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AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 8 core, base clock 3.5GHz with 4.0GHz Turbo, Unlocked multiplier for even higher clocks, great price point.

Cons: 125W - but who cares really? LOL

Other Thoughts: Paired with my HD 7950 this has made an excellent addition to my AMD gaming rig!

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ECS A970M-A DELUXE v1.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Beautifully Solid Board....but 04/28/2013

This review is from: ECS A970M-A DELUXE v1.0 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard

Pros: Beautiful aesthetic, solidly built, great price, FX-4100 was easy to OC to 4.1GHz

Cons: Could not get the BIOS to consistently maintain my settings, BIOS would throttle CPU even after turning every power monitoring/controlling function off in the BIOS....and something strange - it would not work with any AMD graphics card! Originally I was using a GTX 560Ti - and everything was fine. I decided to upgrade to a HD 7870 - the card wouldn't work. I tried everything - installing/uninstalling drivers etc - even swapped the HDD for a new one with fresh Windows 7 install - no luck. I tried MANY other cards - even had a friend bring over a few cards - EVERY NVIDIA CARD WORKED! Simply plug&play! NONE OF THE AMD CARDS WORKED! When you install an AMD card in ANY of the PCIe slots - turn on the system - all fans and lights, but no picture - nothing - no beeps.

Other Thoughts: I gave 3 eggs because I have high hopes for this board and look forward to it working when it comes back from RMA! I also deducted 2 eggs because ECS customer service was mediocre at best. Example - I detailed my issue and informed them I had tried everything including updating the BIOS. They sent me a reply that said try updating the BIOS....? (Do they even read the emails)? In regards to NONE of the AMD cards working, I received a reply to the effect of: We have tested the motherboard we have here and there seems to be no issue with AMD graphics cards....? Umm, that's good - so send me THAT board in exchange for the one I have because MY BOARD WONT ALLOW USE OF AMD GRAPHICS CARDS! I mean did they really think that there might be a company-wide problem with their motherboards and AMD graphics cards? Of course your board works - now will you send me one that does! Please!

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ECS A990FXM-A AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: Nice beefy heatsinks, durable solid capacitors, triple SLI/CFX capability, great price for 990 chipset, plenty of USB ports, muted gray color scheme allows for more diversified color options in my build without the board dictating the usual blue or red. Very solidly built board overall.

Cons: BIOS is a little quirky. I did manage a pretty easy 4GHz OC of my FX-6300, but there are options in the BIOS that I haven't seen on other bios' and the manual isn't much help as far as explaining. ECS' site and a google search were negative for explanations as well. Some of the original options to this board were removed, such as the on-board power and reset buttons as well as the digital code display. I would have deducted more than one egg for the removal of these functions had it not been for such a great price reduction (I bought this board on sale for $113)!

Other Thoughts: I have read the other reviews with RAM issues. I have not experienced any of these issues myself, but I have yet to run more than 8GB. I have used both the Patriot Viper 3 (2 x 4GB) 1600MHz and the Crucial Ballistix Sport (4 x 2GB) 1600MHz without issue.

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Display Name: Dallas L.

Date Joined: 03/10/12

  • Reviews: 4
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  • First Review: 08/14/12
  • Last Review: 10/17/13
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