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Asus R5230-SL-1GD3-L Radeon R5 230 Graphic Card - 625 MHz Core - 1 GB DDR3 SDRAM - PCI Express 2.1 - Low-profile
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: It works, and it works at a very reasonable price!

Cons: Runs a little hot, but the passive cooling seems to keep up with it. I have suspect it would struggle if it were running under load in an environment with a higher than average room temperature. Not worth an egg for me.

Other Thoughts: I have this little guy running in a server that does not have integrated graphics. I know that I could have bought cheaper for this role, but I just liked the idea of seeing a brand-new r5 series GPU in my device manager :P

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Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G
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  • Owned For: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs Thank you for years of reliable service! 08/29/2014

This review is from: Arctic Silver 5 High-Density Polysynthetic Silver Thermal Compound AS5-3.5G

Pros: High performance, easy to use, easy to clean

Cons: Can be a little pricey by itself at times. I usually catch it when it is on sale or bundled. Not worth an egg.

Other Thoughts: I have been using Arctic Silver since 2003. Since then I have built hundreds of computers (for both business and personal use) and nearly all of them have this silver goop sandwiched between CPU and heat sink. I have never bother to try any of its competitors because I have never had a problem in my 11 year experience.

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AMD FX-8320 Vishera 8-Core 3.5GHz (4.0GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 125W Desktop Processor FD8320FRHKBOX
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: One of the best price:performance ratios available today. Runs at perfectly manageable temperatures with a closed-loop water cooler.

Cons: I did not use the stock fan, but it does not look substantial enough to properly cool this processor. Does not effect score since I didn't actually test it.

Other Thoughts: I have this processor in my media and video transcoding server. I upgraded from an i5-661 and I was expecting a modest increase in transcoding performance, but I was blown away when I measured a 293% increase. This is certainly due to my software being integer heavy and supports over 8 simultaneous threads, so don't expect this kind of performance in every scenario. However, I doubt I could have found a higher value purchase for my server.

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Display Name: Anonymous

Date Joined: 05/07/06

  • Reviews: 17
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  • First Review: 01/26/08
  • Last Review: 08/29/14
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