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AMD A4-7300 Richland Dual-Core 4.0GHz Socket FM2 65W Desktop Processor AD7300OKHLBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Inexpensive, yet a great performer. Runs cool, and as a result, very quietly. Very responsive graphic performance. Flawless HD playback.

Cons: Haven't discovered any... I suppose there is a chance one might receive a fan that isn't as quiet as it should be, but that didn't happen with mine.

Other Thoughts: I originally planned using this simply as a "placeholder" in my FM2+ system until I reviewed AMD's available APU lineup later this year. But, it has surprised me by being a much more solid performer than I imagined it would be. Now, I'm not nearly as inclined to replace it. If you are in the market for an A4/A6 APU, I'd give this one a close look. 3.8/4.0GHz base/turbo clocks, and HD 8470D graphics are very competitive with even the A6 "K" chips, but for two things: This APU isn't unlocked, and the memory controller is capped at DDR3-1600.

AMD Athlon II X2 260u Regor Dual-Core 1.8GHz Socket AM3 65W AD260USCK23GM Desktop Processor
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: See "Other thoughts."

Cons: See "Other thoughts."

Other Thoughts: With the "u" suffix, the "Total Design Power" (TDP) on this processor is only 25W, *not* the 65W stated in the specifications. If you require an extremely low-wattage CPU for an AM2+/AM3/AM3+ motherboard, this is as efficient as they get.

MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

2 out of 5 eggs Caution is advised! 08/15/2013

This review is from: MSI 970A-G43 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Please see "Other thoughts."

Cons: Please see "Other thoughts."

Other Thoughts: Spent the bulk of last weekend at a coworker's home attempting to set up this motherboard. (He purchased this at Newegg.)

His CPU, a FX 4350, which has a TDP of 125W, *is* listed on the MSI website as being compatible with the G43. As of today, (8/15/13), ALL of the 125W Zambezi and Vishera CPUs are listed as compatible.

I had serious reservations about using the above processor on this platform, as this board has gained a bit of a bad reputation for having problems with overheating on the VRMs and insufficient Northbridge cooling.

Taking MSI's website at their word, we proceeded with the build, and, as an additional precaution, added an Antec SpotCool Fan that I had on-hand, (Newegg Item#: N82E16835209044), to provide some additional airflow across the voltage regulators.

All seemed well at first, but I received a phone call from my coworker later that night that the system had shut down abruptly, and there was a faint smell of something "burning."

When I arrived the next day, we discovered that the VRMs had apparently become so hot as to discolor the motherboard around their location. The board was toast, but didn't take any other components along with it, fortunately. By the way, the 4350 was not overclocked.

I'm not an electrical engineer, but personally, I wouldn't use this particular board for ANY processor rated with a TDP in excess of 95W, and even then, would *not* recommend any overclocking whatsoever. You may want to roll those dice; I certainly wouldn't.


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Display Name: J. D.

Date Joined: 11/03/05

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  • Last Review: 11/15/14
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