AMD Athlon X4 880K Review

Entry-level desktop processor released in 2016 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 4GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 95W power rating. Athlon X4 880K is based on the Godavari 28nm family and part of the Athlon X4 series.
Price 71%
Speed 81%
Productivity 62%
Gaming 73%
Category Desktop
Target entry-level
Socket Compatibility FM2+
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included Yes
Overclock Potential 12 %
Year 2016 Model
Price 137.42 USD
Number of Cores 4 Cores
Number of Threads 4 Threads
Core Frequency 4 GHz
Boost Frequency 4.2 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 4.7 GHz
Power Consumption 95 W
Manufacturing Process 28 nm
L3 Cache 0 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 64 GB
Price-Value Score 71 %
Speed Score 81 %
Productivity Score 62 %
Gaming Score 73 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 61.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 30.7 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 15.3 %
Overall Score 37/100

The Athlon X4 880K is one of AMD's entry-level Desktop processors. It was released in 2016 with 4 cores and 4 threads. With base clock at 4GHz, max speed at 4.2GHz, and a 95W power rating. The Athlon X4 880K is based on the Godavari 28nm family and is part of the Athlon X4 series.

AMD's Steamroller series has landed, upping the ante with Intel in its high-stakes game for desktop PC market dominance with a well-rounded lineup of new chips that push mainstream platforms to higher core counts and more raw compute than we've ever seen. As a result, Intel's commanding presence in the enthusiast space is threatened in a way we haven't seen in over a decade.

As the higher-priced version of the Athlon X4 870K, the Athlon X4 880K has higher base and Boost frequencies of 4 and 4.2 GHz, respectively. That's an increase in base frequency and a bump to boost clocks, but the real advantage should lay in the higher Package Power Tracking (PPT) envelope, which is a measurement of the maximum amount of power delivered to the socket. The Athlon X4 870K's PPT tops out at 95W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the Athlon X4 880K at peak performance. That opens up much more aggressive boost behavior, on both single and multiple cores, that could widen the performance gap beyond what we see on the spec sheet.

As we've seen, gaming remains an advantage for Intel, so if squeezing out every last frame is all you care about, Intel's processors are a good choice. Much of that performance advantage will be less noticeable when gaming at higher resolutions, or if you pair the processors with a lesser graphics card.

Value seekers who aren't afraid to press the Precision Boost Overdrive button and have sufficient cooling should look to the Athlon X4 870K for roughly equivalent performance to the Athlon X4 880K, particularly if gaming factors heavily into the buying decision. That could save you money, reinforcing our decision to give the Athlon X4 870K an Editor's Choice award.

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the AMD Athlon X4 880K 4-core desktop processor that was released in Apr 2016. AMD offers the Athlon X4 880K without integrated graphics. It runs $137.42 shipped and is ideal for those that plan on using it a system with a dedicated graphics card.

One of the nice things about the AMD Athlon X4 880K processors is that the retail boxed models come with a CPU cooler. So, you can pick something like the AMD Athlon X4 880K up for $137.42 and don’t need to spend any extra money on CPU cooling.

The AMD Athlon X4 880K retail boxed processor comes with the traditional ‘pancake’ CPU cooler. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done on this processor which is rated at 95W TDP. You do not need to have an aftermarket cooling solution unless you want to.

Our look today at the AMD Athlon X4 880K showed that it is a very capable processor. A 4-core processor sounds like it would be really under-powered these days, but we were pleasantly surprised with a snappy and very capable system. Having just 4 cores had this processor coming in at the back of the pack for heavily threaded workloads, but it performed better than some of its more expensive siblings in lightly threaded workloads where it shined thanks to its high base clocks.

The AMD Athlon X4 880K seems to be a decent performing chip that is readily available for $137.42 at your favorite retailer. The main competition for this processor is the Core i3-8350K 4-Core unlocked desktop processor with Intel UHD Graphics 630 graphics ($168 shipped).

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, AMD also offers the Athlon X4 870K at $137.42. It’s still outfitted with 4-cores and 4-threads, but clocks in at a slower 3.9GHz and maxes out at only 4.1GHz.

