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AMD FX-8350 Black Edition Vishera 8-Core 4.0GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8350FRHKBOX
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

Pros: I bought this CPU locally and installed it right when I got home. It was clocked at 4 GHz right out of the box and all of my RAM is running happily at 1600 MHz as it should be (I'm not using 1866 because I don't really need it)
I have this processor cooled by a Corsair H100 closed loop liquid cooler and within 30 minutes I had pushed this processor easily to 5 GHz. :)

CPU-Z tells me it's got 8 cores, my BIOS says 8 cores, Taskmanager says 8 threads (woo, Task manager.)

Pros:
-- 8 cores
-- 4 GHz out of the box
-- 4.2 GHz highest turbo
-- Easy overclocking
-- RUNS REAL COOL [at 5 GHz this baby does not even cross 40 degrees Celsius. It idles as low as 15 degrees Celsius]
-- Ships with heatsink fan provided [I strongly recommend against using the pre-apply thermal compound due to all other reviewer experiences.]
-- Ships in a nice black tin that looks kinda stylish.
-- Price!

Cons: I have no cons.

Would there really be any cons?
It's not fully supported by Windows by default but whatever that's not a con on the processor's fault or AMD's fault.
For games if you're having frame issues, just set the game to run on 4 cores and it will run just fine :) IF you don't have any issues with it then have fun!

Other Thoughts: I Googled around and found that there are some compatibility patches for the AMD FX-8120/8150 and they might be able to work for the 8320 and 8350.
Just look around for it if you go and buy one if you're an avid gamer or something that uses a lot of processor power. Windows may try disabling some cores but there's a patch to fix that as well.

I'm still learning more about this processor even after installing it and I'm quite happy with my purchase thus far.
Despite Crysis 3 being optimized for these AMD 8 core processors I have a bit of lag still but to fix that I just used Task Manager to change CPU affinity to 4 cores instead of 8 and it ran really well at that point. So of course there is some sort of software missing and some compatibility issues. I'm running Windows 7 and I do understand that it may just be my operating system but I am content to continue using it.

I would recommend this processor to any friend.

I'm running the AMD FX-8350 @ 5 GHz
Crossfire Diamond Radeon HD 7970s
16 GB G.Skill Ripjaws F3-12800 (1600 MHz)
and I'm really happy overall.

Yes this processor is an 8 core processor. Just because it uses four modules divided into two, does not mean it's not an 8 core. ;)

Also for the record, I don't care if an Intel i7 3770K can outperform the AMD FX-8350. I think both processors are great at what they do. If one's better than that one is better. I'm not gonna cry about it.

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DIAMOND 7970PE53G Radeon HD 7970 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: THIS REVIEW is a continuation of my first review. I gave a lot of information in my previous review about the card itself now have some more! This is my update in regards to crossfire! I hope this helps much! :D

-- Amazing crossfire performance as the title of my review says.

-- Card stays still very controlled in terms of temperature even if cards are positioned as close as they can be

-- Performance increase is so huge!

-- Totally worth the price if you love maximum performance!

-- Looks cool to have two cards inside your computer case!

Cons: I actually don't have any cons. Not even being reference cooled card is a con for me.

Other Thoughts: My graphics performance is actually too much for my poor little Phenom II X4 975 BE @ 3.8 GHz. The only reason any of my videogames lag anymore is because the processor load hits 100% in games like Crysis 3 and Assassin's Creed 3. Definitely not the graphics cards. I will be upgrading to an AMD FX-8350 to unlock the true powerful potential of these phenomenal cards!

Another note, I have in my Cooler Master HAF-X 942 case a cooler master turbine master fan in front of my two 7970s to provide additional cooling performance. The combo is extremely effective. It keeps everything nice and happy.

Diamond's customer support in my experiences regarding my 7970 have been absolutely wonderful! They answered my call very nicely and in a timely fashion, the staff that assisted me have been very friendly as well! Very informative in regards to tech support. My advice if you're having problems with the site is to just phone them, they're really on the ball! 5/5 stars, Diamond! :D I shall always be a returning customer.

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COOLER MASTER Turbine Master MACH1.8 R4-TMBB-18FK-R0 120mm 1800 RPM Case Fan
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggs Noise overestimated, maximum effect 03/05/2013

This review is from: COOLER MASTER Turbine Master MACH1.8 R4-TMBB-18FK-R0 120mm 1800 RPM Case Fan

Pros: Alright this fan is actually decently quiet. I'm using it in conjunction with a 7970 Crossfire setup with no space between the card and it's really delivering cool air to the top card and keeping it nice and happy.

It moves a tonne of air, has a load of blades on it and is thin.
Looks pretty cool as well.

1800 RPM ± 10% as advertised.

Comes with a molex adapter so that is handy as well.
Long cable length so it can be put into very deep tricky spots and still be able to connect which is really handy. I run the cable underneath both of my 7970s and then up between the PCI bracket and the PCI slot onto the connector of my Biostar TA990FXE board beside the one molex.

The rubber pins used to hold it in place are very easy to install and hold really good; no need for screws but crews are included if you want to use them.

My favorite use for this fan so far is in the air duct inside of the Cooler Master HAF-X 942 in front of graphics cards.

Cons: It's not 4-pin PWM sadly. This fan would be absolutely 100% perfect on PWM functionality that way it could be applied to many different CPU cooling options. Not docking an egg because I'm not using it for CPU cooling anyway.

It only runs at 1800 RPM, varying slightly higher/lower as identified by listening to it. Knew this before buying.

Aside from essentially the product details, there are really no cons.

Other Thoughts: THIS FAN IS NOT NOISY.
Oh my goodness whoever individual thinks this fan is loud must be EXTREMELY SENSITIVE. Or a bunch of babies. Mahaha.

This fan is seriously over-exaggerated when it comes to noise. I was expecting it to be loud when I got it but when I plugged it in I was like "Wow. This fan is actually pretty quiet."

But no this fan is actually pretty decently quiet. Loud, is a 120mm standard fan running at 2200-2600 RPM like it did on my OLD computer motherboard. THAT was loud.
This fan is relatively quiet.

There is a slight buzzing noise but it is EASY to ignore. It's not annoying.

I've only had this fan for a few hours and already like it.
Give it a chance; you probably won't regret it.

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Display Name: Kyle D.

Date Joined: 11/06/12

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  • First Review: 11/15/12
  • Last Review: 04/22/13
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