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    Default Best 990fx board for overclocking?

    So first off I have to say I'm loving the forums. Glad I kept stumbling across this site.

    I'm building a new comp and wanted to get some advice. My budget looks like I'm going for the fx-8350 cpu. Which board would be the best for overclocking, particulary in keeping lower temps? The reason I ask is I already have a 780i sli board and my mcp runs really hot. I know the asus crosshair V is pretty much the best but are there any other boards that will do just as well for overclocking? I was leaning toward the asus sabertooth r.2. I googled a lot of results but haven't found many concrete answers past the crosshair (anandtech's reviews pinned most of the boards to stock frequencies!?!).

    Thanks a lot and wish me luck for awesome black friday/cyber monday sales!
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    Default Re: Best 990fx board for overclocking?

    Check out the Asus Crosshair Formula-Z board, we used this board with our AMD 8350 review and it was a great board. OCing was done very easily and we hit 5.0ghz on water without a hitch...
    The Sabertooth is a good board as well but the for a few bucks more the Crosshair has some extra features that will make OCing easy...

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    Default Re: Best 990fx board for overclocking?

    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    Check out the Asus Crosshair Formula-Z board, we used this board with our AMD 8350 review and it was a great board. OCing was done very easily and we hit 5.0ghz on water without a hitch...
    The Sabertooth is a good board as well but the for a few bucks more the Crosshair has some extra features that will make OCing easy...
    Yeah I read that review and liked the board. I saw a sale on the sabertooth that put it closer to $150 but I still wasn't sure if it was worth saving $70. I'll definately go with the crosshair if it goes on sale at or under $200 on newegg.

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    Default Re: Best 990fx board for overclocking?

    If you have a MC near you they have sales on motherboards all the time...
    I picked up my Intel board there a few months ago for my test bench for a good price..

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    Yeah wish I did. Actually where I'm at in Colorado, nothing is nearby. lol Just curious, what would be the second best board to the crosshair? I'm pretty sure I'm just going to go with the crosshair sale or not because the price is super reasonable, but if I was shaving a little off to keep higher end graphics, is it even worth it and if it is, what would you look into?

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    I have a crosshair v formula and it is a great board. The formula z looks even better. That's the route I suggest. Not worth going cheap on a board when you intend to overclock. JMO.
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    Nope, that's exactly what I was looking for. I want to do some serious overclocking and if a cheaper board is going to stop that, I just change my budget. Besides, graphics cards are easier to upgrade than boards. Thanks a ton for all the help. That really answered those last few questions I was having trouble finding on google.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joshjaks View Post
    Actually where I'm at in Colorado, nothing is nearby.
    Newegg is close.

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    Default Re: Best 990fx board for overclocking?

    yea, if you intend to heavily OC then the Crosshair V Formulz Z is a good board for it.. They evenhave temp probe pins for LN2 and DICE runs... also the new DigiII power phase can handle some abuse for the heavy voltages..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    yea, if you intend to heavily OC then the Crosshair V Formulz Z is a good board for it.. They evenhave temp probe pins for LN2 and DICE runs... also the new DigiII power phase can handle some abuse for the heavy voltages..
    Interesting. Those are all features I haven't gotten to play with yet. If I had went with the i7 3820, the only board I could really afford was the asus p9x79 le on newegg. I read that it overclocks well but it definately doesn't have the features some of the higher end boards have, like the crosshair IV or even the p9x79 pro/ws. I think AMD is just going to fit what I want to do and stay better in my budget.

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    Yup, AMD is great for the performance to value side of things...
    I am loving my AMD 8350 and Crosshair V Set-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solara2xb View Post
    Yup, AMD is great for the performance to value side of things...
    I am loving my AMD 8350 and Crosshair V Set-up.
    I was wondering that Kenny. What are you doing on the 8350 set up mostly? Any gaming at all?

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    Right now the board and CPU is sitting idle mostly, I can't put the 8350 into a build just yet since I will need to use the chip for other AMD motherboard reviews and would be a pain to have to break down the build every time that happens. its still on my test bench running on my water set-up, I do move the test bench to my office every once in a while for some gaming with the GTX660.

    I am thinking of using the board in a build and since I have a 8150 sitting here, still thinking about it...

    I sold my gigabyte 990FXA-UD5 and 8120 set-up.
    I did pick up a A10 5800k for reviews also. We have a couple of boards for the APU that I will be working on soon.

    Right now I have 3 test benches sitting in my garage for reviews, my Intel 3570k with ASRock Z77 Extreme 4, AMD FX 8350 with Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z, and AMD A10 5800k Mobo (N/A yet) all on Dimastech Benches. The Intel is testing a Aircooler ATM and AMD is still under my water set-up, The AMD A10 will be put on under waco next week when I start working on the board review.

    Right now I am looking to sell some of my GPUs. I want to get 1 GTX690 for my TH10 Intel rig and move the 6950s to my 800D and sell the GTX470s and my 6870s that are both under water.

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    You are one lucky guy Kenny to have all those awesome set ups. Would be great to see you do a build with the 8350/Crosshair V Formula Z in the 700D with custom water, but makes sense why you need it on the test bench for reviews. Are you still happy with the performance of the 8350 and have you found anything about the chip that has let you down compared to your other builds. I still haven't decided if upgrading from my 8120 to the 8350 is worth if, or if I should just wait for Steamroller.
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    Default Re: Best 990fx board for overclocking?

    Quote Originally Posted by SamCR3 View Post
    You are one lucky guy Kenny to have all those awesome set ups. Would be great to see you do a build with the 8350/Crosshair V Formula Z in the 700D with custom water, but makes sense why you need it on the test bench for reviews. Are you still happy with the performance of the 8350 and have you found anything about the chip that has let you down compared to your other builds. I still haven't decided if upgrading from my 8120 to the 8350 is worth if, or if I should just wait for Steamroller.
    Thanks Sam, Yea I would love to use it for a build.. maybe later down the line I will.
    I am super satisfied with the 8350, Its one of the best AMD chips I have worked with to date. OC is made easy, but that also has allot to do with the mobo...
    Performance is great.. does everything I throw at it...

    I say if you can sell for 8120 for a decent amt of money and don't have to spend allot to get the 8350 I would do it..

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