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Best motherboard for FX 8350

| posted 1 year 2 months ago

Best motherboard for FX 8350

My max budget for the motherboard is $130-140, and I'm gonna be using the FX 8350 after seeing Logan's latest benchmarking video. What is the best motherboard I can get in that budget range if I want to overclock my CPU to 5 GHz just like Logan did?

Btw, I have an Asus Xonar DX that I'll be using from my current rig, and it needs PCIe x1 slot. I don't want to do crossfire or sli, so one PCIe x16 is good enough for me. Also, I need front USB 3.0 header.

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posted 1 year 2 months ago

well id say look for reviews but safe bets are Gigabyte and Asus Motherboards, you might not get 5.0 though, i hear a lot of 8350's hit a wall at around 4.7-4.8 much like the i5's

posted 1 year 2 months ago

Lately i've been drooling over the Gigabyte GA-990FXA and right now it's only $137.99 on [url=http://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-GA-990FXA-UD3-990FX-SATA-Motherboard/dp/B...!

posted 1 year 2 months ago

I was thinking of getting that mobo too, but that first PCIe x1 slot is not gonna work for my Xonar DX because it will hit the heatsink, so I don't know if I'll be able to use the other PCIe x16 for my sound card. Some motherboards might work, some might not, but I'm not gonna risk it.

posted 1 year 2 months ago

You can put your sound card in any other PCIe slot, and it will work just fine. 

posted 1 year 2 months ago

Can you turn your heatsink?  I have the GA-990FX-UD5 and it's great.  Glad I have an am3+ to uprage with in the future.  Looking at gettinf an ASUS Xonar soon, and should be fine clearing my cooler.

posted 1 year 2 months ago

Sorry, I didn't say this clear enough. I don't mean the CPU heatsink, but the motherboard heatsink with the sign "Ultra Durable" on it. I haven't seen it myself really, but when I looked at the detailed picture on Gigabyte's website, I saw that it was perfectly in line with the PCIe x1 and that would be a problem installing any PCIe x1 card there I guess.

posted 1 year 2 months ago
posted 1 year 2 months ago

Thanks, I think I'm gonna go with this mobo. I'm not sure if the 6+2 phase power design is gonna be a problem when I try to overclock the CPU to 5.0 GHz, but I guess I can't expect everything from a $140 mobo. One question though, if I install my Xonar DX right in front of my GPU (Sapphire 7950 OC), it's not gonna make my GPU run hotter or anything, am I right?

posted 1 year 2 months ago

Power Phases are irrelevant when the quality of the VRM and there optput capability at temp is, there are 6+2 boards that do much better than some 8+2 Boards out there because there VRMs are more capable.

posted 1 year 2 months ago

Then I should be okay with overclocking I suppose. What about the sound card placement? Is it gonna affect the GPU temp?

posted 1 year 2 months ago

I am running the 8350 in the Gigabyte 990FXA-UD3 and I've got my voltage at 1.475 and am stable at 4.6... I tried 4.7 and 4.8 with same voltage but couldn't get stable... I can say the motherboard is great though, had it a year now and no problems at all... But with my OC should I try 1.5V with 4.8ghz??

posted 1 year 2 months ago

Its reccommended to stay under 1.55 Volts for the 83xx series, so you should be fine as long as you can keep your temps under control.

posted 1 year 2 months ago

The Gigabyte 990FX UD series boards typically yield very stable overclocks but are not that great at reaching high overclocks

the Biostar TA990FXE is what the top 2 Bulldozer Overclocks were done on and the second highest Piledriver, also is the best performing motherboard when not using multiple GPUs