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Pros: -Hexa-Core CPU, 6 cores and 6 threads for very smooth multitasking.
-Heat output isn't too bad even with stock cooler (more on that later).
-Comes with case badge, if that matters to you.
-Unlocked and easily overclockable on pretty much any AM3+ motherboard with a decent power phase design.
-Powers through video editing about as well as competing CPUs for a very nice price.
-Has yet to bottleneck my system, despite what people say about Vishera CPUs being too slow for gaming.
Cons: -Stock cooler is obnoxious.
-Power usage is a little high for some.
-Single-Threaded performance is laughable (COMPARED to Intel. Explained below).
-From my own experience, over clocking will yeild benefits, but not as much as you might hope for or in the ways you expect.
Other Thoughts: I bought this CPU for my first ever Gaming PC, which I had up and running, December 31st of 2013 at 11:58 PM. So, I've had this chip running in my system for at least 20 hours a week full gaming load for over 1 year now. What are my observations and thoughts? I love this CPU. Let's break it down a bit.
I LOVE That...
-The FX-6300 is so easily overclockable even on meh motherboards. I have a 970A-D3P from Gigabyte and it's just poorly designed for OC'ing, yet I'm at a stable 4.4Ghz with a Hyper 212 Evo, at 1.4 volts. I haven't actually tried a lower voltage, I keep it higher for stability, if you understand that.
-The 6 threads can tear through video editing... If it isn't too much of a task. I used to render videos for my YouTube channel at 1080P 30FPS with Vegas Pro 12, but once 60FPS became an option, I switched over. Depending on what I edit into the video, the CPU can take a bit to render the thing. 30 FPS content takes half-real time to render at stock speeds (10 minute video takes roughly 20 minutes), and in my experiences, a 4.4Ghz speed shaves off at most a couple minutes. An improvement, and a nice one, but not huge. It does add up, though. And longer videos enjoy bigger time cuts.
-This CPU does not bottleneck my R9 270, even when the GPU is over clocked. I have the core at 1.08GHz and Memory at 5.6Ghz effective, and can play whatever game I want at stable framerates. Even Skyrim and Borderlands 2, CPU intensive games, run above 40 FPS when maxed out. When over clocked, minimum frame rates jump up by about 7-12 in all games, and max FPS generally goes unchanged. This includes Minecraft, TF2, Smite, League of Legends, Tomb Raider, CS:GO, among others. I play on a Samsung SyncMaster B2330 1080P panel which is rated at 75Hz, but in actual use operates at 60Hz consistently.
Despite my happiness with this CPU, I'm still disappointed at a few things...
I HATE that...
-The FX-6300 shows minor improvements when over clocked. Pushing a 900Mhz OC, I was expexting more than 2 minutes off of a video render and roughly 10 FPS increase in minimum framerates in games. Yes, these benefits are actually really great and make things smoother, but I was expecting greater. Expect great, not exceptional.
-Despite not bottlenecking my R9 270, the CPU has to run above 50% in most games I play and sometimes doesn't get FPS as good as an Intel CPU. But isn't that bottlenecking?? No. Bottlenecking does not occur unless the GPU is prevented from running at 95% or more at full load when gaming. The GPU in my system always runs at 98%+ load when gaming, it is not being bottlenecked. However the cores on a Vishera CPU are weaker than Haswell, Ivy Bridge, and lowerclocked Sandy Bridge cores, so they generally yeild meh FPS numbers. The game is very much still playable and fun, but not AS high of a framerate that an Intel will give you.
Overall, I'm happy, but I guess I had my hopes a little too high. Highly recommend this for budget builders like myse
-Despite technically having only 3 physical cores (3 modules, 2 cores per module), acts like a hexa-core CPU. Very nice for multi threaded applications. Sometimes can compete with Intel Core i5 CPUs that cost more than 2X itself.
-8MB of L3 cache help gaming performance
-Overclockable, some of gone higher than 5GHz.
-Less than 100W TDP despite old manufacturing process
-When paired with a nice GPU, graphical performance will be so amazing it will burn your eyes out
Cons: -Runs hot with stock heatsink when gaming. Great for frying eggs. Otherwise, it just gets a little warm.
-Despite being overclockable, some chips require a lot of voltage tweaks and beefy coolers to do the job. Usually a Hyper 212 Evo is enough to surpass 4.0GHz without adjusting voltage but your milage may vary.
Other Thoughts: Oh my glob. I paid $100 USD for this part when it was on a special sale way back months ago. I could have payed $20 more of a 4th gen Core i3 from Intel, and I'm glad I didn't. While rendering content using Sony Vegas or even Movie Maker (Ew) it works like a charm. It's a very fast little chip. Gaming is great. CPU bound titles such as Minecraft will run amazingly well, Minecraft hitting upwards of 400 FPS with normal Render distance and everything maxed out. When playing online, the chip can handle a large amount of work at once and barely ever lags or can't take the heat. With my Hyper 212 Evo, Temps top out at 41 Degrees Celsius even when Turbo Boosting to 3.8GHz. Overall, for $100, I'm getting blazing fast speeds in everything I do. 10 Outta 10, would recommendREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: SteelSeries Siberia v2 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Full-size Headset - White
-Comes in a lot of color options
-Unlike the KrakenPro from Razer, does not need extension cable to use mic
Cons: -Cheap plastic construction
-Mic is quiet until you adjust settings in Windows
-GLOSSY PLASTIC IS UGLY WHY CAN'T COMPANIES REALIZE THIS ALREADY IT'S THE 21ST CENTURY
-Headband cannot be manually adjusted, SteelSeries gets to decide how the headset fits, not the consumer.
-Very little clamping force, sound leaks and bass is really week.
-Circular ear cups, might bother some people
-Pretty weird looking, not the best for public use unless you don't care about aesthetic
Other Thoughts: These headphones were a gift and I only use them to be nice, but also because I'm broke and can't afford to buy a standalone mic and the Kraken Forged that I want. Anyway, if I could, I'd use something else. The build of these headphones is cheap and pretty bad. The plastic creaks when worn and it gets old very quickly. The headband will fit however it wants to, so if you don't have the perfect head, good luck. Due to the loose headband, a lot of sound is lost and bass is very week. Mids are nice but highs are pretty muffled and bad. The headset is decently comfy, but the earcups get very very hot after a few hours. I find myself removing one cup at a time to cool an ear off. The microphone is clear and crisp, but out of the box is inaudible and picks up breathing as if it is magnetically attracted to the mic. It's alright for a headset but not a headset that usually costs about $100. I was pretty disappointed with these cans. I don't understand the popularity since they're really not all that good.READ FULL REVIEW