Asus m5a88-v evo fx8350 32gb 4x8gb ddr3 1600 will it work

I am looking to upgrade my system. I want to use a am3+ fx8350 processor along with 32gb of ddr3 1600 memory, My problem is what motherboard? I want a board that will support all of my existing stuff, I want 1 ide & floppy, surround sound with optical out, hdmi ou,t esata & ieee1394. The 2 boards I am looking at are the ASUS M5A88-V EVO I can get thid board on newegg for $89 + shipping or the MSI 880G-E45 I can get on amazon for $59. Dont know if there is any other boards out there that have all the features I want I'm on a shoestring budget & any help/suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
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  1. Hi, There are some problems with the boards: the MSI one doesn't list the FX as compatible: http://www.msi.com/product/mb/880G-E45.html#/?div=CPUSupport
    and the ASUS one needs a BIOS update for supporting the CPU: http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM3Plus/M5A88V_EVO/#download
    For updating the BIOS you need a supported CPU, or you can buy a BIOS chip and replace the board's one.
    For finding a board with the features you need, use newegg (motherboards, left panel, more options).
  2. Space_Cowboy said:
    I am looking to upgrade my system. I want to use a am3+ fx8350 processor along with 32gb of ddr3 1600 memory, My problem is what motherboard? I want a board that will support all of my existing stuff, I want 1 ide & floppy, surround sound with optical out, hdmi ou,t esata & ieee1394. The 2 boards I am looking at are the ASUS M5A88-V EVO I can get thid board on newegg for $89 + shipping or the MSI 880G-E45 I can get on amazon for $59. Dont know if there is any other boards out there that have all the features I want I'm on a shoestring budget & any help/suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!


    Would be nice if you wold provide some feed-back, in order to let know what happened : did the 32 GB mem. work / processor / BIOS version used
  3. Some 1600MHz 32GB RAM kits for the following chipsets & motherboards:

    890GX/880G
    M4A88T-I Deluxe
    M4A88T-M
    M4A88T-M LE
    M4A88T-M/USB3
    M4A88T-V EVO
    M4A88T-V EVO/USB3
    M4A88TD-M
    M4A88TD-M EVO/USB3
    M4A88TD-M/USB3
    M4A88TD-V EVO
    M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3
    M4A89GTD PRO
    M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
    M5A88-M
    M5A88-M EVO
    M5A88-V EVO

    Tested Latency 10-10-10-30-2N
    SPD Speed 1333MHz
    RipjawsX - F3-12800CL10Q-32GBXL - G.SKILL DDR3 Memory
    http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f3-12800cl10q-32gbxl

    Tested Latency 10-10-10-30-2N
    SPD Speed 1333MHz
    Ares - F3-1600C10Q-32GAO - G.SKILL DDR3 Memory
    http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f3-1600c10q-32gao

    Tested Latency 9-9-9-24-2N
    SPD Speed 1600MHz
    Ares - F3-1600C9Q-32GAB - G.SKILL DDR3 Memory
    http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f3-1600c9q-32gab

    Tested Latency 9-9-9-24-2N
    SPD Speed 1333MHz
    Sniper - F3-1600C9Q-32GSR - G.SKILL DDR3 Memory
    http://www.gskill.com/en/product/f3-1600c9q-32gsr

    I like these ^ last ones the best. Why? Because their SPD speed of 1333MHz should allow them to be backwards compatible with most AM3 processors and because their tested 9-9-9-24 timing (at 1600MHz) matches that of the 1600MHz D.O.C.P. in my M5A88-V EVO's BIOS (ver. 1801).

    As well their heat spreaders aren't so ridiculously tall as to prevent the installation of a decent-sized, downward-blowing, after-market CPU cooler (oriented so that it hovers over the VRM) which can cool the Voltage Regulator Module (and to a degree, the north bridge) as well as the CPU.

    Related:

    About VRMs & Mosfets / Motherboard Safety with 125W+ TDP processors
    http://www.overclock.net/t/943109/about-vrms-mosfets-motherboard-safety-with-125w-tdp-processors
  4. MAXING OUT THE RAM ON AN ASUS M5A88-V EVO (BIOS 1801)

    Reasons to consider ECC RAM if your motherboard and CPU supports it:

    "...As the graph above shows, ECC RAM has a much lower failure rate than non-ECC RAM. The ~1% failure rate of the Kingston non-ECC RAM is still very, very good (which is why we primarily use Kingston), but the ECC RAM is even better at an average .24% failure rate..."

    November 5, 2013
    Advantages of ECC Memory - Puget Custom Computers
    http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Advantages-of-ECC-Memory-520/

    The use of ECC RAM forms the first line of defence against bit-squatting:

    Defcon 19: Artem Dinaburg - Bit-squatting: DNS Hijacking Without Exploitation - YouTube
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ8s1JwtNas

    10-26-2012
    Is ECC RAM worth it for a desktop PC?
    http://phoronix.com/forums/showthread.php?74764-Is-ECC-RAM-worth-it-for-a-desktop-PC

    "...ECC support

    The information in an ECC memory is stored redundantly enough to correct single bit error per memory word. Hence, an ECC memory can support the scrubbing of the memory content. Namely, if the memory controller scans systematically through the memory, the single bit errors can be detected, the erroneous bit can be determined using the ECC checksum, and the corrected data can be written back to the memory.

