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Upgrade from B350 to X470?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I've been running a system with a Ryzen 5 2600x, Asus ROG Strix B350-F motherboard, and 4x8 kit of RAM for quite some time now. I noticed while glancing through Amazon that the Asus Prime X470 board is on a pretty decent discount. I know that board is quite good, and I'm thinking about upgrading to it, but I'm not sure if it would be worth it.


I know that my RAM is currently not performing its best; I'm not sure if this is a motherboard limitation, RAM limitation, or if I just haven't set my clocks properly. I know my RAM is all 3000Mhz capable, and I used to run at 3000Mhz; but one day it decided to quit running at that speed. I have the AMD equivalent of XMP enabled now, and it's got my RAM set for 2933Mhz. I'd like to get my RAM to 3000Mhz, because 2nd gen Ryzen is still fairly memory speed limited; but I don't know if it's something I can fix or if I do need a better chipset.


I also have no idea if I'm making use of some of Zen+'s features (i.e. XFR2, PB2, etc). I can't find anywhere online to confirm if these are motherboard/chipset dependant, or if it's all handled by the CPU regardless of board. I also wonder if my board's VRMs are holding me back? All in all, it's probably not a big deal; we might be talking 3-4 fps in games, and I don't play many FPS games nor do I play competitively in any of my games, so I don't think it really matters that much.


Last thing that's got me interested in an upgrade is PCIe lanes. Currently, my NVMe SSD is being bottlenecked by my current setup. As far as speeds go, it's still faster than SATA, but nowhere near as fast as advertised speeds (it seems to be affecting games somehow, but I'm not sure if it's related to the drive's speed or something else). Currently I have my GPU in the top x16 slot, my sound card in the 3rd x1 slot, and my NVMe expansion card in the 3rd x16 slot. My NVMe is running at PCIe 2.0 x2, from what I can tell. I only have this NVMe expansion card because of the motherboard's SATA setup; 2 SATA ports are disabled when you use the M.2 slot, and I have 5 SATA drives. 


I'm wondering if the X470 would fix my RAM clocks, help my PCIe/SATA config, and potentially gain a reasonable amount of performance out of the CPU from better VRMs/other features. I'm not really looking for overclocking my CPU (hence the 2600x and not 2600), and my FPS/temps are pretty decent; I have an overkill CPU cooler. 
I wonder if getting a SATA PCIe expansion card for one of my SATA drives so I can run the NVMe SSD on the motherboard's M.2 would be a better solution to the drive setup; it would also cost about $70-80 less than a new motherboard. But this won't affect my RAM clocks. But maybe my RAM clocks are fine and I'm just being paranoid; or maybe I just don't know how to manually OC my RAM, which is why I can't hold 3000Mhz.


I'm hearing conflicting suggestions from everyone I've asked on Discord, and I still don't know which option would be best.

Primary PC: - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/8G3tXv (Windows 10 Home)

HTPC: - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KdBb4n (Windows 10 Home)
Server: Dell Precision T7500 - Dual Xeon X5660's, 44GB ECC DDR3, Dell Nvidia GTX 645 (Windows Server 2019 Standard)      

*SLI Rig* - i7-920, MSI-X58 Platinum SLI, 12GB DDR3, Dual EVGA GTX 260 Core 216 in SLI - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/GHw6vW (Windows 7 Pro)

HP DC7900 - Core 2 Duo E8400, 4GB DDR2, Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT (Windows Vista)

Compaq Presario 5000 - Pentium 4 1.7Ghz, 1.7GB SDR, PowerColor Radeon 9600 Pro (Windows XP x86 Pro)
Compaq Presario 8772 - Pentium MMX 200Mhz, 48MB PC66, 6GB Quantum HDD, "8GB" HP SATA SSD adapted to IDE (Windows 98 SE)

Asus M32AD - Intel i3-4170, 8GB DDR3, 250GB Seagate 2.5" HDD (converting to SSD soon), EVGA GeForce GTS 250, OEM 350W PSU (Windows 10 Core)

*Haswell Tower* https://pcpartpicker.com/list/3vw6vW (Windows 10 Home)

*ITX Box* - https://pcpartpicker.com/list/r36s6R (Windows 10 Education)

Dell Dimension XPS B800 - Pentium 3 800Mhz, RDRAM

In progress projects:

*Skylake Tower* - Pentium G4400, Asus H110

*Trash Can* - AMD A4-6300

*GPU Test Bench*

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