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AMD FX-9590 Vishera 8-Core 4.7GHz Socket AM3+ 220W Desktop Processor - Black Edition FD9590FHHKWOF
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: The last hurrah for the venerable AM3+ platform.
5MHz clock speed in burst mode.
At $250, the price/performance ratio is unbeatable even when you do factor in a premium heatsink.

Cons: Generates insane amounts of heat. The stock AMD AM3+ copper-bottom air cool heatsink won't cool this beast; a heavy duty heat sink is required (preferably water cooling) and even then it runs hot.

It does have built-in thermal throttling which drops the clock rate when it reaches a pre-set threshhold, so it's safe to run, but if you want to get the full benefit of this CPU you need serious cooling.

Basically, this chip is overclocked out of the box, so of you're looking for something that you can tweak, forget it. It's already pushing the limits.

Other Thoughts: This is my 3rd AM series CPU over a stretch of 7 years. It's pretty amazing how well AMD has kept the platform relevant and competitive.

I'm a little annoyed that Newegg dropped the price by 25% a week after I bought mine, but that's life.

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PNY 8GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Laptop Memory Model MN8192SD3-1600-X9
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It's memory. It works according to spec. Passed memtest86 without any issues.

Cons: None

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Plextor M5M PX-128M5M 128GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: It's fast, it's tiny, it's a good value, and it works right out of the box. Ubuntu 13.04 boots on my laptop in about 1/3 the time it took from the drive it replaced.

Cons: This was my first mSATA drive and it's so small when I opened the box I thought Newegg had shipped me the wrong part by mistake.

Other Thoughts: It is a mSATA drive, so using it as a replacement drive in a laptop requires an adapter. Be sure you're aware of this when you're buying it.

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Joseph P.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph P.

Date Joined: 03/03/04

  • Reviews: 14
  • Helpfulness: 9
  • First Review: 04/12/07
  • Last Review: 11/29/14
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