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G.SKILL Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2133 (PC3 17000) Desktop Memory Model F3-17000CL11D-8GBSR
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Cheap..
Does what RAM does.
worked fine right out of the box.
Runs at 1600 unless you mess around in the BIOS..
matched with a Kaveri and it runs awesome at 1866.

Cons: I haven't figured out how to get it stable at 2133 yet. Gskill doesn't seem to provide allot of support on their website regarding this. I haven't been at my mobo manufacturer yet. I didn't take an egg off for this because I'm sure it will run.. It's just not working yet because I'm dumb.
I thought it would be something as simple as selecting a different profile in the BIOS for the memory settings.. There's one in there, but it doesn't work.. The thing works all choppy and weird unless I turn it back down.. So, I think I might have to mess with the timings or the voltage.. Or overclock the processor, which really isn't something I'm wanting to do..

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GIGABYTE GA-F2A88XM-D3H FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: 88x Chipset with Kaveri support out of the box..
No BIOS update required.
Extra thick.. Seems pretty sturdy..
4 RAM slots on a micro ATX board is pretty awesome..

Cons: Could've went with the 78X chipset since I don't plan on using more than one discrete GPU in this build.
I didn't find that out until after I bought the thing. However, there isn't much of a price difference between the two chipsets so... Really not much of a con. And definitely not a con for the board.. The board is great! I'm just giving you an idea of how dumb I am.. :)

Other Thoughts: Only has two case fan connectors on board..
So when you are looking at a case, be sure if you have more than two fans that the remaining ones have a pass through.. Otherwise, you could be in for a headache. Wasn't a problem for me.. Just something I noticed.

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AMD A10-7850K Kaveri 12 Compute Cores (4 CPU + 8 GPU) 3.7GHz Socket FM2+ 95W Desktop Processor AMD Radeon R7 series AD785KXBJABOX
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good price..
Surprisingly stable and cool with stock heatsink/fan. I don't do any overclocking.
Plays all of my games on max settings with 8 GB of Gskill running at 1866 MHZ.. (Haven't got the setting correct for 2133 yet.. :/)
I play lots of MMO's and the newest Farcry 3..
No discrete GPU and all of those games run fine.. Very satisfied with my purchase.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: I don't know where the comments are coming from that you have to buy a different cooler to run this processor.
If you are overclocking, that should be a given.. But if you are planning to run this APU at stock settings, don't waste your money on a massive cooler.. If it runs too hot at stock, make sure the heat sink is secure and making good contact with the APU and you should be fine. Even while playing Farcry 3 my temps don't go above the mid 50's somewhere.. Which is fine for this. AMD runs hotter than Intel.. always has.. don't panic.

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Display Name: David B.

Date Joined: 08/03/08

  • Reviews: 5
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  • First Review: 02/21/12
  • Last Review: 07/21/14
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