 8-Core Processor Support This board is designed to build up the most powerful system and delivers the most demanding technology for users nowadays. Just enjoy next generation computing with ASRock 8-Core CPU Ready motherboard.
  • newegg C.C.R. (Combo Cooler Retention Module) The unique combo cooler retention module greatly improves heat dissipation and is backward compatible with AMD previous AM3/AM2+ coolers,
  • newegg Cool Heatpipe Design Switchable cooling fan provides extreme overclocker or gamer an upgrade opportunity, it can greatly improve the heat dissipation on the heatpipe.
  • newegg THX TruStudio THX TruStudio is specially designed to bring the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios to the PC.
  • newegg Multi-GPU Support with CrossFireX and SLI Flexible graphics capabilities supported for either CrossFireX or SLI action, delivering the ultimate in graphics performance for gaming enthusiasts who demand the highest frame rates without compromising on resolution.

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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Jon C.
  • 10/2/2014 9:58:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: The sole AMD 990FX/SB950 Socket AM3+ motherboard with its specific combination of legacy (PATA, Floppy, COM, PCI) connectivity and contemporary I/O (Firewire, eSATA, USB 3.0). Substantial heatsink cooling the MOSFETs, which appear to be of the four pin variety. Comes with optional fan, although I opted not to use it. Northbridge heatsink is secured with screws rather than pushpins. Plenty of SATA connectors and PCI express slots for future upgrades. A BIOS update is available as recently as June of 2014. Recognized an AMD FX-8320E with BIOS revision 2.00 out of the box, despite the lack of such information on ASRock's website. (Turbo Core has not been confirmed). Very handy USB 3.0 ports that can be used in either the front or rear of a computer case. My family liked this motherboard so much that we purchased one last year and had to hunt for one this year.

Cons: None, except this motherboard is now EOLed with no comparable successor. The 990FX Extreme3 and 990FX Extreme9 both lack its legacy connectivity options.

Other Thoughts: I love how ASRock still allowed some color on this motherboard (capacitors, DIMM slots, expansion slots) but wish that they would move away from the mono-black scheme that makes it hard to see what plug you're working with.

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  • Will C.
  • 8/21/2014 2:40:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood deal, good product

Pros: It does what you're wanting it to do. Whistles and bells, solid performance. Get it. You know you want to.

Cons: None yet.

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  • Kimberly D.
  • 8/3/2014 11:21:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOwned this mobo for a little over a year, already caput!

Pros: Owned this mobo for a little over a year with NO issues.

Cons: Really disappointed that it lasted such a short time for what I paid for it! Of course it's after a year, since the warranty was only good one year!

Other Thoughts: Just before it died on me I had a few days that it would intermittently boot up. If I let it sit a day or so before trying again it would eventually start up again. Then it would freeze up on me again, and when I rebooted it wouldn't load anything. Now it's dead after sitting for a week and no hopes of resurrecting it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Sorry to hear that the mainboard has malfunctioned after 1 year, which’s due to nature of electronic product, it can happen.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard whether the issue is resolved.
Clear the CMOS.
Remove all drives (HDD, SSD, ODD)
Reconnect single drive to test, switching another drive if problem still persist.
If you have any technical inquiry 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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  • Hien H.
  • 5/29/2014 12:07:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsComponents fall aparts so the company doesn't have to warranty it.

Pros: -Many different features.
-Huge bang for the buck.
-Appealing colors and designs.
-Looks like a competitive board.

Cons: Components will fall apart, literally, like the SATA data ports on the motherboard. Once this happens, the company will claim the part has been abused and is no longer under warranty.

