Opinion: Overclocked 8350 @ 5.125GHz
I have a beloved FX-8350 chip that I have painstakingly fine tuned over the years (and pumped quite a bit of money into) to join the 5GHz club.
It is currently 24hr stable (on a 480mm custom water loop) at 5.125GHz; Bus at 250; HT Link at 3250MHz; and NB at 2800MHz.
It performs nearly on par with an i7-4790k in almost all benchmarks.
My issue is that I recently added a 2080 Ti (please, no "bottleneck" flaming, because it's NOT bottlenecked at these overclocks) and now the CPU temp hits 80c quite regularly during heavy gaming, and even thermal throttles slightly down to 5098MHz (I have seen it drop to 1075MHz on a few cores, but doesn't affect gaming, no hiccups etc.)
My question is: Given the age of this CPU, and the years of glory she's given me, I see two options:
A. Upgrade my water loop and add another huge radiator and some fans ($200 at most) and keep this baby pumping for a few more years
B. Save the $200, keep using it at these temps/clocks and when she dies, upgrade to a Ryzen setup
Something else to consider: I have a second waterblocked 2080 Ti that I will be adding to this system that will only pump MORE heat into the loop, and will most likely need a second radiator ANYWAY in the future, so I guess the third option would be to put $200 into the loop NOW, add a radiator, and when the CPU does eventually die (or live for another year or so) THEN upgrade to a Ryzen system with a fully equipped dual 2080 Ti loop.
Edit: Vcore is 1.536v which LLC will push to 1.56v during the heaviest of loads.
Last edited by KingUniverse; 04-30-2019 at 01:40 PM.