AMD FX-9590 Review

High-end Desktop processor released in 2013 with 8 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 4.7GHz, max speed at 5GHz, and a 220W power rating. FX-9590 is based on the Vishera 32nm family and part of the FX series.
Price 58%
Speed 64%
Productivity 43%
Gaming 73%
Category Desktop
Target high-end
Socket Compatibility AM3+
Integrated Graphics None
Cooler Included No
Overclock Potential 1 %
Year 2013 Model
Price 495.92 USD
Number of Cores 8 Cores
Number of Threads 8 Threads
Core Frequency 4.7 GHz
Boost Frequency 5 GHz
Max Stable Overclock 5 GHz
Power Consumption 220 W
Manufacturing Process 32 nm
L3 Cache 8 MB
Maximum Supported Memory 32 GB
Price-Value Score 58 %
Speed Score 64 %
Productivity Score 43 %
Gaming Score 73 %
Max 1080p Bottleneck 51.3 %
Max 1440p Bottleneck 25.6 %
Max 4K Bottleneck 12.8 %
Overall Score 37/100

The FX-9590 is one of AMD's high-end Desktop processors. It was released in 2013 with 8 cores and 8 threads. With base clock at 4.7GHz, max speed at 5GHz, and a 220W power rating. The FX-9590 is based on the Vishera 32nm family and is part of the FX series.

Increased IPC improvements, along with the massive turbo boost of 5GHz mean that even in single core performance – long a weak link of AMD’s processors – comes within reaching distance of rival chips.

As the higher-priced version of the FX-9370, the FX-9590 has higher base and Boost frequencies of 4.7 and 5 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 FX-9370's PPT tops out at 220W, while the motherboard can pump up to 142W to the FX-9590 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.

Value seekers who aren't afraid to press the Precision Boost Overdrive button and have sufficient cooling should look to the FX-9370 for roughly equivalent performance to the FX-9590, particularly if gaming factors heavily into the buying decision. That could save you money, reinforcing our decision to give the FX-9370 an Editor's Choice award.

What this all means is that the AMD FX-9590 is an absolute beast when it comes to multi-threaded workloads, especially at this price point. If you're counting on doing some video editing or compiling one hell of an Excel spreadsheet, you're going to see firsthand a performance boost with the FX-9590.

If extended overclocking and boost frequencies are trivial matters to you, AMD also offers the FX-9370 at $594.55. It’s still outfitted with 8-cores and 8-threads, but clocks in at a slower 4.4GHz and maxes out at only 4.7GHz.

The FX-9590 clocks up to 5Ghz just as it promises on the box, and with AMD’s software you can take one of the cores all the way up to 5.1GHz. 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 high-end chip, you’ll want (and need) to splurge on an enthusiast-grade A78, NVIDIA GeForce 7025, NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a motherboard.

Which GPU to Pick for AMD FX-9590

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 FX-9590.

