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November 14, 2013 4:12:59 PM

Hi guys,

Which is the better Mobo for the FX8350 (OC 0.3Ghz-0.5Ghz)

ASUS M5A97 EVO
or
ASRock 990FX Extreme3

Thanks!

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a c 89 V Motherboard
November 14, 2013 4:28:46 PM

I just had the Avus M5a97 R2.0 and took it back and got the Asus M5A99X R2.0 instead. Better VRM's , more phases, better for overclocking. The 970 might be fine for a mild overclock, but the 99x and 990x can do it way better. For example, my 8320 I could overclock from 3.5 to 4.2 on the 970 and it would freeze after that, regardless of voltage, settings, etc. With the 99x board, I can hit 4.5-4.6 without even adjusting voltages or anything. The better power phases do make a difference. I'm sure with tweaking and such I could 4.8 if not 5 on this chip, but you do need the right board and cooling.
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November 14, 2013 5:10:05 PM

rolli59 said:
The Asus in this case it has 6+2 power phases while the Asrock budget 990FX board only has 4+1 making the Asus potentially better overclocker.
Asus https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AgN1D79Joo...
Asrock https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AgN1D79Joo...


Hey man I was checking the sweet lists you gave me,
was planning now to buy this one:

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

But it has 4+2, and the Asrock only 4+1
What is the best board you can recommend for me under 90 euros/75 pounds?
Or is the 4+2 enough for my little OC I plan to do ?

Preferably from this site: http://azerty.nl/
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a c 89 V Motherboard
November 14, 2013 5:20:49 PM

DutchMike said:
rolli59 said:
The Asus in this case it has 6+2 power phases while the Asrock budget 990FX board only has 4+1 making the Asus potentially better overclocker.
Asus https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AgN1D79Joo...
Asrock https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AgN1D79Joo...


Hey man I was checking the sweet lists you gave me,
was planning now to buy this one:

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

But it has 4+2, and the Asrock only 4+1
What is the best board you can recommend for me under 90 euros/75 pounds?
Or is the 4+2 enough for my little OC I plan to do ?

Preferably from this site: http://azerty.nl/


look again

"M5A97 EVO/PRO 6+2"
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November 14, 2013 5:21:47 PM

getochkn said:
DutchMike said:
rolli59 said:
The Asus in this case it has 6+2 power phases while the Asrock budget 990FX board only has 4+1 making the Asus potentially better overclocker.
Asus https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AgN1D79Joo...
Asrock https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AgN1D79Joo...


Hey man I was checking the sweet lists you gave me,
was planning now to buy this one:

ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

But it has 4+2, and the Asrock only 4+1
What is the best board you can recommend for me under 90 euros/75 pounds?
Or is the 4+2 enough for my little OC I plan to do ?

Preferably from this site: http://azerty.nl/


look again

"M5A97 EVO/PRO 6+2"


Ah right!
So that one is this one? ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0

Now I understand!
Thanks a LOT guys, you have been REALLY helpful!

Couldn't do it without you, literally :p 
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a c 89 V Motherboard
November 14, 2013 5:24:47 PM

Ya that's not a bad board since it has the digital controled vrm's and the 6+2 phase. the difference between the 970/99x/990x chipset is mostly the pciexpress lanes, and if youre not planning to crossfire, the 970 is fine. if you want to crossfire, the 970 limits you to 16x/4x lanes and not the best for crossfire, but other than that, they're pretty much the same. getting digital controlled vrms in a 6+2 is more important.
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November 14, 2013 5:27:39 PM

getochkn said:
Ya that's not a bad board since it has the digital controled vrm's and the 6+2 phase. the difference between the 970/99x/990x chipset is mostly the pciexpress lanes, and if youre not planning to crossfire, the 970 is fine. if you want to crossfire, the 970 limits you to 16x/4x lanes and not the best for crossfire, but other than that, they're pretty much the same. getting digital controlled vrms in a 6+2 is more important.


I read that the Asus mobo "ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0"
Comes with a program that lets it automatically overclock without having to go into the bios..

So I think this will be the one I will be getting since the bios is something I don't want to fiddle with :p 

Well.. maybe at a later point that I will do SLI etc
So might be a good idea to go with the Asus right? :p 

(So what's the max I could OC you think on the board wit the FX8350?, getting a 120M water cooler, and later on a h100i, so cooling should be no problem I reckon?)
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a c 89 V Motherboard
November 14, 2013 5:44:02 PM

DutchMike said:
getochkn said:
Ya that's not a bad board since it has the digital controled vrm's and the 6+2 phase. the difference between the 970/99x/990x chipset is mostly the pciexpress lanes, and if youre not planning to crossfire, the 970 is fine. if you want to crossfire, the 970 limits you to 16x/4x lanes and not the best for crossfire, but other than that, they're pretty much the same. getting digital controlled vrms in a 6+2 is more important.


I read that the Asus mobo "ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0"
Comes with a program that lets it automatically overclock without having to go into the bios..

So I think this will be the one I will be getting since the bios is something I don't want to fiddle with :p 

Well.. maybe at a later point that I will do SLI etc
So might be a good idea to go with the Asus right? :p 

(So what's the max I could OC you think on the board wit the FX8350?, getting a 120M water cooler, and later on a h100i, so cooling should be no problem I reckon?)


why get a 120m cooler now and a h100i later, there isn't a lot of difference between a 120mm and 240mm closed loop water system, go for the biggest off the start.

Yes the asus software can do a bit of automatic overclocking, but it's pretty easy to get a mild overclock. 4.5 should come at nothing on that chip, 4.7-4.8 with a bit of tweaking and 5 with some work.
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November 14, 2013 5:47:21 PM

getochkn said:
DutchMike said:
getochkn said:
Ya that's not a bad board since it has the digital controled vrm's and the 6+2 phase. the difference between the 970/99x/990x chipset is mostly the pciexpress lanes, and if youre not planning to crossfire, the 970 is fine. if you want to crossfire, the 970 limits you to 16x/4x lanes and not the best for crossfire, but other than that, they're pretty much the same. getting digital controlled vrms in a 6+2 is more important.


I read that the Asus mobo "ASUS M5A97 EVO R2.0"
Comes with a program that lets it automatically overclock without having to go into the bios..

So I think this will be the one I will be getting since the bios is something I don't want to fiddle with :p 

Well.. maybe at a later point that I will do SLI etc
So might be a good idea to go with the Asus right? :p 

(So what's the max I could OC you think on the board wit the FX8350?, getting a 120M water cooler, and later on a h100i, so cooling should be no problem I reckon?)


why get a 120m cooler now and a h100i later, there isn't a lot of difference between a 120mm and 240mm closed loop water system, go for the biggest off the start.

Yes the asus software can do a bit of automatic overclocking, but it's pretty easy to get a mild overclock. 4.5 should come at nothing on that chip, 4.7-4.8 with a bit of tweaking and 5 with some work.


Well I would certainly like to go for the biggest, but alas my budget has been already too far stretched & really have to have some room for certain bills :p 

But then again if there isn't much of a difference, the 120M should do fine I reckon, I will install 2 fans instead of 1 though :) 

Well it seems the perfect Mobo then, no fiddling and automatic 0.5Ghz OC, just purrfect!

Thanks a lot man, you really helped me out!
Almost went for the other mobo a day ago...

Thanks again!!!!
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