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Pros: Overclocks very very well! I must have got lucky.
I paired it w/ an ASRock Fatil1ty 990FX Killer.
Stock cooler performs fine if you have a case with good airflow. I used stock cooler w/ stock thermal paste.
Don't overclock right off the bat, give your thermal paste time to set in.
Got mine to 1.1750V @ 3.5 GHz for the 1st week.
Idles @ 9 deg C & 41 deg C under 100% load prime95 overnight.
Once I found my low end voltages I wanted to see the high end potential of this chip.
The chip thermally limited me :(
1.3750V @ 4.2 GHz got to 60 deg C in ~10 mins under 100% load in Prime95 where I immediatly ended the test.
I did another twenty10-min tests to ensure stability.
Windows Experience Index (WEI)
Showed 7.7 stock & 7.8 O.C.
I attempted to lower voltage to 1.3650 V but got error in Prime95 after ~5 mins.
Don't really need aftermarket cooler unless you'll be doing some major data crunching or have a case w/ bad airflow.
Buy this + a 140-200 watt MoBo Now for some sweet performance now.
Save some money.
Buy a really nice aftermarket Air/water cooler in ~2-3 years.
Get your chip to 4.7 GHz.
Spend that $$ you saved and get ur signicifant other something special and hopefully get a happy ending!
I haven't heard of anyone unable to get this thing over 4.7 with a good aftermarket cooler.
Cons: Runs hot at stock MoBo settings.
Was freezing and throttling when I first got it.
I installed windows updates and that seemed to fix it.
I find turbo to be useless.
Chip cannot handle high temps I believe 61 deg C is MAX.
The chip thermally limited me @ 1.3750V @ 4.2 GHz w/ stock cooler but I'll take free performance.
Other Thoughts: I was really worried I made a mistake when I first bought this thing as it was running HOT, was throttling at stock speeds, and I was getting intermittant freezes. After all my windows updates were installed, the freezing stopped. Manually calibrating the voltages fixed my heat and throttling issues. Remember DO NOT DISABLE throttling you are taking a gamble there.
Careful on which MoBo you pair w/ this as this chip has killed a few. Buy a MoBo that supports at least 140W to give yourself some overclocking headroom.
With some Arctic Silver @ a good aftermarket cooler this thing should easily hit 4.5 GHz @ 1.40 V and probably higher since people run this thing @ 1.55V.Great chip to get if your on a Major Budget but DO NOT CHEAP OUT on a mobo. This chip can go MUCH higher just save $$ for a nice
AMD 8320 FX
ASRock Fatil1ty 990FX Killer
XFX Radeon 5850 1GB
G. Skill Ripjaws 4GBx2
Kingston 120GB SSD
Pros: Overclocks my FX 8320 to 4.2 GHz w/ stock cooler)
Looks pretty! Red Black and Gold!
Bios has alot of options in there, most of which I use.
DO NOT TURN OFF THERMAL THROTTLING!
Throttling is your only defense if a cooling fan or pump turns off while you are away and computer is on.
For Extra cool system and non gaming I set voltage to 1.1750V @ 3.5 GHz w/ powersaving options I am idling at 9-10 deg C.
The powersaving options work well and made my system run ~10 deg C cooler at stock.
Cons: It may be me, but I cannot find my VRM temp as I seen the VRM overheats on many mobo's w/ the 8320. It does not seem to be an issue on this board.
I am not a fan of the newer graphical bios on these new motherboards.
Does not have option to power down your system when temps reach a certain threshold.
The board originally set my voltage WAY too high @ 1.4V stock & 1.55V(Turbo) and I was getting high temps.
Turbo mode is useless.
Instead of Turbo mode I just O.C. my system to 4.2 GHz and LOWERED max voltage to 1.375V.
Other Thoughts: DO NOT TURN OFF THERMAL THROTTLING!
Throttling is your only defense if a cooling fan or pump turns off while you are away and computer is on. People on forums may tell you to do this to keep your hot chips from throttling. They are throttling for a reason cause its too hot.
ASRock Fatal1ty 990FX Killer
AMD FX 8320 @ 4.2 GHz (stock cooler)
G Skill RipJaws 4x2GB
XFX Radeon HD 5850
Win 7 Pro