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ASRock Z97 Extreme3 LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

  • Intel Z97
  • Core i7 / i5 / i3 / Pentium / Celeron (LGA1150)
  • DDR3 3100+(OC)/2933(OC)
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Jonathan C.
  • 1/15/2015 3:12:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood buy.

Pros: Does its job well. Good quality-to-dollar ratio. Supports 32 gigabytes of RAM, SLI, UEFI. Realtek onboard audio means you can turn on Karaoke mode and have access to an equalizer with the default drivers and software (listed as "Realtek HD Audio Manager" in control panel.), without having to purchase any other software. Sound quality has been good so far, as well.

Cons: None so far. Could have come with more SATA power cables though, for the price. (only comes with 1 or 2 I think. make sure if you buy a DVD or blu-ray drive or extra hard drives/SSDs that they come with their own power cable or to buy one.)

Other Thoughts: Love the design. 8)..... Too bad it's sheltered inside a non-see-through case. ;D.......

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  • Galen G.
  • 1/9/2015 6:40:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs"Mostly Works"

Pros: Nice features for the money.

Cons: Well, the HD activity posts are dead. I checked the LED on the PWR button and it's fine. The MB is bad.

Other Thoughts: Not a real heavy duty feeling MB piece. The ATX isn't full size, and the front of the case edge of the Mboard has NO support to push the ATX PWR cord into the socket. I stuck a post-it note pad to the right height under the board while I pressed the connector into place.
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The on board Intel video feature with an Intel i3 4330 is VERY good for HD desktop use. I have the PC all onboard audio and video with 8 MEG RAM and it's great. Quiet and plenty fast with as SAMSUNG SSD 250 Gig 850 pro drive and a mechanical Seagate 1 TB data drive.
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The EUFI bios is TERRIBLE. WHY is this a video game? Lets get the BIOS to do the right things in a SIMPLE and easy to see format. Gigabyte allows a "legacy" view!! and after this mess, I know why. But, you're in and then out on a office desktop PC. The BIOS is a great PLACE TO LEAVE.
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If you get a 100% working Mboard, this is a nice one. The CORSAIR MX600M power supply arrived DOA, too. QA isn't what it was in the past. It's just too much of a pain to return it. I HAVE to return the power supply, though.

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  • Tyson B.
  • 12/9/2014 7:12:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsLike it a lot.

Pros: I've only had this board running for a couple hours, but I like it a lot. The install was easy, and it worked just fine with a brand new i5-4690k and a pair of old recycled 2Gb sticks of PC3-10600 memory. I need to flash the bios before I try to overclock. The board shipped with an older version (P1.20) which isn't programmed for Haswell refresh chips.

A fine board at a very good price. Huge improvement over my 4yo Biostar 1156 board.

Cons: No built in POST speaker. No onboard power button. Odd selection of 3 PCI slots, but only one 1x PCIe slot.

Other Thoughts: Research suggests this board has better VRM than anything else in its price class. That might be important with an 88W processor.

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  • jonathan k.
  • 11/7/2014 8:05:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsyet another great ASRock mobo

Pros: no problems at all. everything works just fine.
the software once again has exceeded my expectations.

Cons: some of the connections are difficult to reach.

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  • Jackson D.
  • 10/18/2014 11:54:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat board

Pros: Geat price, fast, lots of features.

Cons: I had trouble with the Intel Network card. After hours of troubleshooting I resolved it with a driver update from Intel. The drivers from Asrock seemed to be buggy. I have a 50Mb internet connection and could only get 10 MB befor the driver update. now all is good. here is a link.

https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?DwnldID=18713&lang=eng&ProdId=3707

Other Thoughts: I decided not to take off a star for a driver issue since it's very possible it was Intel's fault not Asrocks.

I have the Intel 4790k Devils canyon OC'ed at 4.5 with very low temps and outstanding performance with this board.

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5 out of 5 eggsUpdated review-->get this board!

