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This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-970A-UD3 AM3+ AMD 970 + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Nice looking board, heat sinks on it are cool. Came with a nice metallic sticker.
Cons: My last gigabyte board fried. One of the transistors that powers the cpu just popped. Was only running it at 3.0Ghz, and one step over stock voltage. It was a GA-MA78G-DS3H... :( First board out of 8 Gigabytes that ever failed me.
Other Thoughts: Running a Phenom II x4 at 3.9Ghz just fine, 1.5v. Gskill F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL at stock settings. 3870 Video card.
Everything hooked up and booted just fine.
No IDE :( I'll have to use another computer to pull them pics off my OLD 512mb HDD!!
This review is from: Rosewill HIVE Series HIVE-550 550W Continuous @40°C, 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified, Modular Design, Single +12V Rail, ATX12V v2.31/EPS12V v2.92, SLI Ready, CrossFire Ready, Active-PFC Power Supply
Pros: Works as described... Looks nice, simple. I've installed 3 Rosewill PSU's so far, all worked perfectly and felt like quality PSUs.
It's got them "easy-off" molex connectors!
Other Thoughts: Running a Phenom II x4 @ 3.9Ghz, ATI 3870 video card, DVD, HDD, and some fans.
Cords are long enough. The two PCI-E cords are just over 19" long, they seem kind of short, but reach the card fine enough.
Pros: Cheap. Diablo II loads even faster than my old 5000+ BE.
Cons: Stock heatsink is nice, but the fan is LOUD! I zip tied an 80mm to it and temps went up about 2c, but much more tolerable noise levels. AMD should just stick an 80mm on there.
Other Thoughts: Overclocked to 4Ghz @ 1.5 volts, ran all day just fine, 30 mins of stress test. Bluescreened while idle overnight... :\
Turned it down to 3.9Ghz @ 1.5 volts, runs fine now all day.
Temps with the stock cooler were just under 60c under full load.
I decided to put my old Xigmatek HDT 120mm cooler on it, you know the original HDT from Xigmatek... It is a lot better, quieter. Temps are Idle 38c, and max 55c on full load @ 3.9Ghz 1.5v.... Decent enough.
I could probably turn voltage up a bit more and get 4.1Ghz out of it. 4.1Ghz crashed during startup @ 1.5v. No need for any of that nonsense though, the chip is fast at 3.9.