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ASRock Reveals New High-End 990FX Extreme9 Motherboard

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ASRock has announced a new flagship AM3+ motherboard, the 990FX Extreme9.

ASRock's new flagship AM3+ board sports a handful of useful features. For starters, it comes with an advanced 12 + 2 power phase for the CPU, along with a digital PWM system to manage the CPU voltage. This should give the CPU a more stable voltage when under heavy load as compared to systems with analog PWM Vcore management. For increased lifetime, ASRock's all-new 990FX Extreme9 is also built using 100 percent Japan-made premium gold covered capacitors, along with Dual-Stack MOSFETs for more efficient power delivery.

The 990FX Extreme9 also comes with a Hi-Density power connector for the CPU, which should reduce connector temperature by up to 22℃ and also decrease power loss by up to 23 percent.

The motherboard also comes with a Dehumidifier feature, which allows the user to set a time for the PC to power itself on for a set duration into a 'dehumidifying' boot. In this mode the system will run the fans and display a ‘humidifying’ screen. Whilst normally redundant, it is useful the user when away from home for an extended period of time and to prevent humidity damage to the PC.

When it comes to hardware specifications the 990FX Extreme9 doesn't disappoint either. It comes with support for all of AMD's new AM3+ processors and supports DDR3 RAM that clocks up to 2450 MHz (whilst overclocking). There is support for not only 3-Way SLI or CrossFireX, as expected on most 990FX motherboards, but also 4-way SLI or CrossFireX. Intriguing though, ASRock has opted to equip the 990FX Extreme9 with Intel Gigabit LAN, something that deserves a small compliment.

ASRock's 990FX Extreme9 comes with 4 PCIe 2.0 x16 slots, one PCIe 1x slot, and a classical PCI slot. Moreover the board has 8 SATA3 ports, 2 eSATA3 ports, along with 8 USB 3.0 ports (4 on rear I/O and 4 on onheader), 8 USB 2.0 ports (4 on rear I/O and 4 on onboard header), and it comes with a 2.5" USB3 panel for front expansion. Built in are also 7.1 audio, along with coaxial and optical SPDIF out, a Firewire port, a pair of traditional PS/2 ports and a clear CMOS button on the rear I/O.

For more information on ASRock's all-new 990FX Extreme9, head here.

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    azraa , January 18, 2013 12:36 AM
    herp derp
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    06yfz450ridr , January 18, 2013 1:05 AM
    Don't want to even look at the price . my sabertooth 990fx r2.0 does just fine
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    wintermint , January 18, 2013 1:07 AM
    Manufacturers should figure out a better area to put the 4 PCI slots because using 2-3 way crossfire/sli may block access.
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    A Bad Day , January 18, 2013 2:22 AM
    otacon72High-End and AMD should never be used in the same sentence.

    If it can be OC'ed, then there will be demand for motherboards that support OCing...
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    amuffin , January 18, 2013 2:39 AM
    A Bad DayIf it can be OC'ed, then there will be demand for motherboards that support OCing...

    There are many AM3+ boards that can OC fine......
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    cooldex , January 18, 2013 2:42 AM
    A eight core CPU running at 4ghz is pretty high end just wait into excavator
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    A Bad Day , January 18, 2013 3:04 AM
    amuffinThere are many AM3+ boards that can OC fine......

    There's no such thing as "fine" OCing. There's always a need to go a few Mhz further, even if it means lighting a wallet on fire...
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    sarinaide , January 18, 2013 5:02 AM
    Finally competition to the ASUS Crosshair V Formula Z and Gigabyte 990FXA UD7, and it looks a lot better too.
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    greghome , January 18, 2013 6:00 AM
    I honestly feel the AM boards are coming to an end though, with AMD's best selling CPU being APUs and the company's push towards APUs.
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    Soul_keeper , January 18, 2013 6:17 AM
    I can't wait till AMD updates their socket/chipset
    bring on the die shrink and commodity features like pcie 3.0
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    abbadon_34 , January 18, 2013 8:06 AM
    Look like ASRock is jealous of ASUS' Sabertooth
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    serginho , January 18, 2013 8:25 AM
    Why is there 2xUSB 2.0 ports color red?
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    Non-Euclidean , January 18, 2013 11:38 AM
    Cause you are about to plug in and enter the ......



    Woot! New Archer ep last night.


    Sweet MB.
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    azraa , January 18, 2013 4:20 PM
    Soul_keeperI can't wait till AMD updates their socket/chipsetbring on the die shrink and commodity features like pcie 3.0

    +1 to that
    Cant wait, AM3 and AM3+ have been around for quite some time, and I feel that the chipsets and the socket are major factors holding AMD's performance back. IF they put together an Excavator+New socket launch, I will be so very interesting in acquiring such a machine, after studying the benchmarks.
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    popatim , January 18, 2013 8:52 PM
    yet another board claiming 4 way support that can't rrealisticly do it... who wants to 4way xfire a 7750...

    YO ASROCK! You need more spece between two of those pcie slots!!
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    zakaron , January 18, 2013 8:53 PM
    serginhoWhy is there 2xUSB 2.0 ports color red?

    The red indicates that extra current is supplied to those ports to allow for charging of high draw devices (ie: tablets) over and above the 500mA spec. Gigabyte has ones that supply 1500mA and are also "hot" when the system is off, so you don't need the PC running to charge your device. Hope that helps.
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    3ogdy , January 26, 2013 12:08 PM
    ASRock for a high-end build? Nope, thank you.
    Like it or not, ASRock has been and will always be a low-end /budget company to me.
    Need anything high-end? Get ASUS, Gigabyte or something else. Even if the quality of the board is very good, I wouldn't get ASRock - I had stupid problems with their products in the past - on low-end hardware, that's right, but still - cheap companies sometimes put their customers into more trouble than they'd ever get in by just buying from a different manufacturer.
    Maybe something special/a nice must-have addition in the bells&whistles department would make someone buy their high-end products, otherwise I see no reason to.
    But hey, competition is always good for the customer so keep up the great work ASRock!
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    Anonymous , January 26, 2013 2:58 PM
    You do know 3ogdy, that until 2011 AsRock was nothing but low end Asus, right? They only recently became their own company, and actually have a lower failure rate than Asus now.
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    bnot , February 10, 2013 12:38 AM
    Support for 64GB of Memory along with the high Core count of AMD Processors makes
    this a useful Board for VMWare and Linux. Competition is good and this Board is not bad.

    > yet another board claiming 4 way support that can't realisticly do it. Who wants to 4way xfire a 7750 ?

    A 4x7750 setup is not the only choice.

    There are a few dual GPU Cards available, try two of these: