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June 5, 2013 1:53:57 PM

Hello, I am looking to upgrade my Phenom II X6 1090 to an FX-8350. I think that should breathe some life into my 2.5 year old system and remove any bottlenecks from by geforce GTX 680. My motherboard is a rev 1 Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5. I have already checked that the 8350 is compatible with my motherboard. I plan to flash to the latest firmware and clear the CMOS.

I have read elsewhere that generally speaking, swapping out CPUs withough changing any other components should be straightforward. I am wondering if there might be something special in my case because I will be going from AM3 to AM3+.

I am using Windows 8 Pro 64bit. Do you think the OS might have issues or require re-activation?

Any opinions on the performance jump from the 1090 to the 8350? I'm mostly looking at general gaming, like bioshock infinite, starcraft 2, and dark souls.

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June 5, 2013 2:08:04 PM
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It should work fine. Also, gaming performance will increase by only a tiny bit for the time being, but the difference will be more evident in the long run.
June 5, 2013 2:19:00 PM

Thanatos Telos said:
It should work fine. Also, gaming performance will increase by only a tiny bit for the time being, but the difference will be more evident in the long run.

Thank you! Is the expected long run difference because of the extra 2 cores, or because of some of the technology improvements in the 8350 core? I have to say, the more benchmarks I look at, the less enthused I feel about this upgrade. The Toms Hardware benchmarks show many of the improvements as meh (sorry I'm trying to post a link to it but it appears some of the URL is misinterpreted by the forum), even with the core clock speed increase. Was bulldozer that much of a bust?
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June 5, 2013 2:57:35 PM

Bulldozer was, but Piledriver isn't. And yes, you will see a difference in threaded games and apps.
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