Graphics Card Price Cost Per Frame Avg 1080p Avg 1440p Avg 4K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 24GB $ 1,599 $ 8.3 192.7 FPS
225.3 FPS
167.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 4.4 179.8 FPS
210.2 FPS
156.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XTX 24GB $ 999 $ 5.7 173.9 FPS
199.6 FPS
135 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080 16GB $ 1,199 $ 7.2 167 FPS
195.1 FPS
144.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB $ 799 $ 5 160.4 FPS
187.4 FPS
139.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7900 XT 20GB $ 899 $ 5.7 158.1 FPS
181.5 FPS
122.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 24GB $ 1,499 $ 10 150.1 FPS
169.2 FPS
118.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6950 XT 16GB $ 1,099 $ 7.6 143.7 FPS
164.9 FPS
111.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti 24GB $ 1,999 $ 14.1 141.3 FPS
165.1 FPS
122.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT 16GB $ 999 $ 7.1 140.7 FPS
159.5 FPS
109.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT 16GB $ 649 $ 4.9 132.5 FPS
150.2 FPS
103.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 20GB $ 799 $ 6.1 130.8 FPS
150.5 FPS
109.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 10GB $ 699 $ 5.3 130.8 FPS
147.5 FPS
103.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 12GB $ 599 $ 4.7 126.3 FPS
143.9 FPS
105.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti 10GB $ 599 $ 5.3 112.2 FPS
127.6 FPS
90.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6800 16GB $ 579 $ 5.5 104.9 FPS
119 FPS
81.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB $ 499 $ 5 100.1 FPS
112.8 FPS
78.9 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN RTX 24GB $ 2,499 $ 27.2 91.9 FPS
107 FPS
75.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti 11GB $ 1,299 $ 14.5 89.4 FPS
104.2 FPS
73.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6700 XT 12GB $ 479 $ 5.4 88.3 FPS
100.9 FPS
68.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8 GB 8GB $ 399 $ 4.6 86.8 FPS
100.3 FPS
72.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8GB $ 399 $ 4.9 82 FPS
94.9 FPS
67.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB $ 699 $ 8.6 81.2 FPS
93.6 FPS
65.5 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6650 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 5.1 78.3 FPS
89.9 FPS
62.1 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN V 12GB $ 2,999 $ 38.5 77.8 FPS
90.6 FPS
65 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB $ 299 $ 3.8 77.8 FPS
90.3 FPS
65 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 7600 8GB $ 269 $ 3.5 77.7 FPS
89.3 FPS
61.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB $ 699 $ 9.1 76.7 FPS
87.5 FPS
60.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB $ 379 $ 5.2 73.5 FPS
83.9 FPS
57.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB $ 759 $ 10.6 71.9 FPS
83.5 FPS
58.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB $ 499 $ 7 71.5 FPS
80.6 FPS
56.3 FPS
NVIDIA TITAN Xp 12GB $ 1,199 $ 17 70.5 FPS
80.6 FPS
57.6 FPS
AMD Radeon VII 16GB $ 699 $ 9.9 70.5 FPS
80 FPS
55 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB $ 399 $ 5.8 68.7 FPS
77.9 FPS
53.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB $ 499 $ 7.4 67.7 FPS
75.3 FPS
53.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 8GB $ 200 $ 3 67.7 FPS
77.9 FPS
56.1 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12GB $ 329 $ 4.9 67.3 FPS
76.1 FPS
53.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8GB $ 400 $ 6.2 64.1 FPS
70.1 FPS
48.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5700 8GB $ 349 $ 5.5 62.9 FPS
71.4 FPS
49 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB $ 499 $ 8.2 61.1 FPS
68.3 FPS
47 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB $ 350 $ 5.8 60.3 FPS
64.5 FPS
44 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT 6GB $ 279 $ 4.7 59.4 FPS
66.8 FPS
45.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 295X2 4GB $ 1,499 $ 26.2 57.2 FPS
63.1 FPS
46.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB $ 499 $ 8.7 57.1 FPS
64.8 FPS
44.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 8GB $ 409 $ 7.2 56.6 FPS
63.2 FPS
43.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 6GB $ 249 $ 4.5 55.4 FPS
61.4 FPS
42.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN X 12GB $ 999 $ 18.2 55 FPS
60.8 FPS
41.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB $ 279 $ 5.2 53.8 FPS
60.2 FPS
41.3 FPS
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB $ 399 $ 7.5 53.5 FPS
60.6 FPS
41.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB $ 399 $ 7.7 52.1 FPS
57.7 FPS
39.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 SUPER 6GB $ 229 $ 4.5 50.8 FPS
56.8 FPS
39 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB $ 649 $ 13.5 47.9 FPS
53.2 FPS
36.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6GB $ 220 $ 4.6 47.8 FPS
53.4 FPS
36.6 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB $ 279 $ 6.2 45.3 FPS
49.2 FPS
33 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB $ 649 $ 14.9 43.5 FPS
50.6 FPS
35.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 SUPER 4GB $ 160 $ 3.8 41.6 FPS
46.4 FPS
31.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 8GB 8GB $ 199 $ 4.8 41.2 FPS
44.7 FPS
29.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB $ 549 $ 13.4 41.1 FPS
45.1 FPS
31.2 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 580 8GB $ 229 $ 5.7 40.2 FPS
43.6 FPS
29.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB $ 649 $ 16.4 39.6 FPS
45.2 FPS
31.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK 6GB $ 999 $ 26 38.4 FPS
41.8 FPS
30.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 FURY 4GB $ 549 $ 14.7 37.4 FPS
42.6 FPS
29.5 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB 6GB $ 254 $ 6.8 37.3 FPS
40.8 FPS
28 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT 4GB 4GB $ 169 $ 4.6 37 FPS
40.2 FPS
26.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390X 8GB $ 429 $ 11.9 36 FPS
40.8 FPS
28.4 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 3GB $ 170 $ 4.8 35.4 FPS
38.8 FPS
26.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB $ 329 $ 9.5 34.8 FPS
37.7 FPS
26.9 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB $ 400 $ 11.8 33.8 FPS
38 FPS
26.7 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB $ 329 $ 9.8 33.6 FPS
37.3 FPS
24.4 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 570 4GB $ 169 $ 5.1 33.2 FPS
36.8 FPS
24.7 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB $ 149 $ 4.7 31.7 FPS
35.1 FPS
24 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB $ 179 $ 6 29.6 FPS
33 FPS
22.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380X 4GB $ 229 $ 9.2 24.9 FPS
27.4 FPS
19.2 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB $ 249 $ 11.2 22.3 FPS
24.7 FPS
16.3 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 380 2GB $ 199 $ 9 22.2 FPS
24.5 FPS
16.3 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB $ 169 $ 7.7 21.9 FPS
24.2 FPS
16.6 FPS
AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB $ 279 $ 12.9 21.6 FPS
24.1 FPS
15.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB $ 199 $ 9.3 21.4 FPS
23.5 FPS
15.9 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 3GB $ 169 $ 9.1 18.6 FPS
20.4 FPS
13.8 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 560 4GB $ 99 $ 5.8 17.2 FPS
18.7 FPS
12.6 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950 2GB $ 159 $ 9.4 16.9 FPS
18.3 FPS
12.8 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB $ 149 $ 9 16.6 FPS
17.2 FPS
12.1 FPS
AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB $ 149 $ 9.1 16.4 FPS
16.6 FPS
11.7 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 460 4GB $ 140 $ 9.2 15.2 FPS
16.5 FPS
11.2 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB $ 149 $ 10.1 14.7 FPS
14.2 FPS
10.1 FPS
AMD Radeon RX 550 2GB $ 79 $ 6.6 12 FPS
13.1 FPS
8.8 FPS
NVIDIA GeForce GT 1030 2GB $ 79 $ 6.9 11.5 FPS
12.5 FPS
8.1 FPS

