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ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

  • AMD 970
  • FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
  • DDR3 2100+(OC)/1866(OC)
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Learn more about the ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0

Model

Brand
ASRock
Model
970 Extreme3 R2.0

Supported CPU

CPU Socket Type
AM3+
CPU Type
FX / Phenom II / Athlon II / Sempron 100 Series
FSB
2400MHz Hyper Transport (4800 MT/s)

Chipsets

Chipset
AMD 970
South Bridge
AMD SB950

Memory

Number of Memory Slots
4×240pin
Memory Standard
DDR3 2100+(OC)/1866*(OC)/1800*(OC)/1600*(OC)/1333/1066/800
Maximum Memory Supported
64GB
Channel Supported
Dual Channel

Expansion Slots

PCI Express 2.0 x16
2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (PCIE2 @ x16 mode; PCIE4 @ x4 mode)
PCI Express x1
2
PCI Slots
2

Storage Devices

SATA 6Gb/s
5 x SATA 6Gb/s
SATA RAID
0/1/5/10

Onboard Video

Onboard Video Chipset
None

Onboard Audio

Audio Chipset
Realtek ALC892
Audio Channels
7.1 Channels

Onboard LAN

LAN Chipset
Realtek 8111E
Max LAN Speed
10/100/1000Mbps

Rear Panel Ports

PS/2
1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
USB 1.1/2.0
4 x USB 2.0
USB 3.0
2 x USB 3.0
eSATA
1 x eSATA 6Gb/s
S/PDIF Out
1 x Optical, 1 x Coaxial
Audio Ports
6 Ports

Internal I/O Connectors

Onboard USB
3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)
1 x USB 3.0 header (supports 2 USB 3.0 ports)
Other Connectors
5 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors
1 x IR header
1 x CIR header
1 x COM port header
1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
1 x Power LED header
2 x CPU Fan connectors (1 x 4-pin, 1 x 3-pin)
3 x Chassis Fan connectors (1 x 4-pin, 2 x 3-pin)
1 x Power Fan connector (3-pin)
24 pin ATX power connector
8 pin 12V power connector
Front panel audio connector

Physical Spec

Form Factor
ATX
Power Pin
24 Pin

Features

Features
- ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU)
- ASRock Instant Boot
- ASRock Instant Flash
- ASRock APP Charger
- ASRock XFast USB
- ASRock XFast LAN
- ASRock XFast RAM
- ASRock Crashless BIOS
- ASRock OMG (Online Management Guard)
- ASRock Internet Flash
- ASRock On/Off Play Technology
- ASRock UEFI System Browser
- ASRock Dehumidifier Function
- ASRock Fast Boot
- ASRock X-Boost
- ASRock Restart to UEFI
- Hybrid Booster:
-CPU Frequency Stepless Control
-ASRock U-COP
-Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- Good Night LED

Packaging

Package Contents
Asrock 970 Extreme3 R2.0 MB
Quick Installation Guide
Support CD
I/O Shield
2 x SATA Data Cables

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the ASRock 970 Extreme3 R2.0

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  • xxtwitchxx
  • 3/30/2014 1:47:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible product

Pros: There are absolutely no pros to this board.

Cons: Had board replaced twice and all were DOA bought it for my little brothers birthday present got it completely assembled to find it was DOA got a refund but buyer beware of this product.

Other Thoughts: Newegg support was actually extremely helpful this time i really feel there was nothing more they could do.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear xxtwitchxx,

Sorry to hear that second mainboard still having DOA.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard whether the issue is resolved.
Unplug the ATX power.
Remove the mainboard from chassis, place it on mainboard’s box
Clear the CMOS.
Reseat the CPU and heatsink fan
Test with single memory module (non-ECC, un-buffered)
Reseat video card firmly and 6+6 PCIE power (if applied)
Plug the 24 pins + 8 or 4 pins ATX power
Plug the chassis power switch to mainboard, and try again
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions 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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  • Chris
  • 3/15/2014 11:27:33 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsListen to the BAD reviews!

