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AMD FX-8320E Vishera 8-Core 3.2GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Desktop Processor FD832EWMHKBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: I have FX-8320Es in my two Hyper-V lab machines, and they run my VMs about 12 degrees Celsius. My FX-8350 gaming machine idles at 22C, for perspective. The voltage tells a similar story.

I love that they have modern CPU features, lots of cores and cache, and don't guzzle as much power as the FX line has in the past. I don't feel so bad leaving them on 24/7.

Cons: The heatsink that comes in the box is small, and has no copper. But for the price, and at this wattage, it does the job.

Pro tip: if you have an old 125w AMD heatsink lying around (the ones with the copper heatpipes,) use some rubbing alcohol to clean up the bottom, get some decent thermal paste, and use that with this CPU instead.

Other Thoughts: Bought two of these while they were on sale and haven't looked back. AnandTech just released their review which was largely positive, and demonstrates that there are definitely power savings with this chip compared to the rest of the FX line.

In my opinion, AMD is the only way to go for an affordable Hyper-V lab machine. The savings vs. a core i5 machine can help you get the full 32GB of ram on the cheap.

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TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Sturdy, great switch. Recommend! 03/08/2014

This review is from: TP-LINK TL-SG105 Unmanaged 5-Port Gigabit Desktop Switch, Metal Case, Power-Saving

Pros: Sturdy metal case. REALLY reminds me of a sturdy line of switches from a more expensive competitor that starts with an 'N' and ends with 'etgear.' Good throughput overall, much better than using 10/100. I really like that the lights obey the same syntax as other gigabit switches... Amber means full gigabit, where green means 100Mbit.

Cons: None so far.

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Seagate 600 Series ST240HM000 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Speed, consistency, ease of upgrade, price. Seagate has a winner on their hands here. I have now used the Seagate Discwizard software to upgrade to SSD three times, and all three went off without a hitch. Discwizard will clone your existing Windows volumes so that you do not need to do any work! Just clone, swap, and done!

Cons: Packaging was a little bit underwhelming. It's a brown box, with a drive suspended inside. No instructions, no bracket, no stickers, no Seagate pride. But for the price, it makes sense!!

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Lars P.'s Profile

Display Name: Lars P.

Date Joined: 12/31/07

  • Reviews: 9
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 06/03/13
  • Last Review: 01/17/15
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