I built an FX-8350 with 2x R9-390 gaming rig a few months ago... At the time, I decided to go the cheaper route gaming. After getting the FX-8350 stable at 4.8GHz, I still was not happy with the performance of the machine. I ended up swapping out the GPUs for a GTX-1080. The performance was much improved but still wasn't where I would have liked to see it.

I started researching an Intel build and game up with this current machine. The i5's performance for gaming looks very promising at this time.

Benchmark (Geekbench)

As a baseline, below is the highest single core score I achieved. Unfortunately, running at this speed was not entirely stable.

FX-8350 @ 4.86GHz (Unstable) Single Core 3199 / Multi Core 11,765

My every day overclock was slightly lower but extremely stable.

FX-8350 @ 4.8GHz (Stable)
Single Core 3,175 / Multi Core 11,789

After the fresh build and all drivers installed I ran a baseline bench. I was expecting a significant improvement over the AMD processor; I was not let down.

Stock i5-7600K @ 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Boost)
Single Core 4,986 / Multi Core 12,949

Something that was a little more surprising to me was the increase in performance shown on the GTX1080 with the Intel build. It trailed slightly below my overclocked scores (CPU + GPU).

GTX 1080 (+200 / +400) / FX-8350 @ 4.8GHz: 209,887
GTX 1080 (Stock) / Intel i5-7600K (Stock): 206,340

I am very excited to see the gains this GPU sees when overclocked.

Overclocking History


  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Getting that cpu to 4.8.... what were the temps like? Also you need an expensive water cooler. You may have got a good chip as well. Do you have any score like 3d mark cpu? Those scores look pretty good in comparison to the intel, but good upgrade.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Hey, sorry I missed your comment. I will check tonight on what the max temps were during bench marking. It was hot. I was running the Corsair H100i v2.

  • 36 months ago
  • 1 point

Lookin good. +1

How is this motherboard working out for you? Putting together a Kaby Lake upgrade, from Bloomfield, and want to use this board and a Corsair AIO water cooler. Any problems mounting the H100i V2 on the board?

  • 35 months ago
  • 1 point

I really apologize for the slow response! I had some unexpected surprises the last two weeks and have been away.

This motherboard has been fantastic so far... Zero issues so far. That is with overclocking, messing with XMP, etc... I'd definitely recommend. It has been very stable.

  • 35 months ago
  • 2 points

Glad to hear it's working out well. Thanks for the reply.