Whew! Now that you have made it to the end of this review, let’s sum things up and highlight some of the key features on this motherboard. Let’s first talk about its aesthetics. When it comes to the looks of the ASRock 990FX Extreme 9 we thought this board was very sleek. While it doesn’t have all the flashy colors and bold contrast like some of the other top shelf motherboards do, ASRock decided to keep things simple and elegant. In our opinion, this was a smart move as the black with gold accent can blend with virtually all color schemes out there.
When it came to its performance, the board really hit the mark. It provides tons of options that you typically find in most high-end motherboards today. This includes the robust software and UEFI BIOS that is included as part of the package. Its overclock abilities really made things easy for us. Although finding the sweet spot is the most time consuming part, ASRock did a great job and we were able to hit 4.8GHz Stable running ALL of our benchmarks without issues. While overclocking as we have mentioned can be a total hit or miss, we feel that with the right binned chip, this motherboard can take overclocking to a whole new level.
We can honestly say that during our experience with the ASRock 990FX Extreme 9 we didn’t really find any negatives about the board. The only item we might nit-pick over is the 4th PCIe slot blocking some of the ports at the bottom of the board if you instal a large graphics card for TRI-Mode SLI or Crossfire. However, with 90% of today’s consumers not looking to really do that, we found it wasn’t a real negative, but more of a slight inconvenience in certain circumstances.
At the price point of $159.99 on Newegg.com, for a top shelf motherboard, ASRock really hit the mark with its performance to price value. You really get a huge amount of features and performance for this price. Because of this, the ASRock 990FX Extreme 9 easily wins our PureOverclock Editors Choice Award!
ASRock 990FX Extreme 9 – Editors Choice