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Pros: Nice design and feels very quality. The 2GB of DDR3 help speed things up.
Cons: .3MP front camera and 2.0MP. Super long boot time. Still not sure that Intel knows how to make a mobile CPU but it's way faster than my old Arm A7. Screen can seem a bit dim even when maxed out.
Other Thoughts: Nice for the price...got it for $169 after promo codeREAD FULL REVIEW
This review is from: Insten 1668048 35ft. Black HDMI to HDMI High Speed HDMI Flat Cable Black M-M
Pros: Cheap and works well with my HTPC.
Cons: I bought 4 of these, 1 to use with my HTPC and 3 to use with my PS4. Not one of these would work with my PS4. The screen would flicker and go white. I purchased 2 HDMI v1.4 with Ethernet and they work flawlessly with my PS4.
Other Thoughts: spend $5 more and get v1.4READ FULL REVIEW
-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?