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AMD Athlon X4 860K Quad-Core 3.7GHz Socket FM2+ 95W AD860KXBJABOX Desktop Processor (BLACK EDITION)
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: -Affordable
-Decent performance, quad core
-FM2+ motherboards are a steal
-Decent overclocking potential
-Did I mention affordable?

Cons: -Stock heatsink is garbage
-Relatively few improvements over Richland / 760K
-Relatively high power consumption
-No backwards compatibility with FM2 boards

Other Thoughts: I bought this chip to put in a low cost development machine I was building for myself, and it works well for what I need it for. Ive had no issues so far when compiling code or working in an IDE. Based on my previous experience with the 760K, this chip will also serve as a great entry level CPU for a gaming rig. Honestly, for $80 you really can't go wrong.

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MSI A88XM-E45 FM2+ / FM2 AMD A88X (Bolton D4) 8 x SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Inexpensive
-A88X chipset
-Good performance
-Crossfire capable
-Great BIOS
-MSI Utilities
-Price

Cons: Like others have said there is a lack of voltage adjustment on this board, but for the price I don't think its worth docking an egg. If you really want the voltage adjustment you probably want to look at boards that are $20-$30 more expensive anyway.

Other Thoughts: I have nothing but praise for this board. For the price and what it offers it is pretty much unbeatable. As always MSI's utilities are great!

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AMD 760K Richland Quad-Core 3.8GHz Socket FM2 100W AD760KWOHLBOX Desktop Processor
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

Pros: -Good overall performance
-Price ($90 at time of purchase), and motherboards are inexpensive too
-Unlocked multiplier
-Future upgrade path when using an FM2+ mobo.

Cons: -Stock heatsink is garbage. Its noisy and has my chip hitting 70C easily.
-Power consumption is higher than Intel chips.

Other Thoughts: You can't really argue with a $90 CPU with this much performance. Sure it may not match a Haswell i3 in synthetic benchmarks, but for everyday use it is way more than sufficient and honestly the difference between the two while gaming is not that noticeable (in most cases); especially considering the price.
I paired this chip with an MSI A88XM-E45 motherboard (highly recommend), 8 GB of RAM and I couldn't be happier. I can't comment on its overclockability yet as I plan to get a better HSF before I make this thing run any hotter. But from what Ive read on forums most people are able to hit around 4.5 GHz quite easily.
Its a great little chip and one of the favorites Ive tried recently. If you are on the fence about it dont be dissuaded by the AMD haters out there. For $90 you cant really go wrong, just remember to buy an FM2+ motherboard so that you have an upgrade path in the future for Kaveri or Carrizo.

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Display Name: Marco C.

Date Joined: 12/09/10

  • Reviews: 11
  • Helpfulness: 5
  • First Review: 12/31/10
  • Last Review: 04/14/15
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