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August 30, 2013 1:36:10 PM

I've done pretty well so far with my Phenom II x4 980 but I've been wanting to Upgrade, I've heard that 8-cores aren't worth it and that 6-cores are the way to go?

I've noticed the AMD 6-core CPU's cost LESS than my current 980???
Do they give better performance than my current CPU or what? should I go Phenom II x6 or fx-6530? (Or a different/better cpu?)

I can sell off my Phenom II x4 980 for about $160 Whats the BEST AMD Processor I can buy with that money? (Need to work with my MSI 870A-g54 Motherboard (Uses a AM3+ socket)

Let me know what you guys have to say! Thanks
August 30, 2013 1:44:32 PM

In honesty, your 980 really is already pushing in gaming performance near the top of AMDs product line. There really isn't much point in updating unless you move to intel. You could overclock if you want more performance.
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August 30, 2013 2:01:38 PM

The FX 8320 will exceed your current performance in most newer titles.

I would overclock it to at least 8350 clockspeed. You could go more...but you should get 4.0 GHz out of it no sweat.

Since your Phenom II is a 140W part...your board should be ok. I would recommend eventually going to a 990FX like the gigabyte UD3 or the Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 or something, however, you should be ok for now.
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August 30, 2013 2:04:49 PM

8350rocks said:
The FX 8320 will exceed your current performance in most newer titles.

I would overclock it to at least 8350 clockspeed. You could go more...but you should get 4.0 GHz out of it no sweat.

Since your Phenom II is a 140W part...your board should be ok. I would recommend eventually going to a 990FX like the gigabyte UD3 or the Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 or something, however, you should be ok for now.


According to the websites I checked, it is actually 125 watts.
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August 30, 2013 2:10:27 PM

thesuperguy said:
8350rocks said:
The FX 8320 will exceed your current performance in most newer titles.

I would overclock it to at least 8350 clockspeed. You could go more...but you should get 4.0 GHz out of it no sweat.

Since your Phenom II is a 140W part...your board should be ok. I would recommend eventually going to a 990FX like the gigabyte UD3 or the Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 or something, however, you should be ok for now.


According to the websites I checked, it is actually 125 watts.


That's fine, the 8320 is 125W, though there were 2 P2X4 980's a 125W and a 140W
August 30, 2013 2:12:30 PM

8350rocks said:
The FX 8320 will exceed your current performance in most newer titles.

I would overclock it to at least 8350 clockspeed. You could go more...but you should get 4.0 GHz out of it no sweat.

Since your Phenom II is a 140W part...your board should be ok. I would recommend eventually going to a 990FX like the gigabyte UD3 or the Asus M5A99X EVO R2.0 or something, however, you should be ok for now.


So I should purchase This one? http://www.amazon.com/AMD-FD8320FRHKBOX-FX-8320-FX-Seri...

And you are sure it will be safe with my motherboard? and the Phenom 4x II 980 runs at 125W ;P

If it DOES work with my motherboard safely will my Cooler master Hyper 212 be good enough for it?


EDIT: Also how much of a Gaming performance boost will I get? Why 8-core and not 6-core? I've heard that the more cores you have, the less work they do
August 30, 2013 2:16:48 PM

Uhh just checked your motherboard. It uses AM3 not +. It won't work with the FX series...

Well in this case, you probably literally have the best CPU possible that will work with your motherboard.
August 30, 2013 2:21:18 PM

thesuperguy said:
Uhh just checked your motherboard. It uses AM3 not +. It won't work with the FX series...


On the box my Motherboard came in has an added sticker that says "MSI FX Predecessor Ready" , in my motherboard's Manuel is shows AM3+ CPU socket :/ 

Note: My mainboard is the MSI 870A-G54 (FX) <- crap sorry i forgot to add the (FX) heres the link to my actual board P:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
August 30, 2013 2:27:17 PM

thesuperguy said:
Ahhhhhh. lol


My bad, yea that's a big difference lol

So now that we know my motherboard has the correct socket lol, I understand my current CPU is one of the best 4-core Gaming CPU's out there (even though its been discontinued) I want to increase performance in High-end gaming will that 8-core FX do the trick?

And I still haven't heard the difference between 6-core and 8-core xP Have I been mislead to believe that 8-cores are (i guess you can say) slower since they have so many cores?


Here's a Benchmark of my current CPU vs the FX http://www.anandtech.com/bench/product/698?vs=362

I'm not sure I like the results, tell me again why I should upgrade to the FX?
August 30, 2013 2:40:49 PM

More cores does not mean worse performance. It is just that as you increase cores, you typically have to scale down the power of the individual cores in order to accommodate the extra cores power usage wise. Most games won't be able to use the full 8 cores yet so a lot of it is still based on individual core performance. Thing is, with the 6300s vs 8300s, they are pretty much the same cores except the 8300s has 2 more and the different models have different clock speeds. Overclocking can close the gap clock speed wise and all you are left with is basically a 6350 with 2 more cores :p 

But I still think it isn't worth the time and effort to upgrade to the 8320 and overclock if you are just gaming.
August 30, 2013 2:58:18 PM

thesuperguy said:
More cores does not mean worse performance. It is just that as you increase cores, you typically have to scale down the power of the individual cores in order to accommodate the extra cores power usage wise. Most games won't be able to use the full 8 cores yet so a lot of it is still based on individual core performance. Thing is, with the 6300s vs 8300s, they are pretty much the same cores except the 8300s has 2 more and the different models have different clock speeds. Overclocking can close the gap clock speed wise and all you are left with is basically a 6350 with 2 more cores :p 

But I still think it isn't worth the time and effort to upgrade to the 8320 and overclock if you are just gaming.


Well I dont use my pc for JUST gaming, its my all-around PC that i use for everything ;P But I do enjoy gaming on it

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August 30, 2013 3:15:43 PM
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Well if you aren't doing any major editing, rendering, multi threaded tasks, etc, I think your 980 is sufficient with an OC. But if you want to sell your 980 for 160 (I'm wondering, who is buying? I don't really see why someone would spend 160 on an outdated used CPU.), and exchange it for the 8320 which is about the same price (another reason why I don't see why anyone would buy the 980), you won't lose anything :p 
August 30, 2013 3:21:54 PM

thesuperguy said:
Well if you aren't doing any major editing, rendering, multi threaded tasks, etc, I think your 980 is sufficient with an OC. But if you want to sell your 980 for 160 (I'm wondering, who is buying? I don't really see why someone would spend 160 on an outdated used CPU.), and exchange it for the 8320 which is about the same price (another reason why I don't see why anyone would buy the 980), you won't lose anything :p 


It doesn't matter who's buying it xD lol anyways, thanks for the help!
August 30, 2013 4:02:30 PM

fishy business lol
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