The Athlon X4 880K clocks up to 4.2Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 4.3GHz. However, don’t expect to get much beyond that without seriously upgrading your cooling solution and manually tweaking voltages behind the operating system level.

That said, to squeeze out all the potential of this surprisingly potent entry-level chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade A75, A78, A88X motherboard.

Fresh from a successful roll-out of mainstream Athlon X4 CPUs, AMD's attack on Intel now extends down into the entry-level with its Athlon X4 880K processors, which the company is making available as of Apr 2016.

AMD arms Athlon X4 880K with a 4 GHz base frequency that jumps as high as 4.2 GHz under lightly-threaded tasks. The Athlon X4 880K also offers a 4 GHz clock rate with all cores active. Meanwhile, Intel keeps its Core i3-8350K operating at a static 4 GHz clock rate.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD Athlon X4 880K

Below is a comparison of all graphics cards average FPS performance (using an average of 80+ games at ultra quality settings), combined with the AMD Athlon X4 880K.

GPU Price Cost/Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $2,499 $34.2 73 FPS
99.6 FPS
73.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $1,299 $18.3 71.1 FPS
97 FPS
71.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $699 $10.8 64.5 FPS
87.2 FPS
63.6 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $2,999 $48.5 61.8 FPS
84.4 FPS
63.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $699 $11.5 61 FPS
81.5 FPS
59 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $759 $13.3 57.1 FPS
77.8 FPS
56.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $499 $8.8 56.8 FPS
75.1 FPS
54.7 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $1,199 $21.4 56 FPS
75.1 FPS
56 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $699 $12.5 56 FPS
74.5 FPS
53.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $399 $7.3 54.6 FPS
72.5 FPS
51.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $499 $9.3 53.8 FPS
70.1 FPS
51.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $400 $7.8 51 FPS
65.3 FPS
47.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $349 $7 50 FPS
66.5 FPS
47.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $499 $10.3 48.5 FPS
63.6 FPS
45.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $350 $7.3 47.9 FPS
60.1 FPS
42.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $279 $5.9 47.2 FPS
62.2 FPS
44.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $1,499 $32.9 45.5 FPS
58.8 FPS
44.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $499 $11 45.4 FPS
60.4 FPS
43.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $409 $9.1 45 FPS
58.9 FPS
42.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $999 $22.9 43.7 FPS
56.6 FPS
40.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $279 $6.5 42.8 FPS
56.1 FPS
40.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $399 $9.4 42.5 FPS
56.4 FPS
40.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $399 $9.6 41.4 FPS
53.7 FPS
38.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $229 $5.7 40.3 FPS
52.9 FPS
37.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $649 $17 38.1 FPS
49.6 FPS
35.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $220 $5.8 38 FPS
49.7 FPS
35.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $279 $7.8 36 FPS
45.8 FPS
32.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $649 $18.8 34.6 FPS
47.1 FPS
34.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $160 $4.8 33.1 FPS
43.2 FPS
30.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $199 $6.1 32.8 FPS
41.7 FPS
29.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $549 $16.8 32.6 FPS
42 FPS
30.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $229 $7.2 31.9 FPS
40.6 FPS
28.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $649 $20.7 31.4 FPS
42.1 FPS
30.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $999 $32.8 30.5 FPS
39 FPS
29.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $549 $18.5 29.7 FPS
39.7 FPS
28.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $254 $8.6 29.6 FPS
38 FPS
27.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $169 $5.7 29.4 FPS
37.4 FPS
26.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $429 $15 28.6 FPS
38 FPS
27.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $170 $6 28.1 FPS
36.1 FPS
25.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $329 $11.9 27.6 FPS
35.1 FPS
26.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $400 $14.9 26.9 FPS
35.4 FPS
26 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $329 $12.3 26.7 FPS
34.7 FPS
23.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $169 $6.4 26.4 FPS
34.3 FPS
24 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $149 $5.9 25.2 FPS
32.7 FPS
23.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $179 $7.6 23.5 FPS
30.7 FPS
21.9 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $229 $11.6 19.8 FPS
25.6 FPS
18.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $249 $14 17.8 FPS
23 FPS
15.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $199 $11.3 17.6 FPS
22.8 FPS
15.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $169 $9.7 17.4 FPS
22.6 FPS
16.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $279 $16.2 17.2 FPS
22.5 FPS
15.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $199 $11.7 17 FPS
21.9 FPS
15.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $169 $11.4 14.8 FPS
19 FPS
13.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $99 $7.2 13.7 FPS
17.4 FPS
12.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $159 $11.9 13.4 FPS
17 FPS
12.4 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $149 $11.3 13.2 FPS
16 FPS
11.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $149 $11.4 13.1 FPS
15.5 FPS
11.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $140 $11.6 12.1 FPS
15.4 FPS
10.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $149 $12.7 11.7 FPS
13.2 FPS
9.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $79 $8.3 9.5 FPS
12.2 FPS
8.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $79 $8.7 9.1 FPS
11.6 FPS
7.9 FPS

