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So for the most part everyone agrees that I will see a much bigger imporvement by adding a second videocard on Crossfire and overclocking them both? As apposed to getting the 8120....

I have until wednesday to decide.

-Raw

If anyone has a good case as to why I should get the 8120 over the graphics cards I would be interested to hear what you have to say... I have seen a couple of package deals on the internet with my board MSI 970a-g45 and the 8120 for $337. Could this chip really be that bad for the mother board.?
Edited by Raw Topic - 1/23/12 at 9:15pm
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I think what they are talking about is the current draw from the 8120 either blowing or shortening the life of the VRMs on your board . At stock clocks it might be OK but once you start overclocking a Bulldozer it starts pulling a lot of current .
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I think what they are talking about is the current draw from the 8120 either blowing or shortening the life of the VRMs on your board . At stock clocks it might be OK but once you start overclocking a Bulldozer it starts pulling a lot of current .

That makes sense to me. I remember reading somewhere that my board has a high VRM failure rate. So i think my descision has been made to go with dual 6850's. Anyone else doing this ? Is it worth the investment?

-Raw
post #3274 of 8112
Used one 6850 with an FX-4100, it was fairly nice. Probably has a little extra CPU power for another card, and if you upgrade to a better board/CPU later it will gain a bit of performance.
Edited by KarathKasun - 1/24/12 at 12:16am
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So for the most part everyone agrees that I will see a much bigger imporvement by adding a second videocard on Crossfire and overclocking them both? As apposed to getting the 8120....
I have until wednesday to decide.
-Raw
If anyone has a good case as to why I should get the 8120 over the graphics cards I would be interested to hear what you have to say... I have seen a couple of package deals on the internet with my board MSI 970a-g45 and the 8120 for $337. Could this chip really be that bad for the mother board.?

Even though I love my 8120 I would recommend going with another gpu if your main concern is gaming. Although for games like battlefield 3 they love the extra cores and play very smooth FX chips. I couldnt ask for better gameplay on battlefield 3 with my chip.

Its up to you but I would go with another gpu and then upgrade to 8 or 10 core piledriver when it comes out. That way youll have an optimized BD that should be a lot more powerful and efficient than the current BD. I could be wrong but I think AMD has something nice in the works for us once they optimize the BD architecture. I cant wait to see its potential though Im not going to get my hopes up. Personally Im probably going to get the Trinity APU when its released after reviews and what not. From the looks of it now though it looks like a damn good chip especially when it supports eyefinity, crossfire, 2133Mhz ram speed, radeon 7000 graphics, 25% cpu performance and 50% better graphics performance. AMD Trinity was looking real good at CES. We'll just have to see once they have released it but I think AMD has found the architecture they want and that is very powerful and now they just have to work at it and find its week points and optimize and revise it. Once they have come out with 2nd 3rd or 4th gen BD I think they will definitely have something nice on their hands.
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There is ONLY LLC settings no overclock protection on ASRock 990fx. I have auto, disable, 25%, 50%, 75% and 100%. I get a sick vdroop on 100% and 25% is the most stable. You guys have me so confused lol.

Your temps seem realy high for the voltage you had listed. (not on this post, but one further back) I didn't notice if you had your temps listed from the Bios (PC Health Section) I thought there was somone else on here having the same issue with O.C. because their heatsink/paste wasn't sitting right. You should be aiming for 24C CPU temp in the bios. (Most accurate)

4.7Ghz should be a reasonable O.C. even with a high leakage chip.
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I am going to rma my chip today. Turned it back to stock cause was giving me problems and STILL having issues. Example watching a video on youtube or something the sound goes crazy and computer often bsods. It is not any other component because I put my phenom II back in and no issues whatsoever even at 4.2ghz. God dang man I have reallllly tried to sort this crap out and just can't take it anymore. I'm just worried superbiiz is gonna give me a hard time. If they do then Ill just send to AMD they took care of me before... I already have an RMA issued couple days ago but was really trying to fix the issues. Enough is enough thanks for all your help guys!

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Thats runnin really hot.. Are you gonna send it back??? You still at 4.3Ghz?
I would try to exchange it if I was in your shoes but thats just me...

I don't believe AMD has a warranty for CPUs running hot when OC'ed. In fact AFAIK they offer no OC warranty.
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Even though I love my 8120 I would recommend going with another gpu if your main concern is gaming. Although for games like battlefield 3 they love the extra cores and play very smooth FX chips. I couldnt ask for better gameplay on battlefield 3 with my chip.
Its up to you but I would go with another gpu and then upgrade to 8 or 10 core piledriver when it comes out. That way youll have an optimized BD that should be a lot more powerful and efficient than the current BD. I could be wrong but I think AMD has something nice in the works for us once they optimize the BD architecture. I cant wait to see its potential though Im not going to get my hopes up. Personally Im probably going to get the Trinity APU when its released after reviews and what not. From the looks of it now though it looks like a damn good chip especially when it supports eyefinity, crossfire, 2133Mhz ram speed, radeon 7000 graphics, 25% cpu performance and 50% better graphics performance. AMD Trinity was looking real good at CES. We'll just have to see once they have released it but I think AMD has found the architecture they want and that is very powerful and now they just have to work at it and find its week points and optimize and revise it. Once they have come out with 2nd 3rd or 4th gen BD I think they will definitely have something nice on their hands.

Yes my main concern is gaming. I am totally set on doing the crossfire, I bought the setup less then a month ago and for me to buy a new chip less then a month later would be kind of upsetting to me. So another card is in order and when the new chip comes out, it will be a good time to upgrade my board and CPU. Thank you for assisting me in my descisoinsnoin(if you don't know how to spell just REALLY *&^* up the spelling so it looks like a typo, damn autocorrect has made me useless)

I'll let everyone know how the dual 6850's serve me.
-Raw
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Used one 6850 with an FX-4100, it was fairly nice. Probably has a little extra CPU power for another card, and if you upgrade to a better board/CPU later it will gain a bit of performance.

I'm loving my setup, I just want to squeeze that little extra bit of quality out of my gaming experience and that's where the extra card will help. I will upgrade after I have enjoyed what I have to the max. I'm thinking im going to do a 3 monitor setup. Yep, i'm gonna do it.

-Raw
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