Pros: Weeks have passed since I posted my initial review of this entry level ASRock Z97 extreme3 motherboard. Since then I have had more time to both this motherboard to use and production. Today, I currently have this ASRock Z97 Extreme3 mildly overclocked to 4.5GHz using a new i7-4790k with the factory released bios and legacy Zalman 9900 heatsink/fan ...something which I presently cannot do even with a more expensive Asus Z87-Deluxe motherboard 2102 bios firmware which upsets me greatly. Escalations and emails to Asus have brought no responses as yet which speaks volumes how terrible support Asus has gotten. More importantly it is a joy installing this ASRock MB over the Asus MB simply because the ASRock MB is NOT a full sized ATX format which makes it a easy task even for compact and mid-tower cases. For those who want to cost effectively upgrade to Devil's Canyon and wish to do this on a budget give some serious thought using this ASRock Z97 Extreme3 mobo....inexpensive, compact, easy to install/setup/overclock even with a anemic Intel heatsink cooler. My earlier gripes voiced in my earlier review also castigated ASRock why they would ever consider including a VGA port ... it's there evidently for a budget purpose! Include it for pc builds who are on serious budget constraints, have a love for the hobby, and wish to salvage using old but functional VGA flat panels or worse yet (ugh!) a CRT monitor with just VGA capability. Does everyone know the highest o/c this year was on a ASRock branded board? .... maybe Asus and Gigabyte should start looking in their rear view mirror because ASRock quality and reliability is right up there!

Cons: In my earlier write up/review I castigated the limited number of USB3/USB2 ports and lack of built-in wi-fi, Even though these are major hindrances for the serious enthusiast you can work around these issues by installing a cheap wi-fi card, for example, into one of the pci slots, install a external powered USB3 hub which for me addresses my major gripes about this entry level motherboard.

Other Thoughts: Even high end first tier motherboard manufacturers (are you listening Asus?) entitled to screw up occasionally such as the case where a i7-4790k is presently documented to work but will not work on a expensive Z87-Deluxe motherboard. Given time I am sure Asus will resolve this however this is a huge faux paux and black eye for Asus. I Asus wants in excess of $400 for a x99 MB they better do better validation testing on processors and bios fixes. Me, I'm going to wait a bit before I consider going X99 chipset platforms ...it boils down to be gouged for overpriced for DDR4 memory, flakey bios updates, larger wattage power supplies and waiting for the "smoke to clear" on X99

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  • Jared B.
  • 9/19/2014 10:37:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLove it

Pros: This mobo supports a ton of features, has a great BIOS system and has both SL1 and crossfire dual graphics support. You can over-clock RAM, graphics and CPU.

Cons: The ATX power connection is a major pain to seat. You must press down with tremendous force while ensuring the board doesn't snap. Only 2 sata6 cables. Really Asrock?

Other Thoughts: I like this mobo a lot. Tons of RAM, graphics and can rock some intel cores. A perfect mobo for anyone looking to spend thrifty and yet get good quality. You can use this guy to build an awesome workstation or gaming center. You will be buying a separate sata6 cable if you intend the common 2 hard drive setup.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat inexpensive multipurpose motherboard

Pros: Affordable motherboard that has everything that intermediate home or office user needs, and even suitable for entry-level gaming builds. Supports latest 5th generation Intel processors (in my build I used Core i7-4790K processor). Plenty of USB 3.0 ports (four of them are on rear Input/Output panel and two additional USB 3.0 ports can be added to front or rear panel though MB header) and also two USB 2.0 (with ability to add four additional ports through two MB headers) are provided. Up to three monitors can be connected to this MB simultaneously, and if you use processor with built in graphics (such as Core i7-4790K that i used in my system) then no additional graphics card is required. However to get maximum performance I do recommend adding discrete video adapter (you also can get two of them and connect them with SLI bridge card or CrossFire bridge in case of use AMD GPUs). Additional headers that will be of value for system builders are infrared header (this lets you add infrared receiver and transmitter that can be used to control media software with your TV Remote Control), COM header and Chassis Speaker header. All of USB 2.0 and 3.0 rear panel and onboard headers, built in audio chip, LAN port have protection from Electrostatic Damage. Onboard LAN port equipped with multifunction indicator LEDs (provides visual information about connection status and also about link speed). Six 6.0 Gb/s connectors support RAID0, RAID1, RAID5 and RAID10. CPU fan connectors are 3-pin and 4-pin connectors, so that builder can use pretty much any standard fan. All fan connectors come with tachometers and information about fan speeds can be read through software.

