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AMD A10-6800K Richland 4.1GHz (4.4GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop Processor - Black Edition AMD Radeon HD 8670D
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: My first CPU died about 4 hours after first firing it up. I'm not sure what happened but the system would not post, no beeps, no video. Just the case fans would run.

I replaced the motherboard and CPU and the system is running great with a 6.9 WEI.

I strongly recommend the Coolermaster 212+ or Evo cooler with this CPU. Mine was sitting around 40C in the bios screens but never got to even 50C while gaming.

I'll be building another for the kids to use.

Cons: runs hot, aftermarket cooler mandatory, possible quality control issues.

Other Thoughts: I've always had weird issues when building AMD systems. I've been using strictly Intel for the last 10+ years without issue. This was chosen for a 'bang for the buck' system and you get a whole lot of bang for the buck with this CPU over a Haswell i5

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MSI A88X-G43 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: 3x USB 2.0 headers + USB 3.0 header. Good memory support. Lots of PCI-E slots.

6.9 WEI with A10-6800K & DDR3 1866 memory (XMP profile #1)

Cons: Loose heat sinks, easy to resolve with a twist on a phillips head screw driver. This is disappointing on your shiny new motherboard but it should be no means be a deal breaker.

The big annoyance with this board is they made it very shallow and it doesn't use the 3rd row of case stand offs for support. I had to support the motherboard from underneath while plugging in the 24 PIN power.

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HP LaserJet Pro P1102w Workgroup Up to 19 ppm Monochrome Wireless 802.11b/g/n Laser Printer
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Windows and Mac support
Wireless
USB connectivity option
Energy saving printer but instant wake up and print.
ePrint remote print support

Cons: Must install the install package to setup printer on your target machine. It isn't a 'regular' IP printer.
The Mac driver / utility is HORRIBLE on Max OS X. Once installed it's fine but the install file is malformed and poorly rendered. i got installed by dumb luck.

Other Thoughts: i'm happy with the purchase of this printer. I am used to enterprise class printers and this definitely is a notch or two below those.

The trick to this printer is to install it on one PC with the USB cable connected when prompted. It will walk you through the configuration and have you un-plug the cable once wireless is configured. Once you get through all this it just works.

For the Windows clients you can browse to the printer's web interface to install the driver / utility.

The ePrint isn't as elegant as I expect Airprint is but it works. Basically you e-mail whatever file you want to print to a custom e-mail address and your printer will get the print job from the internet all on it's own. This allows you to print from any device that can send an e-mail attachment. It also means you can print a form to home from work etc. Pretty cool.

The other big plus is there is virtually ZERO warm-up time with this printer. It starts printing almost immediately from when you hit print, even if it is in a sleep state. No more waiting while the printer warms the fuser.

This is a great choice for a small Office / Home Office environment, especially if you need the wireless connectivity.

The only feature I disabled is direct print and this is just because I didn't feel the need to have an open AP running from the printer for people to directly connect and print to the printer. This might work out in a hotel or library or something but aside from that use case you'e better off to disable direct print.

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Shawn Q.'s Profile

Display Name: Shawn Q.

Date Joined: 11/19/04

  • Reviews: 23
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  • First Review: 05/30/06
  • Last Review: 09/08/14
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