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ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS

  • AMD 990FX
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2100(OC) /1866

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • night-walkr
  • 3/27/2016 5:16:22 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat board, one of the best ive ever owned

Pros: *Great board layout
*multiple pci-e slots including a pci-e 4
*usb 3 capability
*ethernet is pretty fast
*board is neutral themed and will match a variety of cases/colors (if that matters)
*Will hold an 8350 @ 5.0(depending on if you get a good chip) but i wouldnt reccomend it for long term

Cons: * power plugs are a little weird where they laid them out, makes it awkward for large cases with bottom mount power supplies.
*Onboard sound leaves much to be desired, but i always use a dedicated pcie sound card anyways so its not an issue.
*Northbridge gets really hot (see other thoughts)
*PCIE slots and ram slots are a little picky with how you use them (see other thoughts)
* This board will not handle the 200w chips (9370 and 9590) dont even try, it will reconize them but doesnt have the power phase to hold them (only 4+2), the capacitors and voltage regulators are a little on the light side and will get hot and pop destroying board and possibly cpu as well.

Other Thoughts: Overall this board has run well over 2,000 hours plus I purchased it new on 3/23/2012 with an Amd 8120 overclocked at 4.0-4.5ghz on a corsair h50 with gskill 2133mhz ram and it has survived numerous hardware changes, multiple graphics cards (4 in crossfire or 2 in sli) and some hardware failures (power supplies dieing video cards failing, ram failing. But it has never let me down. A few issues I had with the board
#1 The pci slots are really loose fitting, everytime i tried to insert a card and use the plastic pcie clip at the back of the to keep the card firmly in the slot the card would sometimes not post, i found its due to mis alignment, this is corrected by not using the plastic clip at all and just inserting the card and putting a screw at the slot end to hold the card and it will work fine aslong as the computer isnt vigorously moved allowing it to come unseated from the slot.

#2 The northbridge runs super hot I took the junk northbridge heatsink off and put a better aluminum one with arctic silver ceramic it has a small 4,000 rpm fan on it and it does a much better job keeps it 60-65c under full load which is 100x better than the 70-95c it was running before.

#3 This board will run 2400mhz ram but it is picky, it only likes certain types/manufacturers, ive run corsair and gskill but gskill runs better and clocks easier to advertised speeds and beyond.

Overall this is probably the best board for the buck for Amd I recently upgraded to an 8350 and a asrock Extreme 6 to get me through gaming wise till the Am4 comes out, but the extreme 3 is still running fine in my brothers gaming rig with the same 8120 @4.0 no issues and today survived another power supply failure and booted after new power supply was replaced with no issues.(Thats why I took the time to write this review) When I find products such as this that stand the test of time I generally stick with that brand and recommend them to others and I definately recommend this board to anyone looking for a decent upgrade.

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  • Daniel A.
  • 3/21/2016 5:29:27 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsFailed after a year

Pros: Price was good when I bought it

Cons: After a year of light gaming use, (right after the warranty ended) this motherboard broke entirely. At first I thought it was the CPU, then the PS, in the end turns out it was this thing. Not looking forward to buying a new one.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Daniel,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard whether the issue is resolved.
• Unplug the ATX power, remove all components from mainboard.
• Clear the CMOS.
• Test with single memory module, switching another memory if problem still persist.
• 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 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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  • Steven M.
  • 3/10/2016 2:54:25 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot labeled well

Pros: very inexpensive
nice looking

Cons: will only support up to a 140w chip

Other Thoughts: I wish newegg's specifications for this motherboard had stated it was only compatible up to 140w chips

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  • Christopher J.
  • 3/8/2016 5:47:18 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSame issue as Joshua R.

Pros: Inexpensive, lots of expansion

Cons: Freezes occastionally

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Christopher,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
For the freeze issue, please load the BIOS setting default.
Check the CPU and mainboard are not overheating.
Test with single memory module, switching another memory module if problem still persist.
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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  • Jeremy B.
  • 2/29/2016 11:21:58 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Mobo for the price.

Pros: Overall a good mobo for the price. Looks nice and is easy to install.

Cons: Does not have a native USB 3.0 header connection onboard. I had to order a add-on card to be able to hook up my cases front panel USB 3.0 ports. Also; if you are building a full tower build, you may want to go ahead and order PSU cable extensions since the 8-pin EPS connector is at the very top of the board an in my case that has a bottom mounted PSU the cable was not long enough to reach it.

Other Thoughts: For the price, you can't go wrong. Minor cons are outweighed by affordability.

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  • Jason H.
  • 1/28/2016 3:48:16 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsJust Ok Entry Level Product.

Pros: Lots of fan headers.
Rear USB 3.0
Easy to install and setup.

Cons: No USB 3.0 front header witch is standard on most other brands.
Sketchy 8 core support.
Lacks bios features common to most other brands

Other Thoughts: I'll buy MSI or Asus in the future.
If you buy ASRock go for top of the line not the budget boards.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Jason,

Thank you for purchase and review.
Mainboard comes with 2 x USB 3.0 at rear I/O but not front header.
For mainboard's specification, please visit link below.
Link: http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/990FX%20Extreme3/?cat=Specifications

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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  • Josue R.
  • 1/4/2016 1:32:44 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFreezes

Pros: its adequate when it doesn't freeze.

Cons: Every time i try to run AutoCAD, it freezes for about 2 minutes. nothing responds, not even right clicking the desktop. if i right clicked on the desktop in a bunch of places after it unfreezes all the right clicks i did appear really fast and only the last right click remains, then it runs fine until it freezes again. no matter if AutoCAD was already loaded and closed out, if i try to load it again it will freeze. it'll randomly freeze when watching a video and acts like its skipping loop.

Other Thoughts: Running the latest v1.9 firmware. I've disabled every smart cpu feature in the BIOS (UEFI), I've enabled every feature. I've used 1 memory slot only. used all slots. no matter what setup i use, it continues to freeze. It's done it ever since i bought it in 2013. hasn't gotten worse, but hasn't gotten better. the only reason that i never wrote a review is because i trashed the computer in the closet only to resurface recently. tried every version of windows from 7 to recently 10, freezes on all of them.
it says on the website that the FX-8350 is compatible since V1.50. very unpleasant experience. wish i could return this for another because it feels like a waste of money.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Josue,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please load the BIOS setting default.
Check the CPU is not overheating.
If possible, test with another VGA card and memory 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

Thank you

ASRock Support
Tech Support Email: http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp

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  • Corey M.
  • 1/4/2016 8:53:36 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDecent budget board

Pros: It has ran my 8350 FX Black edition for 2+ years now

Cons: Weak VRM but it's manageable. Like other reviewers have mentioned, this board isn't exactly compatible with the 8350 FX as it was initially advertised. I had to disable some settings in the BIOS, one of them being the turbo feature, to get this board to stop throttling when the temperatures became too hot. Also there aren't any USB 3.0 connections for the front of the case.

Other Thoughts: This board has handled a 8350 FX paired with Radeon 7970 and then GTX 970 quite well considering it's technically not compatible with that CPU. I've played countless games on it with hardly any problems after fixing the throttling. However if you have the money then definitely buy a better motherboard than this one to get the most out of your CPU.

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  • Christopher J.
  • 1/1/2016 12:22:20 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo longer works properly

Pros: It supports SLI at a reasonable price. Plenty on USB ports.

Cons: After using this board lightly for a year it will not longer wake up or power back on. The only solution is to flip the switch on the power supply, wait 20 minutes, flip the PSU switch back and hit the power button. I've replaced all other components and clean installed the OS. The issue persists. I cannot recommend ASRock after this. Really disappointing.

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  • Bryan G.
  • 12/28/2015 8:09:32 AM

2 out of 5 eggsWorked for 9 months then died

Pros: Had LEDS on board to indicate the specific problem, a very nice feature for identifying problems

Cons: Red LED for CPU indicating no CPU readings - a very common error for this board (do internet search). Worked for 9 months then stopped. Shows red LED for CPU. Replaced CPU and still red LED. Trouble shot RAM, video card, re-set BIOs, power supply tested, looks like, for whatever reason, the CPU socket/circuit no longer functions. After search for hours on internet, there appears to be many with similar problems.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Valued Customer Bryan,

We appreciate you taking the time to post your feedback and verification result on 990FX Extreme3.
And we apologize for the inconvenience this has been causing you.

For this issue, we provide the following suggestions to you for checking your system.
1. Please refer to user manual page 29 to clear CMOS for testing.
User manual link: http://asrock.pc.cdn.bitgravity.com/Manual/990FX%20Extreme3.pdf
2. Re-install CPU and power supply for testing.
3. Install memory module to other DIMM slot for verifying.
4. Only install the necessary devices including CPU, one stick memory module, VGA card and PSU to check.
5. If possible, please change another CPU, memory module or PSU for double-check.

If you have any technical support inquiry, please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/Support/tsd.asp
We'll assist you shortly.

Thank you very much!

Have a nice day
ASRock TSD

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