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Will FX-9590 work on M5A97 LE R2.0?

Bought AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz Octo Core (Socket AM3+) and I tried to put it into M5A97 LE R2.0 mobo but it doesnt seem to work (black screen). Cleared cmos, disconnected most devices, still nothing. Guy in store assured me it should work on this mobo but i think hes clueless. Is cpu <language> or this mobo is too weak?

Noticed that on official specs of mobo it says
Supports CPU up to 140 W

https://www.asus.com/uk/Motherboards/M5A97_R20/specifications/

While cpu shows TDP (Thermal Design Power) 220 W

http://products.amd.com/en-us/search/CPU/AMD-FX-Series/AMD-FX-8-Core-Black-Edition/FX-9590/98

Asked about it in store but that question got dismissed; "It should work" was a response. First and last time i trusted random IT worker with advice. I usually do proper research before buying. Serves me right.

Help me fellas!

Mod edit: Please watch the language
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  1. The store didn't appear to be very knowledgeable. The 9590 is too high tdp and that board isn't very suited for it. Only 4+2 power phases, no heatsinks on the vrm, etc. I'd take the 9590 back and get an fx 8350 or 8320 if it were me, even then that board isn't going to be a good candidate for overclocking.

    The 9590 is just a factory overclocked 8350 but tends to have a lot of issues without a proper motherboard, solid power supply, liquid cooling. It draws too much power and is known to either thermal throttle or throttle due to vrm's overheating pretty often.
  2. thnx for info, reassured me a bit. Not sure if returning would be easy at this point. Any tips on finding proper mobo then?
  3. There are some out there. Though I would probably head straight for the 990FX chipset boards, since this is certainly the last motherboard the system will have.

    ASRock Fatal1ty 970 Performance
    ASRock 970 Performance
    Asus 970 PRO GAMING/AURA
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5
    Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0
    ASRock 990FX Extreme6
    MSI 990FXA-GAMING
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5 R5
    ASRock 990FX Extreme9
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD5
    Asus Sabertooth 990FX R2.0
    Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
    Asus Crosshair V Formula-Z
  4. I think not.
    Perhaps not even a FX-8350.
    This link is a good guide to amd motherboards. I think you are looking at 990fx.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-2384024/motherboard-tier-list-970-chipset.html
  5. Thanks, Ill research these tomorrow. If i'd knew i have to get another mobo i'd get intel cpu. Got this current mobo cause last one died like year ago, thought it would be enough for fx cpu. Guess not. Too late now. At least gona use it as server :)
  6. Best answer
    Some that I'd be comfortable using with a 9590.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-crosshairvformulaz
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-motherboard-sabertooth990fxr20
    http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-990fxextreme9

    They range from $160-215 or so. That's if you're dead set on using it, my original recommendation would stand though to either return it or sell it rather than fool with it. It just has more problems than benefits. Just my personal opinion. With the comparatively high cost of the cpu, the requirements for a high end motherboard, cooling and power supply the benefits just don't live up to the cost. For the same or less you could replace the cpu with an equally nice motherboard, adequate cooling and a faster cooler running i7.
  7. Well that sucks. Last time i trusted sellers advice. I'm gona try to return it tomorrow, i think its closed today. Too bad I didnt saved a log of my conversation in which i asked if that cpu would work on that mobo. So many mistakes in one day.

    Thanks for input guys. Don't be afraid to add more info if som1 have more ideas.

    btw, i wast attracted to it because benchmarks
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/high_end_cpus.html
    seemed to show quite decent performance for 150£ cpu. Didn't realized gona have to spend another that for mobo that supports it. In the past i didnt want to spend more than 50 for new mobo every time i upgraded.
  8. For multithreaded apps, the total passmark ratings are a reasonable estimation of capability.
    The FX-8xxx with 8 threads do well in that environment.

    If your usage is gaming, realize that most games use 2-3 cores and usually depend on a fast single master thread. It is the single thread passmark rating that is more relevant.
    For example, the FX-9590 has a total passmark rating of 10251 which is very good.
    But, the single thread rating is 1720. That is as good as you are going to get with a FX processor.
    https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+FX-9590+Eight-Core
    By comparison, a cheaper I5 -6400 has a total rating of only 6493, but a single thread rating of 1810.
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-6400+%40+2.70GHz

    If your budget is lower, the i3-6100 is an excellent mid range processor. total = 5497, but single = 2102.
    http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i3-6100+%40+3.70GHz

    If your budget is higher, the i5-6600K with a decent overclock is about the best gamer around.
    total = 7795, single thread = 2127.
    https://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-6600K+%40+3.50GHz&id=2570
    You need not overclock, but 80% of the 6600K chips will oc from 3.4 stock to 4.6.
    A 30 % improvement with no exotic cooling needed.
  9. Yes, I was aware that single thread performance is better for gaming, which this machine is mainly intended for. When i bought this mobo bout year ago i was thinking ahead about upgrading cpu to FX, particularly to that one i just bought, while still being able to harbor my current cpu Athlon 2 x4 640. It performs pretty good but at this point with gtx 970, I think it became a bottleneck and one of oldest parts of my system, so I think i need to upgrade.

    I've contacted a store and managed to negotiate a refund on monday. Now I have to decide on Intel cpu and mobo.

    Thanks for info, really appreciated.
  10. I have limited idea why I still try to give AMD a shot but would 8350 http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=AMD+FX-8350+Eight-Core&id=1780
    be valid for this mobo?

    Says cpu is 125W, while my mobo gives up to 140W.

    Kills me that i bought this mobo for stupid reason now.

    Decided I can spend up to 400£ for this upgrade (cpu/mobo/psu if needed
    http://products.xfxforce.com/en-gb/Power_Supplies/Pro_Series_450W_PSU/P1-450S-X2B9
    thats PSU i have now. Don't want to have to worry about cpu for another few years.

    Probably should make another thread now but I'll see how far this one will go.
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