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AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition Deneb Quad-Core 3.0GHz Socket AM2+ 125W Processor HDZ940XCGIBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Running this on an MSI k9a2 Platinum at 3.4. Ran as high as 3.5 stable with default settings on 1.5 bios. Runs everything I throw at it without a hitch.

Cons: H/T at 3600 mhz. Turned up to 4000 in bios, supposedly this also changes northbridge frequency (according to MSI support, haven't verified this), seemed to make a difference although I haven't benchmarked to verify. What the computer can do in the real world makes more difference to me than synthetic benchmarks, anyway.

Other Thoughts: Very good processor, especially for the money. My system: K9A2 Platinum, 940 Deneb @3.4, 8Gb GSkill @1066, Perc 5i w/ 4 73GB 15K Cheetahs raid0, WD 750GB SataII and 320 Barracuda for storage. This system FLIES in all respects. I can't imagine NEEDING anything more at present.

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ASUS X70 80mm Sleeve CPU Cooler
  • Owned For: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggs FYI 03/13/2009

This review is from: ASUS X70 80mm Sleeve CPU Cooler

Pros: Guys, if I remember correctly, Asus supplies heat sinks for AMD, so its no wonder they look similar. On another note, the 80mm fan on this one probably will work quite a bit better than the small one on the AMD sink.

Cons: Too bad AMD doesn't supply their heat sinks with an 80mm fan like this one has. It might save some of us from needing to buy aftermarket fans for high end CPUs.

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Fujitsu MBA3147RC 147GB 16MB Cache Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 3.5
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: THESE ARE NOT SATA DRIVES!! Really! They are Serial Attached SCSI, and are NOT compliant with SATA controllers, even though the interface is similar, and SATA drives will connect to and work with SAS controllers. I suggest that anyone considering using SAS do some research, and take the time to understand the differences between the two. This will save you a bunch of bucks, if nothing else.

Cons: If you're planning on using these, you might as well budget for a hardware raid solution, or you will never get the most from them. The reason? PCI express offers a lot more throughput than software raid, and the better hardware controllers seem to be PCI express at the present.

Other Thoughts: I have 4 SAS drives on an MSI K9A2 Platinum, working through a Perc 5i controller. Originally I had a Raid0 with two of these on the onboard controller. This wasn't a lot better than two raptors on the same system. With the hardware Raid0 read and write speeds are approaching twice that of the raptors, and burst speeds are unreal. It depends on what you want, but two or three SAS drives for the OS plus larger SataII drives for storage, all on a hardware solution, is a hard system to beat. Plus, a lot of hardware solutions will interface up to 8 drives(or up to 32 if you're into backplanes). If you're into high end gaming, you will still have more(probably a lot more) into your video cards than your storage. Also, notice that the Perc 5i is not what I would call a high end solution, although it certainly is much better than software raid.

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Martin J.'s Profile

Display Name: Martin J.

Date Joined: 05/22/05

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 10/22/07
  • Last Review: 03/27/09
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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