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    Upgrade question

    My son gave me a Asus Prime A320M-K motherboard with a six core 2nd gen processor. Crunches great. Has only one case fan connector. Am considering a 16 core AMD processor to swap out. Being AM4, should work. But the single case fan worries my. Current heat sink is a monster. Would I be pushing my luck going 16 core with this motherboard? Thanks.

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    I would not put anything more than 8 cores in that board, the VRM looks like it would have trouble with 8 and just not run a 12 or 16 properly.

    If you want everything on one PWM controller and you can get an external powered fan controller that reads the MB PWN slot, you could get a fan controller that works with windows or is manual, or you could get fans at the RPM you want and let them go with just molex or sata power.
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    Thanks. I’ll leave this one alone and build a complete system.

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    AMD lists the 3950x can be used on this board. Not sure I would trust it though.
    https://www.asus.com/Motherboards-Co.../HelpDesk_CPU/

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearcatrp View Post
    AMD lists the 3950x can be used on this board. Not sure I would trust it though.
    https://www.asus.com/Motherboards-Co.../HelpDesk_CPU/
    Can work and wont power throttle are two very different things. There are prebuilts that run the 3950 at 65W and they hang out around 2.6ghz. I would not want that, and I would not want to push the VRM until it throttles or blows up.
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