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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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  • 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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  • Pete
  • 7/31/2014 4:26:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAbsolute garbage

Pros: Well I would put something here, but then again I couldn't use the motherboard from the start anyways

Cons: Well, initially I had ordered this motherboard since it was cheap and I had heard it was efficient from a friend, imagine my disappointment when after waiting to receive it in the mail it ended up not having ANY working usb ports on it. So naturally I RMA'd it and just received a new one, same exact problem. Don't cheap out on your motherboard if you're considering purchasing this motherboard, skip it and look for better motherboards with a longer lasting warranty.

Other Thoughts: Honestly with motherboards you get what you pay for and this motherboard completely denies that by representing garbage in motherboard form.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Sorry to hear that the second mainboard having same USB ports issue.
All replacement mainboards are fully tested to assure that they're working before shipped.
Please clear the CMOS.
Set the UEFI BIOS default.
Test with known good USB keyboard and mouse under UEFI BIOS on all ports one by one to verify the ports are working.
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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  • 7/31/2014 1:16:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOk lowend board

Pros: It ran stable for almost a year. Wont do Biz with Asrock ever again.

Cons: I got this board on 4/4/2013 - It ran stable for a year but never seemed to be quite right? (I have the AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz ) I always thought my FPS in game was low. - I have a long list of people who have had issue with this board - None of us have overclocked or anything along those lines.... To the day - A weak after warranty was up it died. I went back to my old motherboard with the 8350 chip and everything worked fine. - even seen a pick up in fps. I getting rid of Asrock products after this. Overall it is a ok board. Woulden recommend it for gaming or anything more the surfing the net,

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please allow better air circulation inside the chassis to avoid overheating and may casue CPU throttling (dropped FPS).
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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  • 7/28/2014 4:27:59 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPleasantly suprised

Pros: Overall great board. has all the main stream connections most users want. once I got into the bios, was easy to setup the CPU, ram etc etc.Cost of board plus rebate made this a no-brainer.

Cons: none yet, hope it lasts longer then 1yr. People complain it only has 5 Sata 3 ports, why would you need more? if you are building a server, then this isn't the board for you. Again, its an overall great mainboard.

Other Thoughts: went into a system that is built for a heavy gamer. User plays WoW a lot, but other game as well. computer able to run on Ultra settings. System contains

Cooler Master 311 Elite case
950 Watt Rosewill PSU
dual NVidia GTX 460s
Asrock 990 FX Extreme3 mainboard
2 sets of G Skill Sniper 8 gig each DDR3 240pin ram (16gigs) set to 9-9-9-24 1T set to 1600mhz due to limitations of CPU
OCZ 240 gig SSD for a boot drive
WD 1T blue drive for storage
DvD rom drive
AMD Phenom II x4 965 BE 3.4ghz quad-core CPU
SB Audiogy PCI card
32" LED LCD TV as a monitor

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  • Dan25
  • 7/23/2014 5:34:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMaybe

Pros: This motherboard was really good for the first two weeks. It stayed cool, and the programs it came with functioned very well.

Cons: This board stopped recognizing any sata device at all two weeks after I got it, even in the bios.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Please turn the power off, clear the CMOS.
Reconnect the drive firmly (both ends) again to cehck if its detect the drive.
If you have any technical inquiry or warranty questions 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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  • 7/8/2014 2:45:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMeah,

Pros: works well enough. haven't messed much with the overclock.

Cons: does not have usb 3.0 case connector. idk, I kinda expected more for the money i guess. hasn't overheated yet though.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Unfortunately, mainboard does not come with front USB 3.0 header but at rear I/O.
For more information about mainboard, please visit the specification link at below.

http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/990FX%20Extreme3/?cat=Specifications

If you have any technical inquiry or warranty questions in the future 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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  • ajw7989
  • 7/4/2014 12:29:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGood board but died after 1 year and 1 week

Pros: Overclocked my fx 6300 great
Was fast and stable when worked
Plenty of options in the bios
Great features

Cons: Died after 1 year and 1 week.
Tech Support is useless

Other Thoughts: I contacted tech support and described the problem after going through every part and testing if it worked until I found out it was the motherboard. I then contact support and all they say is that I am right it is the motherboard and that I should contact the seller (Newegg). I then reply back asking if there is anything they can do and they ignore my email. Great motherboard while it lasted but a 1 year warranty on a board that suddenly dies a little after a year is not acceptable. Stay away unless you buy an extended warranty since this seems to be a common problem!

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