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I have an M5A99FX Pro R2.0. This board only has a 6+2 VRM phase. Now, if I get a Sabertooth or a C5F-Z, I'll have an 8+2 phase VRM, which would be better for OC. But is it worth upgrading to the Sabertooth or C5F-Z?
    
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Do you plan on overclocking?
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Do you plan on overclocking?

Yes. Plan to get maybe 4.5 or 4.7GHz out of this CPU.
    
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Yes. Plan to get maybe 4.5 or 4.7GHz out of this CPU.

M5A99Fx is a pretty solid mobo a lot of people around OCN have there 8320 @ 4.5 ghz

you need a good cooler though since these chips pull 220 watts at 4.5ghz mark
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the 9590 and the 9370 are even on the cpu compatibility for this board, so that should tell you enough about running an overclocked vishera/piledriver!. a lot of the owners of this board say that the phases are high quality, so unless your board dies, or you just want another color board, i would say that no its not worth it. this board can overclock just fine! smile.gif

btw i own this board and im running it right now! and i really love it smile.gif

Heres someone running a 9000 series in the 990fx pro smile.gif
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rI_po8b2Dzw
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Thanks. Guess I'll just save my cash and keep this board. And I am considering an FX-9590 so that I can get a superior binned chip.
    
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Thanks. Guess I'll just save my cash and keep this board. And I am considering an FX-9590 so that I can get a superior binned chip.

no problem!
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Thanks. Guess I'll just save my cash and keep this board. And I am considering an FX-9590 so that I can get a superior binned chip.

I wouldn't get a 9xxx chip unless you upgrade your motherboard, cooling and powersupply.
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I wouldn't get a 9xxx chip unless you upgrade your motherboard, cooling and powersupply.

i would have to agree with psu and cooling, but this board can handle the 9000 series chips, albeit the headroom to overclock them may be less than a sabertooth or a rog board, this board can handle them with just a bios update to at least 1903. the only thing the cpu support page says is just special consideration for cooling.

but if you want to pay a premium for peace of mind and to have a higher quality board, than yeah an upgrade might warranted.

the real question is that should the OP even buy a 9590.... to get a higher binned chip to overclock it as much as it can go, on this board and considering the price to performance of this vs a decent 8350 may not be worth it...

at best you should probably run these chips at stock on the 990fx pro, and a much better cooling solution is needed to even run these chips in the first place. and i do see that he is already running the 8320, so the differences may not even be night and day, just a speed bump without the silicon lottery.


anyways i digress, a better psu and cooling is most definitely needed, whereas motherboard may not be. and the OP has to answer within himself is getting this cpu even worth it as it is currently $334 on amazon.... if clock speed and binning is worth that much to you and the premium price is not an issue, then fine its his money and he can do as he pleases. but consider getting the 9370 because it is $100 dollars cheaper and should be binned higher than a run of the mill 8350, and the $100 can be put to cooling this hot chip down.
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I wouldn't get a 9xxx chip unless you upgrade your motherboard, cooling and powersupply.

i would have to agree with psu and cooling, but this board can handle the 9000 series chips, albeit the headroom to overclock them may be less than a sabertooth or a rog board, this board can handle them with just a bios update to at least 1903. the only thing the cpu support page says is just special consideration for cooling.

but if you want to pay a premium for peace of mind and to have a higher quality board, than yeah an upgrade might warranted.

the real question is that should the OP even buy a 9590.... to get a higher binned chip to overclock it as much as it can go, on this board and considering the price to performance of this vs a decent 8350 may not be worth it...

at best you should probably run these chips at stock on the 990fx pro, and a much better cooling solution is needed to even run these chips in the first place. and i do see that he is already running the 8320, so the differences may not even be night and day, just a speed bump without the silicon lottery.


anyways i digress, a better psu and cooling is most definitely needed, whereas motherboard may not be. and the OP has to answer within himself is getting this cpu even worth it as it is currently $334 on amazon.... if clock speed and binning is worth that much to you and the premium price is not an issue, then fine its his money and he can do as he pleases. but consider getting the 9370 because it is $100 dollars cheaper and should be binned higher than a run of the mill 8350, and the $100 can be put to cooling this hot chip down.

I think it will take more than $100 to keep the 9XXX cool on a full load. My 9370 will overwhelm a 240 mm clc at stock speeds and voltages in prime 95. You can undevolt it a bit and make it run slightly cooler but it's one hot momma.
Honestly, unless you want to invest a lot of money, I'd stick to the 8320 if I were you . I think anything less than the crosshair or sabre is asking for a dead board , just my 2 cents. The vrm's on my CHV-Z get too hot to touch if you really clock up the 9370.

Here is my 9370 priming at 5 ghz on a 480 mm custom loop with a koolance 380A, 3/4 inch od tubing and a horse of a pump.
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