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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: This board is excellent for the price. I wont list all of the features because the specifications will show you that; however, just know that for the money comparable boards do not offer as many PCI slots or peripheral support as this model. The on/off charge is quite nice for charging your phone via USB.

Cons: Getting Linux to dual boot/install is a small pain. One must turn on IOMMU in the UEFI/BIOS. Matter of a fact, changing any of the settings may prove a bit difficult for average users and will require some learning of the UEFI, in particular how Windows interrupts your boot sequence.

Other Thoughts: I've included this tidbit in my other thoughts section due to the fact that I have not had a hardware based issue from this board till after a year of ownership. However it has only seen light to moderate usage as I have little to no time for gaming these days. To put it short the PCI-E as well the 4 and 1 slots have ceased to work. This did not bother me as I have tinkered with computers at home and college for years and expect things to just fail sometimes! My issue, thus far, is that Gigabyte has denied my warranty status stating that it has expired. I bought this mobo from NewEgg on 3/29/2013--well within the company's 3 year limited warranty. I can ensure that the motherboard and all "interacting" components were tested thoroughly: power supply voltage--check, video card works in another mobo: check; etc...

With all that said, I still recommend this motherboard! And I still give it Four Eggs, although, I'd really offer 3.5 depending on exactly how this warranty goes through!

AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Best processor for your hard earned cash.
Blows away equivalent Intel processors in speed to value ratio.
As others have mentioned the processor does run relatively cool, especially with a water cooled system. 10 Celsius (sometimes slightly below that) when idle and around 35-40 Celsius while playing Warcraft/SWTOR on their highest presets.

Cons: One thread per core.
Less power efficient than an equivalent Intel Processor.
Stock fan would not fit my gigabyte mobo properly. I have installed well over a hundred in my life, and I do run across this problem on rare occasion--more than likely just a defect on the metal clamp which places pressure on the mobo's heatsink.

Other Thoughts: I have yet to attempt rendering any HD video, but I am sure with the proper rendering software this sucker will chug it out easily.


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Display Name: William B.

Date Joined: 01/19/10

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  • First Review: 04/09/13
  • Last Review: 02/22/14
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