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Mate, that´s recent stuff from 2006 biggrin.gif
I think I still have the AMD Xpress 3200 board (Sturgeon) somewhere.
The Pure (white) board from Sapphire was closely based on that. Even the color was copied.

Let's take it back a little further just for the fun of it. biggrin.gif
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My take on the subject of the best AM3+board for the $$ would be to pick up a Sabertooth 2.0 and don't worry about it.
The CHV-Z is king but you'll pay for it of course, however like it is with anything else...... Want the best?
You'll pay for it.

I have examples of both and as far as I'm concerned it was money well spent in both cases. I have no reason to worry whether they can handle any chip I could put in them since I've already set my 9590 in the Sabertooth and it clocked it like no one's business.
That's the thing - Get something you know will work instead of taking a hopeful shot in the dark. redface.gif
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Mate, that´s recent stuff from 2006 biggrin.gif
I think I still have the AMD Xpress 3200 board (Sturgeon) somewhere.
The Pure (white) board from Sapphire was closely based on that. Even the color was copied.

Let's take it back a little further just for the fun of it. biggrin.gif
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My take on the subject of the best AM3+board for the $$ would be to pick up a Sabertooth 2.0 and don't worry about it.
The CHV-Z is king but you'll pay for it of course, however like it is with anything else...... Want the best?
You'll pay for it.

I have examples of both and as far as I'm concerned it was money well spent in both cases. I have no reason to worry whether they can handle any chip I could put in them since I've already set my 9590 in the Sabertooth and it clocked it like no one's business.
That's the thing - Get something you know will work instead of taking a hopeful shot in the dark. redface.gif
Soyo dragon ultra?
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Yep - It's a Soyo Dragon Ultra KT333 VIA chipped Socket A board.
Simply beautiful.
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Stay away from ASRock and MSI and you´ll be fine.

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0
ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0
ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0
ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
ASUS Crosshair V Formula
ASUS Crosshair V Formula-Z

Gigabyte 970A-UD3P is electrically fine, however the bios is a complete bug fest (applies on all Gigabyte AMD boards).

With sufficient cooling all of these will handle a 4.7GHz FX-8K CPU without any problems.

Stilt, I have both a Sabertooth 990FX and an R2. I see you left the original board off your list. Maybe your list is comprised of only currently shipping boards. Can you compare the two Sabertooth boards?
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I've been poking around , reading what others have posted about it, there are several things that lead me to believe they did quite a few changes in the power delivery /management.
Hardware and bios included.
I'll let you know , but I want to do a mini review as it is shipped from the factory first - I recommend patience and a sense of humor ( and lowered expectations of the reviewer lol ) smile.gif.


Do you think the new MSI 990FXA Gaming will generally be inferior to the GD80 V2? MSI's current AMD boards are visually appealing and marketed well but they sure do get a mixed bag of reviews from end users. I would say 60/40 negative.
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AMD CPUs are good for doorstops and little else IMO.


That is hardly an accurate statement.
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Stilt, I have both a Sabertooth 990FX and an R2. I see you left the original board off your list. Maybe your list is comprised of only currently shipping boards. Can you compare the two Sabertooth boards?

I listed the boards which were available through a reseller.
Found two European resellers selling the original C5F, but none selling the original Sabertooth 990FX.
The R3.0 Sabertooth is also missing, because it is a niche product.

Regardless both Crosshair V Formula and Sabertooth 990FX are obsolete in terms of support.

The original versions of C5F and Sabertooth are still good boards, but the -Z and R2.0 are even better.
Both of them have slightly revised VRM.
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I've been poking around , reading what others have posted about it, there are several things that lead me to believe they did quite a few changes in the power delivery /management.
Hardware and bios included.
I'll let you know , but I want to do a mini review as it is shipped from the factory first - I recommend patience and a sense of humor ( and lowered expectations of the reviewer lol ) smile.gif.


Do you think the new MSI 990FXA Gaming will generally be inferior to the GD80 V2? MSI's current AMD boards are visually appealing and marketed well but they sure do get a mixed bag of reviews from end users. I would say 60/40 negative.

I'm thinking it will be different, probably run a bit warmer than the GD 80 , but from what others have said it seems to be limiting V-droop.
MSI's lower end board get panned pretty hard, especially in forums like this one. Interestingly , when I went shopping for my 3rd 990 board - the newegg reviews the GD - 65 and GD - 80 had better scores among verified owners than the UD 7, CHV-Z or Fatality pro. I realize that newegg reviewers are a mixed lot, but they all should of had a fairly equal chance to garner good or bad reviews on an individual basis.

Many of the bad experiences people have with msi boards is because they run cooler, giving the enthusiast a false sense of security and they don't protect themselves when you turn off the features most people do when overclocking. And, as you have found, the limit voltage to the cpu in bios unless you jump through a couple extra hoops, many people aren't aware of this and some who are, don't want to be bothered with it.

I really don't have much of an issue with the GD- 80's onboard sound , but my Z87 Mpower's headphone amp is really nice and the 990 gaming is supposed to be on par or better than it in that dept. USB 3.1 should be good and I'll be paying attention to the Killer NIC's performance vs the old board too.
I should start messing with it next weekend-stay tuned.
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I'm thinking it will be different, probably run a bit warmer than the GD 80 , but from what others have said it seems to be limiting V-droop.
MSI's lower end board get panned pretty hard, especially in forums like this one. Interestingly , when I went shopping for my 3rd 990 board - the newegg reviews the GD - 65 and GD - 80 had better scores among verified owners than the UD 7, CHV-Z or Fatality pro. I realize that newegg reviewers are a mixed lot, but they all should of had a fairly equal chance to garner good or bad reviews on an individual basis.

Many of the bad experiences people have with msi boards is because they run cooler, giving the enthusiast a false sense of security and they don't protect themselves when you turn off the features most people do when overclocking. And, as you have found, the limit voltage to the cpu in bios unless you jump through a couple extra hoops, many people aren't aware of this and some who are, don't want to be bothered with it.

I really don't have much of an issue with the GD- 80's onboard sound , but my Z87 Mpower's headphone amp is really nice and the 990 gaming is supposed to be on par or better than it in that dept. USB 3.1 should be good and I'll be paying attention to the Killer NIC's performance vs the old board too.
I should start messing with it next weekend-stay tuned.
I actually like the killer nic...you have to setup the priority though...it does seem to help some by especially if you game and use say team speak with it...it prioritizes game traffic over any other network traffic once you set the exe's to prioritize over others
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Hi, first time poster here.

I'm really curious what, if anything, you've decided iRUSH. I'm in a very similar boat. Looking to pick up an 8320e from MC with one of their bundled mobos. I'm looking to do, at most, a mid-range OC (i.e. 4.2-4.7). I would probably be happy with just 4.5.

That said, I was eyeing the ASUS M5A99FX PRO R2.0 and the Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3, though with my budget I wish I could go for a cheaper one like the Fatality 970... I would like this to be stable for several years though (it will probably be a hand-me-down to my wife in the future).

I wish it was a clear, objective decision!
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