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AMD 8120 vs 8350? 990X or 990FX?

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February 10, 2013 3:39:46 AM

Hey guys. I'm going to be building my first gaming/video editing/rendering PC in about a week and a half. I can't decide between either the AMD 8120 or the 8350. Looking at benchmarks they pretty much have the same performance. Which one do you guys recommend? Is it really worth it to spend the extra $30 and get the 8350?

And another question. Which board chipset should I get for these FX processors: 990X or 990FX? Looking at the layouts of each board, 990FX seems to be more if you want to run Crossfire/SLI. I don't really plan on doing Crossfire/SLI EVER, because I hear a lot of problems with dual-gpu set ups. So should I just get a 990X and save some money as well? Or is it worth it to get a 990FX motherboard? Will the CPU perform better with the 990FX? If I get the 8350 I don't really plan on OCing it due to it coming at 4 GHz stock clock. But if I get the 8120 then I will definitely OC it. So what should I do? Lol I will appreciate the help guys! :D 

These are the two motherboards I was looking at:

990X: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

990FX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
February 10, 2013 3:54:46 AM

The 8150 and the 8350 do not have the same performance. The 8350 is faster. If you don't need a 990fx board, why not get a 970 board?
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February 10, 2013 3:56:32 AM

Id say the 990fx, and 8350 is best choice, and to compare a 6300 over 8120 as the 6300 reaches the 8350 with an oc. The fx has more sata ports, better pcie lanes and speeds, but if ur not sli/crossfire, or using 6+ sata connections, there is not much difference from the fx to x, if money is an issue save $20 lol and actually i see no difference other than the chipset from a 970 to 990x so a asus 970 for $95 or 990x for $140 id go for the 970 if not getting the fx board

It is more likely almost guaranteed that 990fx boards will get a steamroller bios update if u go 6300 go steamroller when its out, and the 990x too, little less for 970 but i still see update for them when it releases
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February 10, 2013 3:57:28 AM

990fx AND OF COURSE the 8350
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February 10, 2013 4:12:25 AM

lazyboy947 said:
Id say the 990fx, and 8350 is best choice, and to compare a 6300 over 8120 as the 6300 reaches the 8350 with an oc. The fx has more sata ports, better pcie lanes and speeds, but if ur not sli/crossfire, or using 6+ sata connections, there is not much difference from the fx to x, if money is an issue save $20 lol and actually i see no difference other than the chipset from a 970 to 990x so a asus 970 for $95 or 990x for $140 id go for the 970 if not getting the fx board

It is more likely almost guaranteed that 990fx boards will get a steamroller bios update if u go 6300 go steamroller when its out, and the 990x too, little less for 970 but i still see update for them when it releases
I will only ever use a single GPU setup, unless running SLI/Crossfire gets improved. The most SATA connectors I will ever use will be 2, one for a HDD and one for a SSD. So I don't really need everything an FX has to offer honestly. But if I get a 970 board, don't I have to update the BIOS? I read somewhere that that can be dangerous? Is this true?
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February 10, 2013 4:16:43 AM

well if it freezes or something during the update process ur bios r corrupt and the board wont work, but ive update plenty times with 5 different boards and havent had an issue, and get a Revision 2 motherboard as it'll come with bios to support piledriver, and wont rlly need updating, but having the latest non beta bios is best.

Intel is worse in their features on lower end boards so getting all sata 6gb/s ports and the pcie and other features cost more on intel and unless u get a $60 780g board ull still get the sata so the extra things rnt wasted rlly. I have a board with 4 pcie ports and 7 sata ports and 2 pcie and 3 sata are used lol. On intel boards they usually come half 3gb/s and 6gb/s sata, and same features and pcie rlly, except intel has pcie 3.0 which isnt rlly needed for performance increase.

So a 970 board will be more than enough for u, and heard good things from the asus 970 with its overclocking capability
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February 10, 2013 4:21:18 AM

8120 is nowhere near the 8350 unless you overclock it faster than the 8350, increasing the power usage over the 8350.

As for the motherboard, since you never plan on sli/crossfire, could opt for a 970.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

970 = 1 x16 slot, 1 x4 slot
990x=1 x16 slot, 1 x8 slot

the 990 would be better for overclocking due to the heatsink on the vrm, but if your not overclocking, not much point to worry about it.

If your worried about updating the bios, get a gigabyte. They have the dual bios, you only flash one of them. If it somehow fails (wich is usually only if you turn off the power mid update), it boots on the backup.
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February 10, 2013 4:29:24 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Boom vrm heatsink'd same as the 990x and 990fx boards for heatsink layout lol $5 more for a heatsink lol sad they even sell that one

The ASUS one has a usb bios and bios flash, but only has a 4+2 power phase and the gigabyte has a 8+2 which is better when overclocking, and wouldnt be a bad option to consider
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February 10, 2013 3:49:17 PM

thecolombianjesus said:
Hey guys. I'm going to be building my first gaming/video editing/rendering PC in about a week and a half. I can't decide between either the AMD 8120 or the 8350. Looking at benchmarks they pretty much have the same performance. Which one do you guys recommend? Is it really worth it to spend the extra $30 and get the 8350?

And another question. Which board chipset should I get for these FX processors: 990X or 990FX? Looking at the layouts of each board, 990FX seems to be more if you want to run Crossfire/SLI. I don't really plan on doing Crossfire/SLI EVER, because I hear a lot of problems with dual-gpu set ups. So should I just get a 990X and save some money as well? Or is it worth it to get a 990FX motherboard? Will the CPU perform better with the 990FX? If I get the 8350 I don't really plan on OCing it due to it coming at 4 GHz stock clock. But if I get the 8120 then I will definitely OC it. So what should I do? Lol I will appreciate the help guys! :D 

These are the two motherboards I was looking at:

990X: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

990FX: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



I would say get the FX 8320 for around $170 it is so close to the 8350 but and considering it is the direct replacement to the 8120 it is about 10% faster overall.

As for Asus branding motherboards, both are 990FX/Skt 942 motherboards its just the branding creates confusion, that said I would get the cheaper one as you don't really get that much more with the FX. If you want to save more money look at the Gigabyte 970XA UD3 it has a lot of bang for buck value.
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