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ASRock 990FX Extreme9 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 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
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  • CALEB P.
  • 11/5/2014 12:49:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOC Boss

Pros: This board is INSANELY better than my old budget mobo (msi 970a-g46). This board got my fx8150 to 4.8ghz using only the multiplier and 1.35v. The msi only got 4.2 on that voltage. The board also looks really good. Everything was really nice about this board.

Cons: I couldn't get one of the cpu fan headers to register. it kept the fan plugged into it at full power but would not register in the bios??? I think it is a problem with the fan but not sure quite yet, so no egg taken off there. However, don't try installing windows from a bootable usb... it will not work. I spent 10 hours trying but to no avail. Finally just got a spare dvd drive and used the disk. That is where the egg came off because most other boards allow this.

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  • Christopher A.
  • 10/26/2014 2:23:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNothing but problems

Pros: Looks pretty, plastic wrap to protect the heat shields.

Cons: Like any well mannered and logical individual, I decided I would try to give this board a chance, despite having a frustrating out of box experience with the board (titled a bad start). Things were bad from the get go on this board. I wrote in a previous review that I was consistently getting error 99, which points to a PCI device, and that my only device in PCI was my graphics card. The card worked fine, and displayed the bios splash screen without any issue, yet the board insisted on showing error code 99, and refusing to let me go any further. As a systems engineer, I've seen some odd stuff in my day. Rather than get upset, I decided to play around a bit. This motherboard was meant to replace my GA-990FXA-UD5 motherboard. ALL parts in my system were working flawlessly before this board went in today. However, after installing this board, one of my hard drives mysteriously was causing error 99 to pop up on this motherboard. Seeing as how I have 6 in my system, I decided to remove it, as I narrowed it down to being one particular WD Raptor drive. This took a frustratingly long 2 hours to narrow down, and made me lose faith in "Dr Debug" as it was no where close to calling out the correct "failing" component (which works just fine in my server box without an issue). Determined to like the board, I pressed on.
I managed to format the drive I use as my OS drive without issue. Problems, however, started to arise when attempting to boot the hard drive. Every hard drive in my system is Sata3 capable, and just for the sake of keeping up, I utilized all the brand new cables from the asrock board for connecting my hard drives. However, for some reason, the asrock board REFUSED to boot to my main drive, even when targeted in the BIOS as the first boot drive. Confused, I unplugged all my drives. The main drive booted. Plugged one more drive in, it no longer boots. For whatever reason, having AsMedia Sata3 ports enabled was preventing my main drive from booting, without even having any drives connected to the asmedia ports, which I believe are the Sata A1/A2 ports. Starting to get frustrated, I pressed on. I let my Win7 x64 OS config itself, and finally got to the desktop. I installed all the drivers, and finally reached the install for the Etron drivers. Immedeatly upon install of the etron drivers, the system BSODd. Figuring it was just a glitch, I rebooted. System came up fine. Attempted another install, the system BSODd again. Figuring it was probably the drivers, I hopped on my laptop and downloaded the latest ones. Turned on my main desktop, and ALL of the usb ports were disabled, disabling my ability to use my peripherals within the OS. I had to safe mode to get anything done. Removed the old drivers, rebooted, got back into Win7, installed the new ones, and instant BSOD AGAIN. Reformatted the system, and installed the latest drivers for Etron right away both before and after applying SP1 to Win7, and still get BSODs.

Other Thoughts: In short, after putting up with every possible curve ball from this board, I can determine without a doubt that it is, in fact, trash. I previously thought Asrock had stepped up their game from the days of old. I was very clearly mistaken. Coupled with an incredibly insensitive and poor support model of Asrock utilizing only email to "support" customers, there is absolutely no reason to utilize their boards. Asrock did zero research for the chipsets that go into the board, as the internet has it's collective pants in a bunch about how bad Etron is, yet they still utilize them on a 170 dollar board. Dr Debug is also incredibly inaccurate, making me chase my tail with 3 different video cards in my house for 2 hours, only to have it be one of my hard drives (which is an absolute load, because that very same HDD works perfectly in another system). I'm writing this review @ 5:15 AM on a sunday. I have been trying to get this board working for the last 11 hours at this point. I got this motherboard installed by 6PM yesterday, after starting @ 5:30. A half hour was dedicated to the swap. The rest has been dealing with what is unquestionably the worst motherboard I have ever laid my hands on. I fix computers for a living 5, 6, and sometimes 7 days a week. The very LAST thing I want to do is deal with that at home. I bought this board to replace what I previously thought was a poorly made board, which admittedly has a poor bios, and very long boot times. That board shines like diamonds compared to this Asrock board. My very first, and very last asrock product. At least they made it easy for me.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize that you having difficulty with mainboard.
Please connect Windows drive (main drive) to AMD SATA3_1 (location 18, in user manual under page 14).
Load BIOS default.
However, ASMedia port can be set bootable (not recommended) at BIOS, Advanced, Storage Configuration, SATA Boot ROM [Enable].
If you have any technical support inquiry, please contact us at 909-590-8308 or 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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  • Christopher A.
  • 10/25/2014 6:31:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBad start

