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ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 5 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2100+(OC)/1866(OC)

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ASRock 970 Extreme3 - R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 - SATA 6Gbps - USB 3.0 - ATX AMD Motherboard

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ASRock's X-Boost Technology is a smart auto-overclocking function and is brilliantly designed to unlock the hidden cores of your CPUs. Simply press "X" when turning on the PC, X-Boost will automatically overclock the relative components to get up to 116% performance boost! With the smart X-Boost, overclocking the CPU or unlocking CPU cores can become nearly a one-button process. *The functionality of "Unlock CPU Cores" feature might vary by different processors.

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Four USB 3.0 Ports (Two Front, Two Back)

Rich storage options! This motherboard offers four USB 3.0 (two from onboard header, two from rear I/O) to facilitate computing environment.

XFast 555 Technology : XFast RAM / XFast LAN / XFast USB

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Fast Boot

With ASRock's exclusive Fast Boot technology, it takes less than 1.5 seconds* to logon to Windows® 8 from a cold boot. No more waiting! The speedy boot will completely change your user experience and behavior.
*The boot time may vary with a different configuration.

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Restart to UEFI

Fast Boot is so fast that it is impossible for users to enter the UEFI setup utility during POST. Therefore, ASRock Restart-to-UEFI technology allows users to easily enter the UEFI setup utility automatically when turning on the PC next time. It is designed for those who constantly need to enter the UEFI setup utility.

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AM3+ Eight-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 the ASRock 8-Core CPU-Ready Motherboard.

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Combo Cooler Retention Module (C.C.R.)

The unique combo cooler retention module greatly improves heat dissipation and is backward compatible with AMD previous AM3/AM2+ coolers.

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Digi Power

More Precise, More Efficient
Unlike traditional motherboards that use analog power, this motherboard uses a next generation digital PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) design, which provides CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly, so that the stability and lifespan of the motherboard is greatly enhanced.

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Users may prevent motherboard damages due to dampness by enabling "Dehumidifier Function." When enabling Dehumidifier Function, the computer will power on automatically to dehumidify the system after entering S4/S5 state.

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ASRock Online Management Guard (OMG)

Fast, Easy and Free – ASRock OMG technology allows you to establish an internet curfew or restrict internet access at specified times. Administrators are able to schedule the starting and ending hours of internet access granted to other users. Normally, ISPs (Internet Service Provider) will charge for internet curfew service, which controls "all" the PCs connected at home. However, ASRock OMG is a free tool for controlling internet access of each single PC. Parents can easily control internet access through the BIOS setup to protect their kids from using the Internet at inappropriate times, and meanwhile, enjoy their own internet space.

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Internet Flash

Updating the UEFI is easier than ever with ASRock Internet Flash! Simply by a few clicks it searches for available UEFI firmware updates from ASRock's servers, then it automatically downloads and flashes the latest UEFI file within the UEFI setup utility without having to enter Windows® OS.

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Graphical UEFI – The Revolutionary BIOS Interface

    Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a revolutionary BIOS utility which offers tweak-friendly options in an advanced viewing interface. Compared with traditional BIOS design, the latest UEFI utility provides lots improved functions. The major features of UEFI include:
  1. Graphical Visual Experience – UEFI provides an improved visual interface with colorful icons and makes your computing environment more versatile to replace the traditional dull BIOS page.
  2. Mouse Enabling – Besides keyboard control, you can freely use mouse to select your ideal settings in UEFI as well.
  3. Supports 3TB bootable HDD - UEFI breaks the limitations of 2TB bootable HDD on traditional BIOS. With UEFI, you can enjoy 3TB bootable HDD size.*


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UEFI System Browser

UEFI system browser is a useful tool included in graphical UEFI. It can detect the devices and configurations that users are currently using in their PC. With the UEFI system browser, you can easily examine the current system configuration in UEFI setup.

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Google Chrome Browser and Toolbar

Chrome is a fast, simple, and secure web browser, built for the modern web. Google Toolbar is designed to help you find what you're looking for quickly and discover new things along the way. Now ASRock has both Chrome and Google Toolbar bundled with our motherboards so users may enjoy better internet surfing experiences.

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Free Bundle - Cyberlink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial

CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 trial now supports hardware transcoding and is optimized to accelerate conversion of all your favorite media files for your favorite portable players. Now you can easily display your favorite movies, songs and photos on iPhone, iPad, PSP, Xbox, Youtube, Facebook, etc. Compile, convert and enjoy images and songs as much as you want and enhance your videos to new levels with TrueTheater Technology. Try it today!


