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Maxtor DiamondMax 10 6B300S0 300GB 16MB Cache SATA 1.5Gb/s 3.5
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I've owned it almost 10 years!!

Cons: It's slow by todays standards and only 300GB

Other Thoughts: I bought this drive in 2005 and it is used DAILY still today as my downloads/videos/music drive. Seriously this drive has been used every day since 2005 and it still works flawlessly! They sure don't make them like this anymore!

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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Follow up review REV 3 Board 05/07/2013

This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: It has a decent amount of options, plenty of USB and SATA ports.

Cons: The REV 3 board's VRM's cannot handle the AMD FX 8 core CPU's. I as well as many others on overclock.net have been plagued with throttling.

Since the day I received this board it has throttled. This is actually my second one, the first was RMA'd due to other issues. I could not utilize all 8 cores of my CPU for any longer than 5 minutes before it would start throttling hard. CPU temps were around 51C so well within thermal limits.

I have gone to great lengths to solve the throttling issue, no thanks to Gigabyte who appears to think its APM mode. I narrowed it down to the VRM temperatures and successfully fixed it. All while never disabling APM. So no Gigabyte, its not APM mode, its a terrible cooling solution!

My board was also warped badly, to the point the inner VRM chips weren't even contacting the heatsink. I flattened the board and installed a forged copper VRM heatsink. That still wasn't enough. The heatsink absorbed huge amounts of heat however the CPU still throttled after about 20 minutes of full load on all 8 cores. I added an AMD heatpipe CPU fan. With some creative engineering I was able to mount it directly on top of the copper heatsink. Now when I use all 8 cores that little fan sounds like a fog horn speeding itself up to 5500RPM. However it no longer throttles.

Nobody should have to do this to make a 990FX board work properly... This is a huge booboo by Gigabyte.

Other Thoughts: If you want my advice, if you want a FX 8 core CPU don't get this board. If you are interested in a FX 8 core CPU go with the Asus Sabertooth, and I myself wouldn't but others I've talked to recommend the Gigabyte GA990FXA-UD5 as they haven't experienced any throttling with it.

You guys that already have the Rev 3 board and 8 core CPU, I recommend you run Prime95 blend for 30 minutes or so with all 8 cores while monitoring CPU speed and voltage. I think what you see may surprise you.

If you have throttling, get the Enzotech MST-88 copper heatsink, get a decent 80mm fan and install them in place of the stock aluminum heatsink.

I hope I am able to save you guys the hours and money I spent fighting with this board to make it work the way it should have out of the box.

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Enzotech MST-88 C1100 Forged Copper Heatsinks only
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs Good quality cooler 05/07/2013

This review is from: Enzotech MST-88 C1100 Forged Copper Heatsinks only

Pros: Quality forged copper, absorbs a ton of heat. The price wasn't to bad either. Fits the Gigabyte GA990FXA-UD3

Cons: being its copper its quite soft and malleable so the fins bend easily. During installation you will probably bend a few, just gently push them back into place

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace the very inadequate stock VRM heatsink on my GA990FXA-UD3. It works much better than the stock unit. However the UD3 generates so much VRM heat I still needed to add a fan. This isn't a fault of the Enzotech. Its Gigabytes garbage board.

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Display Name: Gary L.

Date Joined: 02/16/05

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 07/23/08
  • Last Review: 06/09/14
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