Pros: Asrock has really stepped up to the plate over the years. Their boards have gone from being very poor to being excellent in a few short years. They're stylish, and highly functional, and made with quality parts. As for functionality, that remains to be seen, as mine doesn't work. See cons.

Cons: This board seems to be a DOA board, which happens. The board loads, I see the bios splash screen, yet I get Dr Debug code error:99, which is a problem with PCI according to the manual. The only PCI item I have installed is my GA-697OC-2GD GPU. I removed and reseated it over 15 times, and even replaced it with a second one in my house. Both display video output via DVI of the bios screen, however the motherboard refuses to move past that point, due to the error 99 code. I've removed every component and reseated them, cleared the CMOS via the jumpers, and the old school removal of the battery, all to to no avail. The board refuses to move past my OPERATIONAL video cards, which were just working 3 hours ago on my now removed GA-990FXA-UD5 motherboard.

Other Thoughts: I'm willing to accept that everyone gets a bad luck draw in some cases. That isn't why I'm knocking off an egg. The egg comes off for the questionable support of Asrock. The only contact option for technical support is via email. That is an exceedingly poor and slow way to provide support to customers. I don't know how well they handle support via email, as I have yet to receive a response, however, it is unquestionable that email is an incredibly poor portal for tech support. As a Systems Engineer of several years, only being available by email would mean that I wouldn't have a job. Being available via chat, phone as well as email are what make for good tech support. This is the 21st century, let's act like it please.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize that you having difficulty with mainboard.
Please try below to check if its the symptom still occurs.
Reseat VGA card firmly with its VGA power.
Unplug all drives from mainboard.
Turn on the power to check if its enter to BIOS.
Connect single HDD drive to test.
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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  • Vaughan V.
  • 10/23/2014 3:40:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASRock AMD Extreme 9 Mothrboard

Pros: What a Mobo! This thing is incredible right out of the Box. Let me just say, I truly know my way around desktop computers and this board is phenomenal. The bios arrangement is a sight to behold, easy to work with and quite gorgeous,stunning even. AsRock really went out on a limb spared no expense and "GOT IT RIGHT." You can't go wrong with this piece of genius and artwork. runs like top when you adjust it the way you want to overclock, then "Go for it."

Cons: None of course. And may I mention this about the Company Rosewill.
For The Money you spend on any high end computer hardware of any kind, that's what your getting (no joke my friend). they use the very highest end and quality long lasting components in every part; not to forget their rigorous testing practices. Need a computer part/hardware, find Rosewill then buy it. You'll see what I've been ranting about.

Other Thoughts: Awesome Parts. Aside from the Motherboard and some other Rosewill hardware, I also bought their Hercules 1600 Watt Power Supply. What a beast. However for the immense power it delivers, it's not all that large in size.It will easily fit in a mid sized case with little or no problem.
So if you want to run SLI or Crossfire this is exactly what you need. Price comparison is head over shoulders better than any other high end brand by hundreds of green. The case it comes in is unbelievable Please Take Heed of what I say because it's true..

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  • Dale W.
  • 10/22/2014 10:52:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood MB but not for Extreme OC

Pros: My GSkill Z DDR2400 is stable at 2450mhz.
Plenty of fan headers, Sata plugs etc..
Good price compared to its competitors.

Cons: Doesn't overclock for me above 4400 mhz. This same 8320 cpu ran
in my old ASUS M5A97 easily at 4700 mhz by comparison.
IES is of no use as it req's another 0.05 volts when you turn it on.
See no power saving in its use, that's why its not used in Oclocking.

Other Thoughts: The included software is only average including the bios.
Somehow the CPU volts (vid) runs very low, but its not reflected in the power consumption compared to my old board.

Magic Numbers: If it bluescreens incr CPUv another click.