Other Thoughts: Moved to ASUS a year ago.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
To unplug the SATA cable, it must press and hold the lever (metal latches) to disengage lock SATA cables to avoid damage the ports and affect the limited warranty.
For more information about RMA, please visit the link " http://www.ASRock.com/support/index.asp?cat=Policy ".
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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  • JOHN Y.
  • 4/29/2014 6:39:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Board

Pros: AWESOME BOARD

I have had this board for 1 year and 1 month and I am very happy with it.
It is fast and reliable with many features that's worth the price. This is running an 8350 that was recognized right away and booted no problem. It has legacy support[com ps2 floppy] plus lots of sata ports and usb connectors. I have had very few issues with this board/build. Because this was my first ASRock I was uncertain but it has so many features it was worth a try. Since then I have also obtained an ASRock 880gm-le which is doing quite well too.

It has a good quality look and feel to it with a nice chip-set cooling attached and optional fan which I did not install yet.

The on-board pwr reset buttons are great. So many features you MUST read through the details to see for yourself and I have not found a feature or option that doesn't work.

This is great audio that's not a dedicated sound card.

System specs

Win8.1 with Classic shell mod.

ASRock mb
Pcpower and cooling MK 3 600 watt
8350 FX
Saphire Radeon 6870 1GB
4 GB Mushkin redline dual channel kit
Liteon sata dvd burner
Tested with many many hdds to try and find incompatability. Seems like all hdd types work great.
2TB Seagate hdd
1 tb Samsung
500 gb Seagate sata
200 gb Seagate sata
160 gb Hitachi sata
120 gb Maxtor ide
80 gb maxtor sata
40 gb ide
Microsoft webcam
Plantronics usb headphones with mic
plus various sata ide drive combinations all worked

I have had all the usb ports and six sata ports populated at one time with no trouble.

Usb 3.0 works great.

Boot time is 25 seconds, and shutdown time is 12 seconds. No ssd.

I dont know how much computer but I like all the connectivity that's another reason I chose it.

















These tests were done with the system as it is used not with drivers and programs stripped. They are modest but acceptable for me.

3DMARK VANTAGE
score is p17519
gpu score 16392
cpu score is 22071

NovaBench score 1410

Performance Test 2718

AIDA memory read 15450 MB/s
AIDA memory write 10990 MB/s

Cinebench cpu 7.05

Far Cry 2 test ultra settings average 66 fps

3dmark 06 16237


Overclocking

I was able to get it to 4.8 stable but then stepped it back down to stock 4.0 4.2 ghz until i actually need it. I have overclocked for years but I see no need with this setup. It is quite powerfull enough where it is.


This system feels fast and zippy in windows and linux mint\ubuntu.

Cons: There is a strange thing this board does and i have not found a fix for it. When windows crashes bsd or if there is a driver crash and you reboot the computer the bios looses its focus on your boot drive ans give error no drive attached. Then you have to go to hdd boot device priority list and the hdd are either mixed up or nothing is in the list. You can reset the priority list and then you have to save exit and shut down and power off for it to actually boot properly. I f I don't do it in that order it will return no drives attached. After this method it boots fine and and fast and properly. This is my only complain but a big one. I have reinstalled Windows 2 times so it is not and insallation issue. Why should the bios get confused when a bsd happens? This is sad because if not for this it would be a perfect board.

Note: This only happens on crashes seriously hard and at that this sytem does not crash much at all. This is one of the most stable boards I have ever owned.
When using sleep state and the system wakes up 1 out of 4 times the keyboard is unresponsive and requires a reboot.

Other Thoughts: I have this board and the 880gm le fx and I am now a fan of ASRock. I am looking forward to my next purchase.


Overall

My web experience and gaming and working in office programs are all great. When I have done media encoding it works without a hitch. Like the duck guys its happy happy happy.

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  • Thomas S.
  • 3/27/2014 3:36:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied after 6 Months

Pros: Worked for a while. Never used the bells and whistles much. All that software based go faster stuff seemed like it was just asking for problems. I wanted this machine to last for years. Played Skyrim at Highest settings 30 pps but no long periods of play.
Temperatures stayed moderate.

