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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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Motherboard Package

When it comes to its package with ASRock, the artwork comes as no surprise. On the front we have the 990FX Extreme 9 Logo with its well know 555 XFast technology. We also have the approved hardware/software listing at the bottom showing that it supports Windows 8, AMD FX processors, AMD Vision and Radeon technology along with Crossfire and SLI Support. One other item to note here is that while the images don’t show it, the box that this motherboard comes in is pretty massive. It is much larger then the typical motherboard box you will normally find. This was no surprise to us since this is one of ASRock’s top shelf motherboards.

With the front flap opened we have a quick view of some of the features and benefits of the board. The windowed panel is a great welcome which also gives you a first glance view of the¬†motherboard’s¬†layout and aesthetics. We have come to see in recent years that the aesthetics of a motherboard can play a big role in consumers’ choice of hardware, sometimes just as much as performance.

Here on the back of the package we find some more detailed information of the motherboard’s features and benefits. It’s also great to have this information readily available for the consumer to make a best educated choice in hardware.

Once inside the box you will find a nice set of instruction manuals and the driver/software disc from ASRock.

Along-side the manuals, you will find an extensive set of hardware included. They have included (from left to right), 2way and 3way SLI cables/adapters, the back motherboard I/O Plate, USB 3.0 adpater with 3.5″ Bay and PCI slot plate. There is also 6 SATA cables along with Molex to SATA adapters.

Now let’s go a little deeper and look at the motherboard’s detailed specifications.

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    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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