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Amd FX 8350 and FX 8320 which is a better overclocker

I have the FX 8320 and ive been wanting upgrade my PC

I was wondering what how well they both over clock and which is better over all
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The 8320 is technically the better overclocker since it has a lower clock speed.

Both chips will generally overclock to the same max
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I would say the FX-8320 percentage wise as well. Especially since you can spend that extra money that you save towards a better cooling system.
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So overall im better off keeping my FX 8320 ?
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Yes, 8350 only worth it if you are a main stream buyer and not going to overclock
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Well there is maybe the hope that youll get a higher binned chip by going with a 8350 and that might mean a couple extra MHz. Not sure I think its worth the extra $40 price premium though and I definitely dont think its worth it go go from a 8320 to a 8350. Im having a hard time even justifying it coming from a 8150.

So yeah, if you were buying new and have a few extra bucks to spare, might as well try a 8350 and maybe get a .1 GHz higher overclock. But since you already have a 8320, unless its just a dog overclocker that wont budge passed 4.2 or something like that, just stick with what youve got.
post #8 of 23
Which is the better overclocker -- the 8320 or the 8350? The real answer is neither.

So comes the process of binning and the unpredictable uncertainties of whether or not you'll get a good piece of silicon. The thing about this is that it's completely random: Person A might get an 8320 sample which can hit 5.0ghz no problem, whereas Person B can't even get his 8350 past 4.4ghz. The only thing about these different bins that you can be absolutely certain about is that they are guaranteed to run at the clocks that they have been assigned by default.

Maybe a certain 8320 takes less volts to operate at its stock speeds than another 8320 sample. Maybe this 8320 will OC better than this other 8350. You'll never know until you test the sample you have for yourself. Some parts are leakier than others, while some 8320's may have been deemed unworthy of being labeled as an 8350 due to requiring a non-decent voltage amount or something.

Basically you just have to ask yourself: Am I satisfied with the OC I have on my current chip? If yes, then stick with what you have. If not, then you can play the silicon lottery again and see if your gamble pays off...
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post #9 of 23
I agree that any chip in the latest "Vishera" generation pretty much puts you in a current generation.

I believe the AVERAGE overclock results improve as you pay more money for each iteration, as AMD is directly or indirectly binning the
processors as they go all the way up to the 9590.

That being said, the FX 8320 is probably the best bang for your buck.

I purchased the FX 8350, it's hitting stable 4.8 Ghz+ on cheap water cooling and I am happy with this for a $179 processor.

I didn't want to pay the premium for even better overclocking potential for the more expensive chips.

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At this point in the game, it's very unlikely you would get an 8350 that is any better than an 8320. If you're an early adopter, and you buy a new CPU early in its production run, then the higher-rated chip usually really is better. That's why I went for the 8350 when I upgraded 13 months ago. But as a chip's production run continues, the fab gets better and better yields in the production process. At this point, probably every chip that has eight good cores will pass at the 8350's 4 GHz speed. But they have to down-bin some of them to sell as 8320's anyway. There's no reason not to just get the 8320 if you're an overclocker and buying now. Anything that is "golden" is going to get sold as a 9370 or 9590, anyway.

This happens in every production run. When they were phasing out the Phenom II, those last X4 965's out of the fabs would almost all hit 4 GHz easily. People who snapped them up on Newegg got a steal for $85. And one of my favorite chips of all time was an Athlon XP 1600+ Palomino that Newegg blew out for $42 when AMD pushed out the Pallys for the T-breds. It was made in the last week of the Palomino production and overclocked like a mofo--faster than nearly all of the early T-breds. I was running the clocks of a $250 chip for $42.
     
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