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Does the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+ (NOT R2.0) have to be flashed to support FX-8320?

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February 16, 2014 3:02:25 PM

This is a bit of a story and I apologize. Yes I would rather build my own PC but money is short and this trade came up.

I have a Playstation 4 console with an extra controller, Call of Duty: Ghosts and an Astro A40 headset/mixamp combo, along with my PSN account that I will be trading (approx $200 worth).

I posted it on Ebay but will not be able to build the setup I want for what I can get out of it.
(I would build: i5-4670k w/ GTX 770 or 780 ready for SLI later on)

Well I got this trade offer from someone on Craigslist. It's a nice looking Rig and he's willing to trade the full setup but I don't think the Mobo is the R2.0 version and was wondering if I would have to flash the mobo to be able to use an FX-8350. The mobo currently has an FX-8120.

Will I notice an increase in FPS while playing Battlefield 4 and Crysis if I were to switch it from the 8120 to the 8350? Is it worth it for me to upgrade as I feel the current CPU (FX-8120) won't be the source of bottlenecking even with a GTX 780?

Computer specs are below and he mentioned that it's running at 3.4GHz but the processor is a 3.1. Any idea why it would be overclocked without him actually doing it himself? He sent me a picture of Processor #1 core clock at 3411.4MHz, just wondering why and if this could be an issue.

Last question: Would I realistically notice the difference from an i5-4570k vs the FX-3120 in real world applications?
(iTunes, 6-10 tabs w/ internet browser, Torrents, and Video Gaming going on at the same time is usually my norm, video games on 1 1080p BenQ monitor and maybe the internet on a 2nd monitor but never gaming on 2)

Specs:

CPU: AMD FX 8120 Eight Core Processor @ 3.4Ghz
(??? it should be stock 3.1 but he says it's at stock 3.4?)

CPU Cooler: Corsair H80i Liquid Cooler

Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth 990FX AM3+

RAM: G.SKILL 24GB DDR3 @ 1866Mhz (Only 16GB Available, which he says is due to Windows only being Home Premium)

GPU: EVGA GTX SC 660 2048MB (is this too weak for Battlefield 4 and Crysis 3?)

Power Supply: Corsair CX 750W 80+

Hard Drive: Toshiba 1TB 7200RPM

I'm trying to figure out if this is overall something I should trade for. I realistically paid ~$850 for my full Playstation 4 setup. His setup w/ the Razer Blackwidow Ultimate, BenQ monitor and Razer Naga included just seems too good. My main issue is the FX-8320 being compatible because I will be upgrading that.

I apologize for such a long post but I would like to thank everyone from Tom's Hardware. I found out about this website last night and have learned so much in such a short time!

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February 16, 2014 6:18:04 PM

No, it will not have to be flashed , will support right out of the box.
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