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TechGuyYT August 22, 2016

AMD FX 8320E Build vs Athlon x4 880K Build. Please help!

Hey, I've been looking for parts to make a sub $300 build. I need help figuring out if my FX-8320e build is better or worse then my Athlon 880K build. I've been looking around at benchmarks, specs, but still can't justify which would be better or more worth the money.

AMD Athlon x4 880K Build: CPU: Athlon x4 880K ($90) Memory: 1x8 Crucial DDR3 1600 ($28) Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-F2A88X-D3HP PSU: EVGA 500B ($35) Case: DIYPC Alnitak-BK ($38) Total: $270 Graphics Card and Storage I already have.

AMD FX-8320E Build: CPU: FX-8320E ($120) Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3 R5 ($100) Total: $320 Everything else is the same.

In this build I want to be able to do some lighter gaming, I'm not playing intensive games like the Witcher 3 or anything like that. I also want to do video editing, 3D designing, and multitasking.

I know that either build would be better then the computer I use right now, which has an Intel Xeon E5520. I'm just not sure which would be better. Thanks

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LeiteCreme August 10, 2016

8320E is great for video editing, I can testify to that. It's easy to get to 4GHz on even a lowly 4+1 motherboard.

If you go for FM2, try to get an Athlon X4 845 and overclock it. It's cheap and has great performance at stock, and better once overclocked to 4GHz or 4.2GHz. It's good for video editing, especially if you use the GPU for previewing, but will take longer to render if you use CPU only compared to the FX.

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murkskopf August 18, 2016

Overclocking the X4 845 is nearly impossible, because it has no unlocked multiplier.

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NitroX_infinity September 15, 2016

Overall the FX-8320e would be the better one. However, neither is recommendable. They're both too close in price to a better performing Intel set (talking cpu + mobo here).

If you get a good 970 board for that FX cpu, it'll cost about $20 to $30 less and that's a better price compared to the i5 set.

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TechGuyYT August 10, 2016

Seems about what I thought. I may try going for the FX, but I was really leaning towards the 880K, since I was originally going to get an A10-7890K

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the_mil September 15, 2016

I had a 8320e with that same wonderful motherboard and oc'd it to 4.6 on a cyrorig h5 ultimate. It ran games with my 390x...ok...lots of stuttering even without the cpu being at max load....it just couldn't keep up.

So i made the jump to a used 3570k and mobo .....and at stock speeds the games were sooooo much smoother. Have since bumped it up to 4.5 and not looking back. used 3570k+mobo runs you around $200. Get a 3770k i7 for not a lot more.

I find it hard to recommend any amd chip at a new price at this point...there are such better options for less.

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TechGuyYT August 10, 2016

Wow, so many replies. (I need to get on Reddit more often!)

Thanks for all the help, and maybe I should go for an Intel build instead. Could someone maybe show me an Intel build about $300 that would outperform the 880K and maybe even the 8320E?

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SangeetKhatri August 10, 2016

What do you think about this? Change the case as per your needs, but this is a cheap case that gets things done. Good airflow, 2007ish cable management. Just cable tie everything to the empty space on the panel.

