Originally Posted by SoulFiend
Pls I beg of you, dont get af 970 chipset mobo.. you're gonna regret that.. you basically can't overclock then..
That is absolutely not true.
It is very durable board. Cooling on VRMs is excellent and phases are durable. They wont die on you. Ofc due to having only 4 phases vdrop at extreme clocks will be high but still. This is not meant for extreame clocks only medium and low overclocks for everyday use not extreme benchmarking.
Friend of mine(on my suggestion took m5a97 rev2.0) bought 8320 and it is stable clocked at 4.2ghz on that motherboard. CM212+evo cooling. Low temperatures.
I got 8120 on the same motherboard and it is rocking on 4ghz no problem (+900mhz overclock). Xigmatek Gaia cooling. Low temperatures.
Both are on stock voltages with most powersaving features on (cnq and such) and those are clocks for everyday use for several years, so nothing extreme and silicon will not degrade because of us pushing it to the limit etc Idea is to always get best bang for the buck.
What we found out is that after certain threshold you have to increase voltage so much for so little gain that it is simply not practical. If i have to go from 1.3v to 1.4v just to get 200mhz or so i wont do it really. It is not worth it.
Got 8120 for 130e 10 months ago now 8320 is similarly priced and in my opinion considering extraordinary performance it is best buy, especially if you calculate how cheap 970motherboards are and have good and useful features (tons of sata3 and usb3). Over here where i live i3s are like 110e which i find a big ripoff considering performance they provide and i5s are generally far more expansive. Most people that trash FX have never tryed one out.