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ASRock 990FX Extreme9 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • AMD 990FX
  • Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2450(OC)/2100(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • pedro g.
  • 5/3/2015 3:07:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsStay away if you can

Pros: Great board when it works.

Cons: Died after a little over a years. Put this board away for a year and returned to fire it up and was dead.

Other Thoughts: Never had this problem with any board I have owned except Shuttle. ( for you long time Amd fans) Going back to ASUS...Glad I bought this with AMEX.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard to see if its address the issue.

• Clear the CMOS (remain power off).
• Reseat the CPU and heatsink fan.
• Test with single memory module.
• Reseat video card firmly and 6+6 PCIE power (if applied).
• Connect the monitor.
• Plug the 24 + 8 or 4 pins ATX power.
• Turn on the power (using onboard power button) to check if its post.

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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  • Kyle S.
  • 4/26/2015 2:06:01 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOwned it forever

Pros: Easy overclock
LLC varies little (+-.016v) best i have found for AM3+
Owned since launch

Paired with Fx6300 Since this board was realeased day 1. Overclocked well 5ghz @1.46v, after chip break in i have settled into 4.5ghz @ 1.37

Bios are easily updated if your not to savy in that department. Board keeps cool and overclocks well.

Cons: UEFI Bios can be a little wonky to get use to, it is also my first board that had it when i purchased it. Still used the keyboard.

Other Thoughts: really have been thinking of picking up a new chip for this board , but constantly talk myself out of it. Probably pick up a FX9xxx to daily , some will like the extra power over fx6xxx, i would how ever like to pick up a 4 core to try and push.

side note i never really noticed the lack of Cpu speed i have until i paired it with a GTX980 a few weeks ago now Chip is the weak link. GREAT BOARD I Spent much more money and would again.

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  • Linda B.
  • 4/6/2015 6:18:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUnfortunately not this board.

Pros: The SATA connections, BIOS access through a mouse, easy BIOS navigation, speed through which my photography programs performed.

Cons: Unfortunately the USB had a lot of random screen freezes. The RAM sticks were tested with Memtest individually for 4 hours at a time. They were also tested together, all with no problems. H2testw showed a bad PCI IDE. Those things happen. The tests were run during and after multiple OS installs. As long as I didn't have to connect anything to the USB everything worked great. I loved the speed with Photoshop and Lightroom. Unfortunately, though, I have to connect to a USB connection to get my photography into the computer. I can't speak for gaming as I'm not a gamer.

Other Thoughts: I'll get an RMA started and take it from there. I do like the board and hopefully we'll be in business with the next board. I tried to be as concise as I could with my review. Too many reviews where it was stated "handles everything I throw at it" or "runs like a champ". That tells people absolutely nothing. Please tell people what your "throwing at it" so they have an idea.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize that you having difficulty with USB ports.
Please turn the power off, clear the CMOS.
Load the BIOS default.
Test with another USB devices or keyboard and mouse to those USB ports to check if the symptom still occurs.

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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  • Kenton G.
  • 4/3/2015 5:42:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsGreat board except for integrated sound

Pros: Rock solid performer.

Cons: Horrible integrated sound card

Other Thoughts: This ia a great board, but when I installed it, I found that I was constantly hearing a low hum and then I would hear noise as I moved the mouse or tapped away on the keyboard. Played with the drivers and nothing helped. Thinking it was time for an upgraded power supply, I spent over $200 on a highly rated 1300W power supply (not that I need that much, but I went well beyond the minimum). Installed power supply and no change. I purchased an Asus Xonar DGX 5.1 and disabled the onboard sound. After that, I was rocking. ASRock, please don't skimp on your next high end board.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please try below to see if its resolved or might be sound onbaord has faulty.
Turn the power off, clear the CMOS.
Load the BIOS default.
Download and install the HD audio driver at link below.

Drivers download link: http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/990FX%20Extreme9/?cat=Download

If problem still persist, 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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  • Fred A.
  • 3/28/2015 4:01:12 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Motherboard

Pros: Great Motherboard all around. Running FX-8350 at 4.5Ghz without a sweat with CPU at 1.337 Vcore (very low compared to other peoples results). Could go much higher but 4.5Ghz was high enough for me. VRM stays plenty cool with my fan setup and AR03 heatsink. LOTS of features.

Cons: None so far.

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  • Travis C.
  • 3/15/2015 1:01:57 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsIt's nice.

Pros: More than I'll ever need. Looks beautiful. Supports a CPU with up to 8 cores.

Cons: The factory where this was produced is located nearby a WWII German graveyard.

Other Thoughts: I have a paper box filled with shards of glass covered in my own blood inside my room.

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  • Benjamin W.
  • 2/23/2015 12:22:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsLots of features!

Pros: This board has lots of features, both physically on the board and within the BIOS. 2-digit LED output next to on-board power and reset buttons. BIOS has every overclocking setting I've ever heard of along with lots of other options for power management, booting, and cooling control and monitoring. My favorite feature is the Clear CMOS button on the back panel!!!