Pros: None

Cons: Anyone who is considering this board, just don't do it. For some reason I didn't listen to the bad reviews and purchased it anyhow. Not only did I waste my time and money on a dysfunctional product, but it ruined all the excitement of building my new system. Thankfully NewEgg has agreed to RMA the board and allow me to get a different one! I thought I'd take a chance on asrock, but this has left me with a very bad impression.

Please, spare yourself the disappointment and don't buy this very poor quality motherboard.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Chris,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
For the future reference, please trouble shoot the mainboard whether the issue is resolved.
Please trouble shoot the mainboard whether the issue is resolved;
Unplug the ATX power.
Remove the mainboard from chassis, place it on mainboard’s box
Clear the CMOS.
Reseat the CPU and heatsink fan
Test with single memory module (non-ECC, un-buffered)
Reseat video card firmly and 6+6 power (if applied)
Plug the 24 pins + 8 or 4 pins ATX power
Plug the chassis power switch to mainboard, and try again
If still having same issues please contact our tech support 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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  • Jeff
  • 2/25/2014 5:13:53 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsWow

Pros: The bios is cool tons of options.... tons of connections if only the board worked... asrock shouldve recalled all these boards ... look into another brand

Cons: The worst board i have ever owned period! This board is bipolar and needs help and im not alone i wish i would have done my research on this board a good amount of people have had the same issue no post screen does not restart properly and freezes up whenever i do actually manage to get to the desktop and no its not any of my parts i have checked every single part. I wanted to get this board to upgrade from my ECS m3 micro atx that had a busted ram slot... had to go back to this old board which works flawlessly aside from the ram slot i wont be buying asrock again i tried to get help from the site and everything about the board sends me to a bad gateway page..tried everything including updating bios still no change not even worth the RMA i dont want another piece of junk

Other Thoughts: Amd FX 6300
Rosewill Capstone 750watt
Sapphire 7870GHZ
Crucial ballistix tactical 8gb
adata ssd

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Jeff,

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
For the issue, please turn the power off, clear the CMOS.
Apply thermal compound and assure fully contact with CPU to avoid overheating.
Set the UEFI BIOS default.
Test with single memory module.
If you have any technical issues 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: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • Very Upset Customer
  • 2/24/2014 5:44:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRMA'd process is WAY too long

Pros: Looks nice, probably nice and good if the stupid thing arrived fully put together.

Cons: Well, lets start, top PCIe slot, failed, second PCie slot, missing over HALF the connecting pins.... you freaking kidding me!? Is there such thing as QC from ASRock/Asus? I mean other products I have seen and used seemed to work fantastic, in my first build I had an Asus. But this is un-acceptable. Now I have RMA'd it, RMA is going to take over two weeks to get my stuff back to me..... that's even IF the guy that told me how to do it over the phone from Newegg was right. He told me very specifically to not worry about writing the RMA number on the box even though on the website it says to. So I don't write it, then I read online forums about people getting their stuff sent back to them. If this happens to me, I swear I'll break that stupid MOBO in half and just straight buy another one. This may sound extreme but hell, why not have fun with some 80 dollar piece of nothing. If they aren't going to take it back, have fun with it!

Other Thoughts: Please ASRock/Asus check your stuff before sending to Newegg warehouse. I'm SEVERELY upset with you. You're lucky I want to play games so freaking bad.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
For the issue, please clear the CMOS.
Reseat the CPU and cooler.
Reseat VGA card firmly on PCIE2 slot with its VGA power 6+6 pins (if applied) to check if its resolved.

The second PCIE slot (PCIE4), its PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots at x 4 mode (not required full contact pins due to x 4 mode).
For more information, please visit mainboard's specification link at " http://www.asrock.com/mb/AMD/970%20Extreme3%20R2.0/?cat=Specifications ".
As always, we appreciate your purchase. Honest and constructive reviews are welcome.
If you have any technical issues 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: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • creampuffman
  • 2/22/2014 11:17:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic mobo

Pros: mouse controlled bios, crossfire, fastboot, ran perfect out of box

Cons: one of the crossfire pci-e ports only runs at x4 speed which is kind of odd...

Other Thoughts: Great mobo, I'm running an fx-6300 on it and it ran perfectly right out of the box. The features are great, having a mouse controlled BIOS is a huge plus. It has a fast boot feature and a really fast boot setting. the rally fast one only works on windows 8 but boots up in 3.5 seconds.

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  • Brian
  • 2/13/2014 1:16:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo not buy ASRock

Pros: ASRock sells performance items cheaper than competition.

Cons: ASRock has non-existent customer service. The WORST customer service of any mobo manufacturer. Buy EVGA or Gigabyte. Pay the extra few bucks and save yourself some gray hair.

Other Thoughts: Board arrived DOA. Silly me, I waited more than a month before assembling the computer. Then I had to order a case speaker to test it and sure enough, this board is dead, no beeps, even with the RAM pulled. Contacted manufacturer. A week later I was contacted and asked to fill out a RMA for the board. I did that, 3 weeks later, no response. I emailed them again. 6 weeks later, no response. I emailed them again.

It's not just me, google ASRock and their customer service. Make your own opinion. My advice is to stay away from them and order gigabyte or evga.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

Thank you for your purchase and review. We always do our best to support customers. Unfortunately, it does not meet your needs.
However, we do reply both email and phone promptly except on week-end and holidays.
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: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • N/A
  • 2/8/2014 9:53:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid

Pros: Seemed like a decent board for the price.

Cons: It died after 14 months of use. Shame on me for not realizing it only had a 1 year warranty, unlike most other manufacturers. To get it fixed will cost as much as a new motherboard. Get an ASUS, MSI or Gigabyte and save yourself time, trouble, money and aggravation.

Other Thoughts: Save yourself the frustration and get a motherboard from a company that backs it with a 3 year warranty as mentioned above. I just ordered a new ASUS board to replace this one. Will never order another ASRock product again.

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  • N/A
  • 2/4/2014 2:02:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs970 Extreme3 R2.0

Pros: Great Board Has a Very Fast Startup Right Out of the Box. I Have it Paired With the FX 6300 AM3+ CPU.

Cons: Barely Gives You Time to Enter the Bios When it First Starts Up on Stock Settings.

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  • Da Old Man
  • 1/24/2014 12:35:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNot for the Inexperienced

Pros: 1. One of the few 775 motherboards available.
2. Use of DDR 3 Memory
3. Onboard video

Cons: 1. Motherboard Failure to properly identify CPU.
2. ASRock memory compatibility list for compatible 2x4 memory modules.
3. Motherboard is difficult to set up if you do not have some technical background.

Other Thoughts: 1. I have an old intel E4300 duo core cpu. The motherboard improperly detects it as a E6320. Being detected as such limits OCing. I had this cpu OC'd to 3.01 on my previous board.
2. Initially the MB did not boot with DDR3 modules I had purchased for this motherboard. As you may have read in some of the previous reviews, some purchasers said the MB was DOA, did not boot, etc. This MB is very particular as to the DDR 3 modules being used. If you plan to go this route, plan to purchase DDR 3 modules that use 1.5 volts. I had purchased 1.65 V modules initially when the board failed to boot. The ASRock site have little to no DDR3 2x4 modules listed as compatible.
3. BIOS settings are very limited.
a. Voltage settings are nil to none
b. CPU FSB is linked to memory
c. BIOS must be reset when changing from DDR2 to DDR3 (don't forget the manual pin setting).

Hope this is helpful for those looking for a replacement 775 MB.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear ASRock Customer

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
Unfortunately, due to mainboard is AMD platform, Intel CPU is not supported.
Is might be the different mainboard model.
If you have any technical issues or warranty questions please contact us at http://www.ASRock.com/support/tsd.asp. We can assist you shortly.

Thank you

ASRock SUPPORT
Tech Support Email: user@ASRockamerica.com

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  • N/A
  • 1/22/2014 7:53:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAwesome board

Pros: Graphical UEFI BIOS.
ASRock utility software lets me reboot directly into UEFI settings instead of having to mash the Del or F2 keys at boot.

Cons: Not a lot of ports for various devices (USB/SATA) compared to other motherboards of the same chipset/price range.

Other Thoughts: UltraFast Boot option only works if you meet certain requirements, one of which is having a video card that supports UEFI GOP.

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