The i5 goes upto 3.4 Ghz and should be pretty good. You can always upgrade to a i7 if you have money later down the road. Just buy a used 4770 or similar i7 if you want to upgrade.

As for the board, if you don't need more PCI express slots and can manage with 4 SATA slots then you should be fine with this case. At least it has USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/sec ports, which is good for this price. Note : No USB 3.0 headers, only two USB 3.0 ports on the back. Still better than what you got 3 years ago for the same price, especially on AMD FM2 board that I still have :(

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.33 @ OutletPC Motherboard Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $41.98 @ Newegg Memory PNY Anarchy 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $40.00 @ Amazon Case Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case $22.99 @ Micro Center Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $27.99 @ NCIX US Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total (before mail-in rebates) $342.29 Mail-in rebates -$35.00 Total $307.29 Generated by PCPartPicker 2016-04-27 02:07 EDT-0400
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oristomp August 18, 2016

I'd recommend the 8320e and Gigabyte 970A-UD3P, much cheaper than the 990FXA-UD3, but still a quality board with VRM cooling and 8+2 power phase to overclock the 8320e with.

With the 8320e, you have a good chance of getting yourself a PGS batch, you'll easily reach a 4.2GHz overclock, could even push it to 4.5GHz - people have been able to reach 5GHz, but I wouldn't push it that high.

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Zuhair4191 June 14, 2020

Need help buying first PC

Hello all! I am very new to the PC world and i am looking to buy my first pc with a budget around £500 i would primarily be playing warzone and i want to be able to achieve a stable 60fps. i don't know anything about graphic cards however i have found 2 PCs which i am interested in buying. the specs are:

i7-860 Quad  Core, 2.80Ghz (3.46GHz Turbo) x 4 Cores + 8 Threads, 8MB Smart-Cache

16GB RAM

SSD - 120GB + 500GB SATA Hard Drive

Nvidia GTX 1050, 2GB DDR5, HDMI, DVI-D

Windows 10 Pro 64


and the 2nd is:


Processor - AMD Athlon X4 880k

Motherboard - Asus A88XM - PLUS

Graphics Card - GTX 1050

Ram - 16GB

Storage - 500gb HDD 7200rpm

which would be the better to buy for warzone?

i would also be open to any suggestions for PCs in my budget too

thank you

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Broadbanned June 18, 2020

Out of those two, I'd build my own brand new instead:

PCPartPicker Part List

Type Item Price CPU AMD Ryzen 3 3200G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor £75.00 @ Amazon UK Motherboard MSI B450M PRO-M2 MAX Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard £61.95 @ Ebuyer Memory Patriot Viper 4 Blackout 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3200 CL16 Memory £64.45 @ Ebuyer Storage Crucial P1 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive £58.90 @ CCL Computers Video Card Asus Radeon RX 570 8 GB STRIX GAMING OC Video Card £139.99 @ Amazon UK Case Xigmatek Scorpio MicroATX Mid Tower Case £28.00 @ Ebuyer Power Supply EVGA B3 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully Modular ATX Power Supply £59.99 @ Amazon UK Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total £488.28 Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-06-08 15:27 BST+0100
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NothingButCubing June 14, 2020

i looked it up and that’s 634 USD. For that price you could probably build one yourself that would be better than either of those. Maybe Ryzen 5 1600 AF which is only 100 usd on amazon right now which is an absolute steal, and maybe combine that with an rx 570, or maybe even an rx 580

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Zuhair4191 June 24, 2020

hey actually on ebay i don't mind buying it second hand it is going for £369

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MemeDealer0515 July 13, 2020

Gpu Problem Help!

So, I bought a GTX 1080 Strix. My CPU is X4 880K (plan to upgrade it soon) and PSU is LitePower 550W. Problem is when I play games. Random crashes occur I guess it is either PSU or CPU bottleneck (I didn't have crashes before) or maybe it's something else. GPU seems fine to me, maybe it mined seller didn't say anything, can that be problem? Any Help?

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R3ntora July 11, 2020

did you install the newest drivers for your gpu?

