This computer was running on a 9600K and RTX 2060 that I purchased in 2018. At one point I upgraded to a 2080 Super so I could get better frame rates at 1440p. I never had any intention of upgrading the processor for at least three years at which point I would build a system around something current, be that either AMD or Intel. But then a 9900KS became available at a good price. I was speaking with a vendor about hardware and he mentioned they had a 9900KS with a broken plastic case which they were looking to unload. He offered it to me for less than a 9900K at MSRP so I jumped on it for no particular reason other than it seemed like a good deal. I was getting great frame rates with my 4.9 GHz 9600K but this seemed like too much value to pass up. Please remember that this computer isn't used for any productivity whatsoever, it's purely for my game fixes and web browsing.

This 9900KS seems to be a pretty good one too. I have it running at 5.2 GHz with 1.350v. I haven't pushed the core voltage any lower but I do plan to do further tweaks in the BIOS to see just what the processor can do. I had the DRP4 on the 9600K and believed I would be swapping it out for a 280mm AIO with the 9900KS but the temps are really good with my air cooler & GC-Extreme compound. I get mid 60's in games and mid 80's running stress tests. It never, ever breaks 70c doing anything I use the computer for daily. I'm going to leave it be for now but I haven't ruled out an AIO in the future. I was able to sell the 9600K and MSI RTX 2060 to recoup a nice chunk of the upgrade cost.

I was also a little concerned about the Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro saddled with an overclocked 9900KS but it completely appears to be humming along with no issue. If problems do arise I'll cross that bridge then. The memory is 32gb (2x16gb) of CORSAIR Vengeance LPX DDR4 3600 16-18-18-36 Samsung B-Die CMK32GX4M2K3600C16 So far it's been solid running at 3600 15-16-16-30, that's all I've pushed so far.

Gaming is just great but I have to admit I don't believe my money was likely well spent, at least not today. For the most part it feels really close to my OC'd 9600K using the same hardware currently installed. Maybe down the road a year or two any improvement will become noticeable. Just for the record I'm sure I would have been totally happy with a Ryzen 3900X but things played out as they did and it was a super simple upgrade.

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  • 29 days ago
  • 1 point

Did you have any issues with the RAM fitting with CPU cooler? I am thinking of the same cooler and RAM with a ASUS AMD AM4 ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero Wi-Fi and AMD RYZEN 9 3900X.

  • 17 days ago
  • 1 point

No issues with the RAM but I purchased this style memory because I knew it wouldn't interfere from carefully reading different spec sheets and looking at web photos. This is pretty much some of the shortest memory with heat-spreaders on the market I believe.

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