Cons: Not really a con, rather a features that I personally find of no value nor practical use: ASRock Cloud, ASRock APP Charger and ASRock APP Shop.

Other Thoughts: Newegg is best place to purchase this board in terms of price and speedy delivery with quality packaging. When upgrading a system using this motherboard make sure that you have 4th of 5th generation of Intel CPU (socket 1150).

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4 out of 5 eggsGood bargain buy

Pros: I moved an i7 4770K into this mobo. It was easy to transfer as CPUs are becoming easier each year. I had plenty of clearance to install my Zalman Quiet fan. ASRock makes it pretty easy to overclock CPU and memory in the UEFI BIOS should you wish to do so. Placement of heatsinks and knowing how to allow clearance for custom builders is key. This board really takes into consideration what gear you’ll use to ensure it has a nice fit.

It’s a pretty good bargain board. It’s a nicer Intel NIC but not quite as nice as the Killer. This board can work well for someone even if not a gamer as it’s not over the top with OC features and with the onboard GPU you can save not having to use a graphics card. This would be pretty handy for an office PC to cut costs without cutting corners in speed.

Cons: I always put 4 HDDs into my builds. 1 SSD for OS and installs and 3 in a Windows Storage Space JBOD for dummy storage that I don’t want to push onto a NAS. This board came with 2 SATA connectors and that puts a hindrance on the build.

Perhaps I’m spoiled but I was receiving 8-14MS response times while in DOTA2 and while on a Killer NIC I’d get closer to 4-10MS times. If you’re into FPS or high click rate games it might be worth your while to bump up. While using it for an office computer this is not something that matters it does when you're gaming.

Other Thoughts: I loaded a few games like Evolve, DOTA2, Archeage, and Abyss Odyssey. The board performs well and really is a breeze to install. I’ve used Gigabyte mostly and a couple XFX boards but recent ASRock series is well done

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5 out of 5 eggsAwesome ASRock motherboard

Pros: While I have purposely avoided all 2nd tier motherboard manufacturers in favor of either Asus or Gigabyte I recently completed a pc build on this Asrock z97 Extreme3 motherboard. Very impressed with this motherboard and cannot find anything disparaging to say other than some minor issues. Cost usually trumps design but ASrock has struck a very good balance what to include into this Extreme3 and you will not go wrong on a fast "problem free" pc build using this Extreme3. My primary workstation desktop uses a year old Asus Z87-Deluxe motherboard, 10 year old Zalman 9900 cpu cooler, and a very early release i7-4770K processor overclocked to 4.3GHz (BClock set at 125 with a 35 multiplier). Anything higher would yield BSOD's--ugh! Long story short, this ASRock Z97 Extreme3 motherboard handily overclocks to 4.4GHz using standard board settings again air cooled with the same 10 year old Zalman 9900 heatsink/fan cpu cooler. The UEFI bios is nicely laid out, very intuitive but not full featured compared to either Asus or Gigabyte. The price advertised on the Newegg web site is extremely attractive especially when bundled with the rebate promotion currently underway. FREE shipping and no tax makes this motherboard a difficult if not impossible deal to pass up. The inclusion of a VGA port on this entry level Z97 board is ill conceived but a necessity for entry level motherboards since budget builders use spare/salvaged components lying around. Me, I have NOT had a VGA monitor in years having upgraded these legacy monitors along with IDE devices for more current interfaces.
This is my first ASRock motherboard and I will consider ASRock over Asus and Gigabyte on my next personal workstation build. Location of headers and ports are nicely placed making it one of the cleanest looking builds. Everything including all the USB and hdmi ports simply work reliably as intended. You will need extra USB brackets and cabling so be sure and validate you have these items prior to your pc build. Motherboard upgrades for me personally is one of the most time consuming pc tasks simply because it is more than just making sure the upgrades boots up into a desktop..... tweaks including navigating the UEFI, overclocking, driver loads, personalization, o/s updates, burn-in, etc take patience and time. This Asrock Z97 Extreme3 was the fastest motherboard upgrade I have finished in recent memory which is a testimonial how much thought ASrock put into this board. Kudo's to ASRock!
Newegg is once again to be commended on having ample inventory at both their East and West coast warehouses. Delivery is prompt, tracking numbers provided validate each step of shipper handoff's until the package arrives at your doorstep. Newegg deliveries almost always arrive in pristine condition..what's NOT to like?

