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Pros: Love these cards! I picked up two of these during the Black Friday sale so they were $149 a piece PLUS a $40 rebate, so I paid 109.99 each. Absolutely worth it. They replaced a single Sapphire HD 6850 1GB card.
Setting up crossfire was extremely easy. Plug the cards in, plug the bridge in, open catalyst and enable crossfire... done. So far I have yet to see any microstuddering during gameplay.
I have maxed these cards out during mining. On altcoins I get about 700Mh/s on I 13 temps get to about 75C on the main card and 65C on the secondary.
I am able to max out resolution and settings on most games and they run about 60C during intense battles like on Crysis 3. Cards idle around 35-40C depending on ambient temps.
Cons: I don't have any real cons associated with this card. They are a short PCB, but a LONG heatsink, for me this is no problem in my full ATX Antec DF-85 case, but if you are thinking about putting these in a mid-ATX then you may run into some issues.
Other Thoughts: Asus GPU Tweak let's you overclock and monitor these cards very easily. You can also mess around with voltages and power targets, great for mining and gaming.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: This is a good little reader and it does it's job. I get very good speeds transferring data off of memory cards (depending on the card). My class 10 card out of my DSLR usually transfers around 30-45mb/s while my phone card transfers closer to 10mb/s.
Cons: I do not like that the USB cord for this is extremely short, and extremely thick. I also do not like the fact that you can only have one Memory card plugged in at any one time. I was hoping to use a space micro SD card as a smartcard for security.
Finally I run into some issues where I have to unplug and plug the USB cord back in after switching out mem cards in the device. Still haven't figured out what causes that issue.
Other Thoughts: Overall I like the device, I get good speeds out of it, which is what I purchased it for. It can transfer all my pictures from my DSLR much faster than plugging the DSLR into the PC so I'm happy. I knocked off two eggs for the issues and annoyances listed in the cons section.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I love this processor. It is an absolute workhorse! 8 cores of pure awesomeness. I replaced an AMD 1055t hexcore processor and I'm extremely happy that I did. I picked this up while on sale and after receiving a gift card so I got it for next to nothing.
Me being me, immediately overclocked this processor (by hand, none of that "easy overclock") and pumped up the clock to 4414Mhz without any stability issues. I tried going higher, but I was running into heat issues (only using a 120mm radiator) I have no doubt when I upgrade my cooling to a 240mm rad I will be able to overclock, possibly even attain 5.0Ghz!
Even if you are not thinking about overclocking this chip is a good buy, it is priced much more realistically than it's counterpart from Intel. Do yourself a favor and get this chip and a good motherboard for the price of the chip alone from Intel.
Before upgrading to this processor my computer used about 300 Watts at idle, and almost 600 Watts under full stress testing load (AMD 1055t Processor and 1 x Sapphire HD 6850). After putting this processor in, and 2 x Asus HD 7850 graphics cards in crossfire, my computer idles at just under 250 Watts, and maxes out at almost 650 Watts under load.
Kudos to AMD to making their products more conservative on power usage!
Also I've been using the same encapsulated water cooling solution that I've had for the last three or so years coming from the AM3 socket to AM3+. I like the fact that basically all coolers are backwards compatible with AMD's socket design. For instance I took the cooler that came with the 8320 and put it on my spare computer that has an AM3 socket. Works just fine.
Cons: This chip, as with all AMD products, run hot and are power mongers. If you plan on overclocking you WILL need to have aftermarket cooling. Which in my opinion is absolutely worth it. No need spending the extra $50 on the 8350 when this will overclock past that.
While I see the power consumption as an issue, AMD is making great strides in making their processors more power conservative. That being said, I would really like to see them move away from the 32nm process and 125w TDP.