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Should I upgrade to fx8350 , or wait for the new AMD FX gen ?

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January 20, 2014 12:30:32 AM

I got an FX8120 BE on a Sabertooth 990fx , and right now i got a really good price on my old
GPU 6950 toxic + the FX8120 , so I wanted to upgrade I know that i5 Haswell is the best gaming option right now but budget wise I just can't sell my Sabertooth 990fx.

So is it the fx8350 or should I wait for the Steamroller ?
* I have an H80 cooler and i run that Fx8120 @5GHz stable, so I think I will at least get 5.5GHz on that 8350 or am I overestimating that fx8350 ?
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January 20, 2014 12:35:15 AM

first of all it's amazing that you got your fx 8120 to 5Ghz, 2nd I think you are overestimating the FX 8350 a bit, 5Ghz is already a tall order for most people, though you do have a quality motherboard and quality cooler.

I think you should go for it, the Piledriver CPUs actually improved upon Bulldozer very much, plus AMD doesn't look like it'll release a Steamroller FX chip, at least not anytime this year, it wasn't on the road map, take the FX 8350 and run with it, overclock it as high as you can, it'll perform great.
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January 20, 2014 12:37:44 AM

yes you're overestimating. 5ghz stable on a 8350 would already be very good. as far as the upgrade goes; go for it :)  the 8350 is a big improvement over the 8120. the steamroller FX series aren't expected to come out any time soon.
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January 20, 2014 12:39:37 AM

Abdullah Tayel said:
I got an FX8120 BE on a Sabertooth 990fx , and right now i got a really good price on my old
GPU 6950 toxic + the FX8120 , so I wanted to upgrade I know that i5 Haswell is the best gaming option right now but budget wise I just can't sell my Sabertooth 990fx.

So is it the fx8350 or should I wait for the Steamroller ?
* I have an H80 cooler and i run that Fx8120 @5GHz stable, so I think I will at least get 5.5GHz on that 8350 or am I overestimating that fx8350 ?


If you get a good price for your combo definately sell it!

An FX8350 if way better than the older fx8120,
no need to wait for steamroller(waiting can take forever)

But i'm quite sure you won't get that fx 8350 at 5,5ghz because that's just really high :p 
some cpu's overclock nice and some don't want to overclock at all, but the fx 8350 is known as an overclocking champion so you can't go wrong either.

Good luck!

don't forget to pick a solution :p 

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January 20, 2014 12:40:09 AM

first of all, you should never go higher than the 8320. 8350 and the entire 9xxx series is simply a 8320 overclocked.
We are not going to see any new FX chip this year, and might not even see next year.
from the 8120 to 8320 you will see around 10-15% performance increase, but I would not recommend doing it.
Save up to upgrade something that you will see a better performance increase.
5.5GHz will be hard to archive, you wouldn't see something more than what you already have.
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January 20, 2014 12:40:13 AM

The AMD roadmap doesn't show any new fx cpu's are planned so there would be little point on waiting for them now.
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January 20, 2014 1:42:41 AM

I agree with vmN. The performance increase will not be worth the effort; you will hardly notice any difference. You are very lucky with your current CPU; there are not many that can go to 5GHz and be stable. (I would be interested in knowing whether your CPU can actually run the Prime95 torture test in Small FFT setting for several hours with no errors being reported and the whole thing not overheating to nirvana.)

The real upgrade would be an Intel Core i5-4670. If you cannot afford it, that's fine, but then stick with the rig you already own and keep saving up money so that at a later time you can do an upgrade that is worth its name.
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January 20, 2014 1:44:50 AM

J-M said:
The AMD roadmap doesn't show any new fx cpu's are planned so there would be little point on waiting for them now.

Someone from AMD said they would continue the FX line at 2015, but who knows as the FX line is a dying line.


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January 20, 2014 3:36:09 AM

go for the fx 8350
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January 20, 2014 3:39:47 AM

asad dab said:
go for the fx 8350

What, it would be a waste of money, he would be looking at 5-15% performance increase.
Would be they same if he upgraded to a core i7-4770k from core i7-3770k.(example)
I would say stick with it or save up for a better option.
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January 20, 2014 6:21:51 AM

vmN said:
asad dab said:
go for the fx 8350

What, it would be a waste of money, he would be looking at 5-15% performance increase.
Would be they same if he upgraded to a core i7-4770k from core i7-3770k.(example)
I would say stick with it or save up for a better option.


First of all im looking it for gaming purpose and solid modeling and best is i5 4670k but I really hate to change my 990fx highest price i could get is 120$ so i need another 80$ to get a maximus hero which is the really acceptable mobo for the 4670k. and I actually making all of this sell and buy thingy to get maximus platinum GPU (really big sale in Egypt right now :D  ).
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January 20, 2014 6:26:20 AM

Abdullah Tayel said:
vmN said:
asad dab said:
go for the fx 8350

What, it would be a waste of money, he would be looking at 5-15% performance increase.
Would be they same if he upgraded to a core i7-4770k from core i7-3770k.(example)
I would say stick with it or save up for a better option.


First of all im looking it for gaming purpose and solid modeling and best is i5 4670k but I really hate to change my 990fx highest price i could get is 120$ so i need another 80$ to get a maximus hero which is the really acceptable mobo for the 4670k. and I actually making all of this sell and buy thingy to get maximus platinum GPU (really big sale in Egypt right now :D  ).


There are cheaper solutions, an example would be GA-z87x-ud3h, which is an amazing board.
I would still say that the performance increase isn't worth getting a 8320 over a 8120, save it up.
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January 20, 2014 6:53:31 AM

Abdullah Tayel said:

First of all im looking it for gaming purpose and solid modeling and best is i5 4670k but I really hate to change my 990fx highest price i could get is 120$ so i need another 80$ to get a maximus hero which is the really acceptable mobo for the 4670k.

One question: Exactly why are you of the opinion that the maximus hero is the "really acceptable mobo for the 4670k"? To put my question differently, do you want an "elite" mainboard so you know you have something expensive and elite in your computer case (i.e. as a status symbol), or is your focus on a maximum of actual performance?

I am asking because more expensive mainboards do not provide more performance. They offer more connectors, more expansion card slots and the like (usually to an extent hardly anyone ever uses), and they have a higher chance of performance-lowering hardware conflicts (because the number of PCI-E lanes the chipset provides is always the same, so these mainboards need to share them for several expansion slots and on-board-features).

If you say, your PC is a matter of art, part of your case is translucent and you want the interior to look maximum 1337, with only the maximus hero providing an acceptable optics, and you are willing to fork out hundreds of dollars for such a purpose, okay, then I understand your standpoint.

If, however, gaming performance is your focus, then I don't.
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January 20, 2014 6:56:25 AM

No more FX series Cpu's, only A-series kabini apu's from now on
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January 20, 2014 7:27:12 AM

Not much different from what Intel does. Almost all Core i-CPUs are APUs as well.
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