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ASRock 970 EXTREME3 R2.0 ATX AM3/AM3+ DDR3 CrossFireX 2PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 2PCI SATA3 USB3.0 Motherboard

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   Part #: 970 Extreme3 R2.0

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XFast 555 Technology : XFast RAM / XFast LAN / XFast USB

Fully Optimize Memory Usage
Faster Internet Access
Boosts up your USB speed
5X Faster for
Photoshop Execution
XFast RAM will create  a virtual disk from the system memory to boost the performance. For Photoshop, It can even perform 5X faster than before.
Lower Latency
In Game
XFast LAN can lower latency in the game after setting online game priority higher.
Time latency in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
* Lower is better
USB Performance
ATTO Disk Benchmark 4K Read
ASRock Motherboard
Other Motherboard

*The performance boost percentage may vary with a different configuration.

AM3+ 8-Core Processor Support

This board is designed to build up the most powerful system and delivers the most demanding technology for users nowadays. Just enjoy next generation computing with ASRock 8-Core CPU Ready motherboard.
Digi Power

More Precise, More Efficient

By adopting digital pulse-width modulation (PWM), the ASRock motherboard can provide CPU Vcore voltage more efficiently and smoothly. Compared to analog PWM, digital PWM can optimize the CPU power solution and provide a proper and stable Vcore for the processor.
C.C.R. (Combo Cooler Retention Module)

The unique combo cooler retention module greatly improves heat dissipation and is backward compatible with AMD previous AM3/AM2+ coolers.
On/Off Play Technology

Even when the system is powered off (in ACPI S5 mode), On/Off Play Technology still allows users to enjoy the great audio experience from the portable audio devices through the PC speaker.
ATI™ CrossFireX Technology

CrossFireX is a brand name for ATI™ Technologies multi-GPU solution. The technology allows a pair of graphics cards to be used in a single computer to improve graphics performance.
Graphical UEFI – The Revolutionary BIOS Interface

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is a revolutionary BIOS utility which offers tweak-friendly options in an advanced viewing interface. Compared with traditional BIOS design, the latest UEFI utility provides lots improved functions. The major features of UEFI include:
1. Graphical Visual Experience – UEFI provides an improved visual interface with colorful icons and makes your computing environment more versatile to replace the traditional dull BIOS page.
2. Mouse Enabling – Besides keyboard control, you can freely use mouse to select  your ideal settings in UEFI as well.
3. Supports 3TB bootable HDD - UEFI breaks the limitations of 2TB bootable HDD on traditional BIOS. With UEFI, you can enjoy 3TB bootable HDD size.*

*Windows® Vista™ 64bit or Windows® 7 64bit OS is required.
Free Bundle - Cyberlink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial

CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 trial now supports hardware transcoding and is optimized to accelerate conversion of all your favorite media files for your favorite portable players. Now you can easily display your favorite movies, songs and photos on iPhone, iPad, PSP, Xbox, Youtube, Facebook etc. Compile, convert  and enjoy images and songs as much as you want and enhance your videos to new levels with TrueTheater Technology. Try it today!

30-day trial limitation
convert  videos to the H.264 format 50 times
THX TruStudio

THX TruStudio is specially designed to bring the same great audio experience found in live performances, films, and recording studios to the PC.
MAGIX Multimedia Suite

The ultimate solutions to enhance your media experience. From music management, music creation, video editing to photo management. Simply do more with your media than you ever thought possible.

mufin player
The next generation music player plays all standard audio formats, manages large music collections, helps you discover music, offers a free online hard drive and more.

Music Maker Silver
The easiest way to arrange, remix, record and create  your own music. Develop your musical style now - without any prior skills.

Video easy SE
With this program you can easily edit your movies, add transitions, text and background music, and even quickly enhance image and sound quality.

Photo Manager 10
Put an end to your digital photo chaos and organize your photo collection with ease. The program is fully equipped for fast import, photo and video clip management, photo editing and presentation.

AXTU - The All-in-1 Tuning Software

ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU) is an all-in-one software to fine-tune different features in an user-friendly interface, which includes Hardware Monitor, Fan Control, Overclocking, OC DNA and IES. In Hardware Monitor, it shows the major readings of your system. In Fan Control, it shows the fan speed and temperature for you to adjust. In Overclocking, you are allowed to adjust the CPU frequency, ratio and some voltages for optimal system performance. In OC DNA, you can save your OC settings as a profile and share with your friends. Your friends then can load the OC profile to their own system to get the same OC settings. In IES (Intelligent Energy Saver), the voltage regulator can reduce the number of output phases to improve efficiency when the CPU cores are idle without sacrificing computing performance.
Turbo UCC
One Click for All-in-One Function!

Turbo UCC technology provides you an all-in-one solution to unlock the hidden cpu cores in the CPU, get the amazing system performance boost by auto-overclocking, and running the system in a certainly lower power consumption level as well. When you press "X" when switch on the computer, the system will automatically reboot itself, after that, the system will execute the Turbo UCC function. Enabling Turbo UCC, it will automatically help you to unlock the extra CPU core to enjoy an instant performance boost, and the system performance will boost up by overclocking CPU frequency, memory frequency and all related voltage settings! Different from normal high-energy consumption for overclocking or system upgrading process, ASRock Turbo UCC can allow an energy-saving overclocking or system upgrade computing operation!

