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ASRock 990FX Extreme9 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

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.

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ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It might last you a month. It might last you longer, it may last you shorter, but you better hope it breaks down when you still have Newegg to back you up, because dealing with ASRock will get you as far as the chair you're currently sitting on.

Cons: Where to begin. First of all I had a 6300 in this thing which has a TDP (total design power) of 95w. Now this thing can handle (look on the website @ the CPU list) CPU's with 125w TDP. So when the VRM's died just 44 days of use (All stock and no overclock) I figured ok lets give ASRock a call and RMA this thing and get one that works. So about a month later, and yes it DOES take that long, I get the board back. Oh noes, it doesn't POST. What a shocker....

Other Thoughts: Ok, so the people on the phones for ASRock America sound like they don't want to be there OR help you. It'll take a week or more just to get an RMA# out of them. After that you'll have to send it out, which they'll at least pay for, and then play the waiting game until they feel like giving some other piece of poop to you. Again then you'll have to wait for them to actually send it, then wait for delivery. My experience, I've waited about a month for ANOTHER defective board...

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AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5GHz (4.1GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Desktop Processor FD6300WMHKBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Ok, 3.5-4.1Ghz is nothing to sneeze at. This is fast even at stock settings and only a 95w TDP is great for overclocking. Six physical cores are great when heavily multitasking as well.

Cons: Heat sink is basically an aluminum box with a fan on it and some TIM spread on the bottom. Why is this heat sink different than the one I got in my 8350? At least that one had copper pipes and contact plate. I know it's only 95w TDP and not 125 but c'mon AMD if you're gonna give people the good stuff on CPU's that you KNOW we're going to mod and get aftermarket coolers for, at least use the same good parts on the lower end products that most consumers just want to throw together and have work at stock. And for that I'll dock you an egg.

Other Thoughts: Ok, so I've had this CPU for a while and it's been running great. It's in my wife's gaming tower, still stock, running 2 R7 260x's in a CFX with it. It's never given her any trouble, with a SSD in there everything comes up almost instantly. I did however hate the cooler that came with it. My 8350 is water cooled (H110) so I put the stock cooler from that on hers and it runs at good temps. Get on the ball with the quality of your cooling solutions AMD...

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Display Name: Jeremy F.

Date Joined: 05/10/12

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  • Last Review: 05/19/14
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