Related Discussions and Issues

fraghawk August 10, 2018

[Build Help] Brother went and got a 9590 against my recommendation, what can he use to cool it with?

So a few years back my little brother was looking at building a budget gaming system. He had a small budget so I told him to go with an i3, 4gb ram (this was years ago) and an r7 260x. Well I end up moving out and get busy with living on my own for the first time so we don't really talk for about a year.

I come to my parents house for Christmas and he had gotten his PC bought for his birthday months ago and he assembled it with my dad. He also told me he had troubles with bsods when doing anything that uses lots of system resources. I open task manager just to see what was happening and I see that Instead of following my recommendation, he went and got an 9590 instead because he said 8 cores is better and he found a really good deal second hand. He did this without changing my recommendation for CPU cooler, so he now has a 212 Evo cooling his 9590, undervolted and underclocked of course.

He just got old enough to work at the family business and has saved enough money to get a new cooler. Would an EVGA CLC 240 be a good choice? Budget is 110.

ireallylikevideogame August 12, 2018

So he builds a budget computer with a 9590 which takes enough power to give electricity to a small village and now he wants to cool it with a 110$ cooler?

Your brother is insane.

Also CLC 240 is fine, I'd go for h110i though. They are pretty much the same, just preference.

fraghawk August 24, 2018

He didn't do any research beyond 9590 is 8 cores and therefore 4 times faster than the i3, and he is pretty young and just now old enough to work in the family business (18 for insurance purposes)

Though I do have an old x58 gigabyte tri channel ram board with a xeon in it that would run infinitely cooler on the 212 and be able to be overclocked and offered to trade him and he refused so maybe he is insane lol.

