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Hello guys smile.gif So i've been thinking about getting new motherboard for a while now because my current one (880GMH/U3S3) is like 4 years+ old and causing bluescreens daily even with underclocked CPU (it was cheapest i could buy back then). So the question is which motherboard i should buy? Here is the options and good and bad things about them (that i have in mind)

Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 AM3+ ATX 189EUR <-- maybe little bit too expensive while M5A99FX has really the same features
Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 AM3+ ATX 153EUR <-- really good but apparently i have to get another CPU to update bios before it supports FX-8350
Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ ATX 147EUR <-- Rev unknown. What i've read other rev has problems and other doesn't
(since i'm from finland prices are from HERE )


There is really the options that i'm thinking about atm. What do you guys think?

I'm trying to overclock my CPU with Noctua NH-U9B-SE2 little bit(i've had this for about a year now) to around 4.5GHz so it is stable and doesn't throttle (currently with this MOBO it throttles at 50C which is absurd and never pass prime95 tests without bluescreen even with default settings). I'd also keep in mind the possibility of getting 2nd GPU at somepoint


Thank you and hopefully this went into right area thumb.gif
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I have the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 and i didn't have to have an additional cpu to update bios...it worked out of box.
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Well it depends what OC you want to get.

Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0. Can take anything you can throw at it. It has a great 8+2 phase power. I had one and got a 8320 at 4.9ghz stable.

Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0. Can easily take 4.5-4.7ghz.

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+. Is about the same as the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0.

If you not going to SLI/CF and going around 4.5ghz. They're good 970 mobo out the can easily do 4.5ghz.
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ASRock 970 Performance
avoid

If you want a 970 stick with the Gigabyte.
Edited by superstition222 - 10/24/15 at 5:48pm
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avoid

If you want a 970 stick with the Gigabyte.

what you think about asus? I know assrock vs gigabyte is like opel vs toyota
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what you think about asus? I know assrock vs gigabyte is like opel vs toyota

As per "The Stilt's" reccommendation, starting from ASUS M5A7 EVO R2.0, all higher models, with proper cooling, should arrive to 4.7 with FX 8 cores.


P.S.: I agree with Superstition about the Asrock. Too many "coincidental" deaths in the first year of operational life. The Gigabyte 970 UD3P rev2 is good, but seems to be plagued with BIOS bugs that make it troublesome to overclock past turbo values without annoying "overclock failure" messages (see thread in this section). Superstition should know about it more than i do. Otherwise it's the best for the money.
Edited by Undervolter - 10/25/15 at 9:18am
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As per "The Stilt's" reccommendation, starting from ASUS M5A7 EVO R2.0, all higher models, with proper cooling, should arrive to 4.7 with FX 8 cores.


P.S.: I agree with Superstition about the Asrock. Too many "coincidental" deaths in the first year of operational life. The Gigabyte 970 UD3P rev2 is good, but seems to be plagued with BIOS bugs that make it troublesome to overclock past turbo values without annoying "overclock failure" messages (see thread in this section). Superstition should know about it more than i do. Otherwise it's the best for the money.
I am not having booting problems at the moment, even with 4.9 purely using the multi to OC (no BCLK per The Stilt's suggestion), now that I've switched to water. I can't do any Prime testing at that speed because my VRM temps are too high even at 4.5, but Cinebench runs. rolleyes.gif

5.0 is completely unreliable, though, so far. The board will go to Windows from BIOS at 5.0 but when I try to run Cinebench I get a freeze and then the only way it will boot is to reset the CMOS. I assume this is a temperature or current issue and the board is shutting down due to some sort of protective mechanism. It could be temperature since the CPU temps spike quickly into the low 50s before the freeze. I haven't done much high OC testing yet and haven't even tried 1.5 volts so it's probably just that my voltage is set too low. But, since my VRMs are already borderline at 4.5 I have to do something about them first. The thing about the voltage being too low that doesn't make sense, though, is why the board refuses to post unless I put in the 5 GHz settings in BIOS right before booting.

I am going to have to figure out a way to get a water block onto those VRMs. I don't even want to mess with the Thermaltake air sink upgrade at this point. Someone said there are generic VRM water blocks so I am hopeful I can find one that will fit. I am fed up with the VRMs hitting 90C at 4.5 with the case fans cranked. VRM quality is the main reason to get a top-end board like the Sabertooth, eh?
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