New MOBO for 8350 OC'ing

alright guys, here's the scoop, I'm upgrading my current gaming rig to a FX-8350, but I cant decide what mobo to get. Im looking to spend under $200 and can only get parts from memory express Canada. I plan on overclocking and joining the 5GHz club, So I will also need a new cooler, liquid or air, around $100, I was thinking h100i + 2 fans for push/pull

heres what i''ve found for mobo's

Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0

Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5

You may be dissapointed to find out your FX-8350 will only do 4.6GHz-4.8GHz with an H100i and a medium-high end motherboard. My advice, if you absolutely have to have 5GHz? Spend an extra 180 dollars and get a Crosshair V Formula-Z with a Swiftech H220



That's the motherboard you want for under $200. 

Logan got 5ghz on that asus.

Not all CPUs are the same. Average FX-8350 will reach 4.6GHz to 4.8GHz with the Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0. Even fewer of them are able to reach 5.0GHz on that same motherboard at 1.488v.

thanks for the imput guys, Ill probably end up going with the sabertooth, and I wont be too disapointed if I cant quite get 5GHz, 4.8 will still be pretty cool. and Batojiri, if few can reach 4.8 at 1.48v, couldnt you just ramp up the voltage? or does the cpu/mobo not support anything higher?

CPU won't respond to any voltage changes when attempting to overclock past 4.9GHz, It just simply will not remain stable past ~4,880 MHz. It will boot at 5,016 MHz at 1.512v but it cannot pass even 10 minutes of stability testing. Even if I set the voltage to 1.54v which is the absolute maximum you should be using on an FX-8350 without an extreme watercooling loop or Liquid nitrogen/helium.

internesting, thanks for the information man

  1. Asus Crosshair V Forumla Z  8+2 powerphase, digi vrm.
  2. Asus Sabertooth GEN 3   8+2 powerphase, digi vrm, pci-e 3.0
  3. Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 8+2 powerphase, digi vrm
  4. ASrock 990FX Extreme 9  12+2 powerphase, digi vrm
  5. ASrock Fatality 990FX Professional. 12+2 powerphase digi vrm.

look at one of thease boards ☺ if you realy want to try to get the 5GHZ.

grtz Angel ☺

Listen to this person, these are great motherboards for their price. I would go as far as to say that the Crosshair V Formula Z is your best option though. It makes getting to 5GHz easier because of the extra 4-pin Power connection it has for better amperage distribution between it's VRMs.

all very nice boards, but way out of my price range. Perhaps getting to 5GHz isnt all that important, I think the sabertooth 990fx r2.0 is what i'm going to go with. I should be able to get a decent oveclock on that board. 


The Extreme9 is really great for the price, and isn't too much more, if any at all, iirc. I highly recommend it for OCing.

the newegg website says its discontinued :(

That usually just means Newegg has stopped carrying them. You can find them elsewhere still. Newegg stops stocking stuff when they notice sales on that product starts dropping. Then they wait till their last of that product has shipped to change the website to say discontinued.

the extreme9 is probably what I would go for If I had a little extra money. But I'll probably wont be buying anything untill xmas time, I think my 3570k @4.7 can last that long. Homefull we see some amazing deals at the holidays

I think this is what imma go with, unless something a lot better goes on sale for a similar price, this looks like my best bet