- Feb 19, 2017
I would not put a 16c chip on a B450 board. Don't let the TDP fool you. B450 + R5 3600 will be a budget overclocker's dream, I think. Lots of performance to be had for the money.
In contrast, a 9400F will "just work" and should come in at an even lower price (like $100). Not everyone needs more performance than that.
I've noticed you are very vocal warning people not to use 12 or 16 core CPUs with B350, B450 or even X470 motherboards. This is scaremongering as there is no technical argument to base it on. If manufacturer qualifies their board to work with said processor it will work with it. Only aspect which will be affected is overclockability and this should be highlighted in your posts and not generalizing that it will not work at all or be somehow dangerous.
If you want to bring in argument about current demand on VRM then you need to realise that most of VRMs are rated at 1.2V for the current they deliver and from what I see all Zen 2 CPUs leaked so far operate at higher voltages than that at full boost. I see it as a non-issue.
Granted, there are some weak X370 and B350 boards, but lets not make it sound like all of them are like that.
Sorry for the rant, but I just want to make sure people will not unnecessarily spend money on boards they don't need to upgrade.
I will be upgrading my son's ASUS X370 Prime to 3800X and even OC it a bit, but I fully realized getting maximum from this CPU might not be possible on this board. I'm confident thought I will max it out on AIR at least on CPU clock with air cooling.