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My 990FX Extreme9 - BEAST PC

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Topic: My 990FX Extreme9 - BEAST PC
Posted By: bog_xdan
Subject: My 990FX Extreme9 - BEAST PC
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 5:39am

I built this pc this year in early spring, in march. And i have to say i love it, it's powerful, it's a "BEAST" with some overclock and after 2-3 years of Intel PC's, i have to say it's cheap and in the same time powerful and good for gaming.   
The PC it's composed from these components:
    CPU: AMD FX 8300
    Motheboard: Asrock 990FX Extreme9
    VGA : ASUS R9 280X DirectCu V2
    PSU : Cougar GX 800W 80+ Gold
    RAM: Corsair Domninator GT 1866C9 2*4GB
    4* 2TB HDD
    1* SSD OCZ ARC 100 for operating sistem
    COOLER: AIO Raijintek Triton.
    CASE: Game Daemon 5001
    Monitor: Philips 237EQPH 23.6" IPS FULL HD

As you can see in the picture above.
Some other pictures of the pc:
Case:





Top of the case i have a removable transparent panel, you can see the 2 120mm fans of the AIO cooler.



And "THE BEAST glowing eyes relealing the POWER"



And finaly THE heart of the BEAST, it's formed from 3 principal components:
The motheboard- Asrock 990FX Extreme9, the cpu - FX 8300 the cheapest 8core FX cpu and with 95W TDP and the VGA, Asus R9 280X DirectCu V2, enough powerful even in our days for full HD gaming.






And now let's talk a little more about the motheboard:
Asrock 990FX Extreme9 specification, performance and my opinion review


First off all, why i choose this motheboard? Because i wanted to try the alternative to Asus monopoly on AMD socket, Asus Crosshair I, II, III, IV...Asus had for long time the king crown on AMD2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+ sockets, Gigabyte was not so good and Asrock the third place on top motheboards.
Also Asrock 990FX Extreme9 it's cheaper 20-30$ than Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
After the great success on Intel with Oc Formula Series and Extreme9, i wanted to see what can Asrock do for AMD fans.

I also was and i am pleased with the next features of the motheboard:

    The AMD certified flagship AM3+ motherboard to fully support FX5G!
    Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM), Digi Power, 12 + 2 power phase design
    Supports Dual Channel DDR3 2450(OC)
    Supports Hi-Density Power Connector4
    PCIe 2.0 x16 Slots, Support NVIDIA®3-Way SLI, AMD 3-Way CrossFireX??
    8 x SATA3, 2 x eSATA3, 8 x USB 3.0, 8 x USB 2.0
    Intel® Gigabit LAN
    Power, Reset, Clear CMOS Switch

WRM, the greatest point of the motheboardm 12+2 phases


After more than half of a year of utilization i can say that the motheboard it's very stable and reliable, very strong on overclocking.
The bios it's good and simple and you have some heavy overclocking options, like: 2.0v for cpu voltage, 2.0v for cpu NB. Only not so good option for heavy overclock, only 1.80v maxim voltage for DDR3 memory.
With proper cooling( you need for AMD FX, AIO or liquid cooling) i succeded some exceptional overclocking results:
4.8ghz stable daily use:


8.22pts on Cinebench R11.5 from stock FX 8300 5.66pts at 3.30Ghz


With some overclocking on video card too, 1100/6600(core memory) i have P10139 o 3DMARK11 Performance, a pretty good score:

King of crown, 5300Mhz submission on cold ambient:


http://hwbot.org/submission/2842408_bog_xdan_cpu_frequency_fx_8300_5303.96_mhz" rel="nofollow - http://hwbot.org/submission/2842408_bog_xdan_cpu_frequency_fx_8300_5303.96_mhz

So there are many positive things and experiences with Asrock Extreme9: wonderful experience, robust construction, extreme overclocking, easy bios and other, but there are also some negatives:



    No M.2. SATA connector
    Only 1.8v vDDR voltage(for extreme overclocking to little)
    For USB 3.0 Asrock used Etron EJ188H chip which sometimes gives random crashes and blocking, and some fluctuating USB 3.O speed at reading from USB devices.
    A little less SATA3 performance than on Intel chipsets.


Picture it's made with a 2400C9 kit Samsung IC's which i sold it, not good for extreme benching with only 1.8v.

