This was one of the worst motherboards I have ever had
1 week ago
Summary: This was one of the worst motherboards I have ever had. I got it because it is one of the few that actually supports the AMD FX9590. It is definitely NOT for a beginner or even the casual computer builder. After installing it and putting in the CPU, memory, and video card, I loaded Windows 7 and none of the USB ports worked at all. I restarted and loaded the drivers that came with the board and still nothing. The Amazon return system works great though.
Summary: I love this motherboard, it is by far the most stable and bang for your buck AMD mobo you can buy. Everything came perfectly packaged and in working order. The customization in the UEFI is insane you can change pretty much everything and voltages have no limits like my MSI mobo. The intel NIC is great, really keeps ping and loading times lower and more regulated. I have this thing at a stable 4.5ghz, I could go higher but I have no need.
Summary: Handles up 240-watt CPU, has high energy phase for over-clocking, lots of SATA hook-ups, good on-board audio, plenty of USB 3.0 including a front bay bracket to make them available on the front of your case. Down sides- it's getting a little dated and does not have PCI 3.0, but not a big issue to me. Does do 3 way XFire, but at reduced bandwidth (x8,x8) but good luck fitting the many massive cards on to the board or in your case comfortably.
Summary: As with any mainboard, especially those overloaded like this is, don't bother with the software CDs. Get the latest drivers from the ASRock website for the best and most stable operation.
Pros: This is after 4 months of ownership, and I have nearly nothing negative to say about it. Out of the box it was fully ready for the FX-9590, so that pretty much means ANY FX series CPU on the market will work. The 12+2 power-phase design is probably overkill as I am not intending to OC this already flaming CPU, but I am comfortable that the power system is comfortable running 220W without stressing.
Cons: The included ASRock eXtreme Tuner software, even the latest version on the website, has a bug that will interact with UEFI fan temperature control options if that feature is enabled in the software as well. This can cause the OS to fully lock up, and puzzled the heck out of me, and I ALMOST gave up before it came to me. If you don't need constant control, set your fan modes in UEFI and don't bother with software overhead.
Summary: What I like about it: This motherboard has a great BIOS set up that made it really easy to overclock my AMD system. Was able to push my processor up to 4.375 GHz without even adjusting voltages. On top of that overclocking my GPUs was a lot easier than with my old motherboard and I was really able to push the limits with this board. Meanwhile the 990FX chipset stays nice and cool and preforms really well without any throttling!
Summary: Changing the base clock does not reflect the resulting CPU speed, HT and NB speeds unless you tab to those fields and make a change. It seems to like the preset overclock settings better which does not allow you to change CPU multiplier. The included software for overclocking in Windows works well but does not save to BIOS and I have not figured out how to save to profile. And the North bridge and VRMs run very hot.
Summary: The best Mobo I think out there for AMD users, easy as hell to OC the software is easy to use I did have a issue with the 3.0 USB as it sometimes locked up my PC. If you are running AMD FX 9590 you better get a liquid cooled system as this bad boy can run hot!
Pros: Well first off its one of the few boards that supports the AMD FX 9590. And also capable of holding 64GB of RAM!!! Which no other AMD Mobo offers. It took some tinkering and reading and thank goodness for Dr. Debug for the codes it spits out if your PC doesn't boot up because it helped BIG TIME. With this board you have to CAREFULLY place everything in it's place and make sure NO lint/dirt is in any connectors as it will cause it too shut off without warning. Thought ...
Cons: Any issue I had was because of my own doing once I figured out what to properly do this runs like a champ.
Summary: I spent a lot of time researching for a motherboard that could handle the FX-9590 properly and produce a highly stable system for video production, and ASRock caught my eye as the fore-runner with the power phase design on the Extreme9. I do not intend to overclock, but this is really what they were aiming towards, with a system that can increase power dynamically while holding to a very tight tolerance for fluttering.
Pros: 990FX, lots of PCIe lanes
Cons: The placement of the 4 PCIe 16X slots make it impossible to install 4 2-slot video cards into as two are right in sequence.
Summary: Came in a super nice box, shipped faster then way expected. A whole 5 days earlier then expected. Its much more simpler then it looks to add components to. It just looks sweet in general. The performance is flawless, I couldn't of asked for a better Mobo. Every socket is worthy of my use and I see this beauty lasting a long time.