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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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  • Mike
  • 11/23/2014 5:06:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsOK

Pros: Good price for the features.

Cons: Overall, this motherboard has functioned well. However, it has exhibited a very annoying problem of freezing all user input for 20 to 30 seconds every once in a while. I suspect it is due to the USB 3.0 controller/driver, but have never been able to remedy it.

Other Thoughts: This is my first and last ASRock motherboard. I just purchased and installed an ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 and it works flawlessly. I'm using it right now to write this review. No random freezes. Just works.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear AsRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. As always, we glad to replacing the mainboard if it mainboard is defective.
Please contact us at user@asrockamerica.com. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

AsRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@asrockamerica.com
Phone 909-590-8308

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  • 11/22/2014 1:40:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdied 1 month out of warranty

Pros: Great price, came with combo 8gb Ram. PCI slots, lots of SATA ports

Cons: Ram didn't work, very picky with any ram.
SATA drives would not run AHCI mode for SSD, both samsungs and a corsair said the same thing and wouldn't run ahci. BIOS said it was on, but software stated otherwise.

Other Thoughts: I thought it would be a great board. RAM issues from the get go. Used a FX-6350 125W and could never over clock it without blue screen issues. As others have stated about the 125W issues (VRM's are cheaply made and overheat), seems that they changed the specs of the board after many people purchased.

AVOID ASROCK, not a quality product. After replacing the MoBo with a Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 and spending 2 hours with Microsoft explaining why I needed to reactivate my Win7 serial due to a cheap board. All is well now.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear AsRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. The mainboards usually work for years, unfortunately, due to nature of electronic product, it can happen. For the RMA mainboard, we replace the mainboard with stress test to assure working fine before shipped. As always, we appreciate your purchase and review. If you have any technical questions or warranty issues in the future please contact us at user@asrockamerica.com or call us 909-590-8308

Thank you

AsRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@asrockamerica.com

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  • Kev
  • 11/1/2014 12:19:36 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat MOBO

Pros: Everything! I've had this board for over 2 years now. This board is the best I've ever had and I've had a bunch of them. It's highly future upgradable and fast on the FSB 2600mhz. I have it paired with a Vishera 6 core AMD CPU and it handles everything I put it through with ease. Great Motherboard for the price!

Cons: Not one! Absolutely love it.

Other Thoughts: I recommend this board. Looks like at this time of writing it's 10 bucks cheaper than when I bought it.

If you're looking for a mobo, you can't go wrong with this one!

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  • Smurfdawg
  • 10/27/2014 2:04:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOwned since 2011

Pros: Has ran without any major hiccups since purchase. UEFI is very easy to use in comparison to old bios. Price is low for this chip set. Building on this board is pretty simple. The on board USB 3.0 works well. It is a pretty full featured board though I haven't tried everything.

Cons: On board audio died after about 1.5 years, so I just bought a real sound card:) Cabling for the front USB headers is not right. It causes the board to power off if you plug anything into it. Have tried the board in two different cases with the same result, and my friend who has this same board has the same issue... Dangerous to the board, so I just bought a cheap external usb to sit on my desktop.

Other Thoughts: Worth the money I spent to have this as an office build. I used it for gaming as well when I first bought it and it ran just fine. I paid about $20 more than what it is currently selling, for when I bought it in Dec 2011. Pretty well thought out layout for building and it looks nice. I have had many different configurations and components put on this board. The only thing that has been the same the whole time on this is my 16 GB of Corsair Vengeance DDR3 1600 ram. (4 x 4GB), and I haven't put any more than a quad core in it either (3.8 GHZ). I gamed the heck out of it though for about a year before quitting gaming. Seemed very stable and this is not my first gaming rig :)
I just happened to look at the reviews on this board, which used to be a 4-5 egg product around the time I bought mine. I would tend to believe that with all of the DOA, etc. type problems people are having currently, that ASRock is now selling a crappier version of the original. Unfortunate for them and their customers. I would have bought others from them but will have to carefully consider on my next build.

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  • 10/15/2014 5:24:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo NOT Buy, Seriously Avoid!!!!!

Pros: None

Cons: Okay so I got my first board in 2012 from them and am now on my 4th (yes 4th) from them. My first one lasted 6 months and then the SATA ports died. I RMA'd they sent me another one that was DOA, so I sent it back and they sent me a 3rd one. The 3rd one lasted a week and just quit working all together. I think the VRMs failed on it, I am not 100% sure. So I RMA'd it again and ASRock sent me a brand new one. This one lasted about a year, it died today of course after the warranty is up. The computer I had this in had 19 days of total use looking at the power on time of my Hard Drive, which is the only Drive I ever had with the system. The 19 days was between all 4 boards. I don't use the PC that much as it is for LANs and what not. I checked all the other components and swapped in known working parts to test and it would not POST. The problem is the board. ASRock manufactures poorly designed products that do not last. AVOID AT ALL COSTS, buy something better.

Other Thoughts: System Specs:
ASRock 990FX Extreme 3 (Not Anymore)
AMD FX-6100 3.3GHz X6 CPU
Coolermaster Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler
G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB (4X4GB) 1333MHz RAM
(OEM) AMD Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 GPU
Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200RPM HDD
Thermaltake 550W Evo_Blue PSU
Thermaltake Commander MS-I Case
Windows 8.1 Professional 64-Bit

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  • 10/2/2014 5:28:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsDurability maybe an issue

Pros: Price.