Me, gaming Witcher 3, full HD 32-33AVG FPS with the Beast


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Replies:
Posted By: ASRock Expert
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 5:43am
So nice setup, so bad cable-job...

Dissemble then reassemble it back, take some time, it will look great!


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990FX Extreme 9 MOD P1.70
AMD FX 8120 4GHz 1.25V
Thermalright HR-02
Patriot Viper 2x4GB 2133MHz
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
MSI R7970 TFIII 3GB
CORSAIR VX550W
LanCool K62 Dragonlord
ASUS Xonar D2X


Posted By: bog_xdan
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 5:48am
I will try theese days, thing is that the hdd cage it's orientated not so good for arranging the psu cables( it's not vertical on motheboard), and it's full, 4HDD hard to find enough space to conduc the cables between HDD-s.

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Live free or die hard


Posted By: ASRock Expert
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 5:54am
You can reverse the orientation of the HDD's, so that the connector look back,
connect them before inserting them into slots, and do a pretty good job with hiding the cables.


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990FX Extreme 9 MOD P1.70
AMD FX 8120 4GHz 1.25V
Thermalright HR-02
Patriot Viper 2x4GB 2133MHz
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
MSI R7970 TFIII 3GB
CORSAIR VX550W
LanCool K62 Dragonlord
ASUS Xonar D2X


Posted By: ncsipai
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 6:00am
yea nice build there.extreme9 is overheating ?i also had am3 kit asus sabertooth mobo and the vrm was overheating pretty bad like 65 C.now i have killer a88x mobo  fm2+ and is ok,  no temp problems running smooth.


Posted By: bog_xdan
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 6:08am
Originally posted by ASRock Expert ASRock Expert wrote:

You can reverse the orientation of the HDD's, so that the connector look back,
connect them before inserting them into slots, and do a pretty good job with hiding the cables.

The HDD cage may be i'm not so good to explain in english, it's fixed, i can't rotate it. Anyway i have this case only by 6 weeks, i will make these days time to try to do a better cable management.

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Posted By: ASRock Expert
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 6:11am
I'm not talking about the cage - but the hard drives.


SATA -> :[=HDD=]

[=HDD=]: <- SATA

Got it?


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990FX Extreme 9 MOD P1.70
AMD FX 8120 4GHz 1.25V
Thermalright HR-02
Patriot Viper 2x4GB 2133MHz
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
MSI R7970 TFIII 3GB
CORSAIR VX550W
LanCool K62 Dragonlord
ASUS Xonar D2X


Posted By: bog_xdan
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 6:18am
Yes you want me to connect the cables on the other side of the HDD's in this way the cebles to not appear in front of the motheboard, rigt corner.
Originally posted by ncsipai ncsipai wrote:

yea nice build there.extreme9 is overheating ?i also had am3 kit asus sabertooth mobo and the vrm was overheating pretty bad like 65 C.now i have killer a88x mobo? fm2+ and is ok,? no temp problems running smooth.

The WRM it's a little hot but it's not overheating, and the motheboard it's stable even at 4.8ghz 1.43v under heavy load.
The heatsink on VRM it's pretty big and with heatpipe, and the 12+2 phases VRM it's stronger than the Asus Sabertooth.

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Posted By: ncsipai
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 6:37am
12+2 Smile strong vrm.and 4.8ghz at 1.43 is a good oc. ty for info. anyway i wait amd new generation ZEN and maybe ddr4 on it along with a nice asrock mobo on that socket it will be a nice build Smile.


Posted By: bog_xdan
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 6:39am
If ZEN it's good, i hope Asrock will do an Oc Formula motheboard for AMD too.
You are welcome.

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Posted By: anutza94
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 7:09am
So, you would advice me tu buy this motheboard for FX 9570, FX 9590 processors? It is strong enough for them? 


Posted By: bog_xdan
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 7:16am
Yes, the motheboard it's strong enough for these Cpu's, it's certified for 220W cpu's. It's in my opinion the best concurent to Asus Croshair V Formula-Z motheboard so it's the top of the AM3+ motheboards
See this picture:


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Posted By: anutza94
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 7:23am
Thank you for the advice, i will see what i can get on Black Friday, i hope i can get goof prices and buy FX 9590.  Another question... 


