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This past September AMD introduced a refresh of their FX CPUs that included a few new more power efficient CPUs along with a major pricing restructure to update the lineup. While I had the chance to test out most of the lineup there were a few that weren’t included. Recently AMD sent over one of the CPUs that I missed the FX-8320E. With the FX-8320E being a budget focused gaming CPU AMD also sent along with it a motherboard that matched its low price point and gaming focus, the 970 Gaming from MSI. Paired together you can get them for just a few dollars more than an i5-4670K with no motherboard or any of the 2011 socket CPUs. With 8 cores and a turbo clock speed of 4 GHz it should still be performer, but of course there really is only one way to find out, let’s check it out.

Product Name: AMD FX-8320E and MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard

Review Samples Provided by: AMD

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

AMD FX-8320E Specifications

x86 Piledriver Cores

8

Core Clock

Up to 3.2/4.0GHz

L2 Cache

8MB

Shared L3 Cache

8MB

Memory Support

Up to 1866MHz w/ AMP

Typical TDP

95W

Motherboard Socket

AM3+

Chipset Compatibility

990FX, 990X, 980G, 970

Unlocked CPU Multiplier

Yes

Price

$146.99

MSI 970 Gaming Motherboard Specifications

CPU

Supports  AMD®FXTM/ Phenom™ II/ Athlon™ II and Sempron™ processors for the AM3/ AM3+ socket

Hyper Transport Bus

HyperTransport 3.0 supporting speed up to 4.8GT/s

Chipset

AMD® 970 and SB950 Chipset

Main Memory

-4 x DDR3 memory slots supporting up to 32GB

-Supports DDR3 2133(OC)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 MHz

-Dual channel memory architecture

Slots

2 x PCIe 2.0 x16 slots

- PCI_E2 supports up to PCIe 2.0 x16 speed

- PCI_E4 supports up to PCIe 2.0 x8 speed

2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 slots

2 x PCI slots

Multi-GPU

Supports 2-Way AMD® CrossFire™ Technology*

Supports 2-Way NVIDIA® SLI™ Technology*

On-Board SATA

AMD SB950 Chipset

- 6 x SATA 6Gb/s ports

- Supports RAID 0, RAID1, RAID5 and RAID 10

USB

AMD® SB950 Chipset

- 14x USB 2.0 ports (8 ports on the back panel, 6 ports available through the internal USB 2.0 connectors)

VIA VL806 Chipset

- 4 x USB 3.0 ports (2 ports on the back panel, 2 ports available through the internal USB 3.0 connector)*

* These USB 3.0 ports do not support M-Flash recovery function.

Audio

Realtek® ALC1150 Codec

LAN

Killer E2205 Gigabit LAN controller

Internal I/O Connectors

-1 x 24-pin ATX main power connector

-1 x 8-pin ATX 12V power connector

-6 x SATA 6Gb/s connectors

-3 x USB 2.0 connectors (supports additional 6 USB 2.0 ports)

-1 x USB 3.0 connector

-1 x 4-pin CPU fan connector

-2 x 4-pin system fan connectors

-2 x 3-pin system fan connectors

-1 x Front panel audio connector

-2 x System panel connectors

-1 x Chassis Intrusion connector

-1 x TPM module connector

-1 x Serial port connector

-1 x S/PDIF-Out connector

-1 x Clear CMOS jumper

-1 x Slow mode booting switch

Back Panel I/O Ports

- 1 x PS/2 keyboard/ mouse combo port

- 8 x USB 2.0 ports

- 2 x USB 3.0 ports

- 1 x Optical S/PDIF-Out connector

- 1 x LAN (RJ45) port

- 6 x OFC audio jacks

BIOS

-The motherboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and expansion cards of the board automatically.

-The motherboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your motherboard specifications.

Dimension

12 in. x 9.6 in. (30.5 cm x 24.4 cm) ATX Form Factor

Mounting

9 mounting holes

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