Edit: He is now trying to tell my his r7 260x is good enough for vr

DZCreeper August 16, 2018

Don't blow money on a CPU cooler unless the motherboard is good enough to actually handle the 9590 at or near full speed.

deadgroundedllama August 16, 2018

You don't need an AIO. Here, the TRUE Spirit 140 POWER if it fits in the case, rated for 360W TDP.

boomatog August 15, 2019

980ti + fx 9590 Bottleneck help

Hi there,I have a feeling that my current fx 8350 CPU is bottlenecking my GPU. The fx 9590 is the fastest CPU for my ddr3 am3+ motherboard. Any ideas on how I could find out if buying one and overclocking it would eliminate my GPU bottleneck? Also, I have an aftermarket single fan Coolermaster, would I need to upgrade to water cooling?
Thank you

Dreamerinc August 10, 2019

Honestly Save your money and upgrade to a Ryzen 5 1600 and b350 mobo

KrazleSmile July 09, 2020

AMD fx-9590 system needs upgrading help

I'm trying to get Escape From Tarkov running but having trouble getting over 30 fps even with everything off or low so thinking of upgrading something... I'm not positive on my budget but it's somewhere between 500 and 1000 dollars.

here are my specs:

-Sabertooth 990FX R3.0

-AMD FX-9590 (something I would bet not many people have lol)

-RTX 2060 Super

-2x8gb 933 MHz ddr3 memory (probably the problem)

-1000w psu (I know overkill)

what my ideas were:
-Buy faster ddr3 memory and pray. (cheaper but not sure if it would get me to where I'd like to be ie something like 100 fps gaming)
-Buy something like a ryzen chip with new motherboard and ddr4 ram.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated as I'm not quite sure what my best option is. I have done memory diagnostics and temp checks to make sure my performance problem isn't coming from that.

CrissCrossAM July 16, 2020

Quite a new game with quite old CPU and slow RAM. So my opinion is to lay the FX CPU to rest and go Ryzen. Just replace the CPU, Motherboard and RAM and you'll be gaming on the highest settings at 1080p in any game. The traditional combo is a ryzen 5 with a b450 motherboard and ddr4 between 3000 and 3600MHz. Should cost even less than 500$ if you choose budget parts since you already have a high-end graphics card.

KrazleSmile July 13, 2020

Thanks for the advice this is just what I needed to hear. Was hoping to be able to tough it out with my FX as its quite novelty and I've had it for so long.

as an add-on question do you know if the ryzen 5 3600x is worth 40-50 extra dollars over a normal 3600 if I have some extra to spend?

PeaceChaos July 09, 2020

I would replace the cpu (and therefore ram and mobo) as you suggested

Timinator01 August 28, 2017

Need Some help with an FX-9590

hey guys I need some help overclocking a fx-9590. I've also posted this in r/pcmasterrace where I usually lurk before I found this sub (I figured there's a better chance of finding someone with some experience overclocking a piledriver CPU here)

Here's what I have done:

  • I set up the manual bios profile with static voltages cool 'n quiet and turbo core off the works

    • CPU 4.7 Ghz, Multiplier 23.5, CPU Bus 200Mhz, NB 2200Mhz, HT 2200Mhz, Core 1.45v all default

  • Ran pime95 ~45min 37C stable? (individual cores drop to 1700Mhz and then go back to 4.7Ghz is this a problem?) It also completes fire-strike.

  • Bump up CPU bus by 5Mhz to 205 for ~4.8Ghz cpu speed and test with prime 95, test gets going fans speed up, the temps hit ~50C and the system freezes.

  • Seemed similar to memory issues I had in the past so I dropped the memory speed from 1866 to 1600Mhz and test again this time the computer shuts down completely at 50C. This looks like thermal throttling to me but as I said the core temp was only 50C (i'm using hwmonitor) and I was under the impression that FX CPUs can get to at least 62 C safely.

