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XFX Radeon HD 6670 DirectX 11 HD-667X-ZWF4 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: I use Linux and FreeBSD almost exclusively, so I needed a good-performing and compatible video card to replace my older AMD and Nvidia cards.

This card is a very nice step up from the AMD HD 5450 I was using. The 5450 couldn't get out of its own way when running on FreeBSD and was just barely adequate on Linux. The 5450 would frequently reset, had reliability problems and so-on. I also tried an Nvidia GT-610 and it also was not a good fit performance and compatibility-wise. This HD 6670 works very well and hasn't had a hiccup yet.

This video card is being used in a system with an Intel Core i5-4590 and Gigabyte GA-Z97M-D3H motherboard. It fits fine on the Micro ATX board although it does use up two slots worth of space -- not a problem with my setup.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: If you aren't trying to do heavy-duty gaming and video editing, this video card is just fine. It's very quick, responsive and reliable and works very well with native Xorg drivers on Linux and FreeBSD.

As mentioned by other reviewers, the fan shroud is kind of silly, but that's's inside my case, no one can see it. ;-)

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9S-8GXM
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: I am using two of these RAM modules with an Intel Core i5-4590 processor and Gigabyte GA-Z97M-D3H motherboard and performance is very good. One of these modules have been in use with an older system for a year or so and has had no problems.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: This RAM hit the 'sweet spot' for me price-wise and performance-wise. I think I've found my new favorite RAM brand.

Intel Core i5-4590 Haswell Quad-Core 3.3 GHz LGA 1150 84W BX80646I54590 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4600
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: This processor was paired with a Gigabyte GA-Z97M-D3H motherboard to replace my aging (and often incompatible) AMD FX-6300 / ASUS motherboard system.

I have been an AMD customer for many years, but after seeing how well Intel processors perform compared to similar AMD units when doing system maintenance at customer sites, I decided to give Intel a shot.

This 64-bit processor has four physical cores, supports virtualization and has good performance. It does not have Hyperthreading.

Single-threaded performance compared to my older AMD FX-6300 is much quicker, although there are rare instances where this processor is just a little bit slower than the FX-6300. This Intel processor shines with compression/decompression and software compiling tasks. I use this processor with FreeBSD and Debian Linux and it seems to be much better all-around compared to my older FX-6300.

The stock cooler is 'okay' for typical usage scenarios, but if you want to game or do heavy-duty video / photo editing, you might want to upgrade the cooler.

I use an AMD graphics card so I cannot comment on the quality or performance of this processor's built-in video.

Cons: I was using AMD processor for years, mostly because of the pricing. AMD processors were adequate, but compared to a lot of the Intel-based computers I built for customers, there were some serious bottlenecks with AMD.

I guess I don't like to spend a lot of money so my opinion is that Intel processors are a bit overpriced. I paid $200 USD for this processor while my somewhat similar AMD FX-6300 was only around $100 USD. I think this Intel processor *should* have only been about $150 or so. That's my only very small 'con'.

Other Thoughts: This is a good, 'average priced' (for Intel) processor that will get the job done. I'm sure gamers and others may want something a bit faster, but for what I do (e-mail, web browsing, remote desktop viewer to customer computers, running VirtualBox with Windows 10, compiling software programs on Linux and FreeBSD and watching a video or two) this processor is just fine.


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