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AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka Triple-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 95W HDZ720WFK3DGI Processor
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs 5 + years later, runs Windows 10 fine 09/11/2015

This review is from: AMD Phenom II X3 720 Black Edition Heka Triple-Core 2.8 GHz Socket AM3 95W HDZ720WFK3DGI Processor

Pros: I have two. One is still running the fourth stable core at stock speeds, running Prime95 for 10 hours without fail in recent test before upgrading the OS. Coupled with a Radeon 5750, and upgraded to an SSD, the system boots Windows 10 64 in 20 seconds from cold and has no issues with minor gaming, HD streaming videos, Blu-ray, etc. I did place an aftermarket cooler on it. Temps are moderate and it does not heat us out of the room.

The second did not have a fourth stable core. It's a nearly identical rig and boots barely any slower. Coupled to a 720 TV, it is also great for entertaining us.

Cons: Newegg required me to enter a Con. It wasn't even cheaper? At $20 per year and still running a current OS, responsive and able to perform as a HTPC, I don't think there is a thing to complain about.

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 STRIX-GTX970-DC2OC-4GD5 4GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready SLI Support G-SYNC Support Video Card
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: $280
Stable core speed is ~1430MHz
Stable memory speed is ~1927MHz x 4 (7710)

Cons: Came in a white box.
No free games.

Other Thoughts: I've used it with three power supplies. The two that used a single rail with high amperage (60 and 80) had no coil shine. The third had 4 rails at 18 amps each. Then it had coil whine.

Even running Kombuster and hitting 70C, the loudest item in the case is the power supply fan.

Great card.

GIGABYTE GA-Z97X-SLI LGA 1150 Intel Z97 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: I got a very nice price for this in a bundle.

Cons: The USB 3.0 ports at times will not power devices such a Dell laser mouse. I've seen the usb 3.0 ports fail in pairs (one from each column of ports) the same time, then rebound on the next power up. I've also plugged in a functional usb wireless receiver into the USB 2.0 ports and had the system shut down that moment. I've experienced power up issues that were solved by removing usb devices too. I'm wondering if they made sure these ports had the right current specifications. The power supply is a 900 watt, and while the issue might lie there, I don't think it does. It worked in the previous rig just fine.

Sound: Using 5.1 surround, my rear headphone sounds are reversed. I haven't found a fix for that in 8.1, or the supplied sound interface, other than using external cables.


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Display Name: Donald C.

Date Joined: 06/12/01

  • Reviews: 21
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  • First Review: 11/14/07
  • Last Review: 09/11/15
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