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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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Posted (edited) · Original PosterOP

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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I'd seriously throw it all in the trash and move away from am3


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4 minutes ago, SwagMaestro said:

I think the better question is "why would you want an ancient CPU?"

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. 

 

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If you already have that mobo and it isn't a rev 2.0 it won't work anyway


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2 minutes ago, Wolly9102 said:

If you already have that mobo and it isn't a rev 2.0 it won't work anyway

I do have an R2 Sabertooth. Probably should have mentioned that originally. Think it'll handle it?

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3 minutes ago, TheFriendlyHacker said:

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. 

 

AFAIK it's literally the same cpu tho. The 9590 Is just OC'ed a bunch. 

I'd try to sell the whole thing and get a 1600X or something used. 


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1 minute ago, TheFriendlyHacker said:

I do have an R2 Sabertooth. Probably should have mentioned that originally. Think it'll handle it?

Yea it'll work


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5 minutes ago, TheFriendlyHacker said:

I do have an R2 Sabertooth. Probably should have mentioned that originally. Think it'll handle it?

Yes it will work. But you will have to ask yourself the question. Do I really want to invest in an basically dead and underperforming platform? Most likely you will switch anyway in the not distant future. You better off with sticking with your 8350 and like others suggested sell the thing or wait until you can buy a new ryzen system


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The sabertooth is hardcore, it would work.

However, like others have said, maybe not a worth investment


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Just now, Wolly9102 said:

Yes it will work. But you will have to ask yourself the question. Do I really want to invest in an basically dead and underperforming platform? You better off with sticking with your 8350 and like others suggested sell the thing or wait until you can buy a new ryzen system

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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I think even a Ryzen 1400 is an upgrade from a 9590.


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7 minutes ago, TheFriendlyHacker said:

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. 

Well nothing is wrong with asking :). But the money you use to buy a 9590 you can save to buy ryzen in the future. If you buy a 9590 now its wasted money


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Powersupply: Be Quiet straight Power 10 500 watt

 

 

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CPU: Core I7 7700HQ | RAM: Samsung 2400 mhz (2x8  GB standard ram)

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32 minutes ago, TheFriendlyHacker said:

I do have an R2 Sabertooth. Probably should have mentioned that originally. Think it'll handle it?

Sure... don't cheap up on VRM cooling though or this will happen:

 

 

If all boots up okay though then using it until Ryzen 2 releases and replace it all is still a good alternative.


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Yes, the ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 was on ASUS' official FX-9590 compatibility list.

https://rog.asus.com/articles/news/asus-announces-full-support-for-amd-fx9590-and-fx9370-processors-with-existing-990fx-based-motherboards/

 

Basically any of the higher-end 6+2 VRM motherboards from ASUS / Gigaybte / MSi / AsRock would be okay, though 8+2 would be preferred IMO.

I was able to push ~5.0 GHz across all cores on my FX-8350 with an ASUS Crosshair V Formula (non-Z).


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On 3/2/2019 at 5:19 PM, Wolly9102 said:

Well nothing is wrong with asking :). But the money you use to buy a 9590 you can save to buy ryzen in the future. If you buy a 9590 now its wasted money

I finally did it. I've upgraded to Ryzen  :D

 

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. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP · Best Answer

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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