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Pros: Timings set manually in my Gigabyte UD3 990FX motherboard, then ran smoothly. I don't expect for RAM to always clock in on it's own, but dang, would that be cool..
Speedy RAM. Much fast. So vroom. 1600 MHz, can't complain about that, am I right? Heh, no, you can't, though I got my 2 x 4 GB sticks for 59.99$ on sale.
The colors look nice in my AMD setup, despite AMDs current colors are displaying Black/Red. I like blue though, despite me not feeling blue at all about this RAM.
Cons: < This word is on the wrong page. Move on over to another page, please.
Other Thoughts: If I were you, I'd simply wait for this to go on sale. It's 90$ at the moment...I got it for two thirds of that price, and that's superb price per performance if you go the cheaper route and sit it out. Though, it is entirely up to you.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: - This thing is POWERFUL. It's ran EVERY game I've thrown at it at 60+ FPS. I've actually never seen it dip below 85 FPS. Dang, that's nuts since I started with a Radeon HD 7770...
- This thing is deadly quiet, and deadly cool, temperature wise and looks wise. Right now it's idling at 23C...incredible. I ran some benchmarks by Unigine's Engines, and every mark, would top out around 150+ FPS on Extreme/Ultra settings. Jeebus.
- I don't know if this is still the best single-GPU card on the planet, but if it isn't, it's still really, REALLY close.
- I have yet to have errors with this thing. No anomalies, no screen tears, no nothing.
- Shadowplay is really, really cool. Runs without taking even a small hit on the GPU. Minority hit, really, like, 5 FPS at *most*.
Cons: - Wouldn't work in my older ASRock mobo, so I upgraded to a Gigabyte 990FX UD3 board (Rev 4.0).
- Price, I know I'm not a verified owner, because I actually bought this from a friend (barely used) for 400$.
Other Thoughts: Regardless on cooling, I'm sure this thing is capable of getting a little warmer if you don't have good cooling. I have a Corsair Vengeance C70 case, and I have two fans pointing at this thing, and it keeps it frosty. Do the same if you want similar temps and have a similar-class case that provides lots of cooling and airflow to keep your GPU happy.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASRock 880GM-LE FX AM3+ AMD 880G + SB710 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: - Supports the FX series CPUs! (I have in 8350 in it.)
- Simple, budget board, but has some nice features to it.
- Doesn't get very warm at all with the NB/SB.
- Beginner level overclocking capabilities. Kept my FX 4350 @ 4.5GHz stable, and I managed to overclock that to 4.9GHz before it started complaining. Got my FX 8350 up to 4.7GHz, and it decided it didn't like that above 4.5GHz.
- Cheap, does good for basic, day to day things. See other thoughts, also!
Cons: - The colors, though a motherboard isn't designed for staring at unless you're an Enthusiast making a build and want it to look like a hot date. And let's face it; this is no Enthusiast board.
- Not the best overclocker, I just kinda know what I'm doing in that region. If you're looking for overclocking, and you have a higher budget than this...go for the Fata1ity if you're into ASRock.
- Doesn't support 700 series Nvidia cards. Tried updating everything, flashing the BIOS...you name it. Even contacted Nvidia. Posted just fine for a Radeon 7970, though, and it's ran my 7770 for the past seven months.
Other Thoughts: Don't overclock with this. This is a board for day-to-day use, though I used it for gaming for a good seven months, and don't get me wrong, it has served me well!
Like I said, look into a 'higher priced' board with better power phases and beefed regulators. Then you'll be in a safer zone for overclocking without any/or less risk to your hardware. Economics declare; dat sheet ain't cheap yo!