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This review is from: AMD FX-8150 Zambezi 8-Core 3.6GHz Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8150FRGUBOX
Pros: For many of us not soley focused on FPS or being at the top tier this is a fine CPU. It's a solid performer and offers enough performance for the casual gamer or enthusiast who's looking to save some money for something that is more than playable. OCing is also a big plus on this as it offers many individuals the ability to "close the gap" with bigger intel rivals. However I stand by the fact the value to performance is hard to beat.
Cons: At this point can't think of much other than the price difference between this and 8350 is pretty slim. You can pick up the 8350 on a few sites now for as low as 189$ For most that would be the better investment and I'd recommend going for it at the right price. Next fall another FX lineup will be here so for those already owners, wait. For those buying now, get the 8350.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Great price for it 184$ after MIR. Product is solid, no noticeable defects or build issues. Is a solid card and plays the games I want mostly at ultra but some on High( I'll explain more on this). Good so far in regards to drivers and doesn't really have any unexpected issues. Lots of Ocing potential for those interested, not to difficult to do so either but recommend going with something other than AMD Vision center. As a whole the card is solid and a good investment if you just wanted to update and drop power from older 5xxx and 6xxx cards while increasing performance some.
Cons: Now to the con's relating to the settings. I was expecting better playability for some games. For example Natural Selection 2 on all high sometimes dips as low as 30FPS. I wasn't really expecting that given the card and given the game. War of the Roses also can dip into the low 30's on big battlefield intensive fights. It averages 40FPS which is fine for me (not chasing 60FPS in all games you'll likely never notice) but it's alittle dissapointing that even an OC'd edition of this can struggle to keep 30FPS. Makes me wonder how the stock editions run and play. I'll probably push the card some and in reality my choice of processor (FX-8150) is probably part of this. Although I don't agree with the amount of negative feedback it's received, I do wish I had watied for the FX-8350.
Other Thoughts: 8xxx series cards will be out supposidly in a few months so for someone not needing to upgrade or not building a PC now you may want to wait and see what happens. Especially the close price now for the 7870 and 7850's I'd recommend going the 7870 for most or simply waiting.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
Pros: Great budget AMD motherboard. I wish I had waited for some of the sales on the UD7 board however this is a great mobo and I'm sure will last me a good deal of time.
Cons: Not much to complain about, got it on sale and barely paid $100 for it.READ FULL REVIEW