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MSI WindPad 110W-014US Tablet AMD Z-Series Z-01(1.0GHz) 10.0
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Good GPU, decent CPU for what it is. Plenty of RAM.

Cons: Stock SSD is slow. The CPU feels a little slow when it comes to opening things on the desktop (web browsers take a few seconds to open), but Metro apps are very snappy.

Other Thoughts: Windows 8 works great. I installed the latest AMD chipset/graphics drivers and downloaded the rest of the device drivers from MSI's website. You also need the Windows 7 version of MSI's 'O-Easy' software to enable automatic screen rotation.

Upgrading the mSATA SSD is easy, just remove the 6 screws (two at the power jack, 4 under the pop-out rubber feet) and run your fingernails between the grey/black plastic to gently pop the screen off.

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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Everything, this board is loaded with features. I have my FX-8120 running at 5GHz/1.525v.

Cons: No dual ethernet?

Other Thoughts: The F6e beta BIOS adds the ability to turn off AMD's 'application power management' feature. APM automatically drops the CPU multiplier when CPU power consumption gets too high, so this is a key feature for FX owners who are overclocking/overvolting. Without APM disabled the CPU will rapidly jump back and forth between 2 GHz and your overclock when multiple cores are in use.

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GIGABYTE GA-990FXA-UD3 AM3+ AMD 990FX + SB950 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: All the features I could want, great price. I'm currently running this with an FX-8120 clocked at 5Ghz.

5 Ghz!!!

Cons: For some reason the board seems to want to drop the CPU multiplier whenever power consumption goes out of spec, making it impossible to actually overclock an FX chip. Fortunately there's a workaround, if you go into AMD's Overdrive software and enable turbo core and then disable it again, the problem goes away. You have to do this every reboot and it prevents you from using the Turbo core feature.

Other Thoughts: If Gigabyte fixes the aforementioned issue then this is a five egg board. If not I'm going to have to switch to something else.

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Joseph H.'s Profile

Display Name: Joseph H.

Date Joined: 07/25/06

  • Reviews: 23
  • Helpfulness: 15
  • First Review: 06/05/08
  • Last Review: 10/30/12
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