    More detail

    It is important to check each memory location periodically, frequently enough, before multiple bit errors within the same word are too likely to occur, because the one bit errors can be corrected, but the multiple bit errors are not correctable, in the case of usual (as of 2008) ECC memory modules.

    In order to not disturb regular memory requests from the CPU and thus prevent decreasing performance, scrubbing is usually only done during idle periods. As the scrubbing consists of normal read and write operations, it may increase power consumption for the memory compared to non-scrubbing operation. Therefore, scrubbing is not performed continuously but periodically. For many servers, the scrub period can be configured in the BIOS setup program.

    The normal memory reads issued by the CPU or DMA devices are checked for ECC errors, but due to data locality reasons they can be confined to a small range of addresses and keeping other memory locations untouched for a very long time. These locations can become vulnerable to more than one soft error, while scrubbing ensures the checking of the whole memory within a guaranteed time.

    On some systems, not only the main memory (DRAM-based) is capable of scrubbing but also the CPU caches (SRAM-based). On most systems the scrubbing rates for both can be set independently. Because cache is much smaller than the main memory, the scrubbing for caches does not need to happen as frequently.

    Memory scrubbing increases reliability, therefore it can be classified as a RAS feature...."


    Memory scrubbing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memory_scrubbing

    From page 81 of the M5A88-V EVO manual:

    "...Note: The 'Super' ECC mode dynamically sets the DRAM scrub rate so all of memory is scrubbed in 8 hours."

    M5A88-V EVO user’s manual(English)
    http://dlcdnet.asus.com/pub/ASUS/mb/SocketAM3+/M5A88-V_EVO/E6530_M5A88-V_EVO.zip

    --

    john@john ~ $ sudo dmidecode | grep Product
    [sudo] password for john:
    Product Name: System Product Name
    Product Name: M5A88-V EVO
    john@john ~ $


    --

    Being unable to find any evidence of 32 GB of ECC RAM working with an M5A88-V EVO, I choose to defer to the "Maximum Capacity: 16 GB" reported by the 'board's BIOS via sudo dmidecode -t memory even when there were only two DIMMs installed:

    2 non-ECC, KVR16N11S8/4 DIMMs

    john@john ~ $ sudo dmidecode -t memory
    [sudo] password for john:
    # dmidecode 2.12
    SMBIOS 2.5 present.

    Handle 0x0037, DMI type 16, 15 bytes
    Physical Memory Array
    Location: System Board Or Motherboard
    Use: System Memory
    Error Correction Type: None
    Maximum Capacity: 16 GB
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Number Of Devices: 4

    Handle 0x0039, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 64 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 4096 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM0
    Bank Locator: BANK0
    Type: Other
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1600 MHz
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer0
    Serial Number: SerNum0
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum0
    Part Number: PartNum0

    Handle 0x003B, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: Unknown
    Data Width: Unknown
    Size: No Module Installed
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM1
    Bank Locator: BANK1
    Type: Unknown
    Type Detail: None
    Speed: Unknown
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer1
    Serial Number: SerNum1
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum1
    Part Number: PartNum1

    Handle 0x003D, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 64 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 4096 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM2
    Bank Locator: BANK2
    Type: Other
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1600 MHz
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer2
    Serial Number: SerNum2
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum2
    Part Number: PartNum2

    Handle 0x003F, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: Unknown
    Data Width: Unknown
    Size: No Module Installed
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM3
    Bank Locator: BANK3
    Type: Unknown
    Type Detail: None
    Speed: Unknown
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer3
    Serial Number: SerNum3
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum3
    Part Number: PartNum3

    john@john ~ $


    In particular staying with a maximum of 16GB of RAM on the M5A88-V EVO, for the sake of assuring proper ECC functionality, is a good idea in view of the 13 BIOS updates this 'board received http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/M5A88V_EVO/HelpDesk_Download/ (most of which bore the description "Improve system stability" that I interpret as meaning 'solved RAM problems') which were aimed at achieving system stability within the context of a maximum of 16GB of RAM.

    4 ECC, KVR16E11S8/4 DIMMs

    john@john ~ $ sudo dmidecode -t memory
    [sudo] password for john:
    # dmidecode 2.12
    SMBIOS 2.5 present.