Cons: As with all entry level motherboards cost is a mitigating factor on what to include or add on a entry level motherboard. Me, I personally concerned theASRock Extreme3 motherboard only contains a i/o shield, 2 sata cables, and a lonely SLI bridge cable. Budget builders upgrading to this new Intel Z97 based motherboard might not have spare USB3 brackets, and spare SATA cables lying around. A minimum of 4 SATA cables is normally used for any new pc build.... double DVD burners so as to eliminate the PITA DVD shuffle during copying of DVDs, additional external USB3 ports so as to minimize fumbling around at the back of the case during USB3 flash drive coping.... why cheap out on a otherwise impressive entry level Z97 board? Why ASrock decided to include a built in VGA port on the motherboard puzzles me since vga ports are already obsolete and going by way of the dinosaur. As a board designer I would have omitted a vga input on this particular motherboard and use the funds to either provide usb3 cabling&brackets, inclusion of a displayport, built-in wifi, or even a eSATA port which I personally often use to clone drives using Acronis. Workarounds do exist however at the expense of using up a pci slot and a inexpensive add-on card. I would have liked less USB2.0 ports in favor of more USB3 ports for obvious reasons .... USB3 is downward compatible with legacy USB2's and work nicer with usb hubs... fyi provides max 500milliamp draw while newer usb3 has a minimum of twice that. Doesn't sound like much but who wants added power adapters cluttering up your already overburdened power strip? For those planning on water cooled o/c'ing using, for example, the popular Corsair H100i with Corsair Link fan control s/w there isn't enough headers on the motherboard. Once you use up either the sole USB3 or USB2 header there is a remaining single header left...definitely a entry level motherboard. The UEFI bios lacks voltage fine tuning which is necessary to squeeze every hertz for overclockers. ASRock global web site is reachable however the USA site for downloads/updates was non functional even after multiple attempts spread out over multiple days.
For those who already have a Z87 chipset based motherboard upgrading to a Z97 chipset is definitely NOT worth the money invest as both chipsets share almost 96% functionality of the Z97. If you have leftover parts and need another pc build you must definitely spec out your "needs versus wants"... for me a absolute need is built in wifi, a hdmi output, and Bluetooth connectivity for my android devices. I normally upgrade every 3 years then pass the older pc build to family members.

Other Thoughts: This motherboard has been powered up almost a day and has been creating creating PDF's for work and it performs as flawlessly as my Asus Z87-Deluxe motherboard. Majority of the pdf's created are 36-inch by 48-inch poster sized files created using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop and Acrobat 10. Overclocking this Z97 Extreme3 is the way to go otherwise distill times would be in excess of 12 minutes per file. Definitely considering ASRock for the pc build when the Intel X99 chipset motherboards are released. I sincerely hope DDR4 memory will NOT be too cost prohibitive on the X99 MB's.

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