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Might as well be Pac-Man!! 06/26/2014
Fast! Even when pushing the processor to the limit, it still manages to run flawlessly. The stock heatsink does a decent job at cooling, though an after market cooler might be preferred.
The main reason for not giving 5 eggs is because of the stock fan it came with. At idle, even when setting the fan controller to the lowest speed, it still ran at about 3500 RPM and at max speed ran at 6500 RPM and sounded like a leaf blower in my case anytime the processor went over the set thermal limit. (which I had to adjust on my board so the leaf blower wouldn't start). I was able to remedy this by swapping the fan for the one on my old AMD board which cut the noise significantly. Replacing the fan also led to the discovery of my second and third con.
When replacing the fan, I discovered it was not mounted with screws but with tiny plastic clips, which, as I'm sure many builders are aware, can easily break if not handled delicately and if they break, its going to render the stock cooler useless.
And my last con pertains to the heatsink, or at least the AM3 mounting clamp it uses. After removing the fan I noticed the clamp was pressing a few of the fins on the heatsink together and bending others. It doesn't seem to effect the cooling significantly, but it is something to note.
Overall the processor is great and don't regret the purchase. I would however recommend purchasing an after market cooler as the stock fan is cheap and the heatsink is poorly designed.
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