    Handle 0x0037, DMI type 16, 15 bytes
    Physical Memory Array
    Location: System Board Or Motherboard
    Use: System Memory
    Error Correction Type: Single-bit ECC
    Maximum Capacity: 16 GB
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Number Of Devices: 4

    Handle 0x0039, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 72 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 4096 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM0
    Bank Locator: BANK0
    Type: Other
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1600 MHz
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer0
    Serial Number: SerNum0
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum0
    Part Number: PartNum0

    Handle 0x003B, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 72 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 4096 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM1
    Bank Locator: BANK1
    Type: Other
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1600 MHz
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer1
    Serial Number: SerNum1
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum1
    Part Number: PartNum1

    Handle 0x003D, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 72 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 4096 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM2
    Bank Locator: BANK2
    Type: Other
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1600 MHz
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer2
    Serial Number: SerNum2
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum2
    Part Number: PartNum2

    Handle 0x003F, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
    Array Handle: 0x0037
    Error Information Handle: Not Provided
    Total Width: 72 bits
    Data Width: 64 bits
    Size: 4096 MB
    Form Factor: DIMM
    Set: None
    Locator: DIMM3
    Bank Locator: BANK3
    Type: Other
    Type Detail: Synchronous
    Speed: 1600 MHz
    Manufacturer: Manufacturer3
    Serial Number: SerNum3
    Asset Tag: AssetTagNum3
    Part Number: PartNum3

    john@john ~ $


    As can be seen from the output of sudo dmidecode | grep Product and sudo dmidecode -t memory above, four of the following 4GB ECC DIMMS work with an M5A88-V EVO (BIOS 1801):

    4GB Module - DDR3 1600MHz
    Part Number: KVR16E11S8/4
    Specs: DDR3, 1600MHz, ECC, CL11, 1R, X8, 1.5V, Unbuffered, DIMM
    http://www.kingston.com/dataSheets/KVR16E11S8_4.pdf

    KVR16E11S8/4
    http://www.kingston.com/us/memory/search/?partid=KVR16E11S8/4

    TIP: To get these DIMMs (and the non-ECC KVR16N11S8/4 DIMMs they replaced & which now reside on a GA-990XA-UD3 (rev. 1.x)) to show a speed of 1600 MHz I had to go into the BIOS setup and manually set the RAM to 1333 MHz, 9-9-9-24 or 8-8-8-24 (either of these timings works). If I left the BIOS RAM setting on Auto (target RAM speed of 1600 MHz, 11-11-11-28) or if I used a D.O.C.P. of 1600 MHz, 9-9-9-24 then sudo dmidecode -t memory would report the RAM speed as being only 667 MHz.

    And the reason why may have something to do with what Tradesman1 shared in the following thread:

    "Glad you said 'supposed' to, despite all the early advertising that the FX CPUs run DRAM 'native' at 1866, if you check AMD's own BIOS and Kernel Programming Guide, these MC (memory controllers) and CPUs are truly native 1333. The mutliplier on them was raised so they could handle 1866 out of the box, which reduced their OC ability to about 1GHz (a good 8350 can go from it;'s box 4 GHz to about 5GHz, Intel 3570K typically can go from 3.4 to about 4.8 or higher)....after I and many others went after AMD they changed the advertising to better reflect that that the FX's (and many lower end can't even run 1866) iin particular the 8350, 8150, 8320, etc are rated to run UP TO 1866 AT 1 STICK PER CHANNEL, that's 2 sticks total (and testing was done with 4 GB sticks which is 8GB total....so to keep them stable some need no additional voltage at all, but most need a bit of a boost to either/or the DRAM itself or the MC (memory controller) voltage, typically called CPU/NB... This is also why as more slots are populated i.e. running 4 sticks, the rated freq drops to 1600 and then to 1333, the MCs true 'native' freq... see the link below

    http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/ddr3memoryfrequencyguide.aspx "


    Can't run memory at 1866mhz - RAM - Memory
    http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1720598/run-memory-1866mhz.html

    --

    The DDR3 32GB ECC RAM kit which Kingston recommends for current (usually Asus) AM3+ motherboards which support ECC RAM:

    32GB Kit (4x8GB) - DDR3 1600MHz
    Part Number: KVR16E11K4/32
    Specs: DDR3, 1600MHz, ECC, CL11, X8, 1.5V, Unbuffered, DIMM, 240-pin
    http://www.kingston.com/dataSheets/KVR16E11K4_32.pdf

    Memory Search | Options
    http://www.kingston.com/us/memory/search/options/

    --

    DDR3 memory frequency guide
    http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/ddr3memoryfrequencyguide.aspx
  5. Thank you for the info you kindly shared.
    Emma
  6. Space_Cowboy said:
    I am looking to upgrade my system. I want to use a am3+ fx8350 processor along with 32gb of ddr3 1600 memory, My problem is what motherboard? I want a board that will support all of my existing stuff, I want 1 ide & floppy, surround sound with optical out, hdmi ou,t esata & ieee1394. The 2 boards I am looking at are the ASUS M5A88-V EVO I can get thid board on newegg for $89 + shipping or the MSI 880G-E45 I can get on amazon for $59. Dont know if there is any other boards out there that have all the features I want I'm on a shoestring budget & any help/suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!


    I realize this is a real old post. The FX8350 does work in the M5A88-M and so does G.Skill 32GB ram (4x8GB sticks), they'll also work in the EVO model. Check G.Skill qvl because the latest Asus qvl still doesn't mention 32gb RAM. I am running an FX8350 and 32GB G.Skill ram in my M5A88-M for the last 6 months - have had the mobo since 2012.
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