Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4
Rated 3 out of 5 by monochrome Beware
I bought this as it was the best chip that AMD really do in this range. I had a nightmare getting it stable. Three coolers later (Finally settling on a Corsair H105) it now stays on!
I have a couple of surplus coolers now, that I cannot return to scan. I would recommend a high-end cooler (Like the 105 or alternative WATER ONLY cooling) DO NOT USE AIR
The instability issues are well documented, I just wish I had researched it more before I bought, but I always used and trusted AMD. To get it stable and not freezing or shutting down (Even with this cooler) I had to disable 2 cores and reduce the core speed to 4ghz.
Not a great thing to have to reduce it to the performance of an older chip!
I don't blame Scan, their customer services are exceptional, but AMD were no help at all, they advised me to switch off page filing?????
Even with its reduced performance, it is sill fantastic, hence the mid rating. It will however be my last AMD product, I also bought an R9 380x to go with it. In the future, I am likely to go to Nvidia and Intel as I just couldn't be bothered messing about like this again.
16 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gorvex VERY fast
Very fast cpu, perfect for gaming and rendering, Be warned, you will need a VERY high end cooler for it, research if your montherboard can handle it and your cooling options before purchasing, there isn't many out there that will cope with the 220w TDP currently. I went with the asus sabertooth and bequiet darkrock pro 3 and it works a treat
17 June 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Seseorang Not exactly an overclocked FX 8350
A lot of people assume these processors are highly ocerclocked FX8350's
In truth, the FX series are all fabricated at the same time.
The FX6300 could also be a FX8350 without the extra module. But that would be down to an unstable module.
This particular model can run at 4.7GHz at about 1.475v. That means, if it were an overclocked FX8350, then that should ALSO be able to clock up without going over 1.48v.
Processors are binned specifically. Some die's which pass tests go on to being a higher model. Those that do not, become something lower until it fills a segment of the market.
I bought this processor as I wanted an overclocked processor and I wanted it stable. I see the extra money over the FX8350 is that it's 4.7GHz stable.
Asus says the Crosshair V Formula (non Z) is not supported, but my board recognises the frequency (down to the CPU microcode) and model (probably also part of the microcode on the CPU)
I have water cooling, but I think my H100 is not up to the task. It does have thin tubes and the H100i has fatter tubes which can deal with more liquid quickly.
I would enable power-saving and Cool 'n' Quiet as I've had my processor up to 62 degrees Celsius and a tool I use says it was up to 72 degrees. I need to check which temperature is my auto-shutdown limit.
The Piledriver series throttles down to 1.4GHz but seems to be fine if you lower this further. I don't know why 1.4GHz is the lowest.
I've not had to overclock as there is no need to.
On idle, the processor goes to 31degrees Celsius. Average games push this up to around 60 degrees. Metro 2033, Crysis 1, and others.
A 990FX board is required, and 220w is NOT actual power consumed but heat dissipation. Actual power used will be less. Not all energy comsumed is heat.
Ensure you apply the paste properly. I prefer the pea method. This is enough to cover the die, (centre) as this is where the processor actually is. The top is just a cover.
Other methods have been proven to leave bubbles of air which trap heat and worsen cooling. I wouldn't recommend "evenly spreading" as the pressure of the heatsink you use WILL push it out to the edges anyway.
16 February 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by markp1193 The 9590 is the AMD flagship CPU
It will run any game and software now and for the foreseeable future, 8 cores running at 4.7GHz+ makes it a must for any system.
The price at launch was very expensive but now it's under £240 it's extremely good value.
It doesn't come with a heatsink and I recommend getting water cooling, I purchased the H100 and this keeps it running at about 20C idle and around 40C under load.
There isn't much headroom for overclocking it seems, I had trouble keeping it stable over 5GHz but there's no real reason to overclock it will run any game or software at stock settings.
07 January 2014