Asus m5a99fx

Was wondering what the power phase was and how well it would pair with a FX-8350, 7970. G.Skill 8gb 1866mhz.

Also some feedback on otherboards and what you would reccomend for the same price or around it at least.

ASUS M5A99FX is 6 + 2 Phase CPU Power Design (expencive)

ASRock 990FX Extreme9  (12+2 phase $160)

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 (8+2 phase $150)

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 (8+2 phase $130)


That's a pretty nice kit for a mobo I suggest you go for it but, I don't know too much about amd so take this with a grain of salt.

Ah okay thanks.

Where exactly can I find out about the power phases?


It isn't just about power phases; you could have a 48-12 power-phase, but crappy VRMs, and be no better than a 4-1 power-phase withfantastic VRMs. I would get the Gigabyte UD5 990fx, or Asrock Extreme9. The lower-end Asrock boards are rather crappy, but the Extreme9 is pretty great. Stay away from SMI 990fx boards, by the way. Their Z77 boards are fantatsic, but not their AM3+ boards :|

Yea it's my first build and have been looking at everything for a couple months now just buying a part here and there. 

I just don't want to buy into a crappy board and not like it. Also what are the advantages, as of right now, of buying into a pci-e 3.0 vs 2.0?

pci-e 3.0 vs 2.0? no advantages at the moment its more next gen ready there isent a card that can fully use pci-e 2.0 yet ( you allso need a chip thats ready for it and off the top of my head i dont know if that chip is one of them)

pci-e 3.0 is x2 the bandwith of pci-e 2.0

The Gigabyte boards are outstanding. I have the 990FXA-UD3, and it oc'd my 8350 quite nicely. Brennan is right - the quality of the vrm's does matter, but you do also need a decent power phase for the 8350. It chomps through power.

Ah okay thanks for the information. You mentioned VRM's earlier but I have no idea what it's for tbh. I'm just now getting into building a PC and I really want to learn more about anything as much as I can. If you feel like giving a brief rundown I would appreciate it.

VRM = Voltage regulator module good quality and more power phases offer more stable power to the cpu when overclocking.

The ASRock > 990FX Extreme9 and the 990FX gigabyte mobos have very strong VRMs for overclocking (ive seen a 8Ghz over clock on a 990FX Extreme9 ...but this was obviously on cpu liquid nitrogen cooling)


But it shows that the mobo is more than capable of huge overclocks with no problems

I have the same set up as what your asking about. The thing is a beast and no problems, 

the asus M5A99FX pro is a great board in everyway.

OC a FX8350 in a few clicks on auto to 5 GHZ with decent cooling without any problems at all.

Ah okay I see now. Thanks :)