  • Dropped the settings back to stock and ran prime 95 again - still stable.

  • Bumped back up to 4.8Ghz and bumped the core voltage to 1.46v (maybe too small to make a difference?) and got the same results as in 4. Decided to consult Reddit before bumping up the core voltage any further. I read someplace that the maximum save Core voltage for the 9590 was 1.55V but I was unable to verify that If someone could point me to where I might find out more about that that would be helpful. Also if you see anything I'm doing incorrectly please let me know.

  • Specs:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    Type Item Price CPU AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz 8-Core Processor Purchased For $260.00 CPU Cooler Cooler Master Seidon 120XL 86.2 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Purchased For $0.00 Motherboard Asus M5A99FX PRO R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard Purchased For $119.00 Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-1866 Memory Purchased For $114.00 Storage OCZ Trion 100 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive Purchased For $65.00 Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 970 4GB Superclocked ACX 2.0 Video Card Purchased For $327.00 Case Corsair Carbide Series 300R Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case $77.99 @ Amazon Power Supply Corsair RMx 850W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $109.99 @ Amazon Monitor BenQ GL2760H 27.0" 1920x1080 60Hz Monitor Purchased For $169.99 Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts Total $1242.97 Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-01-22 20:49 EST-0500

    radiator is in push pull

    PSU is high wattage because I originally planned to run SLI 970s and still wanted some headroom

    Running windows 10 with the anniversary update

    Edit: Before Posting I took a look at the wiki for AMD overclocking and some of the links for OC3D and I noticed a couple differences between what I have configured and what's in the posts I read. A. My motherboard defaulted to a HT Link speed of 2200Mhz when guides say default is 2600Mhz B. my CPU LLC is set to High when most others I've seen are set to Ultra High I did this because I wanted to try to be as safe as possible while overclocking as I saw that Jayztwocents (a youtuber) recently fried an FX-8350 while using similar settings (although I believe his Core was at 1.5v or so)

    Basically I'm looking for some more information on what is safe to do with my CPU as well as tips on anything I might be doing wrong in this process. Thanks :)


    Thanks for all the advice unfortunately I won't be able to work on it that much during the week I'll try to remember to update the post on Saturday if I've made any progress.

    idunnowhatthisis August 28, 2017

    Your CPU speeds dropping under load is a sure sign that the VRMs are getting overworked or overheating. This is a pretty common issue on these CPUs since they like to consume lots of power. They are brutal on the VRMs.

    Do you have any airflow over the VRM heatsink? Sometimes it's oversight when you have a solid CPU cooler or AIO but no airflow over them and they will get very hot, very quickly and lead to lots of instability issues.

    Does your motherboard natively support the 220w CPUs?

    Timinator01 August 31, 2017

    I'm gonna try rearranging the aio / fans to get more airflow on the vrm heatsink ... As for 220w support I'm not sure if any of the boards that are compatible support 220W natively I believe most if not all of them required a bios update although mine is one of the ~6 boards that are supposed to work with the cpu

    State_secretary September 06, 2017

    While the chip may not degrade significantly faster with over 1.5 volts, it increases motherboard's component stress by a lot. Your motherboard has solid VRM that can feed enough power to the CPU, but you must ensure it does not overheat or else it will throttle. At least it won't catch fire like MSI or ASRock amd boards could do. Probably the best thing to do is to attach a small fan (e.g. 80 mm often seen in the stock coolers) to blow air to the VRM heat sink.

    Timinator01 September 06, 2017

    The plan is to move my AIO to the top (maybe with better fans) and leave a 120 in the rear position to blow on the vrm

    vagabond139 August 22, 2017

    I wouldn't be suprised if your CPU cooler just isn't enough for all of that heat. Download AMD Overdrive and see what the thermal margin is, if its at 0C or below its your cooler that isn't enough.

