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Asrock 990FX Extreme3 to replace Asus M5A97 R2.0?

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April 18, 2013 1:21:03 PM

A friend of mine wants to sell his Asrock 990FX Extreme3 because he wants to overclock his FX-8350 to 5Ghz and he's having problems with it. Not sure if this is his problem but anyway he wants to sell it.

I currently have the Asus M5A97 R2.0. We both bought our motherboards fairly recently so they haven't seen much use.

Is it worth for me to go for his motherboard to use it in a crossfire rig in the future? I've seen that the Asrock can do 16x/16x crossfire unlike mine that can do 16x/4x.

Can any owners of the motherboard comment on its stability/reliability perhaps?

Many thanks in advnace!
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April 18, 2013 2:00:29 PM

The board is sold. I am unsure if you would benefit from upgrading your board. What are the other components and what is the likelihood of a 3way SLI configuration?

Your friend's desire to to reach 5GHz may be short lived as each chip is unique and his FX-8350 may not be capable of such an overclock.
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April 18, 2013 2:31:57 PM

You can see my rig in my signature. I'd want to be able to crossfire efficiently 2 5850s

I assume the Asrock 990FX Extreme3 can do that.

My friend gets an issue where the voltage drops on his CPU when it reaches 60 C and he can't seem to find what causes it. He said vdroop could be causing it, I don't know to be honest I haven't looked into it. I told him to investigate it first but he is convinced that if he buys an ASUS Formula Z ROG he'll be fine and he'll be able to OC the chip to 5GHZ.

Hence why he could be looking to sell the Asrock one. I don't have any complaints from my Asus I'm just investigating into a possible upgrade.
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September 9, 2013 4:33:31 PM

I personally prefer Asus. so m5a99fx pro r2.0 would be for you. but I have heard asrock have pretty good boards. However some issues with voltage consistency (New egg reviews)
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