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This review is from: AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana Triple-Core 2.9GHz Socket AM3 95W Processor ADX435WFGIBOX
Pros: Even at stock settings, great price/performance ratio. When overclocked, this is a really stable chip.
Other Thoughts: Using an ASRock M3A785GXH MB and Sunbeam CR-CCTF cooler, got it to a stable 3.6 GHz overclock. Never goes above 25C, even during 1hr stress test with OCCT.
managed to unlock the 4th core, but it would not boot into Windows, so guess it really is a bad 4th core. Oh well, quite sufficient for now until Thuban arrives.
This review is from: ASRock M3A785GXH/128M AM3 AMD 785G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: This is a solid motherboard with a nice feature set for the price. The bios is great for overclocking; can even OC the onboard graphics. No major issues with the layout; the SATA connectors run "parallel" to the board. Win7 installs on this board with no major issues; got updated drivers on their website.
Cons: No serious cons, but two of the memory slots are close to the cpu socket, which might get in the way of a heatsink/fan. I put the memory in first, then the heatsink, leaving the outer slots free for a future upgrade.
The rear eSATA connection is really an internal cable run from main bank of connectors to the back. Instead, I ran the cable to the eSATA port on the case.
Other Thoughts: This is running my Win7-64 setup with 2x Kingston 40GB-SSD in raid0, 4GB GSkill 1333 RAM and a AthlonII X3 435 (OC'd to 3.6 GHz). Will later add more memory and a graphics card, but for now this provides more than enough capability for my applications (i.e. Matlab). Will be interesting to see if the 3rd PCIE slot (x4) will work with a SATA3 or USB3 add-on card.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Seems like good memory for my Win7-64 Pro build, plus got a good combo deal with my Athlon II X3. This speed and voltage seem like a good match for AMD AM3 CPUS.
Cons: 1 stick was bad, causing the Win7 install to fail. After stubbornly trying to install every which way, finally ran a bootable MemTest. Bingo, 1 stick had 967 errors (test #5). Once the offending stick was removed, the install went fine, no issues.
Other Thoughts: Had to adjust timings in the BIOS to get to specified speeds, no biggie.
Newegg's customer service is awesome. Took care of me and did the whole RMA thing via chat. Only bummer is the downtime while waiting for new memory to arrive. Hope those are good.