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AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W FD8320FRHKBOX Desktop Processor
  • Verified Owner
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: 8 cores


I complained about bad temperatures in my first review. I still haven't bought a water cooler, but I plan on ordering one today because my temps are not acceptable to me. My house is very dusty and temperatures go straight to hell, literally and figuratively, when my case gets dusty, which doesn't take long because I have a ton of fans.

I just cleaned it 3 days ago and my temps were somewhat acceptable, around 30c idle and 56c gaming. After just 3 days my temps are back to around 35c idle and the cpu is throttling now as it hits 62c while gaming. Underclocked to 3.2ghz and I'm back down to 56c while gaming. Unacceptable and my case is not even close to as dirty as it was before, and has better than excellent air flow.

Bottom line, if you can't sell a processor with sufficient cooling, don't sell it. It's basically false advertising to say the stock heatsink and fan sufficiently cool the processor, because it does not. Mind you, my temps are from gaming. I don't even want to see the insane temps I would get had the processor been running at 100%.

Absolutely unacceptable cooling. Barely even good for everyday web browsing and video. This should knock 4 eggs off the rating because it does not work right out of the box, like it should, but I'm a nice guy and minus the EXTREMELY poor heatsink, it performs well.

Other Thoughts: This is my second review as I feel it needed an update after owning for a longer period of time.

I originally had it paired with an XFX HD7850 1gb video card which was actually a huge bottleneck and I had very sub-par performance with gaming. I have since upgraded to an XFX R9 290X DD and the difference was night and day, handles any game I throw at it, maxed out. I achieved 50fps average with Tomb Raider maxed out at 4k with TressFX enabled, impressive.

Polk Audio PSW Series PSW505 12
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs Pretty decent 12/12/2014

This review is from: Polk Audio PSW Series PSW505 12" Powered Subwoofer Single

Pros: About 5 years old and still going
Pretty loud in a room the size of a 1 car garage

Cons: As other reviewers have stated, it is loose and boomy sounding

Port noise can be horribly loud at certain frequencies

Fuse inexplicably blew after the first year

Volume/crossover knobs need cleaned, they developed noise when turning

Auto-clipping attenuation gets on my nerves (personal opinion, others love it) but in my experience it just forces you to always adjust gains/volumes per media if you're listening at high volumes

Other Thoughts: I am reviewing this sub for my brother. It has basically been through hell and back and is still chugging along. The sub was taken out and mounted backwards (It actually made quite a big difference in the 20-30hz range, and port noise isn't quite as bad), and it has even been temporarily used in a vehicle hooked up to a 500rms Pioneer amp (Yes it really pounds hard in a car)

The inside of the enclosure is pretty interesting and answered my question as to how a sub in such a small box can reach such low frequencies. The port, although tuned well, is too small for a subwoofer with such high xmax, which causes port turbulence (noise) when the sub reaches xmax.

While not an expert, I have designed, tuned, and built many subwoofer enclosures, none of which I've had any problems what-so-ever with port turbulence. I understand they want the sub to be small, but that doesn't mean they have to make the port so small. You CAN design a small box with sufficient port area to alleviate port turbulence and still stay within a reasonable tuning frequency with reasonably flat response.

Also, IMHO, not a fan of rear-firing ports. I've achieved the best results when the port fires the same direction as the woofer. IE: port and woofer firing into the corner will yield positive gains in output. With this sub, it's either the woofer or the port into the corner, not both, so output suffers somewhat. In the case of this sub, it's best to fire the port into the corner (just to help hide the port noise)

Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W Continuous Power ATX12V Ver.2.2 / EPS12V version 2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified  Active PFC
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Works great
Underrated (Output 69A@12V = 828 watts)

Input current: 10A@120V = 1200watts

+3.3V@25A, +5V@25A, +12V1@22A, +12V2@22A, +12V3@25A, -12V@0.5A, +5VSB@2.5A

3v rail = 82.5 watts
5v rail = 125 watts
12v rail = 828 watts

Combined total wattage = 1035.5watts

Cons: Only the PCIE and main board plug wires are jacketed
Green sticker and gray case aren't the most aesthetically pleasing

Other Thoughts: This PSU is now on its 5th year in its 3rd computer.

It is now powering a 125watt AMD FX8320 processor and a 300watt R9 290X (that "requires" a 750watt PSU), the mainboard, a hard drive, and 8 fans with no problems what-so-ever.


Myron W.'s Profile

Display Name: Myron W.

Date Joined: 05/24/14

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 4
  • First Review: 05/24/14
  • Last Review: 12/12/14
  • Most Favorable Review: 5 out of 5 eggs
  • Most Critical Review: 3 out of 5 eggs
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