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MemeDealer0515 July 11, 2020

I guess the problem was in old gpu driver but I will test it tomorrow so I can be sure, thanks anyway

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ethan11698 July 21, 2020

PC Not Booting Help!

So I have recently upgraded my PC from an AMD Athlon 880k 16gb 1600MHz RAM and a GTX 1050ti using a Gigabyte fm2+ Micro ATX board to a Ryzen 5 3600 with 3200MHz RAM and the same GPU on an ASUS B450m-A.

However, after putting my new components in the fans all come on including he CPU and GPU fans and LEDs but no display comes on through the monitor. I have tried reseating the RAM and GPU but the problem persists.

It is also worth noting I’m unsure of what PSU it uses aside from it being 500w as I got this pre built from a reputable company. One thing to note is that my PSU only has 1 x 4 pin connector for the CPU which is plugged in and I read it should boot with this but other places say it wouldn’t. I have ordered a 4 to 8 pin adapter until I can get a new PSU hoping this will fix it. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Kev993 August 22, 2018

Need help with Athlon X4 880k

Hello! I'm pretty new to overclocking and I was wondering if overclocking my AMD Athlon X4 880k 4GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) would be a good idea and actually noticeable eventually (particularly for playing CPU-intensive games like Assassin's Creed Origins [running at 100% CPU consumption even with OC 4.4GHz).

As indicated, I've already tested up to 4.4GHz but didn't notice any change in playing on high settings so far (I've only played for about 1h). Would it still be 'recommendable' to set it to 4.4GHz and leave it there?

In the Bios, I have the options of setting the vcore to 1.35, 1.5, 1.8, auto. Running on auto, CPU-Z tells me it's around 1.45-1.55 when playing AC Origins. Adjusting and applying settings through AMD Overdrive causes my screen to go black, then comes back on with me being signed out with continued blacking out until I restart (edit: after re-installation, it works now). But according to Overdrive, voltage is set to 1.4875 by default.

At 4.4GHz & auto vcore, the thermal margin of AMD Overdrive is 5 - 15 °C when playing. 72°C real temp is the max value on the AMD website I think. Is that value too low or to be expected? During normal operation, it's at 40 - 50 °C thermal margin. 4.4GHz gives me a 50 points boost on Novabench. Is that in any way significant or would it be just about as good as leaving it at 4GHz? Is there a better tool to measure improvement?

When playing, my GPU is running at about 50% and my RAM at 100%. I'm still at 4GB ram and about to add 4 more. It would be very helpful if anyone could tell me how much ram is actually best for my system.

Sorry for so many questions but it would be very nice if someone with more experience could help me :)

My specs:

  • Win 10 64x

  • AMD Athlon X4 880k (possibly with Wraith cooler)

  • GeForce GTX 970

  • Kingston 4GB DDR3 1600mhz

  • MSI A78M-E45 V2 FM2+

  • 450W power supply

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aForgedPiston August 22, 2018

Sounds like you've actually got things well in hand, and you've clearly done a fair vit of your own research :] What you've described is a system bottleneck at your RAM due to quantity. While the Athlon II X4 880K is not by any means a powerful modern quad core, even it cannot reach its full potential under 4 GB of RAM. This is why you didn't notice a difference with an overclock! Upgrade to 8 or 16 GB and you'll likely see a significant difference.

I'm far from an overclocking expert, but turn off auto vcore and find a manual value that jives well. I am told automatic anything involving voltage is potentially damaging for the chip.

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Kev993 August 14, 2018

Thank you very much for your help :) Just received the 4GB RAM that I had ordered (so, now 8GB). I'll see if I can see some noticeable difference now

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flowies123 January 05, 2020
Can i use a Athlon X4 880k and a GTX 1060 to stream?
So basically I already have a gaming PC that I play on. After upgrading and building it I have collected lots of extra parts. With those parts I was planning on building a streaming PC. I know that a streaming PC does not really need to have really good specs so I was wondering if a AMD Athlon X4 880k (4 Cores, 4 Threads, boost 4.2 GHz) and a GTX 1060 would be able to handle some 1080P good quality streaming using Streamlabs OBS new NVENC Hardware which mostly uses the GPU.

