This document provides the answers to frequently asked questions about PC system building requirements and setup. Examples include; how do you install or uninstall an AMD processor, and what is a BIOS and how do I update it.
Please see the AMD How to replace an AMD processor video for full instructions on installing and uninstalling an AMD processor below.
Please see the AMD knowledgebase article on AMD recommended thermal paste.
When running 32bit versions of Windows® operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows®Vista or Windows 7, the maximum amount of memory the operating system can address is 4GB, and this includes graphics card memory. In order to use 4GB or more of memory, switch to a 64Bit version of Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 operating system.
Certain High-End AMD Radeon™ and FirePro™ graphics cards require more power than is provided by the PCI® Express graphics card slot. These graphics cards have an additional power connector that must be connected to the main system power supply. Failure to connect power to a graphics card that requires it will result in a system that does not power up correctly or an error message will appear on screen requesting power to be connected to the graphics card.
The BIOS is the first piece of software to run on a system and is responsible for setting up the hardware in readiness for the operating system to run. For more details on what a BIOS is, why it is important and how to update it, please see the AMD BIOS update video.
Overclocking is the term used for running processors, graphics card or other system components over and above their standard specified values in order to achieve higher speeds and performance.
AMD processors and graphics cards are intended to be operated only within their associated specifications and factory settings. Operating your AMD processor or graphics cards outside of specification or in excess of factory settings, including but not limited to overclocking, may damage your processor/graphics card and/or lead to other problems, including but not limited to, damage to your system components (including your motherboard and components thereon (e.g. memory), system instabilities (e.g. data loss and corrupted images), shortened processor, system component and/or system life, and in extreme cases, total system failure. AMD does not provide support or service for issues or damages related to use of an AMD or ATI processor used outside of processor specifications or in excess of factory settings. Also, you may also not receive support or service from your system manufacturer.
DAMAGES CAUSED BY USE OF YOUR AMD PROCESSOR/GRAPHICS CARD OUTSIDE OF SPECIFICATION OR IN EXCESS OF FACTORY SETTINGS ARE NOT COVERED UNDER YOUR AMD PRODUCT WARRANTY AND MAY NOT BE COVERED BY YOUR SYSTEM MANUFACTURER’S WARRANTY.
The AMD FX™ 9000 Series processors feature a 220 Watt TDP and have three unique requirements:
1) A robust CPU liquid cooling system. The Antec Kuhler H20 925, Cooler Master Nepton 120XL, and Corsair H80i are examples of products with sufficient cooling capacity.
2) A socket AM3+ motherboard that supports processors with a 220 Watt TDP. As of September 15, 2015, the compatible motherboard list is as follows:
3) Chassis exhaust fan mounted near the motherboard VRM components with at least 35CFM of air flow capacity
Recommended Components for AMD FX™ 9000 Series Processors:
At least 8 GB of DDR3-1866 MHz (or faster) memory in a dual-channel configuration is recommended. The optimal choice is AMD Radeon Memory as it is equipped with A.M.P. (AMD Memory Profiles) for the best possible performance, allowing for speeds up to DDR3-2133 on the AMD FX™ 9000 series processor.
For maximum gaming performance, AMD recommends pairing the AMD FX™ 9000 Series processor with an AMD Radeon™ R9 Series graphics card or comparable Nvidia GTX graphics card.
A 600W or higher high-quality power supply recommended at minimum. A higher wattage power supply may be required based on the power draw of other components, specifically the graphics card.