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Product Specifications

CPU- Support for Socket AM3+ processors
- Support for Socket AM3 processors: AMD Phenom™ II X6 / X4 / X3 / X2 (except 920 / 940) / Athlon II X4 / X3 / X2 / Sempron processors
- Supports 8-Core CPU
- Supports UCC feature (Unlock CPU Core)
- Digi Power Design
- 4 + 1 Power Phase Design
- Supports CPU up to 140W
- Supports AMD's Cool 'n' Quiet Technology
- FSB 2400 MHz (4.8 GT/s)
- Supports Untied Overclocking Technology
- Supports Hyper-Transport 3.0 (HT 3.0) Technology
Chipset- Northbridge: AMD 970
- Southbridge: AMD SB950
Memory- Dual Channel DDR3 memory technology
- 4 x DDR3 DIMM slots
- Supports DDR3 2100(OC)/1866*/1800*/1600*/1333/1066/800 non-ECC, un-buffered memory
- Max. capacity of system memory: 32GB**

*1866/1800/1600MHz memory speed is supported depend on the AM3/AM3+ CPU you adopt. For detail CPU specification, please refer AMD official website.

**Due to the operating system limitation, the actual memory size may be less than 4GB for the reservation for system usage under Windows® 32-bit OS. For Windows® 64-bit OS with 64-bit CPU, there is no such limitation.
BIOS- 32Mb AMI UEFI Legal BIOS with GUI support
- Supports "Plug and Play"
- ACPI 1.1 Compliance Wake Up Events
- Supports jumperfree
- SMBIOS 2.3.1 Support
- CPU, VCCM, NB, SB Voltage Multi-adjustment
 Audio, Video and Networking
Graphics- n/a
Audio- 7.1 CH HD Audio with Content Protection (Realtek ALC892 Audio Codec)
- Premium Blu-ray audio support
- Supports THX TruStudio™
LAN- PCIE x1 Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mb/s
- Realtek RTL8111E
- Supports Wake-On-LAN
- Supports LAN Cable Detection
- Supports Energy Efficient Ethernet 802.3az
- Supports PXE
 Expansion / Connectivity
Slots- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slots (PCIE2 @ x16 mode; PCIE4 @ x4 mode)
- 2 x PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots
- 2 x PCI slots
- Supports AMD Quad CrossFireX™ and CrossFireX™
Storage- 5 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors, support RAID (RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10), NCQ, AHCI and "Hot Plug" functions
USB 3.0- 2 x USB 3.0 ports by Etron EJ168A, support USB 1.0/2.0/3.0 up to 5Gb/s
Connector- 5 x SATA3 6.0 Gb/s connectors
- 1 x IR header
- 1 x CIR header
- 1 x COM port header
- 1 x HDMI_SPDIF header
- 1 x Power LED header
- CPU/Chassis/Power FAN connector
- 24 pin ATX power connector
- 8 pin 12V power connector
- Front panel audio connector
- 3 x USB 2.0 headers (support 6 USB 2.0 ports)
Rear Panel I/OI/O Panel
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse Port
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard Port
- 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Out Port
- 1 x Optical SPDIF Out Port
- 4 x Ready-to-Use USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 x eSATA3 Connector
- 2 x Ready-to-Use USB 3.0 Ports
- 1 x RJ-45 LAN Port with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
- HD Audio Jack: Side Speaker / Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone
 Other Features / Miscellaneous
Unique Feature- ASRock Extreme Tuning Utility (AXTU)
- ASRock Instant Boot
- ASRock Instant Flash
- ASRock APP Charger
- ASRock SmartView
- ASRock XFast USB
- ASRock XFast LAN
- ASRock XFast RAM
- ASRock On/Off Play Technology
- Hybrid Booster:
- CPU Frequency Stepless Control
- ASRock U-COP
- Boot Failure Guard (B.F.G.)
- Turbo UCC
Support CD- Drivers, Utilities, AntiVirus Software (Trial Version), CyberLink MediaEspresso 6.5 Trial, AMD OverDrive™ Utility, AMD Fusion, AMD Fusion Media Explorer, ASRock Software Suite (CyberLink DVD Suite - OEM and Trial; ASRock MAGIX Multimedia Suite - OEM)
Accessories- Quick Installation Guide, Support CD, I/O Shield
- 2 x SATA Data Cables
Hardware Monitor- CPU Temperature Sensing
- Chassis Temperature Sensing
- CPU/Chassis/Power Fan Tachometer
- CPU/Chassis Quiet Fan
- CPU/Chassis Fan Multi-Speed Control
- Voltage Monitoring: +12V, +5V, +3.3V, Vcore
Form Factor- ATX Form Factor: 12.0-in x 8.6-in, 30.5 cm x 21.8 cm
- All Solid Capacitor design (100% Japan-made high-quality Conductive Polymer Capacitors)
OS- Microsoft® Windows® 7 / 7 64-bit / Vista™ / Vista™ 64-bit / XP / XP 64-bit compliant
Certifications- FCC, CE, WHQL
- ErP/EuP Ready (ErP/EuP ready power supply is required)

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Experience: 1 Years
nice specifications, lot of features.
lot of troubles: I had network problems, usb problems, some ramdom shutdowns
I don't recommand to buy this motherboard.

