ASRock supplies the 990FX Extreme9 motherboard in a large box which features a call-out to the product’s XFast 555 abilities on the front side, and an explanation of some ‘user-friendly’ features on the rear side.
Opening the packaging’s flap reveals a transparent window that allows the motherboard to be observed before purchase. Additional, enthusiast-orientated information regarding the board’s premium features is located inside the flap.
A healthy bundle is supplied with the 990FX Extreme9, and so it should be, given the motherboard’s target audience.
One accessory that is sorely missed, in comparison to competing companies’ bundles is a quick front panel connector. MSI has M-connector and Asus has Q-connector. ASRock really needs to follow suit; a simple block solution can make attaching front panel cables a less tedious chore.
An accessory which we would like to see included would be a long CrossFire connector. Some cards ship without cables, or with short versions that aren’t ideal for the 990FX Extreme9’s slot spacing.
Some form of WiFi adapter would have also been a thoughtful addition as it would only increase the board’s price by around 3-4%, but would be convenient for many users.
The bundle consists of:
- 6x black SATA 6GB/s latching cables
- 2x molex to SATA power adapters
- 2-way SLI bridge
- 3-way SLI bridge
- USB converter which provides 2x USB 3.0 ports from an internal header – for use with an external 3.5″ bay (tray then doubles up as a 2.5″ drive rack) or a PCI adapter (screws supplied)
- Multi-coloured IO shield
- Drivers CD