    Timinator01 August 25, 2017

    The thermal margin is around 17C when I start seeing problems ... which puts it right about 50C like I was seeing with other programs

    biggest_decision August 13, 2017

    1.5V is really the absolute max limit you want to be hitting. Honestly, your chip probably isn't going to go higher than 4.7GHz. Remember that the 9xxx is already effectively an oc'd 8xxx series chip, so you don't really get much oc headroom with the 9xxx series range.

    hojnikb August 16, 2017

    Yeah, thats a 6 phase board, so you're lucky if you can push fx9 on stock clocks.

    State_secretary August 16, 2017

    This board can handle FX-9000 easily as long as the VRM is kept cool. Even though the VRM configuration is 6+2 phase, it's native and digitally controlled. For instance MSI and Gigabyte usually use doubled phases in their AMD mobos. Also Asus am3+ motherboards from M5A97 Evo upwards have good mosfets that support high currents. And wait, there is more: Asus safety mechanisms and BIOS options are also better than on many of its competitors, so one can tweak more settings and not have the motherboard fry.

    Timinator01 August 22, 2017

    the board is advertised as 6+2+2 phase can you explain why it as the extra +2 I see most of the other boards are either 6+2 or 8+2 or something like that... looking at the board I can see 8 of the power phase circuits by the cpu and two for the ram are two of the ones by the CPU for the chipset or something?

    amd4lyf August 31, 2017

    actually Asus claims this board supports this CPU with the following comment: "FX-9590(FD9590FHW8KHK, 4.7GHz, 8C, L3:8M, 220W,rev.C0,AM3+) Due to the high TDP, please be noted there are limitations while using this CPU(i.e. special thermal required..)"

    Please note that phase number is not all that counts. The quality of the components does also count. Many 8+2 boards out there of other manufacturers are doubled 4+2 done wrong.

    defiancecp August 25, 2017

    I've got the same motherboard as you, and recently ran a 9370. Just wasn't enough to do anything more than a touch over stock even with a really nice custom loop wc; the VRMs would get blazing hot and it would throttle like mad. I even mounted two small fans directly on the vrm heatsinks... which let it run a little longer before throttling :). Even at stock it would happen after a little while. Next time you get throttling, try something - touch the blue heatsink between your chip and the motherboard I/O plate... but do so carefully; I'm going to bet it will be SCORCHING hot :) Or at least, mine was.

    In my experience, this mobo is good enough to generally run these high-tdp chips, but just barely - not enough to push the current up as much as you'd need for significant overclocking :(

    I actually got enough throttling at stock that I gave up, sold off the 9370 and bought an 8370. Got a slight decrease in end-result clock speed (4.5 vs. 4.7), but the better efficiency of this chip means the VRMs are able to keep up better, so it rarely throttles anymore...

    to be honest I generally just run the CPU at stock speed most of the time though :)

    Timinator01 August 25, 2017

    I tried running with my hand on the heatsink and it didn't seem to get too hot ... I may try bumping up the over current protection ... I believe it was only at 110% or so

    HowDoIMathThough September 03, 2017

    The official maximum voltage is 1.5V (page 19). As far as the CPU is concerned you should be fine at 1.55V if you can keep temperatures to 40C.

    However , that motherboard is decent but not amazing, and with a watercooler rather than a top-down air cooler the VRMs won't be getting much airflow. You could try putting some side fans in on your case and retrying the 4.7GHz setting, hopefully it'd reduce VRM temperatures and stop the dropping to 1.7GHz. The 9370 and 9590 are more than overclocked 8350s, they're binned for being higher leakage chips (=better ln2 results) so the power draw and therefore load on the motherboard will be higher. Asus notes on their website, in the compatibility list for that board , that "Due to the high TDP, please be noted there are limitations while using this CPU(i.e. special thermal required..)". Which is almost english but I think they're referring to not just a need for good CPU cooling but also good motherboard cooling.

    amd4lyf September 03, 2017

    Actually max vid is 1.55V. The value you mentioned is what they recommend max for air cooling.

    HighVelocityHD February 11, 2020

    Need help cooling an FX 9590

    Hey guys, so basically i have fx 9590 which i'd like to use however my cooling is not adequate forcing me to upgrade.

    Will the corsair h60 (2018) 120mm work? I will be undervolting the cpu as much as i can and i may underclock it to the low-end of 4Ghz

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