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ASUS ZenPad 10 Z300C-A1-BK Intel Atom x3-C3200 1.2 GHz 2 GB LPDDR3 Memory 16 GB eMMC 10.1
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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 code

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Insten 1668048 35ft. Black HDMI to HDMI High Speed HDMI Flat Cable Black M-M
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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 v1.4

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AMD FX-6300 Vishera 6-Core 3.5 GHz (4.1 GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W FD6300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor
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Pros: -CHEAP!

-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?

FX 6300

4.4ghz

1.424 vcore

220 FSB

20 multiplier

2000 HT

2000 NB

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Christian L.'s Profile

Display Name: Christian L.

Date Joined: 01/14/07

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 6
  • First Review: 11/27/08
  • Last Review: 08/29/15
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