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Pros: Pretty Fast considering its an HDD not SSD
Good Price to Performance (Around 50 Cents a Gigabyte)
2.5inch Drive in reality
Cons: Has to have a heat-spreader that makes it a 3.5 drive
Not as fast as an SSD
Price to performance is only good on the lower sizes, the upper sizes still run about the cost of an upper level SSD
Other Thoughts: Overall I am happy with the drive, it was bought on a budget system because we already had a data drive but wanted something faster than the standard 7200RPM drives for some games and boot. Its actually quite a fast boot time and loads games pretty fast for being mechanical and runs cooler than I was expecting. I thought with the heat-spreader it would reach like 50C+ but I have honestly not seen it in CPUID exceed 40C with no special fans blowing on it or anything in a small Case. I do recommend this drive to those on a budget because this can make a budget build not seem like a budget build because of the speeds you will be getting. Its no SSD, but its closer than you would think.
Case: BitFenix Prodigy
Processor/GPU: A10-7850k @ 4.5ghz GPU at 960mhz
Ram: Gskill Trident X 2400
Motherboard: ASrock MITX A88X
HDD's: 150gb 10k RPM Velociraptor and Seagate Barracuda 750gb
Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 240mm
PSU: Thermaltake Smart 550Watt Bronze
Pros: Stock Overclock to 1030mhz starting
512bit Bus for ONE GPU
Decent Price to Performance (Even at the price hikes)
Great Performance and Scaling in CFX
Blows almost all hot air out of case
Decent Overclocking on Both Ram and GPU
Cons: 8 Game Coupon that came with them expired by the time they got to me
Stock cooler is a bit noisy, but no worse then some GPU's ive had in the past (Uber Mode mind you).
1 of my 3 has an issue with the bios in Uber Mode (Clocks itself to 1000mhz vs 1030mhz).
Other Thoughts: The cooler on this card is adequate with the latest Catalyst on uber mode to cool One of these cards and maintain the 1030mhz Clock speed without throttling even after many strenuous benchmarks or BF4 sessions. I bought 3 of these because I run a 3 way Eyefinity monitor setup for gaming and the scaling/multi-GPU performance was better than 3 780ti Scaling in a multi-monitor setup (Scaling meaning CFX scaling over SLI scaling). I read through people testing these things and decided to go with 3 of the powercolor versions since they in my book are one of the top 3 AMD card companies now. They have exceeded my expectations as every game ive thrown at it except for Crysis 3 runs on Ultra at 5760x3240p (3 1080p surround monitors). BF4 runs very well on these cards multiplayer or single and gives me the performance I was looking for. I liquid cooled my cards and managed to overclock them with ease to 1125mhz GPU and 1350 on the ram without really much thought. Ill see later if they can go further, but for now the performance is top notch from these cards and there is no problems what so ever with temps (Mine never exceed in their overclocked states on water above 57C).
With the stock cooler, I tested each card with burn in's for over 2 hours each to make sure there were no issues and benchmarked them. They all stayed around 87C after the 2 hours session with the switch in the Uber mode setting allowing 55% fan speed. I never once got a drop in clocks like this except on one card. The third card only went up to 1gz on the Core clock in Uber mode (Though I manually bumped it to 1030ghz for the testing and it was perfectly stable). In quiet mode on the switch it did read 1030mhz so im unsure why this one is like that but its not big issue for me. When running in CFX (I only tested 2 cards together for this) with the fans I did get a temp with them sitting next to each of about 93C on Uber after 2 hours of testing. Bumping the fan speed to 60% dropped the temps instantly to 86C in CFX with the same testing.
CPU: FX 9590 at 5.0ghz (Not Turbo)
Ram: Gskill Trident X 1899 16gb 2x8gb (Cas Latency 8)
Motherboard: Crosshair V-Z
Case: Corsair Obsidian 800D
HDD/SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 512gb and Seagate Barracuda 1tb 7200RPM
GPU: 3x PowerColor R9 290X with EK Waterblocks @ 1125/1350.
Pros: FM2+ support for the A10-7850k Out of the box
Built in Wifi
UEFI Bios is good and easy enough to sort through
DDR3 2400 support (Though there is one issue with this)
Cons: Need to update Bios to Latest Version for certain A10-7850k features to fully work
DDR3 2400 would not set on my ram until I updated bios (read as 2133 which was max even when I set it to 2400)
GFX settings on A10-7850k do not work until updated bios
No Heat-Spreader over Mosfets
Instructions are not great and do not explain certain features or names specific to ASrock unless you go to website.
Other Thoughts: Overall, I like this board and its the best M-ITX board if you want to max your A10-7850k out especially in the ram department (Its the only ITX board with DDR3 2400 at the moment) . The lack of a Heat Spreader on the mosfets is sad because the APU is not punched to its max overclock but without fans blowing directly on the Mosfets (Which im doing now) the temp at a 4.5ghx overclock got up to 63C (Now down to 45 Max so I may try some more clockinbg). The built in Wifi also has to have the connectors mounted into some punch out holes on the motherboard IO shield which I don't personally like as well as having them just hard mounted like on the Gigabyte M-ITX Board.
But by far the most annoying complaint was the fact that the Bios needed this update to do any changes on the iGPU in the A10-7850k and to make the ram run at the right speeds. While updating the bios is no big deal for me, im sure others might have this problem and not even notice it. Im glad though the A10-7850k worked out of the box on it so I could do that without resorting to forcing a bios update with a thumb drive like I have had to do in the past on other board brands. I definitely like this board and recommend it though, its the best ITX board for an APU out right now and its loaded with cool features. If I do another for another friend, I will definitely select this board again.
Case: Bitfenix Prodigy M-ITX
Motherboard: Asrock A88X ITX
CPU/GPU: A10-7850k @ 4.5ghz, iGPU R7 at 960Mhz
Ram: Gskill Trident X 2400 Cas Latency 10 8gb (2x4gb)
PSU: Thermaltake 550Watt Smart Series
Cooler: Cooler Master Seidon 240mm