Thread DetailsLast Edited by superstition September 12, 2016 at 06:00 AM
This deal is only available for purchase at physical Micro Center stores, not from their online store. This means you need to go to the store to get the combo and you should check to see if they have it in stock before driving there. Do not rate this deal "unable to replicate" if it's not in stock at your store. You can look at their website for your store to check stock status. I also suggest calling the store to have the manager put your items at the front desk. I went to Micro Center once to buy this board when it said 1 was in stock but when I got there it had sold.
link to motherboard (rebate is linked to from this page):
link to CPU:
The processor is a low-wattage model at stock but all 8 core FX chips are soldered and have unlocked multipliers. They are all the same chip. The only difference is binning. I overclocked my 8320E to 4.4 GHz with total Prime95 stability and safe temperatures on my UD3P 2.0 board.
This CPU can be a great value for making a virtual reality box as long as you bump up its clockspeed enough.
It is also useful at stock speeds for things like virtual machines, file serving, and general-purpose desktop computing that doesn't require high speeds. However, I still suggest replacing the stock cooler which is small and noisy. The CPU at stock does not use 95 watts. It uses significantly less than that.
The motherboard has a digital VRM system with a doubler for 8 virtual phases plus a RAM phase. It has USB 3.0 but not 3.1. It does not have m.2. It is a better board for overclocking an FX chip than many of its similarly-priced competitors which tend to have inferior MOSFETs and the like.
Unlike 6 core FX processors the 8 core chips have all four floating point units, making for potentially higher performance in workloads that can use all of them.
Deal pricing proof (stock at Cincinnati store as of 9/7/2016 at 3:00 EST):
The stock cooler is not meant for overclocking. Overclocking also requires having a fan blowing a significant quantity of air onto the VRM heatsink. You can use the stock CPU cooler fan for that or use a larger fan, depending on how much room you have to mount it. Mounting it on an angle to partially blow out of the back of the case and down onto the heatsink offers the optimal cooling performance.
Disable APM in BIOS when overclocking to avoid the CPU being throttled down to 95 watts. Always use the Medium LLC setting with this board.
The weakest link in your overclocking results with this board, as long as you use the right settings, test properly, and have a good power supply, good RAM, a good CPU cooler, and case cooling -- is the VRM heatsink. This is because the UD3P board is not a true 8 phase board. It is 4 digital phases with a doubler. However, that is good enough to get to 4.4 GHz with a fan on the VRMs, even in the toughest Prime95 testing. Make sure you monitor your VRM temps with HWINFO64 when stress testing your overclock. Overclock.net has an AMD subforum where you can get help and tips.
The board is rated up to 2000 for RAM speed but I was able to run my 2400 RAM at 2133 9-11-10 CR1 with 2400 FSB, 2600 HyperTransport, and 4.4 GHz CPU. Your mileage may vary with RAM.