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Intel Xeon E3-1246 v3 Haswell 3.5GHz 8MB  L3 Cache LGA 1150 84W Server Processor BX80646E31246V3
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: works well in a z97M gaming mobo by MSI. works just fine with 1600 DDR3 ram in XMP mode. i have a H-60 cooler on it and hits 140F under load and 80F at idle in a cramped case with no air flow....

Cons: none...i bought this instead of an I7 a year or so ago. it out performs the compared I7 in my eyes and cost me less at the time...

Other Thoughts: paired with a 750TI, 16Gb's of 1600 RAM and two SSD's in raid, in one of those small Bit Fenix cases...it costs more than my FX-8350 build, but half the size and way more stable...i still like the FX-8350 better however...

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G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-8GAB
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: the Ares series RAM is good and reliable. The low heat sinks help when you have a massive CPU cooler. i've bought so many different speeds and colors of the Ares RAM and never had a problem with any set. there is not much to say if you know what the CAS speeds compared to the MHZ mean...

Cons: none....i've owned and used all different types in my personal builds and for customers. Ares isn't meant to be overclocked nor does it like it when you mess with the CAS speeds, but if your gonna do that kinda stuff get RipJaws or the Sniper series...

Other Thoughts: i've used these kinda sticks in all kinda builds ranging from 1333 to 2133 speeds. never had an issue. they are made to run at their factory speeds and CAS ratings, so set whatever speed they are in bios and keep their factory set CAS speeds at that speed.

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MSI A88XM-E45 V2 FM2+ AMD A88X 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs very good mid tier mobo... 06/28/2015

This review is from: MSI A88XM-E45 V2 FM2+ AMD A88X 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: reliable, fancy bios, and takes any fm2+ CPU with out updating the bios. i have built 2 computers with this mobo. One uses an A8-7600 with 1866mhz RAM and is used for an everyday use PC that also plays HD movies, watch p orn and look up pictures of cats 24/7. the other is a gaming machine with a 860k and 1866mhz RAM paired with a 750Ti. It plays games just fine and doesn't over heat but you don't want to overclock with this mobo with any 95watt FM2/2+ CPU. all the ports on the I/O work just fine including the display port.

Cons: not really a con because this is not a super fancy mobo, but it only has 4+1 VRM phase. do not overclock and be careful running turbo mode on any cpu with more than 65 watts. don't use 2133mhz RAM or any RAM that uses more than 1.5 volts. if you do, the chip set's will get hot and unreliable. the 860k would shut off and restart during games if turbo was on, same with the A8-7600 when OC'd to 4ghz. HWmonitor would show the temps going way hot and the voltages would bounce around doing crazy things...

Other Thoughts: if you are not overclocking then this is a good mobo for the price, i plan to keep using this mobo in more builds for people that just want a daily use computer...

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Display Name: Russell J.

Date Joined: 06/11/12

  • Reviews: 39
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  • First Review: 06/18/12
  • Last Review: 07/26/15
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