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-Tons of overclocking potential (you will need it)
-Plenty of cache
-Runs pretty cool compared to Phenom II
-Will handle anything modern
-Price to performance
Cons: I've been a big AMD fan for the last 5 years, especially after Intel left my wallet in the dust. I remember the announcement of the Zambezi architecture and was a little dubious of this new "Modular" design, considering that AMD was the king of the "TRUE Multi Core Processor". Never the less, I took a deep breath, and gave AMD the benefit of the doubt...
When Zambezi was released I almost cried. This long awaited new offering from AMD, this new architecture that was going to change the way we look at processors was a HUGE FLOP. Clock for clock there was still no beating the old Phenom II released in 2008!
So I waited, I held on to my dependable x6 1045T, and when Vishera was released I waited some more. After nearly 1 year from its release, I gave in and bought the FX 6300. I have to say I'm some what disappointed...
With a bone stock x6 1045t at 2.7ghz I was getting Cinebench r15 scores of 404. With a bone stock FX 6300 at 3.5ghz I got a score 410?!?!?! That means, with an 800mhz increase in clock speed and completely new architecture I gained only 6 points!! Passmark was a little better, with a score of 5012 on my 1045t and 6210 on my FX6300.
On the upside, overclocking was VERY easy. Once I had a stable overclock of 4.4ghz my scores on Cinebench r15 went up to 529 (31% improvement over 1045t) and Passmark scores went up to 7254 (45% improvement over 1045t). This is 1700mhz (63% increase) clock improvement over my 1045t and a 900mhz clock improvement over stock FX 6300 (26% increase).
In the end I was disappointed with stock performance but once overclocked the FX 6300 showed its value. I'm not a big fan of how the FX architecture looks on paper. I've done a TON of research and the design truly is 6 cores (3 module with 2 cores each) but each module shares a L2 cache and a Floating Point Unit.
Other Thoughts: In the end, I would encourage anyone with a good Phenom II x6 to purchase a nice AM3+ board, overclock your CPU to the MAX, and wait to see what the end of this year brings from AMD. If you are looking to build a new system from scratch, then I would recommend this CPU, but with the warning that you may not see its true potential until it has been overclocked.
I know it might seem weird to still give the FX 6300 4 eggs after a review like this, but keep in mind, we are still talk about a CPU that cost $119. At that cost you still can't beat the price to performance on anything you'll find on newegg or any other online retailer at this time.
Hope this helps?
Pros: - SLI/CrossFire support
- UEFI bios
- OK quality heat sinks
- OK results overclocking with FX6300
-Good customer support
Cons: -Only supports 125w cpu, which gives almost zero opportunity for FX8xxx overclocking.
-Northbridge runs WAY to hot. HW monitor was showing 80c +. I contacted MSI support about this, and was told "reading is bogus, as there is no temp diode on the northbridge". I was able to test NB heat sink surface temps with an IR temp gauge, and found temps 71c.
-Not a full ATX form factor. I know this isn’t a huge deal but it does leave the fare right side of the board unsupported, which causes excessive flex while installing ram.
-UEFI bios was almost unusable. It was sluggish and unstable. I called tech support and found the issue to be the USB 3.0 ports. If any peripheral is plugged into the 3.0 ports while in the bios it causes instability. Quick fix but frustrating.
Other Thoughts: Overall, for the money, this is not a bad board. I was able to get a stable overclock of 4.4ghz on my FX6300.
This review is from: Lenovo IdeaPad A2109 (22901DU) 9-inch 16GB Tablet PC - Black
Pros: I think the size is a plus. I've owned several tablets ranging from 7in to 10.1in and 9in is the perfect size for full viewing and ease of use. The tegra 3 quad makes this tablet fly! I've rarely been bogged down with multiple apps as I was on previous tegra 2 tablets.
Cons: In my opinion non for the price. Some have complained about the screen and having poor viewing angles, but Ive only seen this as a con when multiple people are viewing the same screen.
Other Thoughts: I picked mine up on sale for $200 and at that price this has to be one of the cheapest tegra 3 tabs out right now.READ FULL REVIEW