I used an ASUS ProArt PA328 4K monitor, and I also used an ASUS MG279Q which supports AMD FreeSync to check out different experiences. Keyboard, mouse, and gaming headset came from Corsair.
I had AMD build the system and ship it out. They shipped it without installing the GPU because most damage comes from GPUs breaking the slot during PC shipments. The SSD is an Intel 600P series 256GB.
The FX 8350 comes with AMD's Wraith cooler. The Wraith cooler is not your typical stock cooler; it has two heat pipes, a nice copper base, and a large, powerful fan. You would have to spend at least $30 to buy a better cooler.
AMD sent over an MSI RX 480 GAMING X GPU, which uses a beefy aftermarket heat sink. The GPU also uses multiple large heat pipes, and it looks great installed in the system. Overall, the build looks high-end.
I gathered FPS at stock everything and then tuned both the CPU and GPU to see how far I could push the system. For tuning the CPU, I could have used a Windows program, but instead, I decided to tinker in the BIOS. I prefer overclocking with the multiplier since it's straight forward, so I increased it from 20 to 23.5 and disabled AMD Turbo Core Technology.
I also disabled AMD's Cool'n'Quiet and C1E. The MSI 970A Gaming Pro Carbon requires you to use an offset voltage to increase over stock voltage, I chose +0.14 for the CPU Voltage and +0.12 for the CPU-NB Voltage. To find the stock voltage, you need to reenter the BIOS after disabling AMD's Turbo Core Technology, so you remove the boost it provides when enabled. I could not go higher than +0.14 because I wanted to keep temperatures below 60C.
I used MSI Afterburner to overclock the GPU. I Increased memory clock to 2250MHz from 2000MHz and increased the core to 1356MHz. I also decided to boost the fan speed to its maximum to ensure stability; I was using a headset, so noise wasn't an issue.
Overclocked testing results are done with the CPU at 4.7GHz.
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