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This review is from: AMD FX-8300 Vishera 8-Core 3.3 GHz Socket AM3+ 95W FD8300WMHKBOX Desktop Processor
Pros: Bought this 8-core to replace my 2009 Athlon II x4 620 2600Mhz 95 watt CPU. Now I have about the same power consumption but way better performance.
Cons: none to list
Other Thoughts: I also have the FX-8350 125 watt 4.0Ghz in another build, I bought this FX-8300 because price was right at $119.99 and 95 watt cpu so I can run this cpu for general computing as I am now + most games whereas the Athlon II x4 620 2600mhz was starting to lag a some, and when I really want maximum performance I can turn the 8350 on instead.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Surprisingly powerful for only 25 watts and 1.3Ghz
Cons: Only supports single channel memory config ='( I bought 2 x 2GB sticks thinkinG iwas going to have 4GB of dual channel RAM, but instead its 4GB single channel due to lack of dual channel feature in memory controller on the APU.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Ultra Powerful CPU ... So fast at crunching data such as video data that needs to be converted etc. This CPU can complete a video conversion task in 3:30 minutes that my prior CPU would take 14:00 minutes to complete. I enabled Cool'n Quiet and the CPU idles all 8 cores at 1400Mhz until CPU processing power is needed. I'm Very Very Happy with this CPU in what it can do so quickly. I am just going to avoid prolonged use on the current system until my better motherboard arrives to avoid damaging my CPU.
Cons: No Cons with this CPU, although I found myself having to buy a new motherboard because I found out that although my motherboard Biostar A960D+ states that it supports the FX-8350 125Watt CPU, the VRM's are only rated for 95Watts Max, so I ended up buying a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 to replace this motherboard as for if the VRM's burn up on the Biostar, unsafe higher voltage source DC can bridge-over through a failed VRM and kill the CPU by over voltage to it. So I am spending an additional $65 to play it safe and not have to worry about the potential of killing my new CPU.
Other Thoughts: Be sure your motherboards VRMs have a heatsink and are rated for 125 Watts or greater, otherwise I'd advise not to install this CPU into that board unless your willing to risk cooking the CPU if you have a VRM failure.READ FULL REVIEW