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post #1 of 10
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Hello there! I'm looking for a motherboard with an AM3+ socket for an FX-8320 and I've come across this mobo that looks pretty cheap and I've read that it comes with a lot of heatsinks. However, it is a 970 chipset (that's why it is so cheap), but most people told me that I should choose a 990FX to overclock my CPU, where the prices get pretty high.

From what I've seen, the main difference between a 970 and a 990FX is just the ability to build more than one PCI-E card (which I'm not gonna do, I will use a single GPU), but people still tell me that I should get an 990FX instead to overclock. Is it the 990FX better in any way other than providing suport for more GPUs or should I stick with this mobo? I'm just gonna try to overclock a bit this one to make run between 4/4.5 GHz so I don't want to skimp every possible aspect to run it at 5GHz, I just wanna try this. Is the mobo still a good option? Also, would a Hyper 212 EVO fit without problems there? Never installed a non-stock fan, so I'm not sure if there can be any problems with the heatsinks.

And now we're at it, the manufacturer page says that I need to upgrade the BIOS to run Vishera CPUs, but people don't complain about this so I guess it is a problem with old releases. In case I need to ugprade, is it too difficult or can I mess with something pretty bad? Never done it before, so I don't know if I can do it fine or if it is too problematic. And about the BIOS, the 3.0 revision comes with an UEFI BIOS. Should I get this one or the 1.0/1.2 (which seems that the only difference between these is the ability to charge your phone with your PC off)?

A link to the manufacturer page:
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3907#ov - 1.0/1.1
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4417#ov- 1.2
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4396#ov - 3.0

Thank you in advance!
post #2 of 10
With the 990FX you generally get beefier components but I put that 970 motherboard in my cousins computer and I got his FX4100 up to 4.7GHz stable. I doubt you'll see that much a difference in ability to overclock going to 990FX.
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post #3 of 10
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Thank you very much. I'm not trying to go over 4.6GHz so I think this mobo will be enough for me. I don't even have the proper cooling system to get over there, lol.

Thanks for the help man, but do you know if the BIOS needs to be upgraded or if it is possible to mess in the process?
post #4 of 10
Updating the bios is so super easy. Just download their @bios software and update it in windows
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Originally Posted by SpykeZ View Post

Updating the bios is so super easy. Just download their @bios software and update it in windows
But will I be able to run my Vishera to install Windows if it's not supported by the BIOS? Also, I heard that it's a bit dangerous to do it from Windows, and that I should do so booting from a flash drive. Is this true? How much difficult is it this way?
post #6 of 10
The 8350? Ya, you should be good to go even without an update.

People are so old fashioned with the OH NO DONT DO IT IN WINDOWS! I've been doing it for years because Gigabyte, you can't mess it up. They use their dual bios chip in their motherboards. Basically what this means you have 2 bios chips. There's the one you can play around with, update, change, tweak, then there's the backup fail safe bios which you can't do anything with. If anything happens to your bios, a bad overclock, corrupt bios update etc, when powering on your motherboard, after the splash screen, your board is going to detect something not right then it'll tell you, and ask if you'd like to load the backup bios.

I had a couple bad overclocks with the northbridge, started up, Gigabyte loaded the default bios for me then I was back at it.

If someone tells you it's dangerous and you should do the method people did in the the early 2000's, just laugh at them for not using a Gigabyte.

Asus has it too but as far as I know it's only a software thing. Gigabyte holds the patents to the physical dual bios.

Here's a couple links for you to read about it if you're interested:

http://hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1558832

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/322496-30-gigabyte-dual-bios
Edited by SpykeZ - 3/16/13 at 11:48am
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post #7 of 10
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Wow, this is a pretty interesting thing. I was told some time ago that there was a way of resetting your BIOS with a backup, and now I see that hey were talking about Gigabyte mobos. biggrin.gif

Is updating the BIOS worth it if it already supports Vishera or it doesn't matter?
And many thanks for your help, now I'm pretty sure I will buy this mobo, I tend to destroy everything I touch so this might come in handy.
post #8 of 10
It can be helpful, you almost always want it up to date because they'll fix small little bugs or instabilities. With as easy as it is, it literally takes like 5ish minutes to do through windows and that's that.

This is the exact motherboard I put in his computer

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519

If you don't have the 8350 or the motherboard yet if you buy them together as a combo you get 20 bucks off.
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the 970a-ud3 is basically the little brother of the 990fxa-ud3, same overclocking potential just a 970 chipset and no possibility of SLI or true crossfire. should be just fine. make sure you can get the newest revision of the motherboard and you should be golden with the fx-8350 or fx-8320. I still flash bios from bios itself using q-flash. I think its f9 at boot to do q-flash. or you can just spam the delete key to get into the bios and enter q-flash from there.
 
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Just to update you, the motherboard supports that 8350 with the F7 bios, so if it doesn't come pre-installed on the motherboard you'll have to update the bios first. Some people reported not having to use it but their computer kept shutting down.
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