ASRock 990FX Extreme9 Motherboard Review

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Unigine provides an interesting way to test hardware. It can be easily adapted to various projects due to its elaborated software design and flexible toolset. A lot of their customers claim that they have never seen such extremely-effective code, which is so easy to understand.

Heaven Benchmark is a DirectX 11 GPU benchmark based on advanced Unigine engine from Unigine Corp. It reveals the enchanting magic of floating islands with a tiny village hidden in the cloudy skies. Interactive mode provides emerging experience of exploring the intricate world of steampunk.

Efficient and well-architected framework makes Unigine highly scalable:

  • Multiple API (DirectX 9 / DirectX 10 / DirectX 11 / OpenGL) render
  • Cross-platform: MS Windows (XP, Vista, Windows 7) / Linux
  • Full support of 32bit and 64bit systems
  • Multicore CPU support
  • Little / big endian support (ready for game consoles)
  • Powerful C++ API
  • Comprehensive performance profiling system
  • Flexible XML-based data structures

We use the following settings: 1920×1080 resolution. Anti Aliasing: off. Anisotrophy: 4, Tessellation: normal. Shaders: High. Stereo 3D: disabled. API: Direct X 11.

While the 990FX Extreme9 motherboard may have a performance-orientated graphics configuration, it isn’t able to make up for the Unigine Heaven performance lag that is set by AMD’s FX-8350 processor, in comparison to the Intel i5 3570K.

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ASRock 990FX Extreme9 Motherboard Review, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating
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  • Rt23ds
    February 18, 2013
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    Great motherboard, they deserve to be recognised more in the enthusiast sector. I love my ASROCK Z77 board

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  • Kim
    February 18, 2013
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    Nice look board and excellent overclocks. I want to upgrade my AMD system this year, but have been waiting on the new products.

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  • Indloon
    February 18, 2013
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    It is a little expensive IMO for what you get, Intel boards start way under £100 today.

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  • Horacio Perez
    February 18, 2013
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    Great board, sexy layout and well featured. BUT as overclocker i feel 1.5v core is just too much, even for AMD CPUs…. The marginal gains that you get from 600mhz for about 0.3 vcore increase is not worth it. For 5.0ghz, is ok, 1.5 vcore would be understable, but going upper than that is just too away from my comfort zone. I dont know if I can blame the board or a bad chip. Good review !

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