Cons: Temps from programs like coretemp do not read the same as the BIOS... in fact, they read much much lower than actual. This makes using live monitoring software that sits nicely in the system tray useless. A program may read the CPU at 30°C when it's actually at 50°C, which could be devastating! ASRock provides software for monitoring accurately, but that software does not provide the flexibility that others do, such as background monitoring. (Decided not to remove an egg for this, since other AM3 boards are affected.)

Other Thoughts: There's some throttling that happens when the processor or board get hot enough. This cannot be disabled, but it's for safety reasons. I read in another review that a little airflow over the VRM's may prevent this, but I haven't confirmed. The throttling hasn't been bad enough to concern me.

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  • Edward S.
  • 2/22/2015 7:55:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOn the Fence

Pros: The board has a decent overall design and looks pretty with his gold lettering and jet-like sharpness. It's rich with features and appears to be easy to overclock, although I didn't have enough time with the board to get in deep with the OC features. Plenty of USB ports, both 2.0 and 3.0. Has one of the most up to date audio codecs (ALC898), which is rated for fantastic audio, both in and out and includes the 7.1+2 for separate audio from the front ports. The on-board POST code LED is helpful for quick recognition of what issues are keeping your computer from working properly. The inclusion of the POWER and RESET buttons on-board are useful during testing and set up.

Cons: The boards layout is a little frustrating: the board's audio headers for the case audio are in the back of the board, far removed from the front of the case. In fact, many of the headers for the case are far removed from the front of the case; many of them are near the PCIe slots as well, so even less room once you've installed one or more PCIe cards. I'm not comfortable with how hot the North Bridge gets during normal load; however, from what I've read, it doesn't seem to get any hotter than it should be able to handle.

As of today, my main complaint is the possibility of faulty resistors. Read my Other Thoughts for further details.

Other Thoughts: Haven't had the board long enough to get a good enough idea of what to include in the review. I've done my best to list the pros and cons that come to mind for now. However, I have one major issue concerning a resistor on my board.

While gaming and broadcasting gameplay at the same time, I smelled burnt electronics. The PC wasn't exhibiting any evidence of issue and was seemingly working perfectly fine--if not for the smell, I wouldn't have know there was an issue. However, I immediately shut off the PC and removed power. Upon inspecting the motherboard, I noticed a resistor has burned at some point.

The CPU and motherboard were NOT overclocked or altered in any way when this occurred, so I have to assume that the resistor was faulty in some way. I am currently in the process of trying to get an RMA and we'll see what happens. In any case, it's not a bad board overall and I imagine the resistor issue is a special case--I understand it happens with the way electronics are made these days.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Due to power design, AMD platform generates more heat.
Please allow better air circulation inside the chassis including VRM area to avoid overheating.
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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  • Dobae P.
  • 2/22/2015 11:49:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAMD FTW!

Pros: I love all the expansions this mobo comes with! And that its extremely easy to OC. And the fact I can have multiple video cards is a plus as well. Stays cool really easily!

Cons: What are these cons?

Other Thoughts: I bought this MOBO less that $180 but it popped it with the tax. If it goes back under $180 and you need a MOBO get it!

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  • Benjamin S.
  • 2/8/2015 9:21:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood So Far

Pros: This board Overclocks well, and it deals with the heat. However; it does run warm, I would recommend directing a fan on the backplate northbridge, or blowing down on it.

It gives you stable voltage, you just have to figure out how to configure it. I'm used to ASROCK BIOs so this wasn't as much of a shock to me as it was to other people coming from another company.

Cons: The VCore voltage you configure in BIOS is not the same as what you get when windows 7 boots. Its about .1 - .15 lower. However, I noticed in many forums that this happens with many different boards so I'm not docking an egg, yet.

The Load Line Callibration feature (LLC) appears to be backwards compared to people who came from ASUS.

Other Thoughts: I got this board because I wanted to up my FX 6300 which runs at 3.5 gigs and my old 990fx extreme3 had 4+1 power phase meaning I had stability issues. I was able to squeak out a 3.9 stable overclock with the old board. I'm up to 4.3 stable, I could push it more, and will in time. I'm new to overclocking so I'm taking it slow.

One last note on the LLC setting. You will want to enable LLC, it greatly stablizes your voltages. Here's what I learned: 75% LLC would put me below my set voltage during low loads or idle, but when I game or Prime95 test it will jump up to the range I wanted 1.3625 for example, and it would stay there with minor jumps and dips.

At 100% the voltage is relatively locked but at a lower rate than what I set, for example: 1.3625 in bios would equate to 1.34 something, The advantage is your voltages do not jump at all, so you just have to overvolt by .02 to .03 in bios to get your desired setting once windows boots.

Disabling LLC or turning it below 75% caused my voltages to jump up to unnacceptable levels when my processor hit higher loads, which is NOT what you want to do when testing for a stable and healthy overclock.

A lot of people gave Asrocks LLC a lot of grief because it was configured differently than with another manufacturer, but in 45 min of testing I had it figured out, its not bad, its just different.

Also, to all the people whining about scratches on the VRM Heat-sinks, it is a plastic protective wrap you have to remove. Some are so well applied it appears as though plastic is not there, but it is, take a tweezers and peel it back.

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