Thanks
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Lutfij October 07, 2009
You should be good to go though I think you might need a better CPU than that but tinkering with details will net you the best possible results on those two parts. You will also need to make sure that like any standard system, that the parts in the system are capable of working with each other and that you're not running them off a dodgy PSU.
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14edwjar December 22, 2019
What do you suggest i upgrade in my laggy PC?
Specs:
Graphics card: nvidia geforce gtx 1050 ti
Processor: Amd athlon 880k quad core
Ram: 16Gb DDR 3
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-F2A68HM-H FM2+ AMD

At the moment i cant run GTA and sometimes i even lag on games like Brawhalla. Any help would be appreciated thanks
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4745454b April 29, 2006
The 2600 is a good chip at the moment. I think it's around $120 or so. Add in an $80 board and 16GBs of ram and you should be just under $300. Will breathe new life into your GPU.
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ethanHDH October 29, 2019
Best B450 option for around £100
So I've been planning a CPU upgrade to replace my poorly coping Athlon x4 880k, and with the money I have my I've concluded my best option is a Ryzen 5 2600. I'm going to be pairing this with 16GB of 3200MHz memory.
Where my issue lies is choosing a suitable B450 Motherboard, I should state that I'm not too interested in OCing, with the only exception being the timings of the memory.
I was looking at Gigabyte's Aorus B450 Pro, or MSi's B450 Tomahawk, but can't decide and was looking for advice or other recommendations. I would like to put a limit of around £110 due to my tight budget.
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Dark Lord of Tech August 18, 2009
PCPartPicker Part List

Motherboard: Asus ROG STRIX B450-F GAMING ATX AM4 Motherboard (£115.14 @ Aria PC)
Total: £115.14
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Damianus G. October 22, 2019
computer won't start with LED ON
computer suddenly became unable to be turned on... (not passing POST)... after a hard shutdown, it could boot up into windows but after a couple minutes mouse, keyboard, and other devices didn't work (off) and then the screen went black (monitor didn't get signal) but the power button led stayed on. after that, the pc sometimes able to boot only for a couple minutes and the black screen happened again.

I tried to reseat the processor, graphics card, and the ram then clean the pc from dust. but now it won't boot at all. if i push power button, the led turns on but no sign that the computer (even psu's fan) start to work. i tried a to check the component the psu is working, processor and ram is working and gpu card is working as well.

I only find that if my motherboard's 4pin connector (cpu) is connected, even the psu won't start. does that mean my motherboard is toasted? if so, can anyone tell me why? because yesterday it works flawlessly and no update or anything else. Just normal daily use of photoshop and illustrator.

My pc was:
CPU: Athlon X4 880K
Motherboard: asrock fm2a68m-dg3+
RAM : 12GB ddr3 (1x4 & 1x8) @1600Mhz
PSU : Seasonic S12ii 520W 80+ Bronze
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R_1 September 08, 2015
How To - "No POST", "system won't boot", and "no video output" troubleshooting checklist "No POST", "system won't boot", and "no video output" troubleshooting checklist This checklist is a compilation of troubleshooting ideas from many forum members. It's very important to actually perform every step in the checklist if you want to effectively troubleshoot your problem. 1.Did you... forums.tomshardware.com step 17 what is your speaker saying?

canned diagnostic speaker rant: speaker making 101
The diagnostic speaker is the motherboards main diagnostic feedback device.
the motherboard may be telling you where the problem is.
my speakers have this plug
http://images.crutchfieldonline.com/graphics/infolib/homelib/hSpeakerSpringClip.jpg
I use lamp wire but any stranded wire will do. literally any stranded wires. strip one end like so
http://www.antiquelampco.com/Shades/CordColors.jpg
attach the stripped end into the speaker spring clips on the speaker.
the other end of the wire should be trimmed like so the semi strip
https://wesbellwireandcable.com/images/cutwire.png
by doing a semi strip the wire case is now the socket.
plug one wire to the first pin, and the second onto the fourth pin.
power on the system and listen for beeps
end canned rant

to test the motherboard remove the RAM and try to boot with the speaker connected, this should universally trigger the no RAM boot code. if you cannot force a beep code in this way in my experience the motherboard is dead.

