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Hi all, I`m not a prolific poster but thought Id pop in and give those who might be interested some info, as a way of saying thanks for the info that I've gained from here in helping me to decide on this gamble

Ive been running an old amd x3 in an Asus M4A8 gtd and have slapped an 8320e in it, here are my initial results, I cant push any further as I need better cooling (old zalman 9700 I think) but I'm sure that there is more to come with a better cooler.
just a quick test really to see if it was viable and it seems to have done ok with the initial testing but like I said better cooling would I'm sure put 4.7 within reach






I hope this is of some use to those of you with older kit and sitting on the fence about an upgrade. All I did was use MX 4 compound on the vrm/nrthbridge heatsink (its cool) and cpu (its hot) this is all in a new Xigmatek midguard III with 3 x 120 mm fans and a 90mm fan on the back of the Cpu/vrm area (gets kinda toasty) Also it doesn't like voltage much but that could be my old cooler or the vrms
All I need now is better cooling (water I hope) then I can push it a bit harder biggrin.gif
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Nice, 4.5 ghz at ~ 1.36v vcore? That is really good!
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Hey I maybe completely wrong here since the "E" versions seem to have a lower tdp. Are you using the same motherboard I don't know much about that board but I know a lot of older boards had problems with 8core fx chips. The 8350 i know really pulled so serious watts when overlocked. You may wanna put a fan blowing on the VRM area. you may already know all this already but that's a nice oc on an older board. On an m5a97 heatsinked one all I could get was 4.5 on a 4100 and 8350. The asus CHFV though I was able to get 8350 5 ghz water cooled which your not far off good job:thumb:
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Hi, yes the "E" series is a lower tdp but they seem to get it partially by down-clocking the base frequency a bit, together with their other improvements to this series cpu.

Yes it is the old Asus M4A89 series motherboard Im using and there is a fan blowing on the rear of the vrm/cpu area on the mobo although Ive never been keen on using this type of method to help achieve a overclock, as it seems to lower cpu temp readings a bit more than I find realistic but it is needed for the vrm`s. even though the heatsink on the front of the vrm`s is quite cool to the touch.
I flashed it to the bulldozer bios some time ago from stock bios and it seemed to lose me about 500mhz from my old x3 cpu overclock and it seems a bit quirky with voltage control now.

There were a lot of throttling issues with the FX series on this board, above 4Ghz every couple of minutes it wold throttle the cpu down repeatedly, its why I hadn't upgraded earlier but seeing this cpu`s lower tdp I thought it worth a gamble and it seems to have paid off.
I just need to get some water on this but that will take a while as I'm disabled and for every £20 or so I spend on this pc means roughly about two weeks of only one meal a day to fund it (6`1" 14 St, now 11 St) you wont believe how cheaply I've put this rig together biggrin.gif so with water I should get down to below 10.5 which I really want to avoid.

The whole point of posting here is to let people know that with this series of cpu it is possible to get ancient kit humming along without spending £££ on a 990 chipset when the old 890 chipset seems quite capable (they are very simmilar).
Well i gtg now my son is staying over for the first time with me in 3 yrs (B**CH!!) and this weekend Im going to put on some weight, he loves chocolate fudge cake and I have to help him demolish 3 of them before sunday night biggrin.gif
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Nice, I have one arriving in the mail today.. I have been building a replacement PC for some of my "old dogs" -- I was using an FX-4130 in my Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5.. but I couldn't help but notice the lower TDP on the FX-8320E. I will be playing around with it the next few weeks. I have pretty good air cooling & will be using Gelid GC-Extreme. I dropped my temperatures in the FX-4130 at full load by 8-9C by switching from Arctic Silver Ceramique 2 to Gelid GC-Extreme. You could possibly drop a few C from the MX-4.. but that's pretty good stuff as-is from what I read.

I am debating asking my wife for the NZXT Kraken X61 for Christmas for the FX-8320E.. I think it may allow me to reach a few clicks up from air cooling.

Thanks for the insight thus far.
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Could one of you 8320E owners please tell me the frequencies of the intermediate P-States?

You can run this little tool to see:

http://www.brightsideofnews.com/2013/04/09/amdmsrtweaker-v11-released2c-trinity-support-inside/

I just want to see if they use the same as 8320.

Thanks.
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Quick update, I had to pull the cpu, it went thermal on me even at stock settings, I dont think its the board causing it, I will have to wait to retest the cpu in a "true FX board" more info in this thread :- http://www.overclock.net/t/1519949/overclocking-the-fx-8320e-with-a-gigabyte-990fxa-ud5-rev3-0
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Could one of you 8320E owners please tell me the frequencies of the intermediate P-States?

You can run this little tool to see:

http://www.brightsideofnews.com/2013/04/09/amdmsrtweaker-v11-released2c-trinity-support-inside/

I just want to see if they use the same as 8320.

Thanks.

As you requested kinda late.

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Nice, I have one arriving in the mail today.. I have been building a replacement PC for some of my "old dogs" -- I was using an FX-4130 in my Gigabyte 990FXA-UD5.. but I couldn't help but notice the lower TDP on the FX-8320E. I will be playing around with it the next few weeks. I have pretty good air cooling & will be using Gelid GC-Extreme. I dropped my temperatures in the FX-4130 at full load by 8-9C by switching from Arctic Silver Ceramique 2 to Gelid GC-Extreme. You could possibly drop a few C from the MX-4.. but that's pretty good stuff as-is from what I read.

I am debating asking my wife for the NZXT Kraken X61 for Christmas for the FX-8320E.. I think it may allow me to reach a few clicks up from air cooling.

Thanks for the insight thus far.


http://www.swiftech.com/H240-X.aspx

I would pay another 10 bucks and pick this kit up. The radiator is copper and not aluminum so it cools better. It will also allow you to expand if you ever want another radiator/gpu block.
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As you requested kinda late.


It's never too late. THank you very much. It is interesting, that from P5 to P2, the multis are a bit lower compared to 8320. And P1 has voltage higher than the max on my 8320, which means my 8320 is already running like a 95W, but at 3.5Ghz.

Which also means, that if the future i decide to buy a 2nd 8-core as Vishera, maybe i should buy a 8320 again, hoping it's a low leaker, in order to avoid having to find again the voltage for each P-state.

Repped, this helped me a lot.
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