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Pros: 2gig GDDR5, 256-bit, small, cool n' quiet, lots of display out options.
Cons: Plastic cover is kinda lame and flimsy. Didn't dock any eggs for this, just a personal preference. Also, it slightly covers the power port, which is rather annoying for someone with meaty fingers.
Other Thoughts: Like many others, I bought this Black Friday for $150 and some change with a free Far Cry 3. Upgrading from two Asus 450's SLI'd, I saw a huge increase in performance, temps, and everything all around. There is some performance failures on newer games at high specs, but one card can't do everything, not for this price, anyway. Runs ME3 maxed, Fallout: NV maxed, Far Cry 3 pretty much maxed, and Black Ops II with all but max anti-aliasing and sync frame. Turn those on is playable, but get lots of glitching and frame rate drops in fast paced sections.
Asus Crosshair V Formula
FX-8150 oc'd 4.2GGhz
Antec Kuhler 2.0 Liquid Cooling system
WD 500gig SataIII x2 RAID 0/1
G.Skill 240gig SSD
Thermaltake 850 Black Widow PSU
NZXT Phantom to wrap it all up.
This review is from: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 8-Core 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX
Pros: Much faster than my old Core 2 Quad. Yes, I know that's going to be a big DUH, but it is.
Very easy to get a stable oc with my Asus Crosshair V Form. Running at 4.2 stable. (with liquid cooling, of course).
Cheap for the budget builder.
Cons: None that I can see. Maybe not as fast as an i5 or i7, but wayyyy below the price range for those.
Other Thoughts: There are now the 2nd gen octa-cores out from AMD, but this one was the ground breaker. Being this cpu was at the core of my very first solo-build, I'm very happy with the results. For those of you that care about Win7 ratings: it scored 7.7 on base clock. 3.8 gives you a full 7.9. PerfTest rates it rather high too.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: I've owned 2 of these drives. Both of them still work to this day after over 4 years of use, with 3 different motherboard/cpu's, and who knows how many reformats. These drives will keep on trucking.
Cons: The price nowadays.
Other Thoughts: I purchased one of these drives roughly 4 years ago in my first barebones kit. Actuall, got it for Christmas, but whatever. I then bought a second one just about a year ago now....and only paid $54 for it. I understand that many people are hurting from these floods, but I don't see how one plant closing will double the price.READ FULL REVIEW