MHz CPUvolts PWR@wall CPUtemp
2500mhz 0.900v 190w Less than MB at full load?

3800 1.125v 265w

4000 1.175v 288w

4200 1.2125v 310w

4400 1.2875v 345w 56C

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  • Jeffrey A.
  • 10/16/2014 9:56:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood if it works

Pros: Easy Sata access on the side, Enough fan pins. Supports lots of RAM and generally runs well.

Cons: All the fan pins are above the CPU and difficult to reach.

Other Thoughts: First board I got was DOA and it took about two weeks to get the replacement boards where as it took 2 days for me to get the original. This was certainly irritating.

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  • Jeremy F.
  • 10/14/2014 12:40:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGo with ASUS and not ASRock

Pros: It works, it's cheaper than some other 990fx boards.

Cons: Ok, first of all don't buy into these 12 phase VRMs. The quality just isn't there, the ASUS 8 phase VRMs are MUCH better, especially when overclocking. Even when you replace the thermal pad on the VRM and NB with some PK1 and attach an 84CFM Tornado 80mm fan to it, you can't reach 5Ghz IBT stable (H110 CLC with 124CFM 140mm fans in push/pull). 4.9 Ghz needs a whopping 1.6375V to be IBT stable pushing only ~94-98GFlops.

Other Thoughts: Ok, so I took off the plastic coverings on the VRM/NB and SB and attached fans to them. The fan headers burnt out and I lost sound, can't RMA because I modded this board quite a bit, plus I'd rather get an ASUS board next time. But beware, even if you don't plan on MODing this board, just plugging in fans into the fan headers may burn up your board and cause future complications like lost USB or sound.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review. Sorry to hear that fan headers burnt.
The mainboard has overclocking function. However, overclocking could damage the components as well as mainboard which depend on user’s knowledge, experience and adopted components.
If you have any technical inquiry or warranty question in the future 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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  • Bradley B.
  • 9/30/2014 7:07:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsYou won't regret this MB

Pros: Everything. I love the intel gigabit internet addition. Memory OC'd to 2450? yup love that too.

Cons: The silver top covers on the voltage regulator and Northbridge are very sharp on the edges. Comes with no stock cooling solution for the voltage regulator.

Other Thoughts: as you might have seen with other reviews on this board. the socket is hot. Ill agree/ my AMD 8350 is clocked at 4.8 Ghz and CPUTIN ( CPUID HWmonitor) Maxes out of 75c. There is a solution for that. I took my voltage regulator cooling fan from my Asrock extreme 4 and super glued it to my back plate and plugged it into one of my 3 pins on my MB. My cputin temp dropped 15-20c. The cputin and core temps shouldn't be confused as the same.

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  • Donald W.
  • 9/16/2014 8:27:38 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat features

Pros: This board has all the features I wanted from a mother board for my fx8320 and has been working great so far. Works good for overclocking.

Cons: it is not red and black like the rest of my computer parts.

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  • Richard C.
  • 8/23/2014 4:43:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Borad/UEFI Lacking/USB Solution

Pros: Is a decent board that has a lot of features, not a lot of bloatware and the price is right.

Cons: Socket is HOT HOT HOT!!! Socket runs up to 70C on load at only a 600 Mhz overclock WITH liquid cooling. Use AMD Overdirve when running Prime95 to check the thermal margin while overclocking this board or you will think you are frying your system.

UEFI is hard to get a stable overclock. Can't adjust the DRAM multiplier when overclocking. It caused system instability when overclocking via processor speed, which is my preferred method. However it overclocked great when I used the multiplier method without messing with the RAM speed.

Overall it's a great board, but not easy to overclock with.

USB Issue is an easy fix that I found on the forum.

1. Open up Device Manager
2. Right click the device (the one with an exclamation mark)
3. Select "Uninstall", and check the option to also remove the driver in the process
4. Reboot
5. Wait for windows to scan the devices
6. Extract the Latest Drivers folder on the desktop
7. Install a fresh copy of the driver by Right Clicking and Browsing towards the Drivers folder ( DO NOT USE THE SETUP.EXE to install)
8. If it still show the item with an exclamation still RIGHT click and update drivers using internet.

Follow these direction EXACTLY and it will work.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend this board for an ADVANCED users only. IF you are new to overclocking you might want to go ASUS, Gigabyte or MSI.
If you want to overclock your 8350 to 5ghz, this is NOT the board for you.
I personally am ok with 4.6 GHZ out of my 8350, but if you attempt that with this board it might catch fire!

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