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This review is from: Rosewill RHM-556 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Headset
Pros: Good sound quality, relatively portable, cheap. For the money, it sounds amazing. It's loud enough that you can hear your music without even having to put it over your ears. Sounds good, even to my audiophile friends. The microphone also is good quality, but I didn't use it all that often.
Cons: Microphone easily breaks, not incredibly comfortable (smallish around the ears), annoying retractable microphone.
Other Thoughts: For the money, it's a very good headset.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Fast (and I mean, seriously fast), (relatively) cheap, energy efficient, 6 cores, 3.2 GHz stock, easy to overclock (with either BIOS settings or AMD Overdrive), future-proof, fast. Once again, for emphasis, this chip is FAST.
Cons: Not all cores are fully utilized while gaming or doing normal tasks. In the future, there will be more cores being used (DX11 will help). All six cores are really only going to be fully utilized when doing video encoding or encoding, photo editing. If you are a gamer, this is going to be about as good as a quad core (for now).
Other Thoughts: I upgraded from a 6000+ on an AM2+ board, and am VERY impressed that such an old motherboard could run the latest and greatest (at the time) processor with just a simple BIOS update. I managed to OC this on the stock cooler to 3.6 without any issues, but am not a big enthusiast of OCing, and with a stock clock speed of 3.2GHz, you don't really need to.
The turbo-core feature isn't all it's knocked up to be. If you use the newest All CPU Meter Gadget in Windows 7, you will be able to see the CPU clock fluctuate between 800 and 3200 MHz (in steps of 800) while doing simple tasks. It also allows for multiple cores' clock speed to increase while the others are idle, but generally doesn't happen. It's easy to turn this off or adjust it (instead of 3 cores OCing, it's 5, instead of 3.6, 3.8 or 3.9).
This review is from: ASUS M3A78-CM AM2+/AM2 AMD 780V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Low cost, 4 DIMM slots, 8-channel audio, 6 sata ports, PCIe 2.0 x 16 slot, AM2+ w/ support for AM3.
I used this on the first computer I built, and haven't had a single issue. I've upgraded and expanded the computer excessively, and have had no issues. I started with an AM2 chip (6000+) that was really cheap. Less than a month ago, I managed to put in a phenom x6 1090t after a simple BIOS update and it's now screaming...
Cons: Cramped, not enough expansion ports, DISCONTINUED!!
Other Thoughts: I have have overheating problems with my computer, and have had the side of the case off for several months, but I'm using the stock cooler and had a broken PSU fan for a while.
When upgrading the CPU from the 6000+ to the 1090t, I accidentally took out four screws holding the piece of plastic holding the heatsink in place. I had to rebuild the whole computer and have had no loss of functionality even after all the damage that was done (even with my tiny case). I also managed to reattach every single cable with no issues without using the manual. Very good board for all but the most serious gamers, but if you're crazy enough to do SLI or CrossFire, I doubt you'd care about getting a cheap hexacore and would probably go with Intel...