Summary: Haven't had the board long enough to get a good enough idea of what to include in the review. I've done my best to list the pros and cons that come to mind for now. However, I have one major issue concerning a resistor on my board. While gaming and broadcasting gameplay at the same time, I smelled burnt electronics. The PC wasn't exhibiting any evidence of issue and was seemingly working perfectly fine--if not for the smell, I wouldn't have know there was an issue.
Pros: The board has a decent overall design and looks pretty with his gold lettering and jet-like sharpness. It's rich with features and appears to be easy to overclock, although I didn't have enough time with the board to get in deep with the OC features. Plenty of USB ports, both 2.0 and 3.0. Has one of the most up to date audio codecs (ALC898), which is rated for fantastic audio, both in and out and includes the 7.1+2 for separate audio from the front ports. The on-board...
Cons: The boards layout is a little frustrating: the board's audio headers for the case audio are in the back of the board, far removed from the front of the case. In fact, many of the headers for the case are far removed from the front of the case; many of them are near the PCIe slots as well, so even less room once you've installed one or more PCIe cards. I'm not comfortable with how hot the North Bridge gets during normal load; however, from what I've read, it doesn't se...
Summary: Had this board for a while and got a decent overclock with it and an 8350. To solve throttling you have to cool down the VRMs despite turning off APM in bios. Both Asrock and Asus have a built in non disableable feature to throttle if VRMs overheat.
Pros: 12+2 power phase and good overclocker even though it can throttle if you dont know how to solve that.
Cons: This is the ONLY high end 990FX board that does NOT support true dual 16X PCI express slots. Yes you heard me, if you run SLI or Crossfire even just 2 cards your stuck with one running in 8X mode.
Summary: Wanted 2400 ram, needed PCI slot for High end ASIO audio. You get what you pay for, and this was the only board available with a PCI slot, all others have gone to PCIe exclusive. Quite a downgrade from the Asus ROG board it replaced, (6 core and 16 gb 2133) If you are not a tweaker, and just need a plug and go board with a pci slot, and are willing to mess around with the usb 3 driver---and are very gentle plugging things in, it's a decent enough, and inexpensive enough,...
Pros: DDR3 2400 PCI slot 8 Core
Cons: Read the fine print---OC the ram or OC the CPU, not both. No success at all OC the 9590 FX (Black Edition) even minimally. USB 3 drivers a bugger to get to work, and the onboard connections cheap and weak---1 broke on first plugin of cable. Xboost doesn't work at all. ATXU useless NOT a fan of UEFI Bios.
Summary: I haven't tested this board yet as I am at work on my lunch break, however I am disappointed to see that this item was tampered with previously. I will update this post to see if this board will post. If the board posts I'm not going to bother with a RMA process, however it is annoying to spend 170.00 on a product that is suppose to be new that isn't new.
Pros: Fast shipping to FPO/APO Have yet to test board. Please see cons below.
Cons: Box had a tear in the tab. Opening the ASROCK box cover to display the inner board showed the bottom box (this board ships with the board in a cardboard tray and the accessories in a separate box underneath). Upon removing the motherboard the ASROCK decals show scratches as well as the 12v connector for the board itself showed signs of use.
Summary: I'm going to keep the board and turn it into a gaming rig. I'm presently over in Afghanistan and it's kind of hard to keep this thing from being/getting dusty. I'm going to seal it up and send it home to my brother so that I'll have it when I get home.
Pros: I do like the layout of the board. The way the heat pipes are laid out actually allows me to get a little bit larger cooling fan for my CPU and memory. The look of the board is fantastic. I didn't think that I'd like the "doo-doo brown" color, but it actually is subdued enought that you can't really tell what color it is while in your case.
Cons: This board is picky about what memory you use in it. I mean like pickier than a woman, during "that time of the month", and has been spoiled all of her life by her daddy kind of picky. I've been using a Gigabyte 990FX-UD7 board and had no issue with the 32GB of ram. ASRock...not so much. I tried memory from other computers ranging from Kingston, Corsair, GSkill, and Mushkin. It didn't like any of them. I'm now goated into buying more memory (and I did check the memory...
Summary: Well so far its not much better than my MSI 990fxa gd80v2 And fx-8150 At least it would run my ddr3 at 2133mhz, And I was able to get the most "unstable" overclocking board to 4.4 ghz stable!
Pros: board looks great,, can use my fx-9370 now ,, uifi bios
Cons: more false advertising about being 2133mhz compatible,, nothing new in the AMD world though..I tried a bunch of different settings even xmp profile, nothing,, wont boot.. will only boot win7 64 ultimate at 1600mhz ! unless you have a degree in memory timings,, which I do not,,your stuck at 1600.. I have 32gb 2133mhz gskill ripjawz z installedI was hoping the memory controller in the piledriver processor was better but I guess not! Also using xfast auto oc at boot fail...
Summary: Wifi and bluetooth are very nice to have.
Pros: Using this board and the components, I have 12 USB 3.0 ports, 4 USB 2.0 ports, and wifi/bluetooth. Very good board and have had few issues with the USB 3.0.
Cons: It is the bottleneck in my computer. It limits performance of my CPU and my GPU. Still not that bad for the price though. The USB sometimes freaks out on startup and wont let my keyboard and/or mouse work. Either unplugging and replugging it in fixes it, or a shutdown.
Summary: This is my first ASRock board. I went to it because I was told by an expert they have the lowest latency in the industry. I have been using the Gigabyte thicker boards.
Pros: Lots of room on board, Nice packaging. Supports my AMD FX 9370 @ THD of 220W.
Cons: Support software does poor job of measuring temp of cpu's, This board flexes a great deal. I will be extra careful inserting cables and cards. BIOS setup is really poor and the book is no help. Took too long to get it started because the SATA setup has to be in IDE mode to boot from hard disk and that is hidden two levels down in menu's.
Summary: it has usb 3.0 on its i/o but doesnt have a header so if your case has 3.0 its not going to be able to connect its just going to be a blue square hole on your computer. i wish someone told me before i bought it because you could have gotten usb 3.0 for the same price.
Summary: This board has a lot of potential and I would like to try it again. I have never bought ASrock before but I have a friend that highly recommends it. Just disapointed with this board not working when I recieved it.
Pros: Easy to update Powerful features Plenty of SATA 3 and USB 3.0 ports
Cons: I have yet to get a stable install of Windows on it. The installer crashes as soon as I try to format the drive in RAID mode and in IDE it never starts. ACHI I can get it to install but it never runs stable.