as to why it happened, IDK. everything works till it doesn't.
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Huntzman October 08, 2019
Is my PSU not powerful enough?
Ok so for a few weeks now whenever i switch my pc on im greeted with a black screen, Everything lights up and fans are spinning but no picture. My initial thought was a dodgy gpu or cable so have checked everything and all is fine there, Ive installed gpu drivers and even re flashed the gpu bios but still happening. Here is a quick run down of my rig...
Amd Athlon x4 880k
8gb Ballistix Ram
128gb ssd / 1TB hdd
AMD RX 460 4GB GPU
Cooler master Hyper H412R cpu fan
4 X LED case fans
Corsair VX450W

I also have the following CONNECTED TO THE PC...
3 X ACER 24INCH MONITORS
ADX LED Gaming keyboard
ADX LED Mouse mat
Logitec G402 gaming mouse
xbox controller via bluetooth adapter
Led Kotion Each Headset
Web cam
Speakers
Wifi dongle

I think thats everything, The power supply in my rig is a Corsair VX450W. Do you think this could be the cause for my black screen issue when powering on? When the black screen appears instead of my windows 10 login screen i press the restart button and it fires up normally as it should. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, Im fairly new to pc gaming and building so please be gentle!!

Cheers
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Diddly November 02, 2006
You should have enough power for that system. The GPU has a draw of 75W and the CPU is 95W TDP. So long as you're not overclocking it ought to be ok. Possibly the PSU is faulty.
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darrell22 July 22, 2019
Do I need a graphics card for a AMD Alton x4 880k CPU
Hi I have just built my first pc do i need a graphics card for my AMD Althon X4 880k CPU as I plugged it in to my Gigabyte GA-F2A78M-HD2 Motherboard hdmi port and no signal on tv but had a spare graphics card from old pc and plugged it in it worked then had picture then.
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Wolfshadw August 03, 2006
Yes, you will need a discrete graphics card as your processor does not include integrated graphics.

-Wolf sends
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tylerhommel July 14, 2019
New cpu (Bang for your buck)
I'm looking for a CPU that is better than the one I have right now. (Capable of recording minecraft with high settings: 1080p 120FPS + Render with sony vegas 14 at 1440p 60fps)
Motherboard: ASROCK FM2A88M
CPU: AMD Athlon 880k
GPU: Nvidia 1050 ti
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DSzymborski November 19, 2010
You'll need DDR4 RAM, so your existing RAM doesn't help here.

Some kind of budget neighborhood really would be useful. I'd be looking at a Ryzen 3000 series, but I have no idea if that's in your budget range.
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Marius1951 July 08, 2019
motherboard/cpu/graphic card
have a bit of a dilemma. Have a system at the moment with- F2a68hm-ds2(po)Version fb motherboard-amd a6 5400K CPU- Nvidea GTX 760 (2gb) Graphic card. These components having a conflict ( cpu-gpu ) or maybe more correct described a bottleneck from around 48 %. ( cpu is to weak. )
I own three Intel cpu`s. The intel i7 2600 ( socket 1155 )/intel i5 750 ( socket 1156 ) and the intel i5 3470 ( socket 1155. I am thinking to buy AMD athlon x4 880K or the AMD A10 7890K. Why? Because they fit on my MB ( fm 2+ ) and are a good match with the GTX 760. Budget is around 100 euro and my dilemma is .......do I choose for the amd cpu, or buy an Intel 1155 socket board and use the i7 2600 that is 45 % better in all tasks, but to strong for the GTX 760. Please some realistic advise.
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SkyNetRising January 04, 2016
Surely you can find $40.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Gigabyte-GA-B75M-HD3-motherboard-Socket-1155-DDR3-Intel-B75-Express-100-working/182487526237?epid=139851069&hash=item2a7d1aab5d:g:DMsAAOSwOgdYxhou