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ARCTIC MX-2 (30g) Carbon-Based Thermal Compound, Non-Electricity Conductive, Non-Capacitive
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I saw a 10C decrease in processor temperature by using this as opposed to normal ceramic compound, and a 3C drop under load compared to Arctic silver.

Cons: None.

ASRock 990FX Extreme3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Has all the ports I could ever want. Supports full x16 SLI/Crossfire. Lots of fan headers and very good build quality and layout. Nicely laid out graphical UEFI menu allows for meticulous control of overclocking features. If you mess up voltage and it won't boot, EFI will temporarily reset after repeated failure to allow you to fix it. Overall a good solid board.

Cons: Could use one more SATA port. This Realtek audio chipset does not support connector reassignment, my last board did and it was really useful for having headphones plugged in back along with speakers.

Other Thoughts: For it's price it's a VERY good and solid board. For $20-$30 extra you can do better though.

AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5 GHz (4.1 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Six cores, 3.5GHz stock. Pretty solid little chip. Overclocks real well with sllight voltage increases, even with stock cooler it gets to 4GHz with turbocore disabled without going about 60C. Beats the roommates i5. Pair this with an EVO 212 cooler and it'll easily push 4.5GHz.

Cons: Really needs windows 8 to shine. Windows 7 still seems to have issues with the architecture of these chips. Single threaded performance could be better, but that's what they invented overclocking for.

Other Thoughts: As mentioned Windows 7 has issues with these chips. If you have doubts about them use Windows 8 or Linux and they shine. Of course in Windows 7 they are still really good, just have slight scheduling issues.


Timothy L.'s Profile

Display Name: Timothy L.

Date Joined: 09/22/05

  • Reviews: 8
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 03/10/11
  • Last Review: 02/08/14
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