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Pros: good integrated graphics
good CPU performance
built for overclockers
Cons: Why does AMD still use pins instead of pads?
only available drivers were still in beta
Other Thoughts: I prefer giving buisness to AMD and a separate graphics card just wasn't practical for this build. I was able to overclock this on stock volts to 4.4Ghz, but backed it down to 4.2 just in case. (Baby's first overclock)
The GPU performance was terrible at first. Starcraft II couldn't hit 60fps unless settings were all set to low. I installed the ram into every other slot (spacing between them) and that helped for some weird reason, but when I over clocked that to 2400, THAT made the difference. Do not underestimate the impact of speedy ram on the GPU. I was able to overclock the GPU to 900 easy and wow, what a difference that made too.
This is the first time I have had an AMD chip since the old Athlon/xp/64 days and felt I made a good decision. This feels like an average intel in day to day use, but the graphics, while no replacement for a dedicated card, have some real muscle to them.
The only reason I complain about the pins vs pads is i dropped it while opening the package and had to bend a pin straight again. Seriously AMD, enough with the pins already.
I didn't try the stock cooler. AMD hasn't made a good heatsink since the Phenom II 955.
This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8.1 64-bit
Pros: Very fast
Cons: the UI gets in the way of whatever you are trying to do
hides everything from the user
Other Thoughts: You can tell MS had some fantastic ideas and really wanted to try something new here, but it has come out worse than GNOME shell. This interface is great for a phone, okay for a tablet, and abhorrent for a desktop.
No wonder PC sales were so bad last holiday season.
This review is from: Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - CPU Cooler with 120 mm PWM Fan
Pros: Incredibly quiet!
Relatively easy installation (FM2+)
the included fan is great. DON'T REPLACE IT!
Cons: Much bigger than I expected.
Has some serious heft to it. May put too much strain on the motherboard.
Other Thoughts: I have over clocked an A10-7700k to 4.2Ghz/900Mhz and the temperature maxes out in the low 40s.READ FULL REVIEW