Cons: It was not noticeably faster than my budget mini box budget machine, which is on its 2nd or 3rd year. A machine I have tortured.
After about 6 months new high dollar Asrock machine shut off never to start again. Burnt capacitor. A machine I pampered.

Other Thoughts: Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
ASRock 990FX Extreme4
AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz
CM Hyper 212 EVO
Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Windows Performance Index of 7.7
Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB CU II OC WPI of 7.9
WD BLACK 1TB WPI of 5.9
WD Caviar Blue 1TB
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W
CM HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower

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  • Thomas S.
  • 3/26/2014 6:30:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Worked fine for several months. Temperatures were staying low, and programs ran smoothly.

Cons: Died by what the shop guy said looked like an overclock, overvoltage event, a blown capacitor. Should not have happened as I only used a few of the automatic features to try to avoid such calamities. Only saw 2 BSODs in the entire period with had no incidents any time near the failure date.

Other Thoughts: ASRock 990FX Extreme4
AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz
CM Hyper 212 EVO
Kingston 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600
Windows Performance Index of 7.7
Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB CU II OC
WPI of 7.9
WD BLACK 1TB WPI of 5.9
WD Caviar Blue 1TB
PC Power & Cooling Silencer Mk III 750W
CM HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Sorry to hear that the mainboard has malfunctioned after several months which’s due to nature of electronic product, it can happen.
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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  • David I.
  • 1/28/2014 6:17:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth the Hastle

Pros: When it worked it worked like a champ

Cons: First board was received DOA. Second board received 2 weeks later.

Worked fine until 2 months after the extended warranty I bought expired. Was working fine when I went to bed, next morning it was dead and blue screened after every attempt to install a new OS

Other Thoughts: Asrock has been my choice for boards since the Tomahawk. I've replaced this board with a GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3. I hope it's a better value.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Dave,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
For the issue, please turn the power off, clear the CMOS.
Set the UEFI BIOS default.
Test with single memory module, switching another memory if its same issue.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • Trevor T.
  • 12/5/2013 3:31:25 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for OC 8 core CPU

Pros: Easy overclocking in the BIOS. Good space around CPU socket for larger coolers, and between PCIE slots for CfX cards. Crossfires 2 cards at x16 speed. Handles 8-core CPU. Front panel USB 3.0. 8 Sata ports.

Cons: Board layout is a little odd, particularly the fan connectors. None of them are near the front, so front fans have to stretch wire over the SB chipset. CPU fan connectors are right next to cooler mounting peg, so be sure to plug the fans in before mounting the cooler. Front Panel Audio connector is at the back of the board, which is silly. NB heatsink is kind of tall, but there's enough space from the CPU socket that it shouldn't block 2 fan coolers.

Other Thoughts: I got this as an upgrade from the Extreme3. Same NB & SB chipsets, but better power stage handling for my FX-8120 chip. I couldn't overclock at all with the Extreme3, but with the Extreme4 it's only a question of how hot do I want to run it. I had the latest BIOS firmware ready when I got the board, and after flashing was able to set all the parameters as I had them on the old board. Win7 barked a little bit about the drive controller, but otherwise it went super smooth.

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  • Tanya B.
  • 11/16/2013 2:39:16 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsbroken after 2 years

Pros: Lots of bells and whistles.

Cons: My board was extremely slow to boot up. Which was a real let down since at the same time I bought an SSD, and combined they did nothing for my boot up speed since the board took forever (windows loaded quickly). Shortly after buying the board the first and second Sata 6 slots died. I didn't return the board since I only needed 4 slots anyway. Then I started having trouble with a couple USB slots. Again didn't need them all, not a big deal FOR ME. Now, after two years of having the board it just died. No power to keyboard and mouse and no signal to monitor. Did a CMOS reset, nothing. Removed all peripherals and did another CMOS, nothing. Took it to a local repair shop for them to run diagnostics and they thought the actual chip socket died.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Sorry to hear that the mainboard has malfunctioned after 2 years, which’s due to nature of electronic product, it can happen.
questions please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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