Experience: 2 Years
qualité, durabilité et performance
Deux ans de bonheur, performance excellente, combiné a un cpu et carte graphique de base , elle donne un rendement impressionnant

Experience: 1 Years
Great specs, worked well for a while...
Stopped working after 10 months or so
The board was used in a new build for my son for xmas 2013. It worked well until around September 2014 when it just died. I tried swapping components and it was definitely the mobo. Contacted ASRock support, and the US support was fast, responsive, and as helpful as they could be. Unfortunately, they can't do Canadian RMAs, so the referred me to the Canadian distributor. After many emails and attempts to get a response from them (tried for two weeks), I gave up on them and contacted NCIX to see if they could help facilitate the RMA.

NCIX was very helpful, but unfortunately it still comes down to ASRock's Canadian repair facility, which has had my board for close to three months now. Every other manufacturer would simply check that the product wasn't abused and then send a replacement - a fairly quick process. The time they are taking with this makes me think they put the board on a slow boat to Taiwan to have components manually re-soldered and shipped back.

Oh, I also sent emails to ASRock in the US and their head office explaining my extreme dissatisfaction with the Canadian office, and a while later I finally heard back from the Canadian office. No explanation or apology, just a link to their web site. By that point I had already sent it off.

In short, ASRock mobos work well when they work, but treat them as disposable items if you are in Canada - if/when they fail, suck it up and replace them (unless you have a US address that you can use for shipping). Canadian RMA support is non-existent. I doubt I'll ever buy another ASRock product again.

On the other hand, ASRock US and NCIX were both awesome. I'm giving two stars because the board did work well for 10 months.

John Russ_A
Experience: 1 Years

Case fan ports lacking
This mobo died on me after 1 year. RMA process is a pain. I would never buy an Asrock mobo again.

Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
has all basic functions for budget gaming build. good value with rebate.
compatibility with 1866 DDR3 RAM is an issue
good price after rebate and now comes as R2.0 model with front panel USB3 header. Had compatibility problems with Kingston HyperX Fury 1866 - would not POST, even though kingston website recommends this combination. ASRock ram list for 1866 sticks is very short. seems to work fine so far with GSkill Ripjaws.

Experience: 14 Days
 Verified Owner
Very good solid construction.
Not quite as advertised.
Not a big deal but the metal covers on the north and south bridge arent as show in the picture (one of the reasons I got it) Its just the heatsink and no cover what so ever. Still functions perfect and has a wonderful bios system.

Experience: 8 Months
-'okay' chipset
-Good boot times
-Aesthetically pleasing
-Easy to navigate BIOS
-4+1 Power phase heavily restricts high overclocks
-VRM's get HOT
-Defaults my RAM to 800mhz
This is an okay board if you don't plan on doing any overclocking whatsoever. The VRM's get very hot at any kind of OC and cause stability issues. The 4+1 Power Phase causes my 6300 to throttle at anything over 4.2 ghz.

That being said, it's a good budget board, IF you don't plan on overclocking.

Some things to keep in mind if you are going with a FX-6300 or higher:

The default CPU voltage was set to 1.25 which is too low for the FX chips, and needs to be pushed up to 1.34.

Make sure your XMP profile matches your DRAM rating. My board set mine to 800mhz.

If you want to overclock spring for a 990fx board with an 8+ power phase and a good VRM heat sync.

Experience: 5 Days
 Verified Owner
Noting at all
Cheap. Not as described
Purchased the bundle along with AMD FX-6300. Everything works well. Since I don't have much knowledge of motherboards, I can only say that it works. The motherboard is cheap, and not well done. Not as described. I will not buy again. Not enough parameter on the motherboard

Experience: 1 Weeks
 Verified Owner
No issues what so ever
Purchased the bundle along with AMD FX-6300. Everything works well. Since I don't have much knowledge of motherboards, I can only say that it works.

Experience: 2 Weeks
 Verified Owner
-Easy Overclocking right out of the box.
-Easy Installation of PC components. Lots of spacing for Ram, Graphics cards etc.
-This motherboard has plenty of extras for an inexpensive board, from USB 3.0 on rear and a USB 3.0 Header for Front Panel, SATA on rear, easy over clocking with UEFI, Too many features to list for an inexpensive board.
I can only think of 2.
- 1 The board seemed flimsy.. seemed to have a lot of flex to it, so you need to handle it carefully, especially if you plan on installing an after market cooler.
- Placement of fan headers and USB 3.0 Headers could have been better. some of the connections in my case could barely reach, if you have short cables, you might run into issues.
Really this is an awesome product overall.
I have no real complaints and would purchase again.

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