Posted By: ASRock Expert
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 7:24am
It's a little upgrade to the 990FX Fatal1ty Professional.

Some things are improved, some stuff are better on the Fatal1ty Pro.

I have both of them now, I can judge clearly.

If the Pro had a newer and tweaked BIOS, that would be the better choice.


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990FX Extreme 9 MOD P1.70
AMD FX 8120 4GHz 1.25V
Thermalright HR-02
Patriot Viper 2x4GB 2133MHz
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
MSI R7970 TFIII 3GB
CORSAIR VX550W
LanCool K62 Dragonlord
ASUS Xonar D2X


Posted By: anutza94
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 7:27am
Thank you for the advice, i will see what i can get on Black Friday, i hope i can get goof prices and buy FX 9590.  Another question..


Posted By: anutza94
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 7:30am
Did you tryed CF configuration on your pc?


Posted By: bog_xdan
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 7:33am
Originally posted by ASRock Expert ASRock Expert wrote:

It's a little upgrade to the 990FX Fatal1ty Professional.

Some things are improved, some stuff are better on the Fatal1ty Pro.

I have both of them now, I can judge clearly.

If the Pro had a newer and tweaked BIOS, that would be the better choice.

The VRM it's a little better on Extreme9, the Fatal1ty Professional has also 12+2 phases but not Dual-Stack MOSFET (DSM).
2 SATA3 for Extreme9, and higher memory support for Extreme9 2450Mhz(oc) compared with Fatal1ty Professional -2100mhz.
Theese are the main improved stuff.
Originally posted by anutza94 anutza94 wrote:

Did you tryed CF configuration on your pc?

No, i haven't tried any multi gpu configurations.


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Live free or die hard


Posted By: anutza94
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 7:46am
So, do you think that with an FX 9570 cpu i will be limited in performance with two R9 280X in CF?


Posted By: bog_xdan
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 7:54am
No, it's strong enough may be 5-10% less peformance than on Intel, but not moore.
But the better choice for power consumption if you have an R9 280X it's to sell it and buy an R9 390X instead.
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You will have almost the same performance at half the power consumption

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Posted By: anutza94
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 8:01am
 Searching on Asrock site i found a new motheboard, 990FX Extreme6, and i founded on newegg that it's 129$, 60$ cheaper than Extreme9 and supports also 220W TDP cpu's, Should i buy it instead?


Posted By: bog_xdan
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 8:09am
To keep that cpu-s at stock frecuency's you cand buy that motheboard too.
Has a strong VRM too.

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Posted By: anutza94
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 8:10am
Thank you for all the advices and, i will probably buy an R9 390X too.  I am addicted gaming girl, GTA V and Witcher 3 my favourites. I like you BEAST Pc.



Posted By: ASRock Expert
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 8:20am
If You take a closer look at the 990FX Extreme6 and the 990FX Killer,
they are both the same board, one is Fatal1ty branded and Red themed,
and one is Extreme branded and Blue themed.

I think that Cross-BIOS-Flash would work fine, but I don't own
them so I cant test it out... yet!


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990FX Extreme 9 MOD P1.70
AMD FX 8120 4GHz 1.25V
Thermalright HR-02
Patriot Viper 2x4GB 2133MHz
Samsung 850 EVO 250GB
MSI R7970 TFIII 3GB
CORSAIR VX550W
LanCool K62 Dragonlord
ASUS Xonar D2X


Posted By: bog_xdan
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 8:21am
From 2015 there are the best games. Please that i could help you anutza94.
Originally posted by ASRock Expert ASRock Expert wrote:

If You take a closer look at the 990FX Extreme6 and the 990FX Killer,
they are both the same board, one is Fatal1ty branded and Red themed,
and one is Extreme branded and Blue themed.

Yes, you are right.

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Posted By: bog_xdan
Date Posted: 30 Oct 2015 at 9:13am
This awaits my motheboard, 990FX Extreme9 in winter, 2 month from now
http://hwbot.org/submission/2347539_bog_xdan_memory_clock_ddr3_sdram_1450.8_mhz" rel="nofollow - http://hwbot.org/submission/2347539_bog_xdan_memory_clock_ddr3_sdram_1450.8_mhz



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Posted By: anutza94
Date Posted: 06 Nov 2015 at 6:19am
Nice result, man! Good luck !



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