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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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Customer Reviews of the ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/17/2016 5:10:12 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOK motherboard, after some work.

Pros: It's an OK motherboard, BIOS is a bit flaky and splash screen stays there for a bit, but it works.

Cons: It didn't ship with the CMOS jumper, meaning it didn't boot, so I thought it was dead. Bought a new motherboard. Couple weeks later, played around with it, noticed there wasn't a cmos jumper installed, put some aluminium foil over it, and it posted.

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  • tracy m.
  • 11/10/2015 5:26:44 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsCan't run a FX6300 at stock speeds!

Pros: Bios settings are nice...

Cons: It has low quality VRM's 4+1 and can't support my FX6300 at base clock speeds, 3.5ghz and turbo 3.8Ghz. Once it gets past 1.25v the VRM's throttle the CPU to .800v. I was able to get it working just fine at 3.7ghz, but in my opinion that SUCKS.

Other Thoughts: It's a good board if you only plan on going to 3.7ghz if not buy a better board, get something with 8+2 VRM's!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Tracy,

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 (MOSFET) area (install sufficient chassis fans).
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact our Tech Support at

Thank you

Tech Support Email:

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  • RJ D.
  • 10/28/2015 10:16:50 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood solid board.

Pros: Easy process to OC the processor. Had to update the bios, which I could do easily as well, to accomodate for my fx-8320e processor I was using. Nothing really negative to report from my end on this board.

Cons: None.

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  • Joshua S.
  • 8/28/2015 6:36:39 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsDecent, cheap board

Pros: Cheap board, nice UEFI BIOS
970 chipset, not to great, yet not terrible

Cons: Runs really hot, I don't know why
Overclocking just does not seem to want to work with my CPU, even though it is unlocked
RAM speeds are kind of low

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  • Robert M.
  • 8/21/2015 9:05:05 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: -Nice UEFI bios
-Easy overclocking
-Easy to review

Cons: -PCI slots are a bit tight with some cards. Makes it a little hard to swap cards without damaging the board.

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  • Jacob L.
  • 8/19/2015 6:24:56 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsBought one on a Budget

Pros: Very well designed bios
Easy to install
Easy to OC

Cons: RAM is kinda close to the CPU

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  • Kyle B.
  • 7/28/2015 11:02:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Motherboard

Pros: -Easy install
-Straightforward BIOS
-Fast boot is really fast
-Runs cool (North bridge the hottest
-Good Sata cables

Cons: -Oddly placed USB 3 pins
-Only 2 Sata cables

Other Thoughts: I went back and forth with this motherboard because of the rating, and decided to get it and it has been wonderful. Currently running a FX-6350, XFX 290A EDBD, and 8gb of Kingston Fury X 1866 mhz and everything is great. BIOS is really easy to navigate and the features on the baord such as FastLan and FastUSB and Fast Boot are really nice. For $75.00 I'm not really sure what else I would want from a motherboard. ASrock was very quick to confirm my mail in rebate. I think I will continue to put my faith in them for my future motherboard needs.

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  • Douglas S.
  • 6/26/2015 2:58:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsdcs

Pros: Good layout with plenty of sata and usb connections. The esata port works well, although it would be nice if it was hot swappable.

Cons: USB 3 ports on io panel and header do not work. I was really disappointed in this because, it has been a long time since I built my last computer and I really wanted this one to be up to date on the USB and Sata. I am running Linuxmint 17 and have searched the web to see if someone has a fix for this. No luck.

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  • Denise H.
  • 4/17/2015 6:15:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works.

Cons: Do not plan on any overclocking on this board with anything past a FX-6300. I can't get my FX-8320 stable at all after stock speeds. The manufacturer should mention the limits of this board as I don't think it could even handle a FX-8350 and up.

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  • Kevin R.
  • 2/28/2015 3:12:33 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood board.

Pros: It worked first time.

Cons: RAM is stupid hard to install, you have to press down hard enough to almost break the board to get it in the slot, not like you drop it in and lock it. The back plate refused to go on and there was no help in the instructions, its held on with electrical tape inside the case. Doesn't line up well with pre-established mount points in the case. Out of 6 screws I got 3 in and only 1 in all the way.

Other Thoughts: I can't complain too much on a sub $100 board, but dang this thing piss3d me off. Also thought the board was DOA, never plugged in power for the CPU. Felt like an idiot when it was pointed out to me.

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