ASRock 990FX Extreme9 Motherboard

Introduction

Not many motherboard manufacturers are releasing new motherboards for AMD CPUs lately, since AMD hasn’t come out with a new chipset since 2011. Breaking this trend, ASRock released the 990FX Extreme9, a high-end socket AM3+ motherboard. Let’s see what this motherboard has to offer.

The AMD 990FX chipset is basically an AMD 890FX chipset with a new name and supports the higher HyperTransport 3.0 speeds (up to 10.4 GB/s a.k.a. 5.2 GT/s) that weren’t used before and are supported by the FX processors from AMD.

So far, ASRock has launched four different motherboard models based on the AMD 990FX chipset; we list the differences between them in the table below. Prices were researched at Newegg.com on the day we published this article.

Specification

990FX Extreme9

Fatal1ty 990FX Professional

990FX Extreme4

990FX Extreme3

Form Factor

ATX

ATX

ATX

ATX

Memory Sockets

4

4

4

4

PCI Express x16 2.0

4 (x16/x4/x16/x0 or x16/x4/x8/x8)

3 (x16/x16/x4)

3 (x16/x16/x4)

3 (x16/x16/x4)

PCI Express x1 2.0

1

2

2

1

Standard PCI

1

2

2

2

CrossFireX

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SLI

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

SATA-300

0

0

0

0

SATA-600

8

6

8

5

eSATA-300

0

0

0

0

eSATA-600

2

2

1

1

USB 2.0

8

10

10

12

USB 3.0

8

6

4

2

FireWire

2

2

2

0

Gigabit Ethernet

1

2

1

1

Audio

ALC898

ALC892

ALC892

ALC892

Voltage Regulator

12+2

12+2

8+2

4+1

Price

NA

USD 170

USD 140

USD 120

You can see the ASRock 990FX Extreme9 motherboard in Figure 1.

ASRock 990FX Extreme9Figure 1: ASRock 990FX Extreme9 motherboard

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Author: Gabriel Torres

Gabriel Torres is a Brazilian best-selling ICT expert, with 24 books published. He started his online career in 1996, when he launched Clube do Hardware, which is one of the oldest and largest websites about technology in Brazil. He created Hardware Secrets in 1999 to expand his knowledge outside his home country.

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