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Performance @ Price
More than 2 cores
An all-around performer!
Cons: Included Cooler...
Temps with included cooler.
Having to purchase an aftermarket cooler.
Other Thoughts: I've noticed the high temps with the stock cooler aren't affecting everyone. Just an unlucky group of us have experienced tragically high temperatures. If you haven't yet purchased this and are on the fence, budget at least the cost of a T4 in the mix.
You may not need it. Some have not experienced such high temps with the included cooler at stock speeds.
Other than that issue, which isn't a big deal even if purchasing an aftermarket cooler, the performance you get out of this thing for the amount you spent is excellent.
Chances are that you are considering this CPU because you're on a budget. Nothing wrong with that. The majority of you will be quite pleased with this purchase and we'll never hear from you because you're delighted in the fact you got a decent CPU for the money you spent, and are too busy enjoying it to be concerned with the reviews.
You can go with the other brand and spend about the same (a little more) and probably be just as delighted.
My Point? If this is all you have to spend, If this is the most you're willing to pay, fear not! You're getting your money's worth. That's what it all boils down to.
The FX-6300 is absolutely worth the price EVEN if you have to buy an aftermarket cooler!
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3P AM3+ AMD 970 6 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Excellent ALL AROUND board for the frugal and smart shoppers.
Stable, Stable, Stable!
Compatible for the simplest of users to gamers with some intense needs.
Not a hideous brown PCB like some of the earlier versions.
Has a uniformed and sophisticated color scheme. I quite like it. Greatly improved from the days of electric blue PCB and peach and yellow colored plastic bits.
Doesn't feel cheap nor look it
Allows plenty of room for expansion and to grow into with the beefy amount of USB and other expansion slots.
Low power consumption
Cons: I/O shield is cockeyed. Prepare to pinch parts of the fold in order to get better alignment. Only a couple USB ports were blocked on the one I encountered.
-tabs were all over the place on the shield. Clipped off the majority. It's a cheap JUNKY shield. Horrendous in fact. This irritated me immensely.
Not flat black PCB. Why this isn't the standard yet, i don't know. Some parts of the board, especially near the CPU are a bit brown. Nothing as bad as it used to be.
Outward facing SATA ports. Do they really save that much money by doing this?
Other Thoughts: Purchased because it was on sale. Had it not been I would most likely have purchased a different brand. One I'm particularly fond of. I'm glad this is the board I purchased. Read the reviews, for the most part, everyone that has purchased this Gigabyte board is pleased.
If you need business class stability, this is a good choice. In fact, it even adds enough bells and whistles to impress those like me that opt for more expensive systems. I purchased and built a system with this board as a proof of concept every day'r and gaming rig low cost solution. I could've spent less on the MoBo, but I wouldn't have the peace of mind I have with this one. I'd rather place my efforts in picking and choosing the best parts than spend my time worrying after it is built if it will continue running.
Bottom Line: I don't think about the system I built using this board. It worked from the moment I first supplied electricity to it and has not gave any reason to doubt its productivity. This is worth the price tag alone.
GIGABYTE, want a perfect score? Don't overlook the details! Just because this isn't a $400 board doesn't mean that those purchasing it don't deserve a proper I/O shield! It's infuriating and reflects poorly on your brand. Appreciate your customers and they'll take notice.
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper T4 - CPU Cooler with 4 Direct Contact Heatpipes
Pros: Easy install.
Dropped CPU temps from 49-51 Idle, 60+ load on AMD FX-6300 to Low (fluctuating) 30s Idle to 51 100% load on Prime95
*Temperatures are in Celsius
Cons: Fan on AMD system is either top or bottom mounted. I knew this prior to purchase and this isn't a con only this cooler is subject to.
The fan isn't the best.
I think there can be some minor improvements to the quality for the MSRP.
Other Thoughts: I'll rant about the AMD temperatures when I give my review over the FX-6300, but I must say I am positively tickled with the drop in temperatures with such an affordable cooler.
I'll spare everyone a lengthy review and get to the brass tax.
This is a terrific cooler to replace the factory JUNK shipped with your CPU! Please understand what I'm saying.
Purchase this to replace your terrible CPU cooler that comes with the CPU. This will improve your temperatures on stock speeds SIGNIFICANTLY! You can not go wrong doing this. It has a fair price when on sale and I believe is a fair, free of regrets purchase.
However, if you plan on seeing how far you can push your cpu, I'd go with a higher-end product. This cooler simply isn't of the same quality of "The Silent Ones" or "Phans."
The fan alone is one of the reasons this has the price it does, and that's not a bad thing. But is one of the reasons for the lower price. If you're planning on extreme overclocking, you're probably not even considering this, but I felt I should throw that out there.
With that aside, this is quite capable of handling a FAIR OC and keeping everything happy and friendly. No reason why you can't OC to your turbo boost speeds with this cooler and keep reasonable temperatures.
If you need to take the sizzle out of your CPU, grab it! Check your specs, ensure it fits within your limits, then buy it! No need to spend $75 or more for something that you only need to keep cool. As I stated, overclocking is a different story. Silence costs money.
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