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December 18, 2013 7:47:38 AM

Hey, I'm about to order parts for my first gaming build, and it's going to be a mATX build.

I have a Asus M5A78L-M/USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ board, and I was going to pair it with an AMD FX 8350 cpu, but i've heard that while they're compatible, the mATX board isn't really good for overclocking, even if i have some nicer heat sinks like the promalitech megahelms.

Any opinions on overclocking this mobo cpu combo?

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December 18, 2013 7:52:46 AM

well if you're worried about OC potential then defiantly buy and 8350 to start with as it comes clocked faster than a 8320, so if you can't get much of an OC on it you'll still be faster. mATX boards typically don't oc as well b/c they are small and because of this they have a harder time getting heat out of the case. The fact the cords are all in the way in this small space usually makes the issue worse. As long as you have good ventilation it should still be fine but that will be up to you to ensure the temps are in a proper range during your OC attempts.
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December 18, 2013 8:00:14 AM

its possible but not recommended. since they are in a smaller space manufacturers tend to use lower phase VRM's like 4+1 phase which are generally savoided amongst OC'ers.
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December 18, 2013 11:18:55 AM

If you really want to overclock I would get an Asus Gene VI and an Intel chip. Good mATX boards are very overclockable if they have been designed for that purpose and the ASUS ROG boards are built for exactly that . . . admittedly they cost a bit more than average but you get what you pay for.
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December 18, 2013 12:02:04 PM

Supahos said:
well if you're worried about OC potential then defiantly buy and 8350 to start with as it comes clocked faster than a 8320, so if you can't get much of an OC on it you'll still be faster. mATX boards typically don't oc as well b/c they are small and because of this they have a harder time getting heat out of the case. The fact the cords are all in the way in this small space usually makes the issue worse. As long as you have good ventilation it should still be fine but that will be up to you to ensure the temps are in a proper range during your OC attempts.


So with the 8350 on this motherboard, and a good heat sink like the Megahelms, what kind of speeds do you think I can OC to?
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December 18, 2013 12:05:06 PM

All chips are different people talk about the "silicon lottery" as if its only an intel thing. I've seen 8350s hit 5 or 5.1 ghz, some have a hard time hitting 4.4. I wouldn't make a run much above 4.3 with your setup. I guess I'd go till I really started having to raise vcore then stop at that point, not when my thermals got out of hand.
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December 18, 2013 1:32:29 PM

Supahos said:
All chips are different people talk about the "silicon lottery" as if its only an intel thing. I've seen 8350s hit 5 or 5.1 ghz, some have a hard time hitting 4.4. I wouldn't make a run much above 4.3 with your setup. I guess I'd go till I really started having to raise vcore then stop at that point, not when my thermals got out of hand.


4.3 because of the mobo?
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December 18, 2013 1:37:54 PM

yes partially.
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December 18, 2013 1:50:49 PM

Supahos said:
yes partially.


So what else could I do to better OC it?
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December 18, 2013 2:10:13 PM

Get a better OC board... FX990 or something similar.
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December 18, 2013 2:34:04 PM

Supahos said:
Get a better OC board... FX990 or something similar.


too bad those don't exist in mATX...

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December 18, 2013 2:36:52 PM

Yeah I know...
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