Cons: Received a unit with a broken PCI-e x16 locking clip. That is being handled.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Sorry to hear that the PCIE lock has broken.
We are more than happy send the lock.
Please contact our customer service at " user@asrockamerica.com ". We will assist you shortly.

Thank you

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

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  • mitchhanes
  • 9/22/2014 1:12:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFair board, with RAM and sfx issues.

Pros: It's well priced, and there were no issues with installation, there're no poorly placed SATA or case pins, etc.

Cons: After about 2 months the analog sound, all six jacks, completely quit. It's not even recognized as being in the pc (by any means), but works with USB audio outputs. The ram I received as a bundle with the board through newegg wasn't compatible with the board, and I've had multiple memory issues even after fully updating the CMOS. Also keep in mind that Asrock doesn't provide CMOS resetting like ASUS or other brands do. I had to physically transplant my CMOS into another board to flash it, after the board (due to memory errors) shut off during the initial flash.

Other Thoughts: I got the board looking for a cheap path to 990FX, and was disappointed. I'm now forced to by a new motherboard because (apart from the sound, and ram issues) the board doesn't seem to play nice with higher loads going to the processor. It unlocked my old 720 to 4 cores, and runs well at 3.2ghz/core stock voltages. It stutters and struggles with 125w processors on load though.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
For the sound issue, please turn the power off, clear the CMOS.
Set the UEFI/BIOS default.
Download and install HD audio driver at link " http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/990FX%20Extreme3/?cat=Download ".

For the CMOS reset, the clear CMOS jumper is on mainboard.
Please visit the user manual link under page 12 location 22 at link " http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/990FX%20Extreme3/?cat=Manual ".

For the BIOS update, the file can be download at link " http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/990FX%20Extreme3/?cat=Download&os=BIOS "
Click " + " (red cross) for BIOS update instruction.

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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  • 9/12/2014 9:37:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnremarkable

Pros: Price... That's about it. 990fx chipset I guess

Cons: After a 7 month period of lack luster performance, the board has died.
Ample cooling and airflow for the entire duration of use was still not able to prevent the inevitable. Random failure during low-load.
All in all overclocking of any kind was not an option on this Mobo.
Board is still under warranty, but I don't believe it is worth the time it would take to RMA.

Other Thoughts: Free advise: You get what you pay for... especially with motherboards.
The Asus Sabertooth r2.0 and the m5a99x evo r2.0 are both MUCH better options at competitive prices. Also look at the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Sorry to hear that the mainboard has malfunctioned after 7 months which’s due to nature of electronic product, it can happen.
Please contact us with problem description 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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  • BDKDozer
  • 9/7/2014 2:44:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDisappointed

Pros: Board has all placements of Fan, PSU Memory and PCi e's in right place. Board worked great for about 11 months then BSOD started and not one was consistent or the same.

Cons: RMA procedure, ASRock was you to go back to Seller to warranty, however Newegg only deals in 30 day policies.

Other Thoughts: ASRock don't put your warranties to the seller if you are claiming you can't handle it volume, this tell me that if you have that many RMA's then your MOB's aren't worth switching from Asus to you just to save a few $$$ !!!

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
We glad to honor the warranty if the mainboard has passed the 30 days of purchase (if within 30 days, contact the vendor to exchange/replace).
The best way is, please provide the purchase date, so we could calculate the time frame.
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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  • 8/12/2014 2:59:48 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsEdit of old review - Not good for 8-Core CPUs

Pros: I still maintain most of what I said in my previous review, though the board isn't as flawless as I first thought it to be.

Cons: I'm dropping this down 2 eggs over my last review due to a recent and very disappointing discovery that is actually going to lead me replacing this board in my rig.

If you have one of the 8-Core 125 Watt Vishera Core CPUs (ie. 8350) be warned that this board struggles to run it. Now, yes, the specs say that the board can use the 8-core CPUs up to 140 watts, and its not totally lying about that, it can run it, but, and trust me its a big but, the VRMs power phasing struggles to power the CPU under a heavy load and over clocking is nearly impossible.

Using both CoreTemp and SpeedFan I monitored my CPU under a 100% load using Prime95. Initially everything seems to be fine, but once things start to heat up, ussually around 70C the clock speed drops from 4.0GHZ to 1.3GHZ and at the same time, the Vcore voltage drops from 1.25v to about 0.8v. After everything cools down a bit the clock and volts go back up and I initially thought it was just poor cooling since my CPU cooler isn't the best, but after stopping Prime95 and letting the computer idle with the Temp dropping to around 47C the Vcore and Clock speeds will fluctuate sporadically until I restart the computer.

Looking at the official Spec sheet on ASRocks website for the supported CPUs, I noticed a little asterisk and looked to see what it meant. Apparently ASRock recommends a downward blowing CPU cooler for optimal performance on the three 8-Core 125 watt Vishera Core processors and only those three because the VRM can only be cooled properly if the CPU fan is also blowing over the VRMs Heatsink, but if you're using liquid cooler, non-downward blowing heatsink, or just a poor quality heatsink, the VRM doesn't get properly cooled and overheats causing its voltage to drop and in turn throttles the CPU.

What does this mean to everyone? If you plan to use an 8-Core 125 Watt Vishera such as the 8350, then find a better board or you're going to be restricting the CPUs performance. Any other AM3+ CPU that it supports should be fine, though I can't vouch for this.

Other Thoughts: Again, if you want full performance from those 8-Core CPUs, then find a better board and if you want to overclock that CPU then you'll need a better board.

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