I actually DID buy a 3600 for $150, shipped.
I stand corrected, I apologize.
And if someone could just point me to the best bang/buck out of these new CPUs, which are a mixture of Vermeer, Cezeene, and Renoir, for an ancient B350 board, a Gigabyte Gaming or Gaming 3
, I'm all ears. Asking on behalf of someone still running an R3 1200, which was intended to be a place-holder, and he's getting lower-than 60fps game performance @ 1080P with an RX 570.
The various BIOS implications of these new budget CPUs really mess me up. A beta bios with AGESA 18.104.22.168, is likely what's needed.
Edit: Gigabyte B350 Gaming 3 ATX board, has a T52d BIOS that enables Vermeer and Renoir on this board. The vanilla Gaming board (no 3), does not, although both boards are near identical, both layout and and feature-wise, and share most of their early BIOS revisions. (Download ZIP files are named gaming or gaming_3 as appropriate, but otherwise identical BIOS revision numbers and notes.)
Would a cross-flash of T52d be in order? Is it possible that it would work on the Gaming board (no 3), but they just didn't update the BIOS / CPU support list, because it's a hair too old and missed their cutoff, or otherwise, they're waiting to support it?