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ASRock 990FX Extreme 9 Motherboard Review

Posted April 9, 2013 by Kenny in CPU & Motherboards







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Release Date: Available Now
Price at time of Review: $159.99 on Newegg.com


Great Overclocking Capability, Plenty of SATA ports, USB 3.0, 12+2 Power Phase


A large video card installed in the bottom PCIe slot might block some of the lower ports (but is a rare occurrence)
If you are looking for a great priced top shelf motherboard with excellent overclocking performance, the ASRock 990FX Extreme 9 hits the mark.
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by Kenny
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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 РEditors Choice




    Excellent review, good sir. Your review pretty much solely made me purchase this motherboard, and I absolutely love it.


    did you have to do anything to get the memory to work at that speed i have 16gb of the same ram 4x4gb and cannot get 1866 only 1600 with the xmp profile or set to auto, i am using the fx959 so dont know if thats the issue but amd says it supports 1866. voltage is right at 1.5v did try to up it a bit and best result was 1.6 got as far as the color boxs animation booting into windows.

    dunno if this helps

    asrock ext9
    amd fx9590 cpu
    16gb as 4x4gb Crucial Ballistix Tactical blt4g3d1869dt1txoceu all 4 match
    kingstone 128 ssdevga sc gtx970
    corsair hx850 psu

    nothing else attached atm not even an optical drive as i use usb sticks if a want to install windows.


      and on topic this is indeed an awesome board , asrock have come a long way and are no doubt ahead of asus and gigabyte now, the reason i say this is i have gone from 990fx ud5 gigabyte which this and ud3 both have vram issues and throttle cpu’s , asus is just awful at the bios stage never mind anything else their uefi driver compatibility leaves looking at any lists a guessing game tbh. the asrock bios is great to setup the uefi drivers are awesome , the only board that can fully support fx9590 , i am totaly in love with this board

      Sandy Bruce

      Sometimes you need to go in and manually set the timings for the memory to function at its rated speed. Also the 990FX chipset can act funny when it comes to 4 sticks of memory. I had the UD5 with 4x4Gb Corsair Dominator Platinums and couldnt get them higher than 1600. Would not even boot properly. I replaced them with 2x8GB Hyper Predators and got 2400mhz overclocked and 2133 at stock. Try manual settings first, if that fails pull 2 of the sticks and try agian. if it works than you need to invest in a 2x8GB kit.


    Do not buy from Asrock. You will be on your own.

    I bought an Extreme9 just before Christmas 2015. Went to raid my
    2 Crucial 512gb SSDs and computer would not see them. Called Asrock tech and
    they told me certain makes of SSDs are not compatible with Extreme9 boards. I
    explained that SSDs were much older and Asrock board should be backwards
    compatable. He gave me a short list of drives that were compatible and said I’d
    have to buy new drives. Asrock took no responsibility and were in no way


    my mobo burnt out last week. there is no mention of warranty length on these. I was 18 da over on warranty period. load of rubbish.

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