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  1. TheFriendlyHacker

    System Not Posting after RAM Overclock

    Gotcha. I'll try those settings you mentioned in your first comment. Like I said, the XMP profile works just fine. But I'd like to get the RAM up to 3200mhz. It's possible that this RAM just isn't capable of hitting those speeds...but I'd at least want the system to tell me that in post instead of requiring me to literally take apart the entire computer haha.
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    System Not Posting after RAM Overclock

    When you say "advertised speeds", is that referring to the advertised speed of your RAM? Because mine is advertised to run at 3000mhz, but actually does 2666 out-of-box. It hits 3000 (well, 2933 - close enough) only when you use one of its XMP profiles.
  3. I recently(ish) upgraded my PC to Ryzen. Running an MSI B450 with an R5 2600X and 16GB of XPG GAMMIX DDR4 RAM (base clock 2666 MHZ). When using XMP profiles, I can get this RAM up to 2933mhz. Which, realistically is fine. But if I try to manually overclock it - even using the "Try It" RAM OC presets in my BIOS - the system doesn't boot. In fact, it doesn't even post, and the CPU led on the mobo lights up. The only way I've found to get it to boot after this is removing the CMOS battery, then removing and re-seating the CPU. Yes, I have to do both. Just yanking the CMOS doesn't work. Crazy, right? It also might be worth noting that I had some low-end 2133MHZ DDR4 RAM previous to this that did the exact same thing when trying to OC - which implies it's not an issue specific to my exact type of RAM. So my question is...why? Has anybody else ever encountered something like this? Or do you know if there's a way to make it not happen? Obviously, you're going to encounter issues when overclocking things, and that makes sense. But I at least expect the system to try to post and at least allow me to enter the BIOS to undo the settings.
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    Think my mobo can handle an FX-9590?

    Just to do my due diligence and mark this thread as "solved": Yes, the Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2 can most certainly handle an FX-9590 chip with no problems whatsoever. However, upgrading from an FX-8350 to a 9590 is not recommended IMO, since an overclocked 8350 can match or surpass the 9590. Ultimately, my solution was to upgrade to Ryzen. And ever since then, I haven't had any unexpected troubles with FPS. Although, I think I should answer the question I originally asked, in case anybody else encounters the same problem. Based on what I have read (and experienced, I suppose), modern games often don't take full advantage of FX chips. So even though there is quite a bit of CPU power available, the games just won't use it for whatever reason, leading to significant bottlenecks. Now mind you, the FX-8350 (with my experience) is absolutely capable of running most games fairly well...depending on your standards and budget. I'd still recommend it for those who need a budget PC that doesn't completely suck at gaming. But for those who are wondering why their FX chip isn't performing as well as expected, that's why.
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    Can a slow HDD cause FPS drops?

    As it turned out, my CPU was the bottleneck all along. I recently upgraded to Ryzen (R5 2600x to be specific), and almost all of the framerate inconsistencies immediately went away, despite the fact that I'm using the exact same HDD for games. Turns out that (from what I've read), a lot of modern games don't really take full advantage of / work as well with the old FX chips. So even though there was plenty of CPU power leftover to spare, it just wasn't using it. But the Ryzen chip, in addition to being more powerful overall, doesn't appear to suffer from that problem.
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    Think my mobo can handle an FX-9590?

    I finally did it. I've upgraded to Ryzen Like I said, I've been considering doing it for awhile, but this post was kind of the "final straw" if you will. And after selling my AM3+ hardware, I only netted a loss of ~$160. Needless to say, the new R5 2600x handles games (and everything else) much better than yee old FX-8350.
  7. I (finally) got my Ryzen setup complete about a week ago, rocking an R5 2600x on an MSI B450 mobo. I've been trying to set up an Ubuntu VM on my machine using VirtualBox. However, I keep getting an error that "AMD-V" is not enabled (I assume that means virtualization in general is not enabled in my BIOS). So I took to the Google to try to find out how to enable it. But. The answers I found either 1: didn't answer the question of "how to enable virtualization on MSI B450", or 2: were for a different motherboard entirely. So. Does anybody here know where in the BIOS on an MSI B450 I can enable virtualization? And does this board even support virtualization?
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    Think my mobo can handle an FX-9590?

    Honestly, I think you're right. And I am strongly considering doing this. The main reason I posted this was for the scenario where I still couldn't afford the Ryzen upgrade even after selling the hardware I currently have. In that case, I probably would just throw in a 9590 and wait until I am making enough money for the full upgrade.
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    Think my mobo can handle an FX-9590?

    I do have an R2 Sabertooth. Probably should have mentioned that originally. Think it'll handle it?
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    Think my mobo can handle an FX-9590?

    That is indeed a better question lol. And the answer: because I already have it. Yes, I acknowledge (and agree) that I'd be better off just upgrading to Ryzen. But, I can't afford such an upgrade right now (considering I'd need a new mobo, RAM and CPU). But I can afford to upgrade from my 8350 to a 9590 (judge me as you will). Given some time (when I get a better-paying job), I will eagerly upgrade to Ryzen. But for now, I'm going to have to stay on AM3.
  11. This is totally a "you can just google it" question. But. I have googled it, and I believe I have my answer. But. I wanted to see if anybody here has some first-hand experience with it: Can a Sabertooth 990FX R2 motherboard handle an FX-9590 CPU? Assuming that I'm going to overclock it a little bit. From what I've read, yes it can, even if overclocked. The CPU will be liquid cooled, but I'm still paranoid about frying my motherboard with a CPU that essentially runs like a nuclear reactor. Does anybody here have any experience with this combination of hardware?
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    What can cause overclocks to fail?

    Lol, I rushed into it before seeing your response. Aka, I set everything to base speeds and then set the CPU multiplier for 4.7ghz. I then increased the BUS speed. With that, I was able to get my system (mostly) stable at 4.9ghz - which I have never been able to pull off before. I suppose I should go back and try it your way and see if I can get even better results. Because given my setup, I don't see why it *shouldn't* be able to hit 5ghz.
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    What can cause overclocks to fail?

    Ahh. So essentially, set the CPU multiplier get the CPU at 4.7ghz at base settings, and then increase the BUS speed until the CPU is at my desired clock speed?
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    Bottleneck? Or am I missing something?

    Damn, that's unfortunate to hear. I've seen other people say similar things, but not to the same depth as what you said. I guess my only options are to either find a way to increase the clock speeds of the 8350 (and hope that it makes a difference in these games) or just deal with it until I eventually upgrade to Ryzen. Thank you for the useful information!
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    Can a slow HDD cause FPS drops?

    Ahh. Maybe that's it. Many games I play will have frequent stutters/fps drops when rendering a new part of the world (especially FarCry 5 and New Dawn). When this happens, neither the CPU or GPU are